Xi Jin Ping is the new boss in China and he’s grappling with corruption. Fighting corruption appears to be Xi’s main goal at the moment with many a official being sent off to prison for his misgivings, Xi has also ordered the military and government organs to cut back on the big dinners and booze spending and to remember the Party’s roots to represent…

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FAW-VW have announced the extension of the joint venture between the two companies ahead of time. The original agreement was due to expire in 2016 but as a show of confidence in the joint venture both Volkswagen and First Automobile Works hammered out a new deal at the recent FAW-Volkswagen advisory board meeting in Foshan, China.

The talks also…

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MG are aiming to copy Kia’s rise to success according to MG’s new chief designer, Martin Ulharik, the former Nissan designer was interviewed by Automotive News on MG’s plans for the future. Just ten years ago it would…

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Expect major updates from tomorrow onwards.

What we’ve seen so far:

  • Very sweaty people – Why did the organizers choose not to turn on the AC on the first day? So many sweaty executives, PR people and journalists.
  • Taxi drivers complaining its cold – It’s 25 degrees in Guangzhou. Hot for the swarms of media that came in from…
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The VW Golf has been a major hit in the Chinese market, VW followed it up with the introduction of the GTI as a locally made model and also imported the wagon, crossover and R Series models to satisfy Chinese appetite for the hatchback model. The 7th generation Golf has been a headline inducing topic for the past few months, questions about when it…

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Volkswagen announced today that is expecting to expand its own dealership to 3000 dealers in the next 3 years, by 2015 the VAG group aims to expand its line up of Audi, VW and Skoda dealerships by over 50%. Currently VAG Group has 1,120 VW dealerships, 230 Audi dealerships and 240 Skoda dealers covering 30 Chinese provinces, territories and autonomous…

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Volkswagen’s plan to capture the Southern Chinese market where Japanese brands rule the roost took a step forward earlier today when the first Audi Q3 came off the Foshan production lines.

The Audi Q3 is currently imported into China from Europe and is nearly on par with the Audi Q5 in terms of pricing thanks to import taxes which boost…

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The new joint venture between Chang-an Auto and Citroen (CAPSA) is quite possibly one of the more exciting ones in China, rather than producing the usual three box sedans that Chinese consumers were once so fond of, CAPSA are eager to bring in their flagship DS5.

The DS5 is already sold in China but the DS dealer network is spotty at best, the DS3,…

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Cadillac is far from catching up the likes of Audi and BMW in the Chinese market, but they might grow their current market share in the next few years if they play their cards right. According to a Reuters report filed yesterday, Cadillac just isn’t cool with Chinese consumers due to the use of sharp angular designs on show which goes against Chinese…

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Ironman was a popular flick in the People’s Republic, and with all popular automotive slanted flicks that air in China the cars are ultimately the star, just ask GM about the halo effect of Bumblebee. Ironman’s then concept Acura NSX is going to be turned into a production car at the Detroit Auto Show in January and should be on the market in China…

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This piece was written by long term China Car Times commentator August Schwartz who has been following the Chinese auto industry closely and from affair for the past decade.

The last week or so I have had a burning desire to do something I have not done in a very long time. It has been nearly five years since I wrote my last piece on Lifan,…

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VW China is continuing with its strong sales in the Chinese market, the group saw total sales of 2 million in the first 9 months of the year and continues to see strong growth despite the Chinese market cooling off.

VW’s China market growth stayed well above the market average with 18% growth in deliveries in the first 9 months of 2012.

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According to Chinese media reports Mercedes China will have a new boss come December, London born Nicholas Speeks will be taking over the top China job and has plenty of experience in running an Asian market after a number of years as the top man in Japan for Mercedes.

Mercedes Benz is apparently going through a period of adjustment at the top of…

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Audi China have once again defied the market slow down and posted growth of 37.8% in the first half of 2012 with a total of 193,871 delivered to Chinese consumers in the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong.

This year Audi launched multiple new products in the Chinese market such as the new Audi A8L and also the A6L, later this year Audi will introduce…

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The latest generation of Audi A3 hasn’t yet hit foreign shores but it is out testing on Chinese roads already, the new A3 uses the MQB platform from VAG which allows the same platform to underpin a great number of cars for a reasonably low cost. The A3 is currently available in China as an imported model, although with the introduction of MQB technology…

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Mercedes unveiled their facelift GLK SUV in March this year with computer renders showing the minor changes to the cars front and rear: More bulbous lights at the front in line with the other Merc SUV’s, and a redesigned front clip with LED day light running lights.

