According to Chinese media reports from the 21st Century Media newspaper, Tesla have passed the Chinese 3C quality testing phase and will soon be allowed to enter the Chinese market place.

Tesla’s certification process was helped along by a subsidiary company of the China Machinary Engineering Company (CMEC), whom have been thanked by…

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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…

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Suzuki are doing everything they can to stay relevant in the world’s biggest automotive market, their latest exploit is to launch the Suzuki Swift 1.6L Sports model as a rival to its own domestically made Chinese model which comes with 1.3L and 1.5L models.

The imported model comes with an 178,800RMB to 188,800RMB price tag depending on specification…

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After years of seeing their Chinese breathen take Toyota models and make them their own in the Chinese market, Toyota have been overly cautious over the past few years by sending their international market models through the Chinese patent registry office to stop local offenders from getting Xerox happy once again. The latest model from Toyota to see…

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For the past few years small displacement vehicles of less than 1.6L or less have been the major driving force behind the Chinese market, especially since 2008 when the cost of gas at the pump moved from being subsidized and fell more in line with global sales and sales tax on sub 1.6L was lowered to an all time low of 5% in 2009 before rising to 7%…

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At the recent launch of the Skoda Yeti which is being produced by Shanghai-VW, SH-VW Sales Director Mr. Zhai Ming Di revealed that Volkswagen and Shanghai Auto are discussing the possibility of bringing two new luxury brands into the Chinese market as locally made vehicles.

The Chinese media are strongly hinting that the Porsche Macan will be produced…

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The displacement wars are over in China, big displacement engines were once a status symbol in the early days of the Chinese car industry where small displacement V6 engines were relatively common place. But back then, fuel was subsidized by the Central Government who were bankrolling losses at China’s biggest petroleum refineries, not anymore. Chinese…

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Honda’s sales continued on a downward trend in August 2013, but it seems there is light at the end of the tunnel as Honda’s sales decline seems to have slowed considerably.

Honda and its two JV’s sold 55,553 units in August, a drop of just 2.5% from a year earlier and a 1.7% drop in July and a 5.6% drop in June. In the first eight months of 2013…

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Volvo saw its sales increase by 65% in August in the Chinese market thanks to highly popular models such as the XC60 SUV and the recently launched V40 hatchback.

Whilst the percent figure is still relatively high it should be noted that Volvo’s sales in August were still just 4,319 cars in the month of August. A far cry from other luxury rivals…

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Shanghai Volkswagen announced last week the addition of a new factory in China’s far Western Xinjiang Province, making Volkswagen the first car manufacturer in the province.

Many automotive companies are actively looking to China’s mineral rich Western regions to further their sales goals in 2014, but few have been able to set up factories and manufacturing…

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General Motors announced yesterday that the its total car sales within China in the eight months of 2013, GM reached the same two million unit milestone in September 2012. In the first seven months of 2013, GM and its joint ventures sold a record 1,788,972 vehicles in China. Earlier this year, GM announced that its joint ventures would invest about…

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China Association of Auto Manufacturers (CAAM) announced today that July 2013 Auto Sales reached 1.51 million vehicles, an increase of 9.93% over the same period in 2012.

Total vehicle production reached 1.58 million vehicles, a slight drop of 5.43% over June but a 10.18% increase over the same period in 2012.

In the first seven months of 2013…

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According to recent Chinese media reports which are either fact or fiction, a Japanese man was recently pulled over for a routine traffic stop in Zhengzhou City, on finding the Japanese gent in question only had a Japanese driving license on him rather than a Chinese driving license the traffic cop moved to confiscate his car as only Chinese licenses…

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Much has been reported about Tesla’s plans to move into the Chinese luxury market with its current two car line up, reports either focus on the lack of charging infrastructure or China’s burgeoning luxury car segment which Audi and BMW and to some extent, Mercedes, have an iron grip on.

Nothing has been mentioned about potential China wide store…

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BMW announced yesterday that the company was to recall over 143,000 BMW 5 Series models that were produced by its joint venture Brilliance-BMW in Shenyang, citing issues with the power steering system.

In total 143,215 vehicles built by BMW Brilliance Automotive. between Aug. 24, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2012, the General Administration of Quality Supervision,…

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Although PSA were early arrivals in the Chinese market they have been slow to react to the needs and requirements of Chinese consumers, in recent years they have speed up the introduction of new models which have turned around the companies activities in the Chinese market for the better but work is still required, hence the introduction of the new…

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The revival of the Datsun brand for developing markets last week sent shockwaves around the worldwide automotive media, but the new Datsun’s were not to be the same Datsun’s of yesteryear, the new Datsuns are set to be low cost front wheel drive vehicles for developing markets.

Chinese automotive media were highly interested in the 3,000USD car,…

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Chang-an launched their latest CS35 SUV several months ago but that compact SUV is about to be dwarfed by the introduction of a larger CS75. This new SUV shares its platform with the new Raeton sedan which was also launched earlier this year.

