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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The Youngman-Proton tie up is producing some interesting cars, not interesting in a ‘wow‘ factor but more interesting in the ‘What were they thinking?‘ aspect. Youngman bases its cars off the Proton RCR, a car that was originally sold in China but has since given away to two self developed models from Youngman, neither products are…

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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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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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American MG fans maybe waiting just a little longer for MG making it Stateside. Although certain rumors of MG setting up production in the US were circulating in the early days of 2005-2007, nothing ever came of it, now MG has a wide range but still those cars wont be seeing any North American roads in the near future. SAIC has however opened an office…

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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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Good luck Infiniti, you are going to need it:

From Bloomberg:

Nissan Motor Co. plans to quadruple Infiniti’s share of the Chinese luxury-auto market within five years as it rushes to make up a “ridiculous” amount of time lost to Volkswagen AG’s Audi and Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s Lexus.

Chief Executive…

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Big cars are big business in China, ask Audi about their A6 sales in China and you wont get an answer, just a big grin. Big car sales equal big profits, and this is the market that the GS is aiming for. The GS will be squaring up against Germany’s finest in the Chinese market, the A6, 5-Series and E-Class should be afraid of the GS when it hits the…

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After losing their grip on the opportunity of working with Saab, Hawtai have lost no ground in chasing new partners, Hawtai are reportedly working with the Malaysian auto company Proton.

According to inside sources the two companies maybe pairing up to take on the Indonesian market and have had multiple high level meetings at Hawtai’s new…

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Xiali is China’s Skoda, that’s Skoda before VAG group took it under its own group wings. Xia Li’s have so far been Daihatsu and Toyota based cars and generally trade off a good home market in Tianjin and the fact that they make some of the cheapest cars in the market. As the Chinese government is about to lay down its next five year plan, Xia Li has…

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Although Saab is at a critical point between life and death, Youngman is still optimistic about its future and has put forward a 2012+ product plan for the ailing Swedish company.

Huang Zhiqiang, vice president of Zhejiang Youngman Passenger Car Group, said that the first thing Youngman will do after completing the Saab acquisition is to expand Saab’s…

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If Saab can’t find an investor to pay its employees in two weeks, it will be forced to start liquidation process. Then its deals with Pangda and Youngman will become invalid completely, but due to restrictive policies by the Chinese government, the two Chinese companies are not allowed to make more investment to save Saab at the moment.

According…

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The news office of Guangzhou municipal government released Guangzhou City’s Measures to Improve Traffic Conditions in Downtown Area on August 1st. The traffic control plan is aimed to increase the proportion of public transportation to overall motorized transportation to 65%, and ensure the vehicle speed on main roads in downtown area to be no…

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According to Beijing city’s new plan for boosting the trade-ins of motor vehicles, the Beijing citizens will be able to get a government subsidy ranging from 2,500 yuan to 14,500 yuan if they trade in their old motor vehicles under State I and State II emission standards from August 1st, 2011 to December 31st, 2012. Moreover, if they buy new…

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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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From China Daily:

Nissan Motor Co’s joint venture with Dongfeng Motor (Group) Co, the largest Sino-foreign auto partnership, on Monday announced in Beijing that it plans to invest billions of US dollars and double its annual sales over the next five years.

The 50-50 joint venture, Dongfeng Motor Co Ltd, said it will invest 50 billion…

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Karl-Thomas Neumann, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, recently announced his first strategic plan for Chinese market since he took the position, i.e. Go West strategy.

Volkswagen Group China has made progress in the southern Chinese market. Its market shares in southern China increased 1.3% from a year earlier in the first five…

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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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As Fiat is going to become Chrysler’s controlling shareholder and GAC-Fiat will start local production soon, Chrysler’s local production plan is also put on the agenda.

A source with Chrysler China revealed that Chrysler will surely start local production, and it will make products with GAC-Fiat’s platform. But as Chrysler’s…

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