Chevrolet may have a new compact low cost MPV up its sleeve for the Chinese market if these spy shots of the Chevrolet Spin are anything to go by. The Spin is a Brazilian produced car for the South American market motor and is aimed at the lower end of the market, does that sort of market fit in with China’s current Chevrolet line up at all?

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Selling two or more generation of cars has become the ultimate trick in the Chinese car sales handbook. VW sold a few dozen different Passat’s alongside each other, and still does, Mazda has multiple 6′s and Hyundai offer up three different Elantra’s and Buick has three Excelle’s. Now Hyundai are planning to keep the first generation around a little…

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From 2008 onwards, Ford finally found the accelerator pedal in the Chinese market, it may have had some unusual policy ideas, such as neglecting to introduce a 1.6L Focus during the massive sub 1.6L displacement car boom from 2008-2010, but the company is moving to understand the Chinese consumer. Previous Ford models launched in China were European…

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Renault have long been out of the Chinese market, Renault initially had a joint venture with SanJiang where the Renault Traffic was made. The JV was not successful but SanJiang was taken over the larger Dongfeng, meaning that Renault and Dongfeng can go ahead with producing cars in China thanks to the original agreement with Sanjiang, nonetheless Dongfeng…

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Toyota, the world’s biggest car manufacturer, announced earlier today that the company achieved sales of 840,000 units in the Chinese market. Sales were less than expected owing to the political issues between China and Japan which kept Chinese consumers away from Japanese branded cars after riots broke out in several different cities where Japanese…

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The Toyota GT86 has been aired in the Chinese market at the Beijing Auto Show alongside the Subaru BRZ last year, this year the much hyped car is set to launch on Chinese roads.

The GT86 has been lauded in overseas markets, especially in the USA where it prices in at 26,000USD. Chinese prices are expected to be closer to 300,000RMB when it launches,…

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The Buick Lacrosse has been a hit on the Chinese market, business users and personal users have taken to the cars oversized bulk with much glee making it a regular sight on Chinese roads. The Lacrosse hit the perfect price segment with the launch of the current generation, Chinese consumers love the idea of a ‘Da Qi‘ car that is able to command…

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The pu-tong (regular) Sagitar has been on the market for a few months already and seems to be holding its ground in the sales figures as per usual for a VW vehicle in the PRC. Powered by the choice of 1.6L or 1.4TSI engines mated to DSI or manual transmissions the new Sagitar is a regular sight on Chinese roads, alongside the current Golf which…

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Volkswagen are still on a strong roll in the Chinese market with no less than four top selling models in the Chinese market. The Passat is an extremely well selling vehicle, previously it was unknown for larger vehicles to enter the top 10 ten sales models amongst popular demand for small compact vehicles.

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Toyota’s China sales are continuining with their downward trend according to reports from the South China Morning Post. The SCMP reports that Toyota sold just 60,000 cars in November in the Chinese market across its two joint venture partners, whilst November 2011 saw sales of over 80,000 units.

The violent protests that erupted in September over…

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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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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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Although Lifan are not a strong name in the Chinese market, they have grown at a rapid rate in the global market, particularly in developing markets such as Russia.

At a press conference earlier today it was announced that Lifan exported 53,000 vehicles this year and expects to export 75,000 by the end of the year, this figure is going to be expanded…

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VW China is continuing with its strong sales in the Chinese market, the group saw total sales of 2 million in the first 9 months of the year and continues to see strong growth despite the Chinese market cooling off.

VW’s China market growth stayed well above the market average with 18% growth in deliveries in the first 9 months of 2012.

“I…

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The Ford Focus is already a hot product for the Chinese market, but perhaps the forth coming ST model will be just as hot. The ST won’t be made in China according to media reports circulating earlier today, but the model will be imported into China. Of course the media haven’t yet revealed where the country of origin will be, the Focus is currently…

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The China Association of Car Manufacturers released its monthly car stats for the Chinese market earlier today and showed that Japanese brands are essentially in a free fall situation in the Chinese market with Japanese brands falling by 40% on the whole.

160,000 Japanese branded cars were sold in China in September, a fall of 29.49% over August…

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Daihatsu is one of those car manufacturers that made massive early gains in the Chinese market only to proverbially piss it all into the wind just as the market began to really open. The Japanese company played upon early warm relations between Japan and China when Japan was all about investing its new found wealth into its former colony, Daihatsu hit…

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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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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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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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GM are ready to up their game in the Chinese market, it seems that VW and GM are limited by just one constraint in the Chinese market: Production. Lead times for GM cars are apparently running high which has lead the company to look at expanding production in the Chinese market via a new 7 billion USD factory.

From Bloomberg:

General…

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Earlier this year BMW announced that it was to recall over 235,000 MINI vehicles due to a faulty water pump which could potentially catch fire, the recall was of course a global one and has finally reached the Chinese market.

BMW will recall just 3,406 cars in the Chinese market,with the recalled vehicles including the Mini Cooper…

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The Chinese auto market saw its slowest period of growth since 1999 according to figures released yesterday, the Chinese market grew by just 2.45% over the course of 2011. Elsewhere in the world, the US market showed itself as the continued bedrock of the world auto industry with 2011′s sales rising by 10% and an expected growth of between 4 and 12%…

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Pure electric and fuel cell vehicles are poor sellers in the Chinese market, in fact only Shanghai and Shenzhen have seen any sort of EV sales over the past 12 months but the rest of China seems to be a death ground for the development of a much lauded EV market. China has been labelled as the potential savior market for electric vehicles owing to the…

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The Chinese patent office seemingly has more holes than the Titanic, this time the Smart ForSpeed concept has been leaked ahead of a possible launch. However, let’s think about this in real times – the Chinese market is now the world’s biggest market and also the world’s most notorious market for having your car ripped off by a local manufacturer, thus…

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The first application for an automotive joint venture came in 1983, a brave American company called AMC thought that the Chinese market might be a good place to sell its Jeep Cherokee line up, by 1983 they had nailed the contract and were ready to build, a few months later Volkswagen got the similar deal and became the first car maker in China – with…

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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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To the outside eye, the Indian auto market looks like a sweet low hanging peach – a market that could potentially be the same size as the Chinese market in the next five to ten years and has the same needs as the Chinese market, albeit with the steering wheel on the other side of the dashboard, so it will be no shock to hear that commercial vehicle…

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JLR themselves mentioned a while ago that they were looking to produce cars locally in the Chinese market to combat their Germanic luxury rivals, of course this fired up the rumor mill with many people pointing to local manufacturers…

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VAG Group’s Spanish subsidiary will see its models launch in the Chinese market in early 2012 according to media reports from Chinese auto outlets earlier today, Seat had its brand launch at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year with the Ibiza showcasing the brand. It was largely expected that Seat would hit the Chinese market towards the end of…

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Audi was the first luxury car maker to enter the Chinese market, and they have exploited that early entry with great success, in 2010 their sales reached