In 2010 Geely acquired Volvo, and then in 2012 the government announced it would buy more locally made cars rather than Audis. It was largely thought that Volvo, as a Chinese owned company, would get a major leg up in the 2012 sales market, but the opposite has happened, sales fell.

Ford established its joint venture with Chang’an Automobile…

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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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Toyota, the world’s biggest car manufacturer, announced earlier today that the company achieved sales of 840,000 units in the Chinese market. Sales were less than expected owing to the political issues between China and Japan which kept Chinese consumers away from Japanese branded cars after riots broke out in several different cities where Japanese…

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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 Buick Lacrosse has been a hit on the Chinese market, business users and personal users have taken to the cars oversized bulk with much glee making it a regular sight on Chinese roads. The Lacrosse hit the perfect price segment with the launch of the current generation, Chinese consumers love the idea of a ‘Da Qi‘ car that is able to command…

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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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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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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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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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Despite political issues between Japan and China which have reportedly kept Chinese consumers out of Japanese auto dealerships, FAW-Toyota announced that their total sales reached 350,000 units in the first half of the year.

Three models appear to be making up the back bone of the FAW-Toyota range, the Corolla, Reiz and RAV4 racked up sales of 170,000,…

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Is the Suzuki Swift Saloon heading to China? We know that Chinese consumers have a taste for the small notchback sedan, but will they have a taste for Suzuki’s mini saloon? The Swift Saloon is already on sale in India as the Suzuki Maruti Dzire, these leaked pictures from the Chinese patent office show the Swift…

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The Chinese market is already host to some of JLR’s China only products, the Freelander for example is already fitted with the 240BHP 2.0T engine that is going to be installed in the forthcoming Jaguar XF 2.0T, the top of the line 3.2L Freelander has already been wiped from the China market, giving Chinese consumers a choice of four cylinder diesel…

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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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From China Economic Net:

In the showroom of BMW Individual, Munich, we saw the fruit of this cross-industry cooperation. A silver”piano line” outlines its elegant waist; the seat pillows and cushions are sewn with Steinway’s golden harp logo. Employees of BMW Individual told us that this 7 Series BMW limited edition was special in that”it…

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From China Daily:

“Our sales goal is to achieve $1 billion a year by 2015 in the Chinese market, which means we have to grow our business here by 35 percent every year,” said Dinesh Paliwal, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the US company.

“We also plan to triple our head count by 2015 and aim to grab 30 percent of…

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The Prius was never a big seller in the Chinese market owing to the fact that it was too expensive, other automotive commentators will incorrectly state that Chinese consumers are not interested in doing their bit to save the environment, the fact is that the Prius was over priced at 250,000rmb ($45,000USD) leading Chinese consumers to buy much cheaper…

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