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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China is the World’s Biggest Car Market, as any over sensationalized headline will tell you. But what headlines don’t tell you, is that the Chinese market is a rather bland one. The compact segment has no real hot hatches aside from the GTI, the pick up truck market is limited to oil burning four cylinders and gears that you have to row yourself,…

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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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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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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 Zotye Z300 is Zotye’s latest mid size car, although the car looks like a completely new car it does have some interesting technology under it. Power comes from a 1.5L Mitsubishi engine owing to Zotye’s lack of self developed engine technology, but the platform itself comes from the Lancia Lybra platform, although thankfully the two cars do not share…

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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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VW Group shows no signs of slowing down in the Chinese market and may well be on course to becoming the world’s largest car manufacturer in the next few years. Owing to its successes in the Chinese market VW have been able to steer the Audi brand out of the mud and in to the limelight, with an early market entry into China Audi has managed to grab the…

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Data from China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) shows that the August sales of homegrown passenger vehicles declined 2.86% from a year earlier to 407,400 units, accounting for 37.2% of the country’s total sales of passenger vehicles, down 3.96% from a year earlier.

Most of China’s homegrown brands saw their market shares…

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Cars with overly sporty styling are gaining popularity in China’s auto market. Either small cars like Smart, Beetle, and Minicooper or luxury cars like Ferrari and Bentley define their new models as featuring passionate sports style. Such a trend also prevails in the B-class car segment

It’s quite apparent in the newly-launched B-class…

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Chang’an posted its first-half fiscal report on August 29th, which shows that its business revenue in the first half decreased 12.75% from 16.627 billion yuan in the same period of last year to 14.537 billion yuan. Its net profits attributable to the shareholders of the listed company reduced 23.89% from 1.366 billion yuan in the same…

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The Buick Regal GS is expected to launch later this year with September being touted as a possible launch date, the GS will be be made in China and will make full use of the 2.0T Direct Injection engine that is currently used in the Cadillac SLS, the only four cylinder Caddy to date. The 2.0T in question produces an impressive 262bhp through the front…

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The Besturn B90 will be FAW’s largest sedan under the Besturn brand and will compete with the likes of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in the mid size sedan segment. However, it should be noted that other mid size cars from other Chinese car makers such as Geely’s EC8, Chery’s G6 and BYD’s F6 have failed to net any major sales. Chinese cars in this…

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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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The Midsize car segment is usually the most profitable one in China’s auto market. The launch of Guangqi Honda’s Accord in 2003 marked a new era for the segment. Since then, the segment has seen rapid growth for more than seven years. However, the segment has experienced a rare sales decline since the start of 2011.

Data shows the average…

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From Reuters:

Chery Automobile is to become the second Chinese vehicle maker to build an assembly plant in Kenya, joining truck manufacturer Beiqi Foton Motors in a move to tap east African demand and further strengthening Chinese links with the continent.

“They (Chery) are discussing with the (Chinese) government so that they can get…

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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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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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The Tiguan has been a major hit for Shanghai VW since it was first introduced last year, the car first came to the Chinese market as an imported model but the car was later put into production locally where it became very popular very quickly with long lead times and some dealers increasing the pricing. The imported Tiguan came with a more offroad friendly…

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Brilliance took a time out in 2010 and 2011 to focus on new core technologies and developing a new range of vehicles that should considerably boost their sales over the next few months. The short term focus for Brilliance will be bringing the 530 sedan and their new small SUV to the market, the 530 is of course set to hit the market at the end of August.

The…

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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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Shanghai VW has finally released its half year sales figures which show the company sold 88,564 units in June and sold an impressive 527,000 units in the first half of the year.

Shanghai made Volkswagen models accounted for 71,066 of sales and sold 428044 over the first half of the year, an increase of 17.7% over the same period in 2010, the Passat…

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