The BYD Su Rui Sedan seems to be BYD’s game changing vehicle, the Su Rui was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April this year and launched shortly afterwards with pricing starting at 80,000RMB and topping out at around 120,000RMB. The Su Rui has now become known as the BYD G5 for overseas markets and will soon be exported out of China. In the meantime,…

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SPRINGO, or rather Springo for those that don’t like to be shouted out is the new brand/model name for the Chevrolet Sail EV. The Sail was designed and developed in China for the Chinese market and other developing markets, South American markets have already been on the receiving end of the gasoline variant for several months now. The pure electric…

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From the Huffington Post:

Making cars in China has been used to scare voters and even Chrysler workers in the presidential campaign’s waning days, but the reality is Chinese-assembled vehicles will not be exported to the U.S. anytime soon.

It makes no economic sense for major Western carmakers to build there and ship here. China-based…

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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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Daihatsu is one of those car manufacturers that made massive early gains in the Chinese market only to proverbially piss it all into the wind just as the market began to really open. The Japanese company played upon early warm relations between Japan and China when Japan was all about investing its new found wealth into its former colony, Daihatsu hit…

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Jaguar Land Rover have big plans for China thanks to their new JV with Chery, the Indian owned British company has had a fantastic record in the past four years of making cars that consumers actually want rather than making cars that it thinks the consumer wants, we only have to look at the success of the Jaguar XF, XJ and Range Rover Evoque in the…

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Youngman officially gave up on Saab yesterday after it was finally forced home that GM wouldn’t be sharing any of its tech with Chinese companies outside of its close joint venture partners. Mahindra and Mahindra appear to be in the running to pick up the pieces of the failed Swedish company, with Ssangyong under its wing as well as the left overs of…

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The Chinese patent office has been a great source of many future car plans over the past 24 months with many a car being leaked before their own manufacturers have had chance to post an official comment. However with China being the biggest car market in the world and being home to some of the world’s worst car cloning it comes as no surprise to learn…

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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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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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Xiali is China’s Skoda, that’s Skoda before VAG group took it under its own group wings. Xia Li’s have so far been Daihatsu and Toyota based cars and generally trade off a good home market in Tianjin and the fact that they make some of the cheapest cars in the market. As the Chinese government is about to lay down its next five year plan, Xia Li has…

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J.D. Power Asia Pacific released 2011 China Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Study on July 28, which shows that the customer satisfaction index of China’s auto industry has reached new high due to progress in “vehicle delivery after service” and “service quality”.

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The biggest problem that BMW and Mercedes have had in the Chinese market is that their basic sedan offerings in the 3-Series and C-class are just too short and thus are only good for home use, on the other hand the Audi A4L became the perfect vehicle for home and business use with plenty of legroom in the back for those chauffeur driven days and enough…

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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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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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Chinese automotive consultants from both the West and China have gotten themselves into a circle jerk over the Chinese car industry sales. This year is heading for 18 million sales, and if you believe the optimists then next year will approach 25 million and the year after 35 million and companies will continue to operate on ever increasing profits…

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