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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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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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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Only several ports in China are open to automotive imports, Tianjin in the north is one of the largest ports in China with thousands of cars coming through each month. To take pressure off Tianjin, Qingdao has now been authorised to bring in new automobiles.

From China…

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American MG fans maybe waiting just a little longer for MG making it Stateside. Although certain rumors of MG setting up production in the US were circulating in the early days of 2005-2007, nothing ever came of it, now MG has a wide range but still those cars wont be seeing any North American roads in the near future. SAIC has however opened an office…

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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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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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Late last week the UK taxi company Manganese Bronze announced that it was going to enter into bankruptcy protection and this week it would end 156 jobs at the UK plant. The company is partly owned by Geely who have a roughly 20% stake in the company and a joint venture in Shanghai, according…

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Brazil’s Districar have announced partnerships with China’s Haima and Chang’an Auto to produce the range of vehicles in Brazil by 2015, the same factory will also produce Ssangyong vehicles.

The three brands are currently imported into Brazil but Districar’s CEO Abdul Ibraimo believes that there is a strong business car for localized production…

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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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The US market Ford Fusion has already been aired in the states, the Chinese version has not yet been officially aired but we have seen it plenty of times out testing and we do enjoy its thinking mans Aston Martin looks, we’re quite sure it will shake up the market when it does arrive in the PRC in early 2013. The Ford Fiesta is likely to be…

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Fujio Cho sat waiting on the airport runway in Japan ahead of his visit to China, his personal jet was all fired up and ready to roll when the news came in that Beijing had denied the jet permission to land in Beijing’s Capital Airport.

Cho is in charge of the Japan-China Economic Association,was expecting to meet with China’s leadership circles…

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From Biz Journal:

Johnson Controls Inc. announced on Wednesday plans to build a $200 million automotive battery plant in Tianjin, China, pending final approval.

The state-of-the-art facility will supply automakers and the aftermarket in China with maintenance-free lead-acid starter batteries and advanced batteries for start-stop…

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Via Reuters:

China Auto Rental has formally withdrawn its application to hold an initial public offering in the United States, marking an end to the first attempt by a Chinese firm to list in New York since U.S. regulators tightened rules for foreign applicants.

The company, which postponed a planned NASDAQ listing on April 24 citing…

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According to Auto Car, the Malaysian owned auto maker is being offered to the Chinese. Here’s hoping Youngman do not get involved.

Group Lotus’s new Malaysian-based owner, DRB-Hicom, is actively seeking a Chinese buyer for the troubled engineering group and sports car maker, according to the South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.

Bacon,…

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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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From MarketWatch:

Chinese battery and car maker BYD Co. said Monday it expects its car sales to grow over 10% this year on the back of new car models being launched.

However, BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu told reporters the company’s profitability will continue to be dragged by its solar business into the second quarter. The company…

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From China Daily:

German tire manufacturer Continental, a world-leading auto parts provider, kicked off the construction of a two wheel tire plant in the eastern Chinese city of Hefei on Friday.

The plant, expected to be put into operation in December next year, will mainly manufacture tires for mountain bikes and racing bikes for…

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The Chinese patent office seemingly has more holes than the Titanic, this time the Smart ForSpeed concept has been leaked ahead of a possible launch. However, let’s think about this in real times – the Chinese market is now the world’s biggest market and also the world’s most notorious market for having your car ripped off by a local manufacturer, thus…

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When it comes to electric cars it seems that everyone is pointing towards the Chinese market as the foundation to guide the way into a new era of cheap and whirring automotive transportation. On the ground in China it seems to be a different story, of course there is a massive impetus on building an electric car industry in China, but no electric car…

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BYD has received a lot of press attention this year and last, largely due to their rapid fall in sales which practically mirrored their massive increase in sales in 2009, but this has not put BYD off the car making game. BYD entered the car business in a similar way to Hyundai in the late 60′s, they had the car making passion but they did not have the…

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The thirst for efficient dynamics in China showed no signs of slowing down over the past nine months, BMW’s January to September sales in 2011 were greater than combined sales of the whole of 2010. 165,669 BMW branded vehicles left the lot so far this year and 11,853 MINI vehicles were sold over the same period, growth rates for BMW were at…

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Hiding your license plate from the law is serious business in other countries, it may lead to fines that could bankrupt your wallet, your license being revoked or even a jail stint. It’s serious business in China too, but owing to a lack of a police offices and an abundance of cars on the roads many get away with their license plate trickery, fly down…

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Cars with overly sporty styling are gaining popularity in China’s auto market. Either small cars like Smart, Beetle, and Minicooper or luxury cars like Ferrari and Bentley define their new models as featuring passionate sports style. Such a trend also prevails in the B-class car segment

It’s quite apparent in the newly-launched B-class…

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Chang’an posted its first-half fiscal report on August 29th, which shows that its business revenue in the first half decreased 12.75% from 16.627 billion yuan in the same period of last year to 14.537 billion yuan. Its net profits attributable to the shareholders of the listed company reduced 23.89% from 1.366 billion yuan in the same…

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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.

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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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Foton are already one of the world’s biggest light truck manufacturer, but they are not content with sitting with just the title of truck manufacturer, they are planning to enter the passenger car business in a major way. Foton are owned by Beijing Auto Industry Corp and have a large amount of freedom within the gigantic corporation to develop their…

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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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From Reuters:

Chery Automobile is to become the second Chinese vehicle maker to build an assembly plant in Kenya, joining truck manufacturer Beiqi Foton Motors in a move to tap east African demand and further strengthening Chinese links with the continent.

“They (Chery) are discussing with the (Chinese) government so that they can get…

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From the China Daily:

The worst nightmare traffic jams are experienced especially during peak times, morning and evening hours, and sometimes during the day.

The snarl ups have become part of Nairobi’s identity since they affect all key roads and major arteries within the central business districts and on the outskirts of the city.

To…

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Although Saab is at a critical point between life and death, Youngman is still optimistic about its future and has put forward a 2012+ product plan for the ailing Swedish company.

Huang Zhiqiang, vice president of Zhejiang Youngman Passenger Car Group, said that the first thing Youngman will do after completing the Saab acquisition is to expand Saab’s…

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Although China has a massive automotive production capacity that makes everything from the compounds that make up tires to the little bolts that hold mud flaps to your car, it has so far failed to produce a unique Tier One automotive supplier that is able to rival the likes of Bosch, Delphi or TRW. Enter BWI or Beijing West Industries, the Beijing based…

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Those automakers that chose to start minivan business last year may have made a wrong decision. After rapid growth in the past two years, China’s minivan market started to fall down in the first half of this year. According to the statistics from China Passenger Car Association, the sales of minivans in the first six months of this year decreased…

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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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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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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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Saab and Pangda have finally come forth with a plan to save Saab from the history books, the plan has not yet been made public but will be submitted to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) within the next 30 days. The NDRC is the all powerful body that oversees all major business developments in the Chinese market and all overseas investment…

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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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Saab still remains shuttered due to national holidays in Sweden and is still looking to remain shuttered throughout August when the car company should be back to making cars but that does not seem to have deterred Pangda from handling Saab’s…

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With BYD being a privately owned company they are very fast to turn their ideas from drawing board fiction into reality at a fairly rapid speed, where as if a state owned company attempted to do half of what BYD have achieved in the past five years then they would be no doubt mired in red tape and bureaucracy from the top down. BYD have come under a…

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