Guangzhou have learned a lot from working with the best in the auto business, they do after all call Toyota, Honda, and now Fiat (and Jeep) partners in making cars for the Chinese market. With the Alfa 166 platform under their belt they have quickly developed a strong brand identity after their launch in late 2011. Sales have been relatively slow since…

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BYD seems to be gaining strength, the Su Rui compact and the Si Rui mid size sedan were on show in Guangzhou with their nifty power 1.5T direct injection power plants and dual clutch gearboxes but the real star of the BYD line up is the BYD E6. The E6 debuted first as a taxi vehicle but then later came to the market as a personal model.

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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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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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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 ASX has very quietly been produced in Changsha earlier this week, the compact SUV is the first product from the joint venture between Guangzhou Auto and Mitsubishi and came after Guangzhou took over Changsha Auto who originally had the JV with Mitsubishi.

The ASX comes with a 1.6L and a 2.0L engine with both 5 speed manual and CVT gearboxes…

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In late 2011 Government Ministers for Guangdong Province announced that the traffic situation in Guangzhou and Shenzhen must be controlled at all costs, which gave media and potential consumers the first hint that license plate controls were coming. On June 30th car dealerships got wind of a news conference that would effectively put a dent in their…

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Guangzhou City, the capital of Guangdong province, becomes a car park every day at rush hour with cars stacked up bumper to bumper for miles until around 9:30am or 7pm at night, taxi drivers complain about their reduced salaries and increased waiting times. Currently Guangzhou adds 31,000 cars per month to its roads, or roughly 1000 units per day, obviously…

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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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The first Trumpchi sedan, which was based on the aging Alfa-Romeo 166 platform, has not hit Guangzhou Auto’s expectations when it was launched in November last year, initial sales were aimed for 30,000 units in the first year but after selling just 10,000 units in the first half of 2011 Guangzhou Auto has lowered their sales goal to a more achievable…

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The American version of the Camry has been grabbing headlines all week long in the US of A, the latest incarnation of the world’s most popular mid size sedan was revealed to an excited American public earlier this week, but it seems that the Chinese Camry and the US Camry will have some minor differences when they both make it to dealerships.

The…

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The news office of Guangzhou municipal government released Guangzhou City’s Measures to Improve Traffic Conditions in Downtown Area on August 1st. The traffic control plan is aimed to increase the proportion of public transportation to overall motorized transportation to 65%, and ensure the vehicle speed on main roads in downtown area to be no…

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According to a Reuters report, Toyota are considering producing the Etios mini car for the Chinese market, the Etios of course being a developing market car. Now China already has the Vios which is also a developing market car, so could the Etios be placed under the Vios and be part of a seperate brand? Highly likely.

Toyota Motor Corp…

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