Despite Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne’s recent posturing on the Jeep-China issue, it seems that Fiat Chrysler are going to land their latest Cherokee into the current GAC Fiat joint venture.

Chinese media reports indicate that Fiat China CEO, Franco Amadei, appeared in Hong Kong along with Guangzhou Auto and Hunan Government representatives…

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Jeep returning to China was one of the key topics of the Shanghai Auto Show, the iconic American brand aired their latest incarnation of the Jeep Cherokee which grabbed headlines across the Chinese automotive and mainstream media. The Cherokee is popular in China owing to it being the first vehicle to be produced in the Chinese market, VW’s Santana…

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The VW Golf has been a major hit in the Chinese market, VW followed it up with the introduction of the GTI as a locally made model and also imported the wagon, crossover and R Series models to satisfy Chinese appetite for the hatchback model. The 7th generation Golf has been a headline inducing topic for the past few months, questions about when it…

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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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Its been another good month for car manufacturers, as normal the usual faces are making it into the top 10 passenger cars but the addition of the latest Hyundai Elantra is an interesting one. A revised fifth generation Elantra was only just launched in China, the Lang Dong was aired at the Beijing Auto Show in April and seems to be gathering speed with…

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BYD’s Su Rui sedan has a cousin in the BYD Si Rui. The name is similar, and the exterior looks similar too, so what are the differences? We’re not entirely clear if this model is placed above the Si Rui or below it either, but we can tell you that like the Su Rui it is packed with technology. A 12.1 inch screen is the obvious focal point in the center…

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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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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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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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Ford has had its second record month according to figures released by Ford Shanghai. The Ford Focus range continues to be the driving force behind the companies new found sales record of 60,518 vehicles, up 48% in year on year comparisons, increasing sales by 14% this year.

Together with our partners, we are delighted the Ford Focus has been the…

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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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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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FAW-VW’s GLI has been spied plenty of times in China, but is it any nearer production? The Chinese media seem to think it is on the verge of rolling down the Jetta production line complete with indpendent rear suspension and of course the much required 2.0T engine that is shared with the Golf GTI, which FAW-VW also make.

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Ironman was a popular flick in the People’s Republic, and with all popular automotive slanted flicks that air in China the cars are ultimately the star, just ask GM about the halo effect of Bumblebee. Ironman’s then concept Acura NSX is going to be turned into a production car at the Detroit Auto Show in January and should be on the market in China…

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Qoros are still on with their plans to become a major player in the auto industry, the Israeli-Chinese JV are still on track with their plans to launch their first model in March next year. The company has set up its HQ in downtown Shanghai and also has a joint production facility in Changshu, 100km from Shanghai, in partnership with Chery.

The…

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Jaguar Land Rover have big plans for China thanks to their new JV with Chery, the Indian owned British company has had a fantastic record in the past four years of making cars that consumers actually want rather than making cars that it thinks the consumer wants, we only have to look at the success of the Jaguar XF, XJ and Range Rover Evoque in the…

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Fujio Cho sat waiting on the airport runway in Japan ahead of his visit to China, his personal jet was all fired up and ready to roll when the news came in that Beijing had denied the jet permission to land in Beijing’s Capital Airport.

Cho is in charge of the Japan-China Economic Association,was expecting to meet with China’s leadership circles…

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Baojun, or Treasured Horse, has been a one brand line up until late last week when the second Baojun model launched. The first model to hit the market under the three way owned brand was the Baojun 630, the second model is the old Chevrolet Spark. Several months ago there was a rumor that the Chevrolet Spark would be donated to the Baojun cause along…

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The Jetta NF is on its way, the car has been sighted out testing a number of times already and will launch at the same time as the new VW Santana which also shares the same PQ25 platform as the VW Polo, this platform will also underpin the new Skoda Rapid and Toledo Sedan. Can VW get enough small cars into the Chinese market? It seems that its rush…

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Ford has had a run of good luck in the Chinese market in the past three months, largely due to the introduction of new models such as the new Ford Focus which is being sold alongside the old Ford Focus which is now known as the Focus Classic. The same tactic is used by various car companies in China and allows for two types of consumers, those that…

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From Biz Journal:

Johnson Controls Inc. announced on Wednesday plans to build a $200 million automotive battery plant in Tianjin, China, pending final approval.

The state-of-the-art facility will supply automakers and the aftermarket in China with maintenance-free lead-acid starter batteries and advanced batteries for start-stop…

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Hong Kong recently became the Global HQ for Infiniti with a view to producing cars in China, many have asked, why not place your HQ in Shanghai or Beijing, why Hong Kong? Obviously the Chinese market is extra important for a growing luxury brand like Infiniti, but the Chinese market isn’t going to become the biggest market, but Infiniti does stand a…

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Youngman officially gave up on Saab yesterday after it was finally forced home that GM wouldn’t be sharing any of its tech with Chinese companies outside of its close joint venture partners. Mahindra and Mahindra appear to be in the running to pick up the pieces of the failed Swedish company, with Ssangyong under its wing as well as the left overs of…

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The awaited union between China’s Chery and the UK’s Jaguar-Landrover is likely to go ahead later this year if the joint venture receives approval.

