Late last week the UK taxi company Manganese Bronze announced that it was going to enter into bankruptcy protection and this week it would end 156 jobs at the UK plant. The company is partly owned by Geely who have a roughly 20% stake in the company and a joint venture in Shanghai, according…

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Brazil’s Districar have announced partnerships with China’s Haima and Chang’an Auto to produce the range of vehicles in Brazil by 2015, the same factory will also produce Ssangyong vehicles.

The three brands are currently imported into Brazil but Districar’s CEO Abdul Ibraimo believes that there is a strong business car for localized production…

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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 article was originally posted to the Chinese auto portal Auto.163.com late last week, I put it into my bookmarks with the aim of translating it over the weekend, it didn’t happen of course but life did and I finally had a chance to translate it over lunch on Tuesday. Except the original article had been deleted from the Auto 163 site. Perhaps it…

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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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Geely, along with the vast majority of other Chinese manufacturers, are looking at the export market as the next big growth engines to offset a slowing Chinese domestic market. Geely has signed a deal with Guangxi’s  Qingzhou  government to set up a car and engine manufacturing plant in the city’s tax free zone with a view to making…

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Shanghai VW has apparently received approval to build a new car plant in Xinjiang province, China’s most Western territory. Looking over a map it appears that Geely’s Lanzhou facility is the most Westernly automotive plant in China but SH-VW obviously smells a market in Xinjiang. News of the approval has been leaked out via Chinese automotive site,…

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After losing their grip on the opportunity of working with Saab, Hawtai have lost no ground in chasing new partners, Hawtai are reportedly working with the Malaysian auto company Proton.

According to inside sources the two companies maybe pairing up to take on the Indonesian market and have had multiple high level meetings at Hawtai’s new…

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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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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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The Seat brand was launched in China at the Shanghai Auto Show in April earlier this year, Chinese consumers did seem interested in yet another VAG brand but the cars have not yet hit the market. Seat will be imported into China and possibly produced at the new FAW-VW factory in Foshan sometime in the future, although that maybe shelved to give Audi…

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For Ford, the Focus is quite simply its bread and butter car and without it Ford would be in a much dire a situation in the Chinese market. The Focus sells in excess of 10,000 units per month on a regular basis and has become the go to car for any budding middle class Chinese consumer that wants a new car at around the 100,000rmb area. The next generation…

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The SC6 SUV was first unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April last year in concept form, however this particular model is practically heading down the production lines at Great Wall’s Bao Ding plant after our most recent visit to their factory. The SC6 has been sent to the Chinese patent office ahead of official production runs later this year which…

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Saab maybe shuttered for July and possibly August, but that has not stopped plans moving ahead for the production of Saab’s in the Chinese market, thanks to a life saving investment from Chinese partners Youngman and Pangda, the trio are planning to pin Saab’s survival on the red hot Chinese market. The Swedish-Chinese love triangle is working hard…

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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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