After a seven year trek from its founding until now, Qoros has finally delivered its first car. At a celebratory event at the Guanshan dealership in Shanghai, Mr Yu Min, a 28-year old interior designer from Shanghai, was handed the keys to his brand new Qoros 3 Sedan by Mr Volker Steinwascher, Vice Chairman of Qoros.

Why did Yu Min choose a Qoros?…

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In the sales volume stakes GM are apparently feeling the heat from VW, so GM China are planning to push the Chevrolet brand under the advice of Tim Lee, the new GM China Chairman. One problem here is that greater sales don’t always equal greater profits. Volkswagen is likely gaining greater sales profit from its China VW sales than GM is garnering from…

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Both of Suzuki’s partners in China are prepping SUV’s for the Chinese market, SUV’s are of course a hot commodity in the Chinese market which is why Suzuki dealers are crying out for locally made SUV’s rather than the relatively expensive Vitara models which are imported into the Chinese market.

Chinese consumers will be on the receiving end of…

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September 2012 was a dark month for Japanese car brands, due to the diplomatic spat between China and Japan which erupted into street protests within China and the destruction of Chinese owned property whilst Japanese people were largely confused by the amount of anger towards Japan. Japanese car brands bore the brunt of the issue with sales dropping…

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Volvo’s total sales in the Chinese market grew by nearly 50% in September according to a statement released by the company last week.

Chinese sales grew to 5,719 units in September, a growth rate of 48.6% when compared with the 3,848 units sold in September ’12. China is now Volvo’s second biggest market after the US market. In September 2013 the…

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After launching the Cruze sedan several years ago the Cruze hatchback has finally hit the market in China with 1.6L naturally aspirated and 1.6T engines.

The turbocharged engine boasts maximum power of 135 kW and peak torque of 235 Nm in the 2,000-5,600 rpm range. The engine’s output is 84.4 kW/L, which ensures steady power through all stages…

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Ford continued with its strong push in China in August by announcing that sales had increased by 46%, the company’s fourth month of consecutive growth with total sales of 71,183 with Jan to August sales reaching 551,738 units in total, a 50% increase in 2012′s figures for the same period.

Record August sales were again led by strong demand for the…

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Chinese customers bought 1.35 million vehicles last month in China according to data released by the China Association of Auto Manufacturers (CAAM) with sales growth accelerating to 11%, a small month to month increase of 0.5% over July’s figures. In the first eight months of 2013, the auto market expanded 11.81% on year to 13,947,600 units.

Sales…

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Jeeps are once again set to be made in China with the introduction of a specially built factory in Guangzhou with a production capacity of 160,000 vehicles in the initial phase according to Xinhua News who reported on the issues yesterday.

Guangzhou Fiat will use the current production facility in Changsha where the Fiat Viaggio sedan is made to…

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In this interesting expose on the culture differences between Volvo and its mother company Geely, it seems that the two companies are treading on different paths with Geely hoping for Volvo to go more upmarket to rival the likes of Audi, BMW and Jaguar whilst Volvo are looking for more down to earth designs that resonate with a wider audience rather…

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British super car manufacturer McLaren has officially launched on the Chinese auto market with the addition of the 12C, 12C Spider and McLaren P1 to the Chinese supercar market with dealerships in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu.

McLaren was reportedly slow to respond to the Chinese market due to the overwhelming demand for their cars elsewhere…

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At a recent technical focused meet and greet with the Chinese automotive media, BYD announced a series of new technology cars including multiple new forced induction engines, two new hybrid powertrains and a range topping supercar.

BYD is not know for its design flair or its sporting credentials, the fledgling company has been producing cars that…

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Tomorrow Chang’an will take the wraps off its brand new CS75 SUV at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Chang’an has previously used the Frankfurt Auto Show as a platform to launch their Eado sedan in China which they sold to Chinese consumers as being ‘Launched in Germany’ before being launched in the Chinese market, giving the compact sedan strong credibility.

Chang’an…

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San Bao‘ or Three Guarantees is part of a consumer protection plan that was set down by the government to protect consumers, it gives protects consumers with three simple guarantees: ?? (Bao Xiu – Repair) ?? (Bao Huan – Exchange) and ?? (Bao Tui – Return), the consumer and the manufacturer have the right to choose from one method when dealing…

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Foton are a silent player in the Chinese automotive and commercial vehicle market, the company’s products are widely seen plowing Chinese highways taking finished and unfinished goods from factory to factory or factory to port, as well as having their coach range taking tourists all over the world.

