Two years ago I met the CEO of one of China’s, and the world’s, largest auto site Autohome.com.cn. Mr. Qin whom goes by his English name of James has lead Autohome.com.cn to new highs. Autohome was once the new kid on the block of Chinese auto sites but quickly moved to annihilate all of its competition by focusing solely on providing friendly, easy…

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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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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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Only several ports in China are open to automotive imports, Tianjin in the north is one of the largest ports in China with thousands of cars coming through each month. To take pressure off Tianjin, Qingdao has now been authorised to bring in new automobiles.

From China…

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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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China loves the Santana. The car was first introduced in 1984 and claims the title as the first passenger car made in China, of course the Jeep Cherokee made it a few months earlier but claimed the crown as the first foreign vehicle made in China. The partnership between Shanghai Auto and Volkswagen bloomed from a tiny few hundred units per year into…

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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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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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FAW’s Besturn brand suddenly burst into life with the creation of the Besturn B50 in 2008, before that they created the B70 and recently the B80 midsize sedan, all of which use the Mazda 6 platform. FAW are hoping that Besturn can become a major player in the Chinese auto industry, but the brands late arrival when compared to Roewe and MG, has left…

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Qoros are still on with their plans to become a major player in the auto industry, the Israeli-Chinese JV are still on track with their plans to launch their first model in March next year. The company has set up its HQ in downtown Shanghai and also has a joint production facility in Changshu, 100km from Shanghai, in partnership with Chery.

The…

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BYD’s fiscal report for the third quarter shows that the company’s operating revenues in the first three quarters of this year decreased 4.34% from a year earlier to 34.334 billion yuan, and its profits in the period fell 85% from a year earlier to 352 million yuan.

The company’s operating revenues in the third quarter increased…

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C-NCAP, the official car testing facility in China,  indicated on its website that the C-NCAP Management Rules (2012 Edition) has been released. Its evaluation procedures and standards are close to European standards, and will be implemented from July 1st, 2012.

The 2012 Edition changes a lot from the previous evaluation system, collision…

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China’s auto output and sales growth in the Jan-July period fell to new low in the past 10 years. The auto output and sales in the period grew only 2.3% and 3.2% from a year earlier to 10.46 million units and 10.6 million units. Different from the attitude of the concerned Chinese authorities before, the Chinese government won’t take any…

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Chang’an posted its first-half fiscal report on August 29th, which shows that its business revenue in the first half decreased 12.75% from 16.627 billion yuan in the same period of last year to 14.537 billion yuan. Its net profits attributable to the shareholders of the listed company reduced 23.89% from 1.366 billion yuan in the same…

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The latest data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) shows that the accumulative output and sales of China’s auto industry in the Jan-July period rose 2.33% and 3.22% from a year earlier respectively to 10,462,400 units and 10,601,800 units. The output and sales of passenger vehicles in the period hit 8,095,600 units…

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The data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) show that the country’s July auto output and sales hit 1,306,100 units and 1,275,300 units respectively, down 6.96% and 11.19% from a month earlier, up 1.26% and 2.18% from a year earlier. The auto output and sales in Jan-July period reached 10,462,400 units and 10,601,800…

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After the State Grid, China’s major power grid builder and operator, chose battery swap as the key means to recharge electric vehicles, China Southern Power Grid, the other power grid builder and operator in China, made the same decision.

No matter it’s battery replacement or battery recharging, the non-uniform technical standards for…

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Good luck Infiniti, you are going to need it:

From Bloomberg:

Nissan Motor Co. plans to quadruple Infiniti’s share of the Chinese luxury-auto market within five years as it rushes to make up a “ridiculous” amount of time lost to Volkswagen AG’s Audi and Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s Lexus.

