The BYD Su Rui Sedan seems to be BYD’s game changing vehicle, the Su Rui was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April this year and launched shortly afterwards with pricing starting at 80,000RMB and topping out at around 120,000RMB. The Su Rui has now become known as the BYD G5 for overseas markets and will soon be exported out of China. In the meantime,…

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According to the SMCP, some Chinese car dealers are ready to drop their Chinese brands and move over to other ‘safe brands’, but what exactly is a safe brand in China? With mob mentality at an all time high its easy for Korean, French, German or American brands to ‘Upset the feelings of the Chinese peoples‘. French supermarket chain, Carrefour,…

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After buying Volvo, Geely have their sights set on another company: Aston Martin. According to reports originating from auto.sohu.com, Geely have already been deep in talks with Aston Martin regarding a potential buyout of the company.

Aston Martin was sold to Ford in 1987 and was then sold onto a Kuwaiti company, Investment Dar Inc, for 925 million…

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Beijing Auto’s B40 SUV has been spotted out many times, it was initially expected to launch towards the end of 2011 but was effectively delayed until the the launch of the company’s own Shen Bao brand late last month at the Guangzhou Auto Show. Shen Bao will be housing an entirely new range of vehicles all of which are thought to be launching within…

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From Auto Evolution

We never though the day when a Chinese car brand would sue an automaker from another country over trademark-related business would come, but it seems that this is exactly…

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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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SPRINGO, or rather Springo for those that don’t like to be shouted out is the new brand/model name for the Chevrolet Sail EV. The Sail was designed and developed in China for the Chinese market and other developing markets, South American markets have already been on the receiving end of the gasoline variant for several months now. The pure electric…

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For the majority of this year the top selling brands have been VW, followed by Nissan. In the wake of the Anti-Japan protests in China, Nissan has dropped from the top spot like a lead balloon.

  1. VW – 182,353
  2. Hyundai – 63,946
  3. Chevrolet – 58,917
  4. Buick – 54,284
  5. Ford – 43,42
  6. Chery – 33,652
  7. Kia…
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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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Jeep became a political over the past two weeks when former presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared in a series of television adverts that Jeep was moving all of its production to China. The Obama camp were quick to respond, as was Sergio Marchionne, the Fiat-Chrysler CEO who stated time and time again that Jeep was moving to China to satisfy Chinese…

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China and Japan’s diplomatic spat in September looked like it was leading towards actual war at one point, both parties eventually backed down but in China where street protests turned violent, Japanese branded cars, stores and restaurants bore the brunt of an angry youth. Chinese car buyers backed off Japanese car brands in September for a number of…

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The Chinese market has some howler brand names, we can point at Roewe, Besturn, Venucia, Ciimo, Everus and now we can welcome CINTURX to the party.

Ford and Mazda produce a wide range of vehicles with Chang’an, but with increased attention on the Chinese market by both companies has lead to greater technology cooperation between the three way tie…

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Saab maybe an entry in the automotive history book but the brand sort of lives on in Beijing, when Beijing Auto bought the rights to the last generation 93 and 95 as well as the engines.

Although the C70G is based on Saab architecture it looks nothing like a Saab, its side has more of a BMW Bangle wrinkle

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China loves the Santana. The car was first introduced in 1984 and claims the title as the first passenger car made in China, of course the Jeep Cherokee made it a few months earlier but claimed the crown as the first foreign vehicle made in China. The partnership between Shanghai Auto and Volkswagen bloomed from a tiny few hundred units per year into…

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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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FAW’s Besturn brand suddenly burst into life with the creation of the Besturn B50 in 2008, before that they created the B70 and recently the B80 midsize sedan, all of which use the Mazda 6 platform. FAW are hoping that Besturn can become a major player in the Chinese auto industry, but the brands late arrival when compared to Roewe and MG, has left…

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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.

“I…

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Is the Chinese market down or up? Clearly for manufacturers such as Ford and GM there is no such thing as a poor market, both companies have put forward their best Septembers on record this year.

GM sold a record 244,266 vehicles in China, an increase of 10.5% from the previous month and 1.7% from September 2011, Shanghai GM’s domestic sales…

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ZX Auto ruled the Libyan desert last year when freedom fighters stole them from Gadaffi’s parking lots and used them against his army. ZX Auto used the pictures from Libya as part of a major marketing campaign to keep the brand relevant whilst it survives in the shadow of its larger neighbor just up the road at Great Wall Auto.

