rest of the world, could have an outsize impact on the global auto industry, which has a large footprint in the region in central China. • The Chinese auto industry has grown from virtually nothing 30 years ago to become the world’s largest market for new vehicles, surpassing the U.S. in 2009. • Wuhan, Hubei’s capital and the believed source of the outbrea k, has in that period emerged as an auto-making hub, home to state-owned Chinese car manufacturer Dongfeng Motor Corp. and numerous assembly plants building cars for Honda Motor Co., PSA Group, General Motors Co. and others • Analysts say it is still far too soon to estimate the potential damage to the auto industry from the outbreak, but pointed out that the short-term impact of the SARS outbreak in China in 2003 is a poor comparison, because China’s car market at the time was much smaller. • While China’s car sales have boomed for much of the past decade, consumer demand there has begun to taper off. Industrywide sales fell for a second year in a row last year, and analysts warn that should the outbreak become more severe it could further hurt the auto sector.