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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Beijing Auto’s B40 SUV has been spotted out many times, it was initially expected to launch towards the end of 2011 but was effectively delayed until the the launch of the company’s own Shen Bao brand late last month at the Guangzhou Auto Show. Shen Bao will be housing an entirely new range of vehicles all of which are thought to be launching within…

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FAW-VW have announced the extension of the joint venture between the two companies ahead of time. The original agreement was due to expire in 2016 but as a show of confidence in the joint venture both Volkswagen and First Automobile Works hammered out a new deal at the recent FAW-Volkswagen advisory board meeting in Foshan, China.

The talks also…

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The Honda NSX aired for the first time in China at the Guangzhou Auto Show, although Japanese brands were suffering from political fall out from the Sino-Japanese island spat back in September Acura did not fail in their mission to draw crowds to their stand. Whilst the rest of the Acura range could be considered questionable, the NSX Concept is clearly…

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SPRINGO, or rather Springo for those that don’t like to be shouted out is the new brand/model name for the Chevrolet Sail EV. The Sail was designed and developed in China for the Chinese market and other developing markets, South American markets have already been on the receiving end of the gasoline variant for several months now. The pure electric…

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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 Detroit News is running a report on the popularity of Ford F150 Raptors in the PRC, the hulking big vehicle has been on sale in China for a number of years and has always been a niche product. But why do people buy it? Because they’ve got something unique. Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s have always been the ultimate sign of wealth but with these cars…

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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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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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The Chinese market has some howler brand names, we can point at Roewe, Besturn, Venucia, Ciimo, Everus and now we can welcome CINTURX to the party.

Ford and Mazda produce a wide range of vehicles with Chang’an, but with increased attention on the Chinese market by both companies has lead to greater technology cooperation between the three way tie…

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The JMC Qu Sheng SUV came about in partnership with Ford, the two companies have focused over the past few years on commercial vehicles which has now branched out into SUV’s. The Qu Sheng is not a strong seller, largely due to its high price when compared to better known Greatwall models, but the SUV has received strong reviews from Chinese media. The…

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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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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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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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Despite political issues between Japan and China which have reportedly kept Chinese consumers out of Japanese auto dealerships, FAW-Toyota announced that their total sales reached 350,000 units in the first half of the year.

Three models appear to be making up the back bone of the FAW-Toyota range, the Corolla, Reiz and RAV4 racked up sales of 170,000,…

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Today is the 81st anniversary of the Mukden Incident, when Japan invaded China and started a chain of events that passed through the Nanjing Massacre to modern day squabbling over island territories. Over the past 4 days we’ve seen a range of protests from throwing eggs, bottles and rocks at Japanese consulates and embassies and destroying of Chinese-owned…

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According to Chinese media reports at Auto.163.com, Volkswagen are planning to put their flagship Phaeton into production at Shanghai Volkswagen in 2015. The two joint venture partners currently produce a range of VW branded vehicles, but most are low to mid range priced vehicles.

Auto.163 are citing VW’s new DSG gearbox factory in Tianjin as the…

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1.38 million vehicles were sold in July according to the latest statistics from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), with growth of 8.16% reported for the industry as a whole when including passenger and commercial vehicles. Month on Month it seems that May’s 9.9% growth and June’s startling 16% growth was due to the kick back from…

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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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At the opening ceremony of BMW-Brilliance new factory in Shenyang the usual VIP’s were on hand to thank BMW for their comitment to the local region and congratulate them on developing a new factory with new products, Lioning Provincial Governor, Mr. Chen Zheng Gao, went a step further in his congratulations, he mentioned his praise for the introduction…

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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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The Honda Accord has been given its final update ahead of the introduction of a new model in 2013, the latest updates have been leaked out via spy photos shown below. Honda’s 8th generation Accord has been a success in the Chinese market, the 9th generation model is likely to follow in its footsteps although both the 8th and 9th gen models will be sold…

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The new generation of Ford Focus is taking the claim for boosting Ford’s China sales by 24% in April 2012. Ford has striven to introduce and widen its product range for the Chinese market over the past 6 months, the move is likely to pay dividends as sales are likely to continue to increase this year.

Sales of the new Focus reached 9,400 units in…

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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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Cadillac are getting serious about China, the luxury segment seems to be the only hot segment with growth far outstripping the demand for regular cars. Audi, BMW and Mercedes already have a strong foothold in the Chinese market, but Cadillac are begining to show signs of putting up a fight. Aside from the aging SLS, the rest of the Caddy range is produced…

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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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As mentioned in our earlier article on Chinese car designers, Chinese designed and made is nearly always synonymous with low quality and low cost, but of course that is changing. World class products such as Apple products,…

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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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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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How old is the X-Trail now? The X-Trail will be ten years old next year and it doesn’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon, the chunky styling seems to take this city SUV into a capable off road vehicle. The Chinese market has had the X-Trail as a locally made vehicle since 2009 but has been imported into China since around 2003. The X-Trail…

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The thirst for efficient dynamics in China showed no signs of slowing down over the past nine months, BMW’s January to September sales in 2011 were greater than combined sales of the whole of 2010. 165,669 BMW branded vehicles left the lot so far this year and 11,853 MINI vehicles were sold over the same period, growth rates for BMW were at…

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BYD are now officially in the USA with yesterdays opening of their new LA Headquarters. The Shenzhen based company plans to open two dealerships in the US in the coming months that will focus on selling the companies range of products on what appears to be a B2B basis, the launch of the E6 seems to have been delayed until there are more charging points…

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Toyota have a rough time in China, they maybe the world’s biggest car marker but in the Chinese market they are lagging behind, way behind in fact. Not only are Toyota’s sales relatively low compared to their biggest rivals, it seems that their entire range is available at their local rivals dealerships, take the humble Aygo for example, PSA used it…

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Many Chinese automotive specialists are smiling from ear to ear these days, because many German brands introduced their electric city cars on Frankfurt Auto Show early last month, which are similar to their ideal low-speed electric car.

Audi Urban, Volkswagen NILS and Opel RAK e are two-seater or one-seater city cars with smaller batteries and motors….

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The current Roewe 750 is a little long in the tooth, as it is based on the Rover 75 which itself debuted in 1998 but saw production in China under the Roewe brand in 2006 – 14 years on the market is a long time for a car even in China. The next generation of 750 is under development and is likely to be shown at the Guangzhou Auto Show next month in…

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Zotye have long been the subject to take over rumors, as soon as the yearly automotive mergers and acquisitions rumor mill starts going Zotye are placed somewhere at the top of the list, but the plucky company has so far avoided overtures from major state owned companies they are rumored to be close to be setting up a partnership with Mitsubishi owing…

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