Chief Executive…

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Foton are already one of the world’s biggest light truck manufacturer, but they are not content with sitting with just the title of truck manufacturer, they are planning to enter the passenger car business in a major way. Foton are owned by Beijing Auto Industry Corp and have a large amount of freedom within the gigantic corporation to develop their…

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GM have successfully launched their latest brand and first model in Chengdu. The Baojun brand and the first 630 sedan had its first airing at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year, yesterday the 630 officially launched in Chengdu. The Baojun brand was created via a three way tie up between Shanghai Auto Industry Corp (SAIC), Wuling mini vans, and…

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From Reuters:

Chery Automobile is to become the second Chinese vehicle maker to build an assembly plant in Kenya, joining truck manufacturer Beiqi Foton Motors in a move to tap east African demand and further strengthening Chinese links with the continent.

“They (Chery) are discussing with the (Chinese) government so that they can get…

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The Chinese Passenger Car Association has announced that the Chinese market has hit the skids in July, the biggest fall seems to be in the mini van sector. Mini vans were heavily supported in 2010 thanks to a Cars to the Countryside program which assisted rural buyers with car buying subsidies, of course as soon as government support for these projects…

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China’s auto market slowed down considerably in the first half of 2011 and grew only 3.35% from a year earlier in the first half of this year due to several unfavorable factors such as the expiration of government stimulus policies, Beijing’s license plate lottery policy, and continuous fuel price rises. Many domestic Chinese brands even…

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Those automakers that chose to start minivan business last year may have made a wrong decision. After rapid growth in the past two years, China’s minivan market started to fall down in the first half of this year. According to the statistics from China Passenger Car Association, the sales of minivans in the first six months of this year decreased…

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According to Beijing city’s new plan for boosting the trade-ins of motor vehicles, the Beijing citizens will be able to get a government subsidy ranging from 2,500 yuan to 14,500 yuan if they trade in their old motor vehicles under State I and State II emission standards from August 1st, 2011 to December 31st, 2012. Moreover, if they buy new…

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From Reuters:

BMW (BMWG.DE) tore through market expectations for second-quarter profits as more wealthy Chinese drove away with its revamped 5 Series saloon car.

The company reported an 83 percent jump in quarterly operating profit at its luxury car business, underpinned by surging sales of the 5 series and a 4.8 percentage point widening…

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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 related contents of the New Energy Vehicle Industry Development Planning are spreading in China’s auto industry before being issued and implemented by the government.

According to the planning, China will invest more than 100 billion yuan in building an industry chain for new energy vehicles. In order to achieve the goal, the government…

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China is the largest car market in the world, but the Chinese automotive industry is far from strong. Few Chinese people want to buy a local brand car if they can afford a foreign branded one.

It is unlikely that Chinese local cars powered by inner combustion engines can catch up with European, American or Japanese cars, so the government thinks a…

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For many Chinese car companies the Indian market displays a great allure, but can they tackle it using the same methods to entice China’s 1.3billion consumers? It seems that the odds are stacked against them, but if perhaps they can manoeuvre themselves into a strong position by inking strategic deals with the right partners.

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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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Following German Preh and Saargummi, German auto parts supplier KSM Castings Gruppe is also acquired by a Chinese auto parts firm.

In order to obtain new market shares and technical know-how, Chinese companies are interested in buying into western auto parts suppliers, and the acquired companies also want to improve their competitiveness with China’s…

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Beijing-Benz, the joint venture between Beijing Auto Industry Corp (BAIC) and Mercedes Benz have finally unveiled their locally built GLK for the Chinese market. The premium crossover market has certainly heated up in the past few months since the market leaders, Audi, introduced the Q5 meaning that Audi’s Germanic rivals have had to rush their own…

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Dong Yang, the vice chairman and secretary general of China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), said at an industry information release that CAAM has revised the growth forecast from 10-15% down to 5%, which will be a good chance for the auto market to regain ration.

He also said he hopes the automakers to learn how to develop under a…

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Most of China’s stock market listed automakers saw June output and sales declining from a year earlier. Some automakers kept growing, but the growth fell sharply from the same period of last year.

Affected by the expiration of incentive policies, monetary tightening, and industry adjustment, China’s auto output and sales started to…

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