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FAW was China’s first car producer, the Changchun based auto maker started churning out trucks but later turned its hand to passenger cars Mao Zedong’s behest. The first cars were Hong Qi’s based on Soviet Tech, but later Audi’s and Toyota’s became emblazoned with the Hong Qi logo. FAW snapped up regional auto makers like Tianjin Xia Li and used Toyota…

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Cadillac are getting serious about China, the luxury segment seems to be the only hot segment with growth far outstripping the demand for regular cars. Audi, BMW and Mercedes already have a strong foothold in the Chinese market, but Cadillac are begining to show signs of putting up a fight. Aside from the aging SLS, the rest of the Caddy range is produced…

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BMW are likely to be readying its ActiveHybrid technology into China later this if these road testing pictures are to be believed, the new 3-Series is on the verge of being aired in China in the next 10 days at the Beijing Auto Show with its new four cylinder turbo engine and its new long wheelbase variant. The next generation of 3-Series is being made…

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From Market Watch:

Sales in China by Volkswagen AG and its joint ventures rose 15.6% in the first quarter from a year earlier, due to strong demand for its Audi and Volkswagen brands.

Sales in China, Hong Kong and Macau by Volkswagen Group China and its joint ventures totaled 633,800 cars in the first three months of the year, Volkswagen…

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Chinese and foreign media have been reporting in great detail the proposed changes to the Chinese Ministerial Fleet which could potentially see foreign manufacturers locked out of an 80 Billion RMB per year business. Audi was thought to be one of the companies that would be hit the hardest owing to the perceived stereotype that government ministers…

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The Chinese auto market may have crawled along at 2.45% in 2011, but luxury auto brands did not feel a slow down at all. The Chinese luxury car market surged ahead with several brands showing 30% growth or more, which shows that there is still a massive demand for premium or luxury brands in China – and with plenty of room to grow.

Audi’s 2011 sales…

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The Audi A4L has been a big seller in the Chinese market and took Audi’s German rivals by surprise, other manufacturers have struggled to keep up with the march of the A4L into the business, government and family use market over the past 18 months the car has been on the market. For 2012 Audi are going to be giving the same corporate beak as the Audi…

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The Hong Qi C131 is being called the ‘Audi Killer‘ by various Chinese automotive media outlets, but is it really? According to our sources that have seen the car in the bare flesh ahead of its production run it seems the C131 is a bit of a let down and seems far away from taking over the German Three’s substantial hold on the Chinese premium…

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Audi has had a comfortable lead over its closest competitors for the past few years, but are they losing their comfortable edge over their competitors? Audi entered the Chinese market relatively early when compared to other Western manufacturers, and considerably earlier than its Germanic rivals at BMW and Mercedes, Audi signed with FAW in 1988, BMW…

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In the UK the lowest model of a car is called the ‘Poverty Specification‘, Chinese media like to refer to them as being ‘Beggar Edition‘ instead, so now we’ve got that slight cultural issue out of the way we can move on to the below Audi Q5 that was spotted out testing in China.

In the Chinese…

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VW Group shows no signs of slowing down in the Chinese market and may well be on course to becoming the world’s largest car manufacturer in the next few years. Owing to its successes in the Chinese market VW have been able to steer the Audi brand out of the mud and in to the limelight, with an early market entry into China Audi has managed to grab the…

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Audi A1 was officially launched in Beijing on October 9. Zhang Xiaojun, deputy managing director of FAW-Volkswagen’s Audi sales division, accepted an interview before the model’s launching ceremony.

Zhang Xiaojun revealed that besides Audi A1 1.4TSI, Audi will introduce more A1 products of other displacements, including a 1.2TSI model…

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Many Chinese automotive specialists are smiling from ear to ear these days, because many German brands introduced their electric city cars on Frankfurt Auto Show early last month, which are similar to their ideal low-speed electric car.

Audi Urban, Volkswagen NILS and Opel RAK e are two-seater or one-seater city cars with smaller batteries and motors….

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Perhaps Bloomberg would be better off looking at car prices anywhere else other than Beijing, Beijing Municple Government’s Iron Grip on car registration plates has limited sales to just 20,000 new cars per month, meaning that prices will drop just to get people through the doors.

