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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MG are aiming to copy Kia’s rise to success according to MG’s new chief designer, Martin Ulharik, the former Nissan designer was interviewed by Automotive News on MG’s plans for the future. Just ten years ago it would…

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It seems that when joint venture companies are left to their own devices to design, develop and produce cars for the Chinese market sales volume is sure to be had with a product that is able to capture the admiration and wallet of the local populace. See the VW Lavida for such an example, Wolfsburg apparently provided a platform and power train and…

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American MG fans maybe waiting just a little longer for MG making it Stateside. Although certain rumors of MG setting up production in the US were circulating in the early days of 2005-2007, nothing ever came of it, now MG has a wide range but still those cars wont be seeing any North American roads in the near future. SAIC has however opened an office…

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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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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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Nissan seems to be putting the China-Japan spat behind them with sales improving daily, at least according to Reuters:

Sales by Japan’s Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) in China are improving day by day, Executive Vice President Hiroto Saikawa told reporters on Monday.

Saikawa said he hoped to see sales return to a normal pace in about two…

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CCT has undergone some technical problems over the past few days, mostly due to you. The number of readers that we have received over the past three months has been incredible, we’re seeing a noticable increase in traffic, which is turning into repeat traffic which effectively killed our server on a couple of occasions, random reboots, loss of memory,…

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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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At the end of June it was announced that Infiniti were working on expanding production in Japan and were also looking at expanding Infiniti production to certain overseas markets, of course pundits were quick to mention the possibilities of building Infinitis in either the US or Japan.

Infiniti’s CEO Toru Saito announced in 2009 that the possibility…

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With BYD being a privately owned company they are very fast to turn their ideas from drawing board fiction into reality at a fairly rapid speed, where as if a state owned company attempted to do half of what BYD have achieved in the past five years then they would be no doubt mired in red tape and bureaucracy from the top down. BYD have come under a…

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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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