The Chery QQ is the quint essential car of the Chinese auto market, when it first aired in 2003 it became the scapegoat of all Chinese copying to date, it quickly disappeared from the global public eye but it became a bread and butter car for Chery who continued producing around 10,000 units per month right up until 2013. In 2013 the New QQ arrived,…

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On Friday evening I sneaked into the Shanghai Auto Show whilst all the stands were being assembled and the cranes were hosting cars into places, one of those cars was the incredibly sexy Icona Vulcano.

The Vulcano is an engineering project carried out by the Italian engineering company who are based in Shanghai, the new model highlights the company’s…

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HellaFlush cars have become popular in China over the past few years, Hellaflush of course means Slammed, Slammed means the cars are slammed to the floor and allow for very little space between the front fender and the road surface. Usually the Hellaflush crowd are limited to the Beijing area where Ge Men’ers slam mk 2 Jetta’s into the floor and put…

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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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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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Over the past few days a number of rumors have appeared regarding VW in China, the rumors are basically:Shanghai VW are planning a new factory in Changsha, FAW-VW are planning a factory in Inner Mongolia.

As before with the Shanghai-VW investment in Xinjiang we broke the story first, it seemed an odd investment for a Shanghai based auto company to…

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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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I’ve driven in many Chinese cities, but only a few stand out for being utterly terrible. Shanghai may have its mass of traffic, but it’s largely well ordered and everyone waits patiently to get on or off the highway or make their turn, this is a stark contrast to other cities. China’s Tier 2 cities are undergoing a metro building boom in a bid to improve…

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Hongqi (Red Flag) is being revived slowly buy surely, Shanghai is reviving, Beijing is Reviving. The old famous Chinese car brands which disappeared for many years are reviving at the same time, of course they are not being brought back for nostalgic purposes, they are being brought back to satisfy a government demand for anything that isn’t German….

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In a bid to lower the number of cars hitting Shanghai roads every month, the Shanghai Municiple Government came up with a license plate auction system where license plates go up or down in price depending on the car buying situation within the city. Shanghai is so far the only city that has introduced a license plate auction, Beijing has introduced…

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China has now become Porsche’s second biggest market behind the USA in terms of cars sold, Porsche cleared an impressive 24,340 units in 2011 in the Chinese market, however one problem remains. If a Porsche driver wants to push the limits of their much loved cars they have no where to go, the Chinese highway system imposes a top speed of 120kph for…

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Today is World No Car Day, but does anybody actually know? It seems that the roads on Yan’an East Road in Shanghai were slightly quieter than normal at 9am and local Shanghai media are reporting that an extra 200,000 people are expected to take to the public transport system rather than their own steering wheel over the course of the day. Elsewhere…

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Harleys are becoming a common site on Chinese roads at the weekends, but it appears there are a few barriers in the way of Harley’s China expansion plans, namely the lack of love for motorbikes (as Chinese see them as low cost transportation tools) and the lack of places to ride in the cities due to pollution and noise ordnance from the late 1990′s…

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From Hindustan Times:

A Chinese pilot’s refusal to give up his landing slot to a passenger plane that issued a distress call to say it was running out of fuel almost caused a disaster, state media reported on Thursday. China’s privately-owned Juneyao Airlines confirmed that one of its pilots refused to giveway when a Qatar Airways plane…

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The VW Tiguan has become a hot commodity in the Chinese market, the compact SUV has become one of the best selling SUV’s in the Chinese market over the past few months despite the car being a relative new comer to the Chinese market. The Tiguan was initially imported into China and then built locally at the Shanghai-VW joint venture, owing to strong…

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From Reuters:

General Motors Co (GM.N) expects to conclude a deal to bring the automaker’s stake in its China joint venture back to 50 percent, Chief Executive Daniel Akerson said on Thursday.GM has told its China partner, SAIC, that it wants to buy back the 1 percent stake in Shanghai GM that it sold to the Chinese automaker in 2010 for…

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Despite a the large subsidies available to electric car buyers, the marketization of new energy vehicles is still far lower than expectated. By June 30, only 10 all-electric vehicles had been sold in Shanghai this year, and the number for Hangzhou was only 25.

It seems the problems like high prices despite subsidies, inconvenience, and unreliable…

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China got into the hot hatch phase late last year when the Golf GTI hit the market, it was followed up by the Skoda Octavia VRS (actually just called RS in China due to V being unpronounceable by most)  and other car makers are readying their own little cannonballs as the Chinese media likes to call hot hatches. The MG5 was shown in concept form…

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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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GM’s Bei Sheng plant in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, is about to gain from a 7 billion RMB upgrade over the next few years. The factory expansion will take GM’s production capacity to a new high in China.

GM’s plans for the factory expansion have already been approved by the Ministry of Environment and will see the factory’s capacity increased…

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Chinese automotive consultants from both the West and China have gotten themselves into a circle jerk over the Chinese car industry sales. This year is heading for 18 million sales, and if you believe the optimists then next year will approach 25 million and the year after 35 million and companies will continue to operate on ever increasing profits…

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