ZX are…

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Daihatsu is one of those car manufacturers that made massive early gains in the Chinese market only to proverbially piss it all into the wind just as the market began to really open. The Japanese company played upon early warm relations between Japan and China when Japan was all about investing its new found wealth into its former colony, Daihatsu hit…

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The China Festival of Speed promised so much, at least on paper. A few tell tale signs that the event wouldn’t be up to expectations came via their official website, parts of it were still under construction come opening curtain time but the organizers were active on Chinese social media circles, busily promoting the event to super car clubs, car clubs,…

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Prior to World War Two as Westerners know it, Imperial Japan was busy taking hold of land in Asia, Modern Day Okinawa, Korea, Taiwan and the surrounding islands to Taiwan. Fast Forward to 1945, Japan had surrendered to the US and its allies, and countries were waking up from 50 years of Japanese colonization. All land was returned, except for a group…

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First Automobile Works owns multiple brands, at the top end they have the flagship Hong Qi (Red Flag), then in the middle they have Besturn, then Xiali in the economy section, and now they are planning to add OuLai. Oulai will sit at the bottom of the range and its first car will be based on the 1982 mark 2 VW Jetta platform – a car that never went…

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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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When we first heard of Geely’s plans for a multi brand line up we have to admit we were incredibly skeptical, how could a small privately owned company pull off a multi-brand strategy when their core brand was seen as a low cost economy brand? Well of course the big problem was that its core brand was seen as a low cost brand, its hard to make high…

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Although Infiniti may expand their production beyond their traditional Japanese borders to account for growing demand for the premium brand, Infiniti China have come out to say that any news of the brand being produced in China are not true.

Infiniti currently relies on imports to sell cars in China, and it looks like it will remain this way for…

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Geely’s Global Eagle brand, which they have called Gleagle, is about to spawn its first SUV. The GX7 was first unveiled in concept form at the Beijing Auto Show in 2010 where it was eager to show there was another Chinese SUV in town to rival the Chery Tiggo3 and the Great Wall series of SUV’s. The Global Eagle brand is of course Geely’s shot at taking…

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GM have successfully launched their latest brand and first model in Chengdu. The Baojun brand and the first 630 sedan had its first airing at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year, yesterday the 630 officially launched in Chengdu. The Baojun brand was created via a three way tie up between Shanghai Auto Industry Corp (SAIC), Wuling mini vans, and…

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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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Chinese manufacturers are seeing major growth in the Brazilian car market after their recent entry into the South American country, Chery were the first Chinese car company to make a landing in Brazil but JAC have aggressively followed suit and have grand plans for the market.

Earlier this week JAC’s Vice President was in Sao Paulo where he announced…

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Riich dealerships in Beijing are closing down and withdrawing from the market, which leads to reflections over the situation of China’s high-end homegrown brands. Some people think it’s not the right time for homegrown automakers to launch high-end brands. It’s true that the homegrown brands are not so successful in their expansion…

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Today is the birthday of The People’s Liberation Army, the military force was founded on August 1st 1927 and its on the PLA’s birthday that Chery decided to launched the new Riich G6. The Riich G6 will be aimed squarely at business users and government fleet procurements, hence the August 1st launch. The G6 comes…

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From Market Watch:

Great Wall Motor Co. (2333.HK) plans to sell up to 304 million A shares ahead of a listing in mainland China, the Chinese car maker said Friday, which would enable it to boost production capacity to meet the country’s growing domestic demand for automobiles.

The Hong Kong-listed company said in a statement that…

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From the China Daily:

Its Luxgen 7 mid-sized sport utility vehicle is now offered for presale at prices ranging from 190,000 to 270,000 yuan. The model will formally hit the market in two months, the company said.

Hubei-based Dongfeng Motor Corp and Taiwan’s largest carmaker Yulon Motor Co formed the partnership in Hangzhou, Zhejiang…

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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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According to a Reuters report, Toyota are considering producing the Etios mini car for the Chinese market, the Etios of course being a developing market car. Now China already has the Vios which is also a developing market car, so could the Etios be placed under the Vios and be part of a seperate brand? Highly likely.

Toyota Motor Corp…

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Dongfeng Motor Co., a joint venture between Nissan Motor Co. and Dongfeng Motor Group Co., released on July 26 its new business plan for 2011-2015.

The company plans to invest 50 billion yuan during the period to enhance its manufacturing, products, R&D, human resources, and environment protection. It will launch 30 new models and increase its…

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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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BYD and Daimler signed a joint venture several months ago with plans to build a new brand which would utilize BYD’s electrical know how and Daimler’s automotive engineering skills and would focus solely on building new energy cars. The two have pushed a design to the Chinese patent board which of course was leaked in rapid time to the internet, the…

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China is the largest car market in the world, but the Chinese automotive industry is far from strong. Few Chinese people want to buy a local brand car if they can afford a foreign branded one.

It is unlikely that Chinese local cars powered by inner combustion engines can catch up with European, American or Japanese cars, so the government thinks a…

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