The diplomatic fall out and consumer backlash against Japanese products continued into November with Honda announcing that sales were down in China 29% in year on year figures.

Although the figures are down, it seems that the situation is slowly improving as October’s sales were down nearly 50% in October.In November 2012 Honda sold 41,205 cars in…

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The Guangzhou Auto Show gave us a chance to get up close with the new Santana. Volkswagen is using its tried and tested “Same sausage, different lengths” throughout its China models, from the Passat (US Passat) to the Magotan (Euro Passat) to the Sagitar (US Jetta) to the New Bora (China Bora), to the VW Lavida (China only) to the all new Jetta…

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China and Japan’s diplomatic spat in September looked like it was leading towards actual war at one point, both parties eventually backed down but in China where street protests turned violent, Japanese branded cars, stores and restaurants bore the brunt of an angry youth. Chinese car buyers backed off Japanese car brands in September for a number of…

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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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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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Chinese manufacturers are seeing major growth in the Brazilian car market after their recent entry into the South American country, Chery were the first Chinese car company to make a landing in Brazil but JAC have aggressively followed suit and have grand plans for the market.

Earlier this week JAC’s Vice President was in Sao Paulo where he announced…

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Dongfeng Motor Co., a joint venture between Nissan Motor Co. and Dongfeng Motor Group Co., released on July 26 its new business plan for 2011-2015.

The company plans to invest 50 billion yuan during the period to enhance its manufacturing, products, R&D, human resources, and environment protection. It will launch 30 new models and increase its…

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Saab and Pangda have finally come forth with a plan to save Saab from the history books, the plan has not yet been made public but will be submitted to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) within the next 30 days. The NDRC is the all powerful body that oversees all major business developments in the Chinese market and all overseas investment…

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The Riich G3 is Chery’s first compact sedan for the Riich brand, Riich have already launch the G5 but sales seem to be quite low so far with them seldom being seen on the roads. The Riich G3 uses the same platform as the recently launched Chery E6 but has some slightly better tech under the hood with certain models using a 1.6DVVT engine and also CVT…

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Chang’an Motors are planning to debut their new compact sedan in Frankfurt later this year according to Chinese media reports. The Chang’an C201 was shown at the Shanghai Auto Show as the Chang’an Mermaid Concept Car and has since been spotted out testing:

Chang’an have invested a great deal into developing their engineering capability with a new…

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