Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 8-K

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 21, 2011

China Automotive Systems, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization) 
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
No. 1 Henglong Road, Yu Qiao Development Zone
Shashi District, Jing Zhou City
Hubei Province
People’s Republic of China
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (86) 27-5981 8527
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Section 3 – Securities and Trading Markets
Item 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.
On March 18, 2011, China Automotive Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that, due to the delayed filing of its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company has received, as expected, a notification letter from the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) stating that the Company is no longer in compliance with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5250(c)(1), which requires timely filing of SEC periodic reports.  The notification letter was received on March 17, 2011.
The Company previously announced that it is reviewing the complex accounting treatment of the Company’s convertible notes issued on February 15, 2008.  CAAS expects that the review will be completed during the second quarter of 2011, at which time the Company will file its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 and the amended quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, June 30 and September 30, 2010 (which will include restated comparative financial statements for the respective periods of 2009) and an amended annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009.
The notification letter from NASDAQ has no immediate effect on the listing or trading of CAAS’ shares on the NASDAQ Stock Market.  Pursuant to the NASDAQ listing standards, CAAS has 60 calendar days, or until May 16, 2011, to submit a plan to NASDAQ to regain compliance with the NASDAQ Listing Rules.  If NASDAQ accepts the Company's plan of compliance, NASDAQ may grant an extension of up to 180 calendar days from the due date of the annual report on Form 10K, or until September 16, 2011, to regain compliance.
A copy of the Company’s press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits
Exhibit No
Press release of China Automotive Systems, Inc., dated March 18, 2011

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Company has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
China Automotive Systems, Inc.
Date:  March 21, 2011
/s/ Hanlin Chen
Hanlin Chen