Fiat’s re-entry into the Chinese car market seems startling on paper, in just a three year period they have developed a new partnership with Guangzhou Auto, built their own ‘World Class Manufacturing facility’ in Changsha, developed a car specifically for the Chinese market and built and expanded their dealership network to 134 dealers with the…

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Korea is a tough market for imported brands, but Fiat is more than up to the task. The Korean market, as you would expect, is dominated by local players such as Hyundai and Kia as well as GM’s local arm, and to a lesser extent Ssangyong. Japanese manufacturers have tried to tap the market but Korean’s remain loyal to local brands, Fiat is hoping to…

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GAC Fiat is one of the newest joint venture companies in the Chinese auto maker, the company was founded in 2010 with its World Class Manufacturing Facility based in Changsha. Jack Cheng was the previous General Manager of the joint venture but has since moved onto another role within the Fiat Group at as Country Manager China of Magneti Marelli

Jack…

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According to Bloomberg, Jeeps are going to see Chinese production soon:

Chrysler signed an agreement today with a Chinese automaker to build Jeeps in that country, part of worldwide expansion plans for the iconic American brand.

Fiat – the Italian manufacturer that controls Chrysler – signed the deal with China’s…

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Foreign auto brands have had their run of the Chinese market since they first came in 1984, the popularity of foreign autos has sky rocketed over the past few years with Chinese brands struggling to maintain their market share. Although foreign brands own the lions share of the market, some brands have only just entered or are going through a period…

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Expect major updates from tomorrow onwards.

What we’ve seen so far:

  • Very sweaty people – Why did the organizers choose not to turn on the AC on the first day? So many sweaty executives, PR people and journalists.
  • Taxi drivers complaining its cold – It’s 25 degrees in Guangzhou. Hot for the swarms of media that came in from…
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BYD’s Su Rui sedan has a cousin in the BYD Si Rui. The name is similar, and the exterior looks similar too, so what are the differences? We’re not entirely clear if this model is placed above the Si Rui or below it either, but we can tell you that like the Su Rui it is packed with technology. A 12.1 inch screen is the obvious focal point in the center…

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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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The Chinese auto market is made up entirely of individual auto makers, there are the larger state owned companies that have several of their own brands, such as SAIC that owns Roewe and MG and Maxus, and First Automobile Works that owns Xiali, Besturn and Hong Qi, but these companies are shouldering the burden of design and development entirely by themselves,…

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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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One car that we didn’t actually report on during the Beijing Auto Show last month was Fiat’s fantastic looking Viaggo. A while back we reported on rumors that Fiat’s forthcoming Chinese compact sedan was a facelifted Dodge Dart for the Chinese market, we weren’t entirely wrong, the facelift was a little bit more substantial than a mere badge swap, it’s…

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From DOW Newswire:

Fiat SpA and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd. (2238.HK) will begin selling the first car made under their joint venture in China in the second half of 2012 at a plant with a capacity to make up to 170,000 units a year, the head of the Italian automaker said Wednesday.

“That will be the first phase,” Fiat Chief…

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The Fiat C-Medium, named after its compact medium status, has been spotted several times in China already. Apparently the C-Medium is essentially a reworked Dodge Dart that will get a Fiat badge for the Chinese market. When the ‘Dart’ finally hits the market in early 2013, it wont be behind the competition at all, and pricing is expected to be as low…

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Guangzhou-Fiat are readying a new compact sedan for the Chinese market, Chinese automotive websites are already publishing spy shots of the sedan which they believe will be a Dodge Dart with a Fiat badge. The Dart is based on Fiat’s C-Medium platform that already under pins the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and will be the first model to hit the production…

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With China’s auto market cooling down, the domestically produced cars are under greater pressure. How does the joint venture between Fiat and Guangzhou Automobile (Hereinafter refer to as Guangzhou Fiat) respond to the competition, a reporter from the Shanghai Securities  interviewed Jiang Ping, the vice president of Guangzhou Fiat.

Reporters:…

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From Bloomberg:

Jeep CEO Mike Manley hopes to negotiate a deal in the next several weeks that will result in Jeep production in China.

Manley departed for China Wednesday to negotiate a deal with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd., a Chinese company that has a joint venture with Fiat.

“Fiat has a very strong partner there so I will…

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Zotye may have been based around a single car for the past few years, but they have rapidly expanded their product line up over the past few months to include some interesting new vehicles. The Fiat Multipla based MPV has already hit the market and the Shanghai Auto Show revealed a stand full of concept cars, with no current production cars on display…

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As Fiat is going to become Chrysler’s controlling shareholder and GAC-Fiat will start local production soon, Chrysler’s local production plan is also put on the agenda.

A source with Chrysler China revealed that Chrysler will surely start local production, and it will make products with GAC-Fiat’s platform. But as Chrysler’s…

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