Great Wall are on the verge of launching their 200,000RMB SUV, the much talked about H8. Prices haven’t yet been officially announced but Great Wall executives have indicated via Chinese media that the new H8 SUV will be priced at around 200,000RMB or $32,000USD when its launched later this year.

The full size SUV was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto…

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Dodge has always been the poor brother to Chrysler in the Chinese market which puts it in an extremely poor standing right now considering that Chrysler sells just two models in China (the 300C and the Town and Country) whilst Dodge sells just the JCUV.

At its peak in the Chinese market Dodge sold the JCUV (Journey), Avenger and the Dodge Caravan,…

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In 1992 Mazda and a local car factory in Hainan, Haima, signed a deal that would see the two produce Mazda’s produce in the Chinese market, the deal lasted until 2006 when Haima fell under First Automobile Work’s control and took with it Mazda. Mazda and FAW subsequently established a licensing deal where FAW was free to produce certain Mazda models…

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It’s a well known fact that Chinese labor is somewhat cheaper than what is available in the West, however in recent years Chinese salaries have sky rocketed at a rapid pace for the average white collar worker. Entry level jobs for a recent graduate in Shanghai will net around 5000RMB (812USD) per month at the minimum, post grads can look forward to…

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Names for automobiles are very subjective, what sounds great in one particular language may mean something rather different, or even rude, in another. Take for example the Mitsubishi Pajero, Pajero sounds great in English and Anglo-Saxon countries loved the foreign sounding name of Mitsubishi’s flagship SUV. Over in Spanish speaking countries and some…

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The China Daily asked a charged question earlier this week when it asked if the Chinese Auto Market would get over the Speed Bump of slow sales:

A slowing economy and the exit of stimulus policies have put brakes on China’s auto industry, sending auto sales to a historical low after explosive expansion.

However, industry analysts believe…

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Beijing wasn’t always the capital of China, it jumped from city to city with the changing of dynasty or during war times, at different points in history the capital has moved around from Xi’an to Peiping (modern day Beijing) to Nanjing to Chongqing and beyond, the word ‘jing’ usually means capital, Bei means…

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Ask a Chinese driver if ten years ago they would have expected fuel prices to break the 8RMB per liter barrier. Most will say no. The 8rmb barrier became an important pyschological barrier for Chinese drivers, would more of them say no to car ownership or car use in the wake up fuel falling over 8rmb for the first time?

On March 20th the NDRC (National…

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The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) sets the price on Chinese gasoline prices at the pump which gives the People’s people something to complain about every 3 or 4 months when pricing inevitably goes north of what they are currently paying. With gas prices at the forecourt breaching the 8rmb barrier for the first time Chinese drivers…

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Hongqi (Red Flag) is being revived slowly buy surely, Shanghai is reviving, Beijing is Reviving. The old famous Chinese car brands which disappeared for many years are reviving at the same time, of course they are not being brought back for nostalgic purposes, they are being brought back to satisfy a government demand for anything that isn’t German….

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This week is statistics week, luxury auto manufacturers totted up their 2011 China sales last week as their volumes were much smaller and they were largely without joint venture partners numbers were obviously easier to crunch, this week joint venture companies and local companies alike will be rolling out their statistics, tomorrow the official yearly…

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Considerable attention has been paid to the Chinese automotive world, as the worlds biggest and at the same time fastest growing market, being a topic in newspapers all around the world. However, recent export attempts to Western countries as well as high-profile international acquisitions and take-over attempts by Chinese automobile players have shifted…

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Not long ago I wrote an article for China Car Times on how I believed that after a few missteps, BYD would ultimately prevail. We now have partial confirmation that I was on to something. It has been reported that BYD’s Q3 profits are up an astonishing 582% with the Q4 outlook even more positive. Granted, BYD’s profits are still down for the year,…

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As everyone knows, the arrival of electric vehicles to the mass market will happen sooner rather than later. But are EV’s the be–all-and-end-all of the new energy race? Are there other potential fuels or alternatives available? At the World Auto Forum in Chengdu a briefing session was held to discuss what changes the oncoming wave of electric…

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Automotive Joint Venture companies have been in China for almost 30 years. China currently has 30 joint venture companies producing 62 brands of cars, however, as local brands gain strength in the market, could there be changes ahead? At the World Auto Forum in Chengdu a debate was held by James Qin, the CEO of major automotive portal Autohome.com.cn,…

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