China’s ambition to become a high volume exporter of high end goods seems to be entering into a rocky period as countries closer to key markets, i.e. Mexico, are producing and exporting more vehicles than China.Read More →
Geely’s reaction to the introduction of turbo engines from the rest of its competitors has been slow, despite the usually fast flowing company bringing popular models such as the GX7 SUV and Emgrand sedan/hatch range to the market they haven’t quite caught up with the small displacement turbo craze.
Enter the 1.3T. Geely has often aired its turbo…Read More →
BYD’s own vehicle designs have been a long time coming, but it seems the Shenzhen company is nearly there with the introduction of the new corporate face which first appeared on the Su Rui sedan just over a year ago. That face is slowly being transplanted across the BYD range with the latest patient being the new G5 sedan shown below.
The G5′s stats…Read More →
Own a car company? Want to bring large volume models? Not too worried about profits? Simply either start producing small cars or small vans, and you will gain the coverage you need to show to your provincial masters that you are churning out vehicles at a steady rate. This is why Sichuan Yema have opted to introduce an MPV, aka a breadvan, into their…Read More →
Dongfeng-Nissan’s own sub brand seems to be the end place for vehicles that fail to meet the sales and age requirements of the Nissan brand, the last generation Tiida twins, Lavina and now the March/Micra mini car have headed over to Venucia. Venucia was initially created as a new energy brand which will eventually house the Nissan Leaf in Venucia clothing,…Read More →
China’s car rental sector is set to boom with potential for rapid development, according to a recent survey conducted by a Chinese consulting firm.
Zero Power Intelligence predicted that market needs for rental cars in China would flourish over the next five years, spurred by stricter rules on official car use and the growing…Read More →
BYD, Tesla and Beijing Auto had extremely high hopes for their EV products in China’s Capital City – capital city of national administration, gridlock, and urban air pollution. But it seems that Beijing residents are more than eager to rely on their current traditional gasoline engines rather than swap over to EV’s according to this report from the…Read More →
It’s a hard life being a Chinese brand, they are essentially playing catch up with the rest of the global automotive market that’s had anywhere between a 30 year and 100 year head start in terms of branding, technology, marketing and research, the RMB is continually appreciating making export markets harder to crack, and of course they are stuck with…Read More →
An investment deal between Dongfeng and PSA was announced late yesterday, which will see the troubled French car maker gain 800 million Euros from both Dongfeng and the French government whom each will take a 14% stake in the car company.
This new deal will change the ownership of PSA considerably, with the Peugeot family loosing majority control…Read More →
Car buyers in the U.S. are more likely to be persuaded by traditional marketing, rather than blogs, forums and social media, which are often seen as less reliable and ‘infiltrated’ by brands. A stark contrast can be found in China, where over 30% of potential car buyers see consumer driven content such as automotive blogs or social media commentary…Read More →
Over the course of 2013, Porsche China sales surged to 37,425 units – an increase of 20% over 2012′s figures but with growth slightly lower than the 28% rise the brand had in 2011 where it sold 31,205 cars. China is a key market for the German brand, whom sold 162,145 units globally in 2013, and is expected to become Porsche’s…Read More →
BMW’s product expansion plans are gaining rapid speed, the company is now planning for an X4 to sit between the X3 and the X4 and be similar in design to the current X6. Chinese production hasn’t yet been ruled out, but BMW only produce the X1 in the Chinese market so far and rely on imports for the other markets.
Despite BMW importing its big guns…Read More →
Ford’s Chinese product lines is readying the Taurus as its flagship sedan for the Chinese market according to Chinese media reports. The current Ford Mondeo is the most expensive sedan in the Ford range at the moment, but this will change with the introduction of the Taurus in 2015 with imports possibly happening in 2014.
Ford have already given…Read More →
After 19 rounds of furious bidding between Chinese rivals, Wanxiang and Hybrid Tech, Wanxiang took the prize home for a 149.2 million USD.
Wanxiang’s bid includes $126.2 million in cash and $8 million in assumed liabilities. Wanxiang also owns the company that supplies batteries, A123, whom the company also bought in 2012. The addition of Fisker…Read More →
China’s State Media is a war horse, it regularly attacks certain brands such as Starbucks, Apple, Volkswagen and also the sin city of Dongguan and now it has turned its targets to Aston Martin. Aston Martin largely brought the criticism on itself by blaming its forthcoming 17,000 vehicle recall on a Chinese supplier that provided low quality brake pedals…Read More →
The mildly stale Besturn brand from First Automobile Works seems to be on the verge of getting some excitement in its product range with the introduction of an RS model that could bring some power and style to the self developed brand.
Ford Motor Co are eager to expand on their China successes with the introduction of the Lincoln brand into China in the fourth quarter of 2014 with the brand having an unveiling at the Beijing Auto Show in April this year.
Lincoln are thought to be bringing their MKC SUV to the Chinese market first to cash in on demand for luxury compact vehicles,…Read More →
In 2008 Geely announced that it would establish a multi brand stategy which would eventually see the Geely brand terminated from car front ends and act as a holding company. In a shock reverse move, Geely will now take its Emgrand, Englon and Gleagle brands back into the Geely brand name with future cars simply using the GEELY brand name on its cars.
Over…Read More →