From SFGate

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Audi was the first luxury car maker to enter the Chinese market, and they have exploited that early entry with great success, in 2010 their sales reached 240,000 vehicles and are continuing to improve into 2011. On the other hand, Mercedes and BMW entered the Chinese market relatively late and have been trying to catch up with Audi ever since. For Audi…

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As the Chengdu Auto Show is Yema’s own backyard they weren’t going to let the opportunity pass them by, Yema rolled its big guns out for this years show and wowed the crowds with cars that they have possibly seen before just from different brands. The sad thing is that as Chinese car brands were moving away from cloning cars and keeping the books of…

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This is a long story, so we are going to make it as short as possible. Back when MG-Rover was a solvent company it was looking to offload as much of its IPR without selling its core models IPR that was still on the market at the time, going through their portfolio it was found that they had the Austin…

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The Besturn B90 will be FAW’s largest sedan under the Besturn brand and will compete with the likes of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in the mid size sedan segment. However, it should be noted that other mid size cars from other Chinese car makers such as Geely’s EC8, Chery’s G6 and BYD’s F6 have failed to net any major sales. Chinese cars in this…

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Good luck Infiniti, you are going to need it:

From Bloomberg:

Nissan Motor Co. plans to quadruple Infiniti’s share of the Chinese luxury-auto market within five years as it rushes to make up a “ridiculous” amount of time lost to Volkswagen AG’s Audi and Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s Lexus.

Chief Executive…

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Big cars are big business in China, ask Audi about their A6 sales in China and you wont get an answer, just a big grin. Big car sales equal big profits, and this is the market that the GS is aiming for. The GS will be squaring up against Germany’s finest in the Chinese market, the A6, 5-Series and E-Class should be afraid of the GS when it hits the…

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Zotye may have been based around a single car for the past few years, but they have rapidly expanded their product line up over the past few months to include some interesting new vehicles. The Fiat Multipla based MPV has already hit the market and the Shanghai Auto Show revealed a stand full of concept cars, with no current production cars on display…

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The Audi A1 has already hit the market in certain Western countries, but it has yet to take to the roads in China, but thanks to a material leak it appears that the A1 will be hitting Chinese roads in mid October.

The A1 sits on the PQ25 platform which is already shared with the VW Polo which itself is already made in China, the A1 will be imported…

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China’s auto market slowed down considerably in the first half of 2011 and grew only 3.35% from a year earlier in the first half of this year due to several unfavorable factors such as the expiration of government stimulus policies, Beijing’s license plate lottery policy, and continuous fuel price rises. Many domestic Chinese brands even…

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From Reuters:

BMW (BMWG.DE) tore through market expectations for second-quarter profits as more wealthy Chinese drove away with its revamped 5 Series saloon car.

The company reported an 83 percent jump in quarterly operating profit at its luxury car business, underpinned by surging sales of the 5 series and a 4.8 percentage point widening…

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The Seat brand was launched in China at the Shanghai Auto Show in April earlier this year, Chinese consumers did seem interested in yet another VAG brand but the cars have not yet hit the market. Seat will be imported into China and possibly produced at the new FAW-VW factory in Foshan sometime in the future, although that maybe shelved to give Audi…

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From China Daily:

Nissan Motor Co’s joint venture with Dongfeng Motor (Group) Co, the largest Sino-foreign auto partnership, on Monday announced in Beijing that it plans to invest billions of US dollars and double its annual sales over the next five years.

The 50-50 joint venture, Dongfeng Motor Co Ltd, said it will invest 50 billion…

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The biggest problem that BMW and Mercedes have had in the Chinese market is that their basic sedan offerings in the 3-Series and C-class are just too short and thus are only good for home use, on the other hand the Audi A4L became the perfect vehicle for home and business use with plenty of legroom in the back for those chauffeur driven days and enough…

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Volvo announced that its China sales increased by an amazing 79% in the first six months of 2011, the Chinese owned company posted sales of 21,028 vehicles over the course of the first half of 2011. Although the sales figures remain small compared to its targeted rivals of Audi, BMW and Mercedes, the Swedish brand has major plans to boost sales to 200,000…

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Changchun is the home to First Automobile Works that has partnerships with Mazda, Toyota, Audi and VW, the problem is that although Changchun has become a major automotive production hub it just can’t attract the talent. Now the problem is not that FAW and its partners are paying low money (in fact, I hear they pay well above average) it’s just that…

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