Volkswagen are still on a strong roll in the Chinese market with no less than four top selling models in the Chinese market. The Passat is an extremely well selling vehicle, previously it was unknown for larger vehicles to enter the top 10 ten sales models amongst popular demand for small compact vehicles.

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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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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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Whilst other manufacturers such as Geely and Chery have been on the warpath with a multitude of models, JAC seems to have got the recipie right from the get go, they did not start making cheap vehicles, they started making good vehicles which have slowly morphed into good vehicles. The aesthetic demands from Chinese consumers is greater than ever, whilst…

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Is the Chinese market down or up? Clearly for manufacturers such as Ford and GM there is no such thing as a poor market, both companies have put forward their best Septembers on record this year.

GM sold a record 244,266 vehicles in China, an increase of 10.5% from the previous month and 1.7% from September 2011, Shanghai GM’s domestic sales…

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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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CCT has had to close its comments section for a short while. The amount of spam comments we were receiving on a daily basis was more than enough to cripple the server and it bring it down for hours at a time, last week we were receiving over 2000 spam comments per day, throw in the traffic generated from GizChina and were cracking somewhere between…

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General Motors and its joint ventures set a new August sales mark in China, sales rose 7.3% from the previous August and 10.8 percent from July to 220,996 units in total.

All three of GM’s key manufacturing joint ventures set sales records for the month. Shanghai GM’s domestic sales were up 11.7 percent on an annual…

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Cadillac are getting serious about China, the luxury segment seems to be the only hot segment with growth far outstripping the demand for regular cars. Audi, BMW and Mercedes already have a strong foothold in the Chinese market, but Cadillac are begining to show signs of putting up a fight. Aside from the aging SLS, the rest of the Caddy range is produced…

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Chinese car brands may not have landed in the West, but they are encircling mature markets in developing countries where the demand for low cost cars is at an all time high, of course Chinese car manufacturers have been wise to step in to fill the demand.

Markets such as Brazil, Chile, Egypt and Turkey have been major overseas recipitants of Chinese…

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Via Reuters:

China’s Geely Automobile said on Monday its first-half net profit jumped 17 percent from a year ago, boosted by higher sales but warned that demand will slow in the next six months.

Net profit for January-June rose to 937.6 million yuan ($146 million), from 804.8 million yuan a year earlier, the auto maker said in a statement…

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Although Infiniti may expand their production beyond their traditional Japanese borders to account for growing demand for the premium brand, Infiniti China have come out to say that any news of the brand being produced in China are not true.

Infiniti currently relies on imports to sell cars in China, and it looks like it will remain this way for…

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With difficulties appearing in their home markets, Chinese car makers are starting to look more at foreign markets to continue with the strong growth they saw in 2010. According to sales stats for July many Chinese auto makers saw a drop in sales partly due to a lower demand but also due to strengthened marketing plans from joint venture companies in…

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From Reuters:

Chery Automobile is to become the second Chinese vehicle maker to build an assembly plant in Kenya, joining truck manufacturer Beiqi Foton Motors in a move to tap east African demand and further strengthening Chinese links with the continent.

“They (Chery) are discussing with the (Chinese) government so that they can get…

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The Chinese Passenger Car Association has announced that the Chinese market has hit the skids in July, the biggest fall seems to be in the mini van sector. Mini vans were heavily supported in 2010 thanks to a Cars to the Countryside program which assisted rural buyers with car buying subsidies, of course as soon as government support for these projects…

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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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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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VW Group are the head group for anything VW related in China, they oversee the mighty VW empire from VW branded cars to Lamgorghini sales and everything else in between. Although this year was expected to be a wash out for car makers, VW Group has managed to defy the odds partly due to its diverse portfolio of brands but also due to its early entry…

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GM’s Bei Sheng plant in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, is about to gain from a 7 billion RMB upgrade over the next few years. The factory expansion will take GM’s production capacity to a new high in China.

GM’s plans for the factory expansion have already been approved by the Ministry of Environment and will see the factory’s capacity increased…

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