Shanghai GM launched their all new Buick Lacrosse in the Chinese market earlier this week ahead of a US market launch. Buick’s latest Lacrosse is likely to follow in the footsteps of the last model in becoming a leader in the Chinese market, whilst not as popular as the all conquering VW Passat, the Buick Lacrosse held its own and offered size and power…

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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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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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Its been another good month for car manufacturers, as normal the usual faces are making it into the top 10 passenger cars but the addition of the latest Hyundai Elantra is an interesting one. A revised fifth generation Elantra was only just launched in China, the Lang Dong was aired at the Beijing Auto Show in April and seems to be gathering speed with…

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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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The Chinese media are playing a guessing game over the Encore, they know its coming, but they don’t know if the road going versions currently camo’d up and out on China roads are Chinese market models or American market models. They also seem to think that the Chinese version will be carrying the same engines as the US version, which is headlined by…

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The chunky mini SUV from Buick is still doing road testing in China ahead of a potential December 2012 launch, the American version receives a 1.4T engine but the Chinese version is likely to call a 185bhp 1.6T unit its powerplant when it launches. Pricing is expected to be from 150,000rmb to 200,000rmb.

Will…

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How many SUV’s does GM make in China. Answer: 1. GM is synonymous with large trucks and gas guzzling cars, however the American company has only just introduced a single SUV into the Chinese market as a locally produced vehicle, the Chevrolet Captiva was first introduced in 2008 as a Korean built vehicle but was only just recently put into production…

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The Chevrolet Malibu is shaping up to be an interesting car to say the least, the Malibu was unveiled in China earlier this year at the Shanghai Auto Show for the first time, Shanghai GM are slowly pushing Chevrolet up market in terms of its brand positioning and are aiming at the brand at a more youthful market. Previously Chevrolet was a bargain bin…

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The Chinese hot hatch market is a desperate place, on one side you have the VW Golf GTI, on the other side you have exactly nothing. VAG has stolen the lime light with hot hatches, they introduce the Golf GTI, the Skoda Octavia VRS and the Polo GTI is expected to join them soon, God only knows what Ford are doing, perhaps they will one day wake up and…

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GM’s July 1.8% sales decline was reversed in August on the back of mini van sales, sales in August increased by 13% over the same period in 2010 where the company sold 181,625 vehicles.

Deliveries of light commercial vehicles at GM rebounded after the auto-maker introduced discounts to offset slowing sales earlier this year. The carmaker also rolled…

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The Buick Regal GS will enter the market in September this year and will be packing an upgraded version of the 2.0T engine found in the current Regal, the GS will also carry a slightly more sportier face which was borrowed from the Opel OPC that is sold in Europe. The interior has also undergone some changes with improved sports seats and the surprise…

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Toyota have already launched the latest generation of the Mark X into China, where it is more commonly known as the Toyota Reiz. The 2.5V6 RWD sedan is priced in the low 200,000rmb area which makes it very affordable and highly competitive against other sedans such as the Buick Regal and Skoda Octavia VRS. The Reiz became a popular alternative to mainstream…

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The Hyundai Sonata was never the top of any drivers new car list when it came to car shopping, it was always the second or third option to the Honda Accord or the Toyota Camry but that seems to have changed in 2011. The new Sonata is a thing of relative beauty when compared to the bland mobiles from Japan, Hyundai…

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The Buick Regal GS is expected to launch later this year with September being touted as a possible launch date, the GS will be be made in China and will make full use of the 2.0T Direct Injection engine that is currently used in the Cadillac SLS, the only four cylinder Caddy to date. The 2.0T in question produces an impressive 262bhp through the front…

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China Association of Automobile Manufacturers announced the automobile output and sales figures for July on August 10th. China’s auto output and sales in July hit 1,306,100 units and 1,275,300 units respectively, down 6.96% and 11.19% from a month earlier, up 1.26% and 2.18% from a year earlier. The auto output and sales in Jan-July…

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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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SAIC are not very good at keeping their new cars a secret, unless of course they like to keep the word about their next generation cars alive in the media. The 750 is based on GM’s Epsilon II platform which is shared with the Buick Lacrosse and the Regal in the Chinese and also world markets.

The next generation…

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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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J.D. Power Asia Pacific released 2011 China Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Study on July 28, which shows that the customer satisfaction index of China’s auto industry has reached new high due to progress in “vehicle delivery after service” and “service quality”.

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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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China got into the hot hatch phase late last year when the Golf GTI hit the market, it was followed up by the Skoda Octavia VRS (actually just called RS in China due to V being unpronounceable by most)  and other car makers are readying their own little cannonballs as the Chinese media likes to call hot hatches. The MG5 was shown in concept form…

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Transformers was one of the first foreign cartoons to enter China in the mid 1980’s and subsequently hooked a generation of men on the never ending battles between Decepticons and the Autobots. Of course, Transformers fell from the TV screens in the early 90’s but made it back to the big screen in 2008 when the first Transformers movie…

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Buick owes its life to the Chinese auto market, if the brand did not get an early foothold in the door in China then there is no doubt that the brand would have gone the way of Saturn a long time ago, in the US market the brand only appealed to the silver haired army whilst youngsters ignored the brand completely, in China the Buick brand gained its…

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GM’s Bei Sheng plant in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, is about to gain from a 7 billion RMB upgrade over the next few years. The factory expansion will take GM’s production capacity to a new high in China.

GM’s plans for the factory expansion have already been approved by the Ministry of Environment and will see the factory’s capacity increased…

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