Volkswagen are still on a strong roll in the Chinese market with no less than four top selling models in the Chinese market. The Passat is an extremely well selling vehicle, previously it was unknown for larger vehicles to enter the top 10 ten sales models amongst popular demand for small compact vehicles.

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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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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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Toyota’s China sales are continuining with their downward trend according to reports from the South China Morning Post. The SCMP reports that Toyota sold just 60,000 cars in November in the Chinese market across its two joint venture partners, whilst November 2011 saw sales of over 80,000 units.

The violent protests that erupted in September over…

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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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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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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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Great Wall’s Bulgarian factory is ready to open its doors according to this AFP press report, however it seems that AFP have forgotten that SAIC already have a factory…

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A December 14th report from NetEase Finance said that despite the adverse effect of Lottery Number of Purchasing Vehicles policy, Beijing’s new car sales in November fell greatly on year-on-year comparison, but still hit a new high compared to last month. Reporters were informed from Beijing Beichen Asian Games Village Automobile Exchange…

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Toyota’s goal of selling 900,000 cars in China this year seems slightly out of reach for the world’s biggest auto producer, the Chinese market delivered 81,800 vehicles in November which was down 1.3% over the same period in November 2010. Total yearly sales for the first 11 months have reached 775,500 which was an increase of 6.7% over the…

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Lifan are a relative newcomer to the car making game and for the longest of time they have been focusing on markets in second, third and fourth tier cities throughout China knowing full well that developed markets such as those in Beijing and Shanghai would not accept their products, but it seems that the time is right for Lifan as these second tier…

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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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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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The Seat brand was launched in China at the Shanghai Auto Show in April earlier this year, Chinese consumers did seem interested in yet another VAG brand but the cars have not yet hit the market. Seat will be imported into China and possibly produced at the new FAW-VW factory in Foshan sometime in the future, although that maybe shelved to give Audi…

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