The company already boasts 9 overseas facilities…

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Mazda’s China woes have been compounded by a stagnating product line up and a lack of love for Japanese vehicles. The Japanese brand saw its sales drop by 23.6% in August following an 18.5% year-on-year decline in July and a 31.2% fall in June.

From Jan to August this year, Mazda sold 106,846 vehicles in the Chinese market, a drop of 20.8% over 2012′s…

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Honda’s sales continued on a downward trend in August 2013, but it seems there is light at the end of the tunnel as Honda’s sales decline seems to have slowed considerably.

Honda and its two JV’s sold 55,553 units in August, a drop of just 2.5% from a year earlier and a 1.7% drop in July and a 5.6% drop in June. In the first eight months of 2013…

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GM reported record sales of 245,799 vehicles sold in August according to a press release from the company issued earlier this morning. GM’s sales rose an impressive 11.2%, well ahead of Japanese rivals that are still suffering from blow back from the diplomatic spat between China and Japan from nearly a year ago.

Buick sales increased 17.7% to 67,793…

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September is a busy month in the Chinese social calendar, September 2nd marks the first day of the school term – for the whole country – which means gridlock in just about every city as the usual rush hour is compounded by hundreds of thousands of parents that wish to take their kids to school on the first day before letting them ride the school bus…

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First Automobile Works announced earlier today that they are planning to build a car assembly facility in neighboring North Korea to supply the country with automobiles.

Details on the scale of the investment and the size of the new factory are currently lacking, Chinese media reports indicate that the investment will happen in Nampo province which…

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Mercedes has quickly become the poor relation of the German Three that run the Chinese luxury car segment, whilst Audi and BMW grow at rapid rates Mercedes seemingly stagnates. That is about to change according to the expected release of a new China strategy for Daimler China which will hopefully outline measures to increase Mercedes sales to 300,000…

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BYD’s sales rocketed in the first half of 2013 with over 250,000 sales recorded by the company according to an announcement made over the weekend. BYD saw its sales grow rapidly in 2008-2010 but saw a severe sales slump from 2010 onwards where concerns about its quality levels and unusual sales network complete with poor performing dealers dragged the…

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In the first part of the year 5889 new energy vehicles made it to Chinese roads with around 10,000 new energy vehicles being produced each year. The Chinese government originally planned to have 500,000 New Energy Vehicles on teh road by 2015, a goal which is obviously far away and blame being laid at the feet of the government by industry bodies and…

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Qoros has failed an environmental test according to Chinese automotive media reports from this morning. Qoros has already aired its future product range at the Geneva and Shanghai Auto Show this year and were aiming to have their first product on the market in the fourth quarter of 2013 and a new model following every six months.

The joint venture…

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Opel is a forgotten brand in the Chinese market but the German’s are trying to rectify that with the launch of the all new Opel Zafira. Under GM’s control in the Chinese market, Opel was left behind Saab and Cadillac in the luxury car stakes but Opel want to change that with more emphasis on their setting as a semi premium brand.

Opel currently…

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Volkswagen opened its new engine plant in Changchun late last week, the new plant from Volkswagen FAW Engine (Dalian) is one of seven new plants that Volkswagen plans to open in the near future.

The new factory has machining production lines for four major automobile components including cylinder body, cylinder head, crankshaft and connecting rod…

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Above: The Teslamotors.cn web page that Zhan Bao Sheng registered ahead of time.

Like many international companies entering into China, Tesla has failed to protect its branding and logo IP prior to its launch, you can read many more examples over at Chinalawblog.com where the excellent lawyers that run the blog pour over case after case of branding…

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China Association of Auto Manufacturers (CAAM) announced today that July 2013 Auto Sales reached 1.51 million vehicles, an increase of 9.93% over the same period in 2012.

Total vehicle production reached 1.58 million vehicles, a slight drop of 5.43% over June but a 10.18% increase over the same period in 2012.

In the first seven months of 2013…

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Much has been reported about Tesla’s plans to move into the Chinese luxury market with its current two car line up, reports either focus on the lack of charging infrastructure or China’s burgeoning luxury car segment which Audi and BMW and to some extent, Mercedes, have an iron grip on.

Nothing has been mentioned about potential China wide store…

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Nissan sold 90,900 vehicles in July according to a press release from the company, an increase of 1.8% over July 2012, the meager growth follows a 7.7% year on year decline in June and a 2% rise in May. In the first seven months of 2013 July sold 682,500 vehicles, a a fall of 7.1% over the year earlier.

