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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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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During the 2008 Olympics Beijing Drivers were asked to toggle their driving based on their license plate numbers with plates ending in odd or even no’s being barred from the roads on alternate days. Beijinger’s being Beijingers simply bought second cars to get around the rule, but in 2012 they cant do that thanks to the license plate lottery that limits…

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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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From Xinhua:

Chinese unmanned automobiles will embark on a test drive from Beijing to its neighboring city of Tianjin next year, covering a linear distance of some 120 km, according to the National Natural Science Foundation.

Without an onboard human presence,…

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According to Chinese media reports Mercedes China will have a new boss come December, London born Nicholas Speeks will be taking over the top China job and has plenty of experience in running an Asian market after a number of years as the top man in Japan for Mercedes.

Mercedes Benz is apparently going through a period of adjustment at the top of…

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At the weekend I was at Dalian’s finest mountain bike park with GizChina.com‘s editor, Andi Sykes. We spent Saturday flying around, taking the cable car to the top and doing it all over again, we did 21 runs on Saturday alone. From the cable car we had a great…

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The year 2012 promises to be a challenging year for all of China’s automakers, BYD is no exception. That said, BYD has at least two new vehicles due out in 2012 which look quite promising. The first, believed to be known at the F5, was revealed on CCT a few weeks ago. Now BYD is teasing a mid-size sedan due out in September, the L6.

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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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BYD has received a lot of press attention this year and last, largely due to their rapid fall in sales which practically mirrored their massive increase in sales in 2009, but this has not put BYD off the car making game. BYD entered the car business in a similar way to Hyundai in the late 60′s, they had the car making passion but they did not have the…

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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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Audi A1 was officially launched in Beijing on October 9. Zhang Xiaojun, deputy managing director of FAW-Volkswagen’s Audi sales division, accepted an interview before the model’s launching ceremony.

Zhang Xiaojun revealed that besides Audi A1 1.4TSI, Audi will introduce more A1 products of other displacements, including a 1.2TSI model…

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Perhaps Bloomberg would be better off looking at car prices anywhere else other than Beijing, Beijing Municple Government’s Iron Grip on car registration plates has limited sales to just 20,000 new cars per month, meaning that prices will drop just to get people through the doors.

From SFGate

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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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As the Chengdu Auto Show is Yema’s own backyard they weren’t going to let the opportunity pass them by, Yema rolled its big guns out for this years show and wowed the crowds with cars that they have possibly seen before just from different brands. The sad thing is that as Chinese car brands were moving away from cloning cars and keeping the books of…

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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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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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China’s auto market slowed down considerably in the first half of 2011 and grew only 3.35% from a year earlier in the first half of this year due to several unfavorable factors such as the expiration of government stimulus policies, Beijing’s license plate lottery policy, and continuous fuel price rises. Many domestic Chinese brands even…

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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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BYD and Daimler signed a joint venture several months ago with plans to build a new brand which would utilize BYD’s electrical know how and Daimler’s automotive engineering skills and would focus solely on building new energy cars. The two have pushed a design to the Chinese patent board which of course was leaked in rapid time to the internet, the…

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The biggest problem that BMW and Mercedes have had in the Chinese market is that their basic sedan offerings in the 3-Series and C-class are just too short and thus are only good for home use, on the other hand the Audi A4L became the perfect vehicle for home and business use with plenty of legroom in the back for those chauffeur driven days and enough…

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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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Changchun is the home to First Automobile Works that has partnerships with Mazda, Toyota, Audi and VW, the problem is that although Changchun has become a major automotive production hub it just can’t attract the talent. Now the problem is not that FAW and its partners are paying low money (in fact, I hear they pay well above average) it’s just that…

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FAW-Volkswagen’s general manager Mr. An Tie Cheng revealed on July 11 that Audi plans to raise its capacity in China from near 300,000 units to 700,000 units, and to increase the number of dealers from 185 to 500 by 2015.

Meanwhile, Audi will launch mild hybrid versions of its full product series next year. The full hybrid version of the next-generation…

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