China's auto exports rose by 64% in the first 10 months of the year compared to the same period in 2006, AP reported. A total of 413,500 complete finished vehicles, including cars, buses and trucks, were exported during that period. Sales of exported vehicles were US$4.8 billion, a 117% increase over last year, the Commerce Ministry said. Most exports went to Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan. Passenger car export volume increase more than threefold, but their value rose by 174% from a year earlier, to US$948 million. The discrepancy between volume and value was due to fierce price competition in the car industry, according to the ministry. China imported US$3.4 billion worth of cars in the first three quarters of the year.