Not much information is available on the new model, although we believe it is based on the CS95 concept that…

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The Ford Transit Connect didn’t come to China in its first generation, its larger Transit cousin did however and has become a big seller for the partnership between Ford and Jianglin which focuses on Ford’s commercial vehicle products. The Transit Connect has unofficially aired via the Chinese patent office where it seems to be showing both aspects…

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Hyundai saw its Chinese sales grow by 26% in April 2013 according to results released by the Korean company. Hyundai operates its joint venture with Beijing Auto and has introduced a wide range of models over the past few months, the latest generation of Hyundai Sante Fe has proven to be a popular model since its introduction at the Beijing-Hyundai…

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Jeep returning to China was one of the key topics of the Shanghai Auto Show, the iconic American brand aired their latest incarnation of the Jeep Cherokee which grabbed headlines across the Chinese automotive and mainstream media. The Cherokee is popular in China owing to it being the first vehicle to be produced in the Chinese market, VW’s Santana…

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GM’s flagship brand, Cadillac, will gain a new production facility in the Pudong district of Shanghai later this year according to recent Chinese media reports.

The Chinese daily newspaper, First Financial Daily, is reporting that the new factory will be based in the Jinqiao area of Pudong, Shanghai, close to GM’s Asia-Pacific Headquarters with…

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The Suzuki Authentics Concept Sedan is coming to the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show according to a press release from Suzuki. Suzuki have struggled to break their mold as a small car manufacturer in the Chinese market over the past few years, the 2005 introduction of the Suzuki Swift at the Chang’an-Suzuki joint venture has seen them perform quite well and…

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According to Chinese media reports and reports from Bloomberg, GM are apparently looking to buy into struggling Chinese auto manufacturers. By 2015 GM is expected to lift its China sales by 75% to roughly 5 million units per year, and by buying a Chinese brand they will be able to increase capacity relatively easy.

Despite joining the World Trade…

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January 2012 was host to the Chinese New Year which sees 1.3 billion people head home for a once per year two week (or longer) break, that translates into less sales times for car sellers during the CNY period but strong sales ahead of it. With the New Year falling in February this year, almost all car brands are recording record sales (we say almost…

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Chevrolet may have a new compact low cost MPV up its sleeve for the Chinese market if these spy shots of the Chevrolet Spin are anything to go by. The Spin is a Brazilian produced car for the South American market motor and is aimed at the lower end of the market, does that sort of market fit in with China’s current Chevrolet line up at all?

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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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Earlier this month and in late December there was plenty of rumors that Beijing Auto and Daimler would create a new alliance to cement ties in China and Globally, facts were thin but rumors were strong. There is no smoke without fire, and preliminary investigation showed that there was a plan in the pipeline to create a partnership similar to Renault…

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On January 1st Chinese drivers came to face with the toughest rules to date, those that went through a yellow light were given automatic 6 point deductions from their license and red light jumpers faced the same punishment. The rule was enforced for a couple of days to set an example, some police forces said they wouldn’t immediately fine road users…

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The first generation X-Terra has been on the market for a decade under the Paladin name, the second generation never made it to China but Nissan passed it onto joint venture partner Zhengzhou Dongfeng who make commercial vehicles on behalf Nissan, where the Paladin became the AoTing.

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What’s the best way to road test your facelift car without it getting noticed by the general public who are armed with high quality cellphone cameras? Obviously not covering your car in eye catching camo is one method. The facelift Grand Cherokee has been spotted road testing in China ahead of a launch in March-April this year.

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The Chinese media are pushing around various stories regarding the forthcoming third generation of Land Rover Freelander. The Freelander is expected to be one of the first vehicles to be made in China under the new joint venture arangement between Chery and JLR, the two companies are expected to carry out considerable amounts of R&D together to…

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Opening the curtains in the morning to check on the days weather has become a fruitless task, the weather largely stays the same: “Gray, with a hint of gray” This is not smog central Beijing, this is Qingdao – reportedly one of the cleanest cities in China and a long time member of the “Top Ten Most Livable Chinese Cities” lists that come out…

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From 2008 onwards, Ford finally found the accelerator pedal in the Chinese market, it may have had some unusual policy ideas, such as neglecting to introduce a 1.6L Focus during the massive sub 1.6L displacement car boom from 2008-2010, but the company is moving to understand the Chinese consumer. Previous Ford models launched in China were European…

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Qoros launches in the next few months at the Geneva Motor Show, for those that are not in the know, Qoros is the latest and greatest automotive brand. Qoros is a joint venture between Chery and Israeli Corp, the plan is to create a Chinese brand capable of taking over the world. On one hand you have Israeli venture capital and on the other hand you…

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The Lavida has been a hit for VW China, the car was designed specifically by SH-VW whilst FAW-VW produced a new Bora to give consumers a choice below the Golf/Sagitar line up. The Lavida came with 2.0L, 1.8L, 1.6L and 1.4TSI engines but that crowd was later thinned to 1.6L or 1.4TSI models with automatic or manual gearboxes. The Lavida was an instant…

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Some car companies are clearly doing better than others, but other car companies might surprise you with their ranking on this list. The VAG group of brands continue to dominate the Chinese market, and clearly if it wasn’t for the powerhouse that is WuLing then GM would have been in the second or third spot a long time ago. Please note that these figures…

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The simple answer being of course, Federal Crash Standards. In a seemingly eternal battle of cat and mouse, as soon as Chinese manufacturers meet Euro 5 emissions or build a car that has NCAP 4 stars or better, a new range of standards and guidelines appear that take it to the next level for their already stretched R&D budget.

