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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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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Volkswagen announced today that is expecting to expand its own dealership to 3000 dealers in the next 3 years, by 2015 the VAG group aims to expand its line up of Audi, VW and Skoda dealerships by over 50%. Currently VAG Group has 1,120 VW dealerships, 230 Audi dealerships and 240 Skoda dealers covering 30 Chinese provinces, territories and autonomous…

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Volkswagen’s plan to capture the Southern Chinese market where Japanese brands rule the roost took a step forward earlier today when the first Audi Q3 came off the Foshan production lines.

The Audi Q3 is currently imported into China from Europe and is nearly on par with the Audi Q5 in terms of pricing thanks to import taxes which boost…

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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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The Chinese auto market is made up entirely of individual auto makers, there are the larger state owned companies that have several of their own brands, such as SAIC that owns Roewe and MG and Maxus, and First Automobile Works that owns Xiali, Besturn and Hong Qi, but these companies are shouldering the burden of design and development entirely by themselves,…

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FAW-VW’s GLI has been spied plenty of times in China, but is it any nearer production? The Chinese media seem to think it is on the verge of rolling down the Jetta production line complete with indpendent rear suspension and of course the much required 2.0T engine that is shared with the Golf GTI, which FAW-VW also make.

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Two generations of Ford Focus’ are on the market today in China, the newer Focus is aimed at those that want the latest toys and design, the older one has been named the Classic Focus and is aimed at those that want solid reliability for a model that’s been on the market for the past 5 years or so.

The Classic came with a 4speed autobox or a 5 speed…

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According to Chinese media reports Mercedes China will have a new boss come December, London born Nicholas Speeks will be taking over the top China job and has plenty of experience in running an Asian market after a number of years as the top man in Japan for Mercedes.

Mercedes Benz is apparently going through a period of adjustment at the top of…

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Baojun, or Treasured Horse, has been a one brand line up until late last week when the second Baojun model launched. The first model to hit the market under the three way owned brand was the Baojun 630, the second model is the old Chevrolet Spark. Several months ago there was a rumor that the Chevrolet Spark would be donated to the Baojun cause along…

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The Chinese market is already host to some of JLR’s China only products, the Freelander for example is already fitted with the 240BHP 2.0T engine that is going to be installed in the forthcoming Jaguar XF 2.0T, the top of the line 3.2L Freelander has already been wiped from the China market, giving Chinese consumers a choice of four cylinder diesel…

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Mercedes unveiled their facelift GLK SUV in March this year with computer renders showing the minor changes to the cars front and rear: More bulbous lights at the front in line with the other Merc SUV’s, and a redesigned front clip with LED day light running lights.

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FAW’s new Oley car hit the market yesterday and is likely destined to failure. The mark 2 Jetta forms the basis for the new Oley, which was redesigned and engineered in China, the 1.5L engine is from FAW’s own stock and produces 75Kw and 135Nm of torque which is actually not that bad for a small car.

The cars styling is either love or hate, the redesigned…

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The Chinese auto market saw its slowest period of growth since 1999 according to figures released yesterday, the Chinese market grew by just 2.45% over the course of 2011. Elsewhere in the world, the US market showed itself as the continued bedrock of the world auto industry with 2011′s sales rising by 10% and an expected growth of between 4 and 12%…

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Zhengzhou Nissan’s current model line up consists of several of Nissan’s older commercial vehicle products such as the first generation X-Terra (sold under the Paladin name), pick up trucks and of course the relatively new Nissan NV200 mini van. Zhengzhou Nissan’s sales have thus been limited by the models it sells, in 2012 it seems that Nissan will…

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The first application for an automotive joint venture came in 1983, a brave American company called AMC thought that the Chinese market might be a good place to sell its Jeep Cherokee line up, by 1983 they had nailed the contract and were ready to build, a few months later Volkswagen got the similar deal and became the first car maker in China – with…

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The Zotye Z300 is Zotye’s latest mid size car, although the car looks like a completely new car it does have some interesting technology under it. Power comes from a 1.5L Mitsubishi engine owing to Zotye’s lack of self developed engine technology, but the platform itself comes from the Lancia Lybra platform, although thankfully the two cars do not share…

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BYD has received a lot of press attention this year and last, largely due to their rapid fall in sales which practically mirrored their massive increase in sales in 2009, but this has not put BYD off the car making game. BYD entered the car business in a similar way to Hyundai in the late 60′s, they had the car making passion but they did not have the…

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Audi has had a comfortable lead over its closest competitors for the past few years, but are they losing their comfortable edge over their competitors? Audi entered the Chinese market relatively early when compared to other Western manufacturers, and considerably earlier than its Germanic rivals at BMW and Mercedes, Audi signed with FAW in 1988, BMW…

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In 2010, Ferrari sold 300 cars in Greater China – which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan alongside mainland China, a 50% increase over 2009, in 2011 Ferrari are hoping to hit that magical 50% growth figure once again and hit sales of 600 units in China. Perhaps it really is Goodbye Mao, hello Enzo Ferrari in China these days, but what about…