Nissan currently operates joint ventures with…

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BMW announced yesterday that the company was to recall over 143,000 BMW 5 Series models that were produced by its joint venture Brilliance-BMW in Shenyang, citing issues with the power steering system.

In total 143,215 vehicles built by BMW Brilliance Automotive. between Aug. 24, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2012, the General Administration of Quality Supervision,…

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Volvo’s sales have continued to climb in July 2013 with the Chinese owned Swedish company posting a sales increase of 61.6% over the same period in 2012. Volvo’s July sales reached 4,640 units, a large increase on July 2012′s 2,872 figure.

In the first seven months of 2013, Volvo has sold 33,342 vehicles in the Chinese market, a marked increase…

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Do you want a rear wheel drive light wheel vehicle that weighs in at a brisk 1200kg? How about a vehicle that can seat seven at the same time and has manual shifting? Enter GM’s latest vehicle in the Wuling line up, the Hong Guang S.

The Hong Guang has been on the market for a number of years already where its mixture of passenger car and ‘Mian…

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Ford’s race to success in the Chinese market has been a slow one but now the Blue Oval is finally in the overtaking lane, in July alone Ford posted a massive 71% sales jump and announced a 50% sales increase in the January to July period.

In a statement released earlier today Ford’s July sales reached 72,834 unit, a 71% increase with January to…

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Qoros and American Axle Manufacturing (AAM) announced earlier this week that the two companies had come to an agreement to supply Qoros with electric driveline systems.

Qoros is a new global automotive manufacturer with its headquarters in Shanghai, it has already aired two pre-production vehicles at the Geneva and Shanghai Auto Shows in 2013 and…

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Mazda sales continued to decend in July, making a solid 10 months of decline for the Japanese automaker. Chang’an Mada and FAW-Mazda’s combined sales in July reached just 11,678 units, an 18.7% drop over the same period in 2012.

By the end of July this year, Mazda sold a total of 94,208 vehicles in the Chinese market, a drop of 20.4% over the same…

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General Motors announced earlier today that Tim Lee will become the Chairman of GM China with responsibility over GM’s 12 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 55,000 GM employees in China.

Tim is not a newcomer to GM, he has spent the past four years in charge of GM’s international operations and will continue to lead…

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Changhe Auto, a Jiangxi based automaker, was brought under Chang-an’s control in 2010 when the AVIC group of companies merged their automotive interests, bringing Hafei and Changhe Auto under the control of Chang’an Auto. Over the past two and half years Changhe hasn’t seen much investment from its new owner and is now looking to break through of the…

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Chery’s new flagship sedan, the Arrizo 7, is heading to Brazil in early 2014 states auto.163.com who are quoting Chery’s top man in Brazil. Luís Curi told Brazilian reporters that along with the QQ and Fulwin range Chery will move to export the Arrizo sedan.

Chery are eager to expand in the Brazilian market with the company investing in a new facility…

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Dodge has always been the poor brother to Chrysler in the Chinese market which puts it in an extremely poor standing right now considering that Chrysler sells just two models in China (the 300C and the Town and Country) whilst Dodge sells just the JCUV.

At its peak in the Chinese market Dodge sold the JCUV (Journey), Avenger and the Dodge Caravan,…

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Both Geely and Beijing Auto entered into this years Fortune 500 list according to statements from both companies, Beijing Auto was ranked at at 336 on the list whilst Geely was slightly higher at 477.

Beijing Auto boasted revenues of US$33.4 billion in 2012, it reported US$1.07 billion in profits in 2012. Beijing Auto sold a total of 644,784 passenger…

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In 1992 Mazda and a local car factory in Hainan, Haima, signed a deal that would see the two produce Mazda’s produce in the Chinese market, the deal lasted until 2006 when Haima fell under First Automobile Work’s control and took with it Mazda. Mazda and FAW subsequently established a licensing deal where FAW was free to produce certain Mazda models…

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If the past decade has taught us anything its that the Chinese luxury consumer has cash to burn and are willing to burn it in big ways, especially on big ticket items like automobiles. Chinese month to month salaries might remain relatively low in comparison to mature markets in the West but they have a seemingly bigger percentage of disposable income…

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Chinese media reports indicate that Chery are on the verge of signing a deal with Anhui Provincial Government and Wuhu City Government to develop a new facility at the Jiangbei Industrial park according to reports on both auto.163.com and auto.sohu.com. This new project is being managed by Lu Jianhui, one of Chery’s initial founders and a former deputy…

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Volkswagen announced earlier this week that the groups half year sales increased by an impressive 18.7% over the same period in 2012. Volkswagen’s two joint venture partnerships with First Auto Works and Shanghai Auto delivered an impressive 1.5 million vehicles to Chinese customers in the first half of the year, an increase of 18.7%.

