Mainland carmakers are likely to miss their export targets for the year as the weakened global economy affects sales. Local carmakers, such as Great Wall Motor, Brilliance China, BYD, Chery Automobile and Geely Automobile Holdings, face the double challenge of slower overseas sales and a highly competitive domestic market. 'It will not be bad if we can sell 60,000 vehicles in overseas markets this year,' said Shang Yugui, the communications director for Hong Kong-listed Great Wall Motor. However, that figure is 14.3 per cent lower than the company's original target of 70,000 units. Mr Shang said sales in overseas markets had slowed because car financing services were impacted by the poor economic environment. But Great Wall deputy general manager Bai Xuefei said the company had no plan to lower its export target. Hebei-based Great Wall Motor sold about 30,000 vehicles in Russia, South Africa and Iraq in the first half, up 73 per cent from last year. Great Wall is not the only domestic carmaker struggling with the turbulent economic environment. Shenyang-based Brilliance China said its export business would deliver a worse than expected performance this year. 'Our vehicle sales will be slower for the rest of the year and in 2009 under the sluggish economy, although we haven't launched marketing campaigns overseas,' said vice-president Lisa Ng. Brilliance China is the first and only domestic carmaker to export mainland-branded vehicles to western Europe. HSO Motor, the dealer for Brilliance China in Germany, said the company planned to sell 11,000 units of the BS6, BS2 and BS4 family cars by next year. Ms Ng said the company exported 8,800 vehicles, 44 per cent of its full-year target, in the first nine months. 'We'll certainly miss this year's export target, but the impact on the company's total sales will be small,' she said. Domestic carmakers have been aggressively seeking to boost exports in recent years as a way to increase sales and build up their brand's reputation in the domestic market. 'This is a way of marketing to Chinese consumers, especially if we can successfully sell our vehicles in western Europe and the United States,' administration office director Jin Yibo said. Guotai Junan car analyst Zhang Xin said: 'Carmakers may be able to improve sales in both domestic and overseas markets since international crude prices are dropping.' However, figures from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed that car exports declined 11.29 per cent year on year to 44,000 units in August - a 22.18 per cent fall from the previous month. Shenzhen-based BYD said it had exported 10,000 vehicles this year, 50 per cent less than its original sales target. Anhui-based Chery Automobile said 'it would be a bit difficult' to meet its full-year export target of 180,000 units.