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Alfa Romeo never made an SUV, but when Guangzhou Auto took control of the Alfa 159 platform one of their missions at the top of their to do list was to transform the capable platform in to a crossover that could sell, Actually, it appears that the Chinese media are in a tizzy over the X-Power’s platform,…

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The Skoda brand has gone from strength to strength since its relatively late (re)entry into the Chinese market in 2007, no doubt the Skoda brand is giving hope to other manufacturers such as Renault and Subaru who are also plotting local production at some point in the future, if they can get the permission to do so. Skoda’s current China line up is…

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From China Economic Net:

In the showroom of BMW Individual, Munich, we saw the fruit of this cross-industry cooperation. A silver”piano line” outlines its elegant waist; the seat pillows and cushions are sewn with Steinway’s golden harp logo. Employees of BMW Individual told us that this 7 Series BMW limited edition was special in that”it…

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Great Wall Motors (GWM) are a company that are heading places, their small car line up is on the verge of overtaking their traditional SUV line up as the main sales force for the company and their export sales are on fire, is there anything that could potentially slow the company down? We don’t seem to see anything on the horizon that could do so. Their…

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Ford’s China line up largely consists of their European models – the Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo, S-Max and of course the Canadian made Edge fill up the Chinese Ford network. The Edge was introduced in mid 2010, although its overly American styling with the giant radiator style grill may have put some people off it seems that the Edge is gaining some niche…

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Hyundai Motor Co. is preparing to develop a new electric vehicle (EV) brand exclusively for Chinese consumers in a bid to further boost its presence in the world’s largest automobile market, company officials said Tuesday.

Beijing Hyundai Motor Co., a 50-50 joint venture between Hyundai Motor and Beijing Automotive Co. established in…

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Via Reuters:

China’s Geely Automobile said on Monday its first-half net profit jumped 17 percent from a year ago, boosted by higher sales but warned that demand will slow in the next six months.

Net profit for January-June rose to 937.6 million yuan ($146 million), from 804.8 million yuan a year earlier, the auto maker said in a statement…

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BAIC has already shown off its B40 SUV at other auto shows, the 3 door SUV bares more than a striking resemblance to the 3 door Jeep Wrangler, but that maybe a coincidence as Beijing Auto did work with Jeep since 1984, but the leak of these B70 pictures seem to show that BAIC have taken the Wrangler influence a little too far now, and may potentially…

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Beijing Auto aired the C71 concept at the Beijing Auto Show over a year ago, but they do not seem any closer to putting the car into production, until now of course. The C71 was put on show to highlight what Beijing Auto could potentially do to the Saab 95 platform that they bought from Saab when they were having their last bankruptcy fire sale, the…

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When we first heard of Geely’s plans for a multi brand line up we have to admit we were incredibly skeptical, how could a small privately owned company pull off a multi-brand strategy when their core brand was seen as a low cost economy brand? Well of course the big problem was that its core brand was seen as a low cost brand, its hard to make high…

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Zotye may have been based around a single car for the past few years, but they have rapidly expanded their product line up over the past few months to include some interesting new vehicles. The Fiat Multipla based MPV has already hit the market and the Shanghai Auto Show revealed a stand full of concept cars, with no current production cars on display…

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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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The old new Beetle was imported into China and largely sold to women, although there were a few guys that bought them and turned them into something you’d only see on Gran Tourismo as no real man would drive anything with a vase on the dashboard. For 2012 VW have dumped the vase and given the Beetle a dose of ‘man‘ and they are hoping that…

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SAIC are not very good at keeping their new cars a secret, unless of course they like to keep the word about their next generation cars alive in the media. The 750 is based on GM’s Epsilon II platform which is shared with the Buick Lacrosse and the Regal in the Chinese and also world markets.

The next generation…

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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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BYD and Daimler signed a joint venture several months ago with plans to build a new brand which would utilize BYD’s electrical know how and Daimler’s automotive engineering skills and would focus solely on building new energy cars. The two have pushed a design to the Chinese patent board which of course was leaked in rapid time to the internet, the…

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Brilliance took a time out in 2010 and 2011 to focus on new core technologies and developing a new range of vehicles that should considerably boost their sales over the next few months. The short term focus for Brilliance will be bringing the 530 sedan and their new small SUV to the market, the 530 is of course set to hit the market at the end of August.

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What do you do when you cant sell enough of a particular model? You slap on some black plastic cladding and raise the suspension by an inch or two and call it a crossover, crossovers never fail to sell in the Chinese market. FAW have figured out that local consumers seem to love crossover vehicles more than they…

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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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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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Buick owes its life to the Chinese auto market, if the brand did not get an early foothold in the door in China then there is no doubt that the brand would have gone the way of Saturn a long time ago, in the US market the brand only appealed to the silver haired army whilst youngsters ignored the brand completely, in China the Buick brand gained its…

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GM’s Bei Sheng plant in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, is about to gain from a 7 billion RMB upgrade over the next few years. The factory expansion will take GM’s production capacity to a new high in China.

GM’s plans for the factory expansion have already been approved by the Ministry of Environment and will see the factory’s capacity increased…

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