Various government ministerys have to approve the joint venture, the JV is expected to land in Changshu city, close to Shanghai, and will use the same facilities as Qoros, another Chery joint venture…

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FAW was China’s first car producer, the Changchun based auto maker started churning out trucks but later turned its hand to passenger cars Mao Zedong’s behest. The first cars were Hong Qi’s based on Soviet Tech, but later Audi’s and Toyota’s became emblazoned with the Hong Qi logo. FAW snapped up regional auto makers like Tianjin Xia Li and used Toyota…

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Small, compact MPV’s are expected to be the next big market in China. Although Chinese families usually have just the one child there is a demand for compact MPV’s that provide more space than a traditional hatchback model. VW’s Tiguan has ruled the MPV market for a number of years now, however other companies are starting to take note of the segment,…

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‘New Energy’ is the current buzz word amongst Chinese politicians and economists, China is looking to avoid the oil trap that many Western nations, particulary the USA found itself in due to the development of automobile use and a lack of support for public transport. China thankfully has strong public transport infrastructure with all tier one cities…

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Renault-Nissan boss, Carlos Ghoson is set to announce Chinese production of Renualt vehicles at the Beijing Show according to media reports.

Renault currently do not have a joint venture in the Chinese market despite their partner, Renault, being in China for the past decade. Originally Renault set up a joint venture with San Jiang Motors in the…

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Chevrolet is a big brand in China, but we didn’t know that it was a big brand back in the 1940′s when this Fleetmaster made it to the then Republic of China. According to the Chevrolet Fleetline Wikipedia page the car was introduced in 1941, which is when China…

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The Prius was originally made between FAW and Toyota in cold Changchun, sales were not good. FAW-Toyota pulled the car from the market and are now coming back with the third generation and are hoping that sales might be better than the first generation. The new Prius is already in production in China and will officially hit the market on the 22nd February…

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The words ‘Chinese car designer‘ for too long have been synonymous with Xerox machines, for a while it seemed the Chinese manufacturers skipped the design and R&D stages and went straight to the nearest foreign auto manufacturers dealership to buy a best selling model and then put it into production themselves under their own brand, see…

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A car company’s  performance is determined by the product. Let me put it simple, if a car company did not launch competitive new models for years, the sales cannot be promoted. However, that is what is happening for national brands in 2012.

Now let’s see who the bosses under greatest pressure are.

Tian Qingjiu

Deputy…

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Zhengzhou Nissan’s current model line up consists of several of Nissan’s older commercial vehicle products such as the first generation X-Terra (sold under the Paladin name), pick up trucks and of course the relatively new Nissan NV200 mini van. Zhengzhou Nissan’s sales have thus been limited by the models it sells, in 2012 it seems that Nissan will…

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Via Xinhua:

China’s recent move to take finished automobiles off of a list of industries where foreign investment is encouraged will not affect the operations of existing Sino-foreign joint ventures in China’s auto sector, an official with the country’s top economic planner said.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)…

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With China’s auto market cooling down, the domestically produced cars are under greater pressure. How does the joint venture between Fiat and Guangzhou Automobile (Hereinafter refer to as Guangzhou Fiat) respond to the competition, a reporter from the Shanghai Securities  interviewed Jiang Ping, the vice president of Guangzhou Fiat.

Reporters:…

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The Hong Qi C131 is being called the ‘Audi Killer‘ by various Chinese automotive media outlets, but is it really? According to our sources that have seen the car in the bare flesh ahead of its production run it seems the C131 is a bit of a let down and seems far away from taking over the German Three’s substantial hold on the Chinese premium…

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Infiniti announced last week that they would move their global HQ to Hong Kong and see their cars produced in China in the next year. Japanese luxury brands such as Infiniti, Lexus and Acura have not taken off in China with the same gusto as they have in the USA, Chinese consumers seem to prefer the traditional old world luxury labels from Jaguar, BMW,…

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Kia have taken the world auto market by storm over the past 24 months, gone are the odd, quirky designs that were only able to rival second hand cars and in are sleak, slender designs that are enough to make the Bavarian’s blush and the Japanese worry themselves to sleep at night. Kia’s unique selling point for the longest time was that they are cheap…

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Audi has had a comfortable lead over its closest competitors for the past few years, but are they losing their comfortable edge over their competitors? Audi entered the Chinese market relatively early when compared to other Western manufacturers, and considerably earlier than its Germanic rivals at BMW and Mercedes, Audi signed with FAW in 1988, BMW…

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