The BYD Qin Hybrid is an entirely new hybrid from the makers of the original BYD F3 DM, the Qin was aired in concept form at the Beijing Auto Show in April where it was well received by media and consumers, however the real focus of that auto show was on the Su Rui sedan, the donor vehicle for the Qin’s electric hybrid engine. The F3DM was criticized…

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Luxury car maker Fisker are pushing back their plans for a China launch until 2013 according to Reuters reporter Nichola Groom who managed to corner Fisker’s Roger Ormisher on the floor of the LA Auto Show which opened this week.

Fisker said earlier it would launch in China by the end of this year. But the company encountered a slight delay…

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BYD seems to be gaining strength, the Su Rui compact and the Si Rui mid size sedan were on show in Guangzhou with their nifty power 1.5T direct injection power plants and dual clutch gearboxes but the real star of the BYD line up is the BYD E6. The E6 debuted first as a taxi vehicle but then later came to the market as a personal model.

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It seems that when joint venture companies are left to their own devices to design, develop and produce cars for the Chinese market sales volume is sure to be had with a product that is able to capture the admiration and wallet of the local populace. See the VW Lavida for such an example, Wolfsburg apparently provided a platform and power train and…

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The new joint venture between Chang-an Auto and Citroen (CAPSA) is quite possibly one of the more exciting ones in China, rather than producing the usual three box sedans that Chinese consumers were once so fond of, CAPSA are eager to bring in their flagship DS5.

The DS5 is already sold in China but the DS dealer network is spotty at best, the DS3,…

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The UK automotive media have mostly loved the MG6 but consumers didn’t due to the lack of a diesel. That’s changed, MG now have a oil burning engine available for the MG6 with a 1.8 unit that pushes out 148bhp, for UK’ers that translates into just over 53mpg and 139g of Co2. The gasoline MG6 was a tough sell in the UK with just ‘dozens’ being sold every…

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Cadillac is far from catching up the likes of Audi and BMW in the Chinese market, but they might grow their current market share in the next few years if they play their cards right. According to a Reuters report filed yesterday, Cadillac just isn’t cool with Chinese consumers due to the use of sharp angular designs on show which goes against Chinese…

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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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FAW’s Besturn brand suddenly burst into life with the creation of the Besturn B50 in 2008, before that they created the B70 and recently the B80 midsize sedan, all of which use the Mazda 6 platform. FAW are hoping that Besturn can become a major player in the Chinese auto industry, but the brands late arrival when compared to Roewe and MG, has left…

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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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JD Power recently released its vehicle reliability study for 2011. The study indicates that, from 2010, Chinese brands made huge strides in quality…narrowing the gap with foreign brands. Overall, Chinese brands narrowed the gap by a whopping 34% compared to their foreign rivals over the past year.

The vehicle reliability study measures eight categories…

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The B90 has been on the front page of China Car Times on multiple occasions this past month and we are still no closer to understanding what underpins the B90, rumor has it that the B90 is riding on the last generation of Mazda6 that FAW inherited from its partner, FAW shortened the platform for use within the B50 sedan and used it for the B70 sedan…

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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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After the State Grid, China’s major power grid builder and operator, chose battery swap as the key means to recharge electric vehicles, China Southern Power Grid, the other power grid builder and operator in China, made the same decision.

No matter it’s battery replacement or battery recharging, the non-uniform technical standards for…

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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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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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Geely’s Global Eagle brand, which they have called Gleagle, is about to spawn its first SUV. The GX7 was first unveiled in concept form at the Beijing Auto Show in 2010 where it was eager to show there was another Chinese SUV in town to rival the Chery Tiggo3 and the Great Wall series of SUV’s. The Global Eagle brand is of course Geely’s shot at taking…

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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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Hawtai’s B21 sports sedan came to the Shanghai Auto Show in sports form and caused a few heads to be turned when the model was unveiled, it was widely thought that the model was a concept only to gain press headlines, but it looks like Hawtai are putting the car into production ASAP:

Pictures of the car have been…

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From Reuters:

BMW (BMWG.DE) tore through market expectations for second-quarter profits as more wealthy Chinese drove away with its revamped 5 Series saloon car.

The company reported an 83 percent jump in quarterly operating profit at its luxury car business, underpinned by surging sales of the 5 series and a 4.8 percentage point widening…

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Today is the birthday of The People’s Liberation Army, the military force was founded on August 1st 1927 and its on the PLA’s birthday that Chery decided to launched the new Riich G6. The Riich G6 will be aimed squarely at business users and government fleet procurements, hence the August 1st launch. The G6 comes…

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From the China Daily:

Its Luxgen 7 mid-sized sport utility vehicle is now offered for presale at prices ranging from 190,000 to 270,000 yuan. The model will formally hit the market in two months, the company said.

Hubei-based Dongfeng Motor Corp and Taiwan’s largest carmaker Yulon Motor Co formed the partnership in Hangzhou, Zhejiang…

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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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J.D. Power Asia Pacific released 2011 China Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Study on July 28, which shows that the customer satisfaction index of China’s auto industry has reached new high due to progress in “vehicle delivery after service” and “service quality”.

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According to Environmental Finance:

Running an electric vehicle in China would emit more greenhouse gases than its petrol-fuelled equivalent, according to an expert in emissions reduction projects.

Despite the country’s expertise in electric vehicles and its growing manufacturing base – Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn only this…

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The Hover H6 is the first new Hover from Great Wall that is not based around a facelift of the original Hover H3, the H6 is going to be a city-fied car that has a greater focus on its handling rather than its offroad ability when it finally makes it to the roads. Chinese consumers got their first look at the H6 when it was launched at the Shanghai Auto…

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What do you do when you cant sell enough of a particular model? You slap on some black plastic cladding and raise the suspension by an inch or two and call it a crossover, crossovers never fail to sell in the Chinese market. FAW have figured out that local consumers seem to love crossover vehicles more than they…

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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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China’s Great Wall Motors has signed a strategic deal with the French auto parts giant Valeo to develop a range of parts including alternators, clutch systems, power assisted steering and will also work together to develop a range of new technologies.

The two companies started working together in 2005 on a basic project to assign windshield…

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Transformers was one of the first foreign cartoons to enter China in the mid 1980’s and subsequently hooked a generation of men on the never ending battles between Decepticons and the Autobots. Of course, Transformers fell from the TV screens in the early 90’s but made it back to the big screen in 2008 when the first Transformers movie…

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This news came via an anonymous tipster early this morning and seems to show that a Beijing based start up may have been able to overcome the issues that have plagued EV manufacturers so far, albeit at a slightly price:

A Beijing startup called Wuhe is making electrode materials and batteries that could lower the cost of electric…

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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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