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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The Ford Fiesta is one of the more popular small cars in China, not quite as popular as the all conquering Chevrolet Sail with over 23,000 cars sold, in comparison the Fiesta hatch sold 2246 and the sedan version sold 1078 units, but these are different priced cars with the Fiesta sitting at the higher side of the market and the Sail at the lower end….

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Earlier this year at the Beijing Auto Show Haima showed off a concept named ‘Yao’, after months of seeing the ‘Yao’ road testing around China getting acclimatized to different weather conditions we can say the car is ready to hit the production lines. A pre-production model was recently spotted outside a hotel in…

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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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Brazil’s Districar have announced partnerships with China’s Haima and Chang’an Auto to produce the range of vehicles in Brazil by 2015, the same factory will also produce Ssangyong vehicles.

The three brands are currently imported into Brazil but Districar’s CEO Abdul Ibraimo believes that there is a strong business car for localized production…

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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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Over the past few days a number of rumors have appeared regarding VW in China, the rumors are basically:Shanghai VW are planning a new factory in Changsha, FAW-VW are planning a factory in Inner Mongolia.

As before with the Shanghai-VW investment in Xinjiang we broke the story first, it seemed an odd investment for a Shanghai based auto company to…

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Whilst other manufacturers such as Geely and Chery have been on the warpath with a multitude of models, JAC seems to have got the recipie right from the get go, they did not start making cheap vehicles, they started making good vehicles which have slowly morphed into good vehicles. The aesthetic demands from Chinese consumers is greater than ever, whilst…

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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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CCT has had to close its comments section for a short while. The amount of spam comments we were receiving on a daily basis was more than enough to cripple the server and it bring it down for hours at a time, last week we were receiving over 2000 spam comments per day, throw in the traffic generated from GizChina and were cracking somewhere between…

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The US electric car brand, Coda, works with Harbin based Hafei Auto to develop its electric car products. However, with Hafei falling under Chang-an’s control there hasn’t been any new products developed for a number of years and the likelihood of one coming in the short term is also depressingly low. Code turned to Baoding based mover and shaker Great…

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Geely’s sales hit a new high in the opening year of 2012, Geely announced that sales reached 38,477 units making it the best selling Chinese brand in January 2012.

Geely’s 2011 total sales were 432,800 units , which was a rise of just 4% over 2010’s figures, Geely’s exports in the same year grew by 76% but still remain…

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Fact: The current Roewe 750 is a teenager. Fact: The next generation model is based on GM’s Epsilon II platform. Fact: SAIC cannot keep its new cars under wraps for ten minutes. Opinion: SAIC leak their car pics so often to keep the chatter about their new cars in the press. Rumor: a 2.0T and also 2.0L and 2.4L naturally aspirated engines will be used…

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Hertz Rental has added the BYD E6 to its fleet marking the first time that the global car rental company has added a New Energy Vehicle (NEV) to its fleet of cars in China. The E6 will initially be available in the Shenzhen area, close to BYD’s HQ, but is expected to role out across China at a later point.

Hertz has focused its rental NEV policy…

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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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The Tiguan has been a major hit for Shanghai VW since it was first introduced last year, the car first came to the Chinese market as an imported model but the car was later put into production locally where it became very popular very quickly with long lead times and some dealers increasing the pricing. The imported Tiguan came with a more offroad friendly…

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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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