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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Late last week the UK taxi company Manganese Bronze announced that it was going to enter into bankruptcy protection and this week it would end 156 jobs at the UK plant. The company is partly owned by Geely who have a roughly 20% stake in the company and a joint venture in Shanghai, according…

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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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Several years ago the Honda Fit was the car to buy if you wanted a small car from a joint venture manufacturer, back in the old days the battle lines between joint venture companies and Chinese companies were quite clear, JV’s would make high end cars and Chinese would make cheap low end cars. Of course these lines have been rubbed into the dirt now,…

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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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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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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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