After a succesful launch at last years China Luxury Expo, the British automotive brand Morgan have sucessfully opened their first dealership in the Chinese market in Beijing.

HM Ambassador Sebastian Wood opened the 320 square meter showroom which houses a number of cars from Britain’s oldest privately held motor company, including the first Plus…

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According to Chinese media reports both Foton and Great Wall Motors are planning to enter the Indian market in the near future. Foton has reportedly acquired a patch of land on which to develop a production facility for commercial vehicles due to the large demand for efficient CV’s in the Indian market.

Great Wall Motors are also reportedly planning…

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Earlier this year at the Beijing Auto Show Haima showed off a concept named ‘Yao’, after months of seeing the ‘Yao’ road testing around China getting acclimatized to different weather conditions we can say the car is ready to hit the production lines. A pre-production model was recently spotted outside a hotel in…

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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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From Xinhua:

Chinese unmanned automobiles will embark on a test drive from Beijing to its neighboring city of Tianjin next year, covering a linear distance of some 120 km, according to the National Natural Science Foundation.

Without an onboard human presence,…

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Qoros are still on with their plans to become a major player in the auto industry, the Israeli-Chinese JV are still on track with their plans to launch their first model in March next year. The company has set up its HQ in downtown Shanghai and also has a joint production facility in Changshu, 100km from Shanghai, in partnership with Chery.

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Jaguar Land Rover have big plans for China thanks to their new JV with Chery, the Indian owned British company has had a fantastic record in the past four years of making cars that consumers actually want rather than making cars that it thinks the consumer wants, we only have to look at the success of the Jaguar XF, XJ and Range Rover Evoque in the…

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The Nissan Juke is coming to China – it’s no secret, the car has been sighted out and about in China for the past few months. The mini SUV has already won fans in North America and Europe, but how will it fair with the Chinese? Nissan have recently introduced the Murano SUV with a 3.5L V6, as of the end of May it sold just 210 units in China whilst…

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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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From Informante

China exported a total of 278 940 vehicles in from January to April this year, 24% more than exports over the first four months of 2011, chinanews.com reports, citing figures from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Year-on-year growth rates for passenger and commercial automobile exports over the four month…

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So sayeth Bloomberg:

Chinese dealers are struggling with the rising number of unsold cars that’s threatening to deepen price cuts, according to the nation’s biggest automobile dealers’ association.

Dealerships…

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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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So why aren’t we updating China Car Times as often this week? Because its Chinese New Year of course. What does this mean? It means cheap beer, fireworks, dumplings, never ending television galas and going to see relatives you really cant remember. Sound great? Actually it’s not that bad. Previously when I lived in the north of China I hated the Chinese…

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At the Global Auto Forum in Chengdu yesterday Chery’s deputy top man, Mr. Lu Jian Hui,  revealed that Chery will aim to export cars to Europe in 2015, the announcement will no doubt stop rumors of ‘When are the Chinese coming?’ but will also give traditional European manufacturers a good opportunity to prepare for the Chinese.

Mr. Lu was quoted…

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Chery Australia may have to kick its crisis communications plan in to action later this week owing to the two star award that the Tiggo (aka the J11 in Australia) received in the recent ANCAP testing:

The latest Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) crash test gave the Chinese Chery J11 compact SUV a two-star rating – but a zero…

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Ford’s China line up largely consists of their European models – the Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo, S-Max and of course the Canadian made Edge fill up the Chinese Ford network. The Edge was introduced in mid 2010, although its overly American styling with the giant radiator style grill may have put some people off it seems that the Edge is gaining some niche…

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Soon after BYD released news stating that it would cut up to 1800 members of staff, including 1000 members of its sales team, BYD apparently cut the internet in BYD offices to stop further news leaks. Chinese…

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The American version of the Camry has been grabbing headlines all week long in the US of A, the latest incarnation of the world’s most popular mid size sedan was revealed to an excited American public earlier this week, but it seems that the Chinese Camry and the US Camry will have some minor differences when they both make it to dealerships.

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Several years ago the Honda Fit was the car to buy if you wanted a small car from a joint venture manufacturer, back in the old days the battle lines between joint venture companies and Chinese companies were quite clear, JV’s would make high end cars and Chinese would make cheap low end cars. Of course these lines have been rubbed into the dirt now,…

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The Chinese market is a strange place for Peugeot, they roll the old with the new and hope it works – see the odd Pug 207 at the bottom of the ladder that’s rocking a 208 face but is actually a 207, then there’s the saloon version, and on top of that there is the Peugeot 408 which is just a stretched 307 and now there is there 508. Confused? You should…

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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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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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When Janet Jackson had her minor nip slip at the Superbowl a few years back the American public went wild, but will they go wild for the new CRV? Of course official renderings have already been released of the popular compact SUV, but this is the first time that a production model has been spied in the wild with its new interestingly styled grill alongside…

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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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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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According to Environmental Finance:

Running an electric vehicle in China would emit more greenhouse gases than its petrol-fuelled equivalent, according to an expert in emissions reduction projects.

Despite the country’s expertise in electric vehicles and its growing manufacturing base – Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn only this…

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For many Chinese car companies the Indian market displays a great allure, but can they tackle it using the same methods to entice China’s 1.3billion consumers? It seems that the odds are stacked against them, but if perhaps they can manoeuvre themselves into a strong position by inking strategic deals with the right partners.

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The prices of locally-made vehicles in June stayed at the same level as the previous month, but declined 1.18% from a year earlier, shows the data from the price monitoring center of China’s National Development Reform Commission.

In June, the prices of locally-made passenger vehicles reduced 1.41% from a year earlier, while the prices of…

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This news came via an anonymous tipster early this morning and seems to show that a Beijing based start up may have been able to overcome the issues that have plagued EV manufacturers so far, albeit at a slightly price:

A Beijing startup called Wuhe is making electrode materials and batteries that could lower the cost of electric…

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