“We are facing…

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Stretched sedans have become popular vehicles in the Chinese market with models such as the Audi A6L and A4L which spurred on models from other companies. Infiniti are now planning to bring their own stretched wheelbase vehicle to the Chinese market in the form of the Q50, initially the Q50 will be imported into China later this year but will see Chinese…

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Qingdao’s local media responded to CAAM’s announcement that several cities, including Qingdao, would soon introduce car buying limitations to stem the rapid growth of automobiles within the city limits. Qingdao’s Bandao News called several government departments to find out if there were any such plans but with all departments issuing denials it seems…

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Several weeks ago, Beijing Auto Industry Corp’s Deputy General Manager Mr. Zhang Xin revealed that Beijing Auto would have a rival to Tesla’s Model S on the market by 2015. Coincidentally, a delegation from Beijing Automotive Group visited the bankrupt hybrid-EV sports car manufacturer Fisker in California last Sunday.

Fisker has been seeking a Chinese…

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Remember Malcolm Bricklin? He is an American entrepreneur that tried to bring Chery to the USA in 2008 but the deal fell through and Chery went on to work with Israeli Corp to develop the Qoros brand. Bricklin has a strong history in the auto industry, he took Yugo to the States and failed but he came back with Subaru and the rest is history. He also…

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Ford’s first half year sales in China have soared by 47% according to a press release from the company stating that first half sales reached 407,721 units, June sales were also up by 44% reaching 75,254 units.

The Blue Oval’s sales surge comes on the back of an array of new models such as the new Ford Focus in sedan and hatch form as well as highly…

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In a recent media briefing Beijing Auto’s President, Mr. Xu He Yi remarked that Beijing Auto is prepping to buy a major Western brand in the second half of the year.

Beijing Auto’ Deputy Chairman, Mr. Dong Hai Yang was also present at the media briefing where he commented that Beijing Auto is already working in partnership with international investment…

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Chinese brands are having a tough time all round, in China they are losing ground to international brands at a rapid rate with interionational expansion one of their sole saving graces, but even that is being eroded by the same international brands that are now using China as an international export base. So far it seems that only GM and Honda have…

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Both Shanghai VW and Shanghai GM were both implicated in Chinese language media for illegal acquisition of government funds which were intended for subsidies of approved energy efficient vehicles. Statements from the National Audit Office, which appeared in the China Business News and on Auto.163.com claimed that Shanghai VW dealers had applied for…

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Not much has been heard from Denza since the inception of the JV between BYD and Daimler which saw the two companies push their strong points of EV tech along with Mercedes auto building technology, the two aired a car at various auto shows but it seems that getting that car to market is taking a while. Dealerships are to be announced in July 2013 according…

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Despite Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne’s recent posturing on the Jeep-China issue, it seems that Fiat Chrysler are going to land their latest Cherokee into the current GAC Fiat joint venture.

Chinese media reports indicate that Fiat China CEO, Franco Amadei, appeared in Hong Kong along with Guangzhou Auto and Hunan Government representatives…

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Ford and their Chinese partner JMC opened a new production center in Nanchang city yesterday with Ford CEO Alan Mulally commenting that Ford China could potentially move to export its produce to international markets soon, but in the meantime Ford China are going to focus on the Chinese market.

From Bloomberg

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The Australian market was originally one of the first ‘Western’ markets for the Chinese to enter, it served as an easy port of entry with a willing populace who were initially eager for low cost trucks and SUV’s. Great Wall were one of the early pioneers with Chery joining them soon afterwards but it seems the Australian pallet has changed, at least…

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Qoros are a brand to watch in the Chinese market, their recent airing at the Shanghai Auto Show saw them scoop a stand in the much coveted VAG Group hall where they faced off VW, Seat, Skoda and Audi, having a stand there gave the all important Chinese consumer a large dose of optimism and confidence in the fledgling brand.

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GM and its Chinese partner SAIC started work on a new manufacturing facility to produce Cadillac products in the Chinese market. “Shanghai GM’s new plant and PATAC’s new facility will enhance our ability to engineer and manufacture vehicles for our customers across China,” said Ye Yongming, President of Shanghai GM. “They will support the…

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Japan’s leading steel manufacturers Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corp will create a new steel mill to specifically create automotive steel as part of a JV with China’s Baosteel Group Corp.

The Nikkei reports that the investment will likely total 30 billion Yen/302.6 million USD, the largest investment in China since September 2012 when wide scale…

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