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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Jeep became a political over the past two weeks when former presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared in a series of television adverts that Jeep was moving all of its production to China. The Obama camp were quick to respond, as was Sergio Marchionne, the Fiat-Chrysler CEO who stated time and time again that Jeep was moving to China to satisfy Chinese…

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Saab maybe an entry in the automotive history book but the brand sort of lives on in Beijing, when Beijing Auto bought the rights to the last generation 93 and 95 as well as the engines.

Although the C70G is based on Saab architecture it looks nothing like a Saab, its side has more of a BMW Bangle wrinkle

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China loves the Santana. The car was first introduced in 1984 and claims the title as the first passenger car made in China, of course the Jeep Cherokee made it a few months earlier but claimed the crown as the first foreign vehicle made in China. The partnership between Shanghai Auto and Volkswagen bloomed from a tiny few hundred units per year into…

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Over the past few days a number of rumors have appeared regarding VW in China, the rumors are basically:Shanghai VW are planning a new factory in Changsha, FAW-VW are planning a factory in Inner Mongolia.

As before with the Shanghai-VW investment in Xinjiang we broke the story first, it seemed an odd investment for a Shanghai based auto company to…

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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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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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The Ford Focus is already a hot product for the Chinese market, but perhaps the forth coming ST model will be just as hot. The ST won’t be made in China according to media reports circulating earlier today, but the model will be imported into China. Of course the media haven’t yet revealed where the country of origin will be, the Focus is currently…

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The Honda Accord has been given its final update ahead of the introduction of a new model in 2013, the latest updates have been leaked out via spy photos shown below. Honda’s 8th generation Accord has been a success in the Chinese market, the 9th generation model is likely to follow in its footsteps although both the 8th and 9th gen models will be sold…

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The data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) show that the country’s July auto output and sales hit 1,306,100 units and 1,275,300 units respectively, down 6.96% and 11.19% from a month earlier, up 1.26% and 2.18% from a year earlier. The auto output and sales in Jan-July period reached 10,462,400 units and 10,601,800…

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China Association of Automobile Manufacturers released the country’s auto output and sales data for July on August 10th. China’s auto output and sales saw a month-on-month decline and a year-on-year growth in the traditional low season. The commercial vehicle sector saw bigger month-on-month decline than the passenger vehicle…

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New York crude oil futures fell more than 9% last week. Some Chinese people don’t understand why China’s fuel prices are not lowered accordingly, and thus cast doubts over the country’s fuel price adjustment system.

Due to US’ debt crisis and market worries about second bottoming of Europe and US’ economy, the oil…

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Chinese manufacturers are seeing major growth in the Brazilian car market after their recent entry into the South American country, Chery were the first Chinese car company to make a landing in Brazil but JAC have aggressively followed suit and have grand plans for the market.

Earlier this week JAC’s Vice President was in Sao Paulo where he announced…

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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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From Market Watch:

Great Wall Motor Co. (2333.HK) plans to sell up to 304 million A shares ahead of a listing in mainland China, the Chinese car maker said Friday, which would enable it to boost production capacity to meet the country’s growing domestic demand for automobiles.

The Hong Kong-listed company said in a statement that…

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From the China Daily:

Its Luxgen 7 mid-sized sport utility vehicle is now offered for presale at prices ranging from 190,000 to 270,000 yuan. The model will formally hit the market in two months, the company said.

Hubei-based Dongfeng Motor Corp and Taiwan’s largest carmaker Yulon Motor Co formed the partnership in Hangzhou, Zhejiang…

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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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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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So far Beijing has been the only city in China to implement a license plate lottery to its citizens which has had a devastating effect on the local automotive economy but last week tiny Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in South China initiated its own traffic curbing policy.

It’s not entirely clear why Guiyang felt the need to limit the…

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From Reuters:

Mercedes-Benz on Thursday opened an advanced design studio in Beijing, the first premium auto maker to do so in the world’s largest auto market.

The 1,000 square-metre studio will contribute to the design of Mercedes-Benz vehicles along with the existing facilities in Germany, the United States, Italy and Japan, a senior…

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The good news is that under a quarter of China’s population have access to a privately owned motor vehicle, the bad news is that nobody really knows how many the government actually owns itself, with the government fleet being a mixture of civil use fleet and also military plated vehicles that seem to come in all shapes and sizes.

From the China…

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Changchun is the home to First Automobile Works that has partnerships with Mazda, Toyota, Audi and VW, the problem is that although Changchun has become a major automotive production hub it just can’t attract the talent. Now the problem is not that FAW and its partners are paying low money (in fact, I hear they pay well above average) it’s just that…

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