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BYD’s CEO and one of China’s richest men, in a recent interview with China’s Securities Report put forth his belief that BYD are in the progress of catching their second breath in the Chinese market owing to their improved technology, quality and green technology.

At the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show BYD are expected to launch a new generation of green…

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According to Bloomberg, Jeeps are going to see Chinese production soon:

Chrysler signed an agreement today with a Chinese automaker to build Jeeps in that country, part of worldwide expansion plans for the iconic American brand.

Fiat – the Italian manufacturer that controls Chrysler – signed the deal with China’s…

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From the Financial Express

Zhongsheng Group Holdings Ltd , a large Chinese auto dealership group, said consumer financing is fast gaining acceptance in China, which will help boost the market as well as encourage younger…

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Last week the China Daily reported that one of BMW China’s more senior leaders at the BMW-Brilliance Joint Venture was preparing to leave his post. Today another report indicates that the Vice President, Mr. Lu Yi is preparing to move to the new Chery-JLR joint venture as the new CEO.

From China Daily:

BMW Brilliance Senior Vice-President…

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From Market Watch:

The China Banking Regulatory Commission has approved Banco Santander SA (NYSE:SAN) and Chinese automobile manufacturer Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. to operate a joint auto-financing…

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One of the major topics in 2011 and 2012 for vehicle makers in China was the era of ‘slow growth’. Manufacturers had grown used to a decade of 30% year on year growth but that stopped in 2011 with the onset of the global economy which led to slower export sales but was also partly influenced by rising inflation in China and rising worker salaries as…

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China has a traffic problem, the ongoing love affair with the automobile has turned into a binge consumption spree that has obviously spilled out onto the roads. In previous years red lights were seen as ‘sort of optional’ when it came to stopping to allow other cars passed, especially if there weren’t any cameras overhead monitoring…

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Renault have long been out of the Chinese market, Renault initially had a joint venture with SanJiang where the Renault Traffic was made. The JV was not successful but SanJiang was taken over the larger Dongfeng, meaning that Renault and Dongfeng can go ahead with producing cars in China thanks to the original agreement with Sanjiang, nonetheless Dongfeng…

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Nissan strong sales in China have come to an abrupt halt thanks to the diplomatic spat between China and Japan over the Diao Yu Islands. Toyota have also suffered a similar fate as Chinese consumers stayed away from Japanese brands, either out of patriotic duty or due to Japanese cars being destroyed in riots. Japanese car sales fell back in October…

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Ford’s Chinese sale grew by an impressive 21% over the course of 2012 according to a press release issued by the Shanghai based company earlier today, total sales for the course of the year reached 626,616 units. December sales soared to 70,510, an increase of 43% over December 2011.

“Record 2012 sales highlight the positive response our customers…

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Following on from the Five Foreign Brands article, we also need to take a look at Chinese brands that look set to excel in 2013. Chinese manufacturers have undergone a spiritual awakening in the past four years, many have realized that they cannot rely on the Chinese market if they are going to become automotive giants, at worse they will be snapped…

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Foreign auto brands have had their run of the Chinese market since they first came in 1984, the popularity of foreign autos has sky rocketed over the past few years with Chinese brands struggling to maintain their market share. Although foreign brands own the lions share of the market, some brands have only just entered or are going through a period…

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The pu-tong (regular) Sagitar has been on the market for a few months already and seems to be holding its ground in the sales figures as per usual for a VW vehicle in the PRC. Powered by the choice of 1.6L or 1.4TSI engines mated to DSI or manual transmissions the new Sagitar is a regular sight on Chinese roads, alongside the current Golf which…

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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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GM’s sales have jumped to 260,018 vehicles in November bringing the total of car sales in China to 2.593 million in the first 11 months of the year, up slightly over the first 11 months of 2011 where 2.547 million GM vehicles were sold.

Shanghai GM sold 136,444 vehicles in November as demand jumped 20% on a year on year basis. Wuling vehicles fell…

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The diplomatic fall out and consumer backlash against Japanese products continued into November with Honda announcing that sales were down in China 29% in year on year figures.

Although the figures are down, it seems that the situation is slowly improving as October’s sales were down nearly 50% in October.In November 2012 Honda sold 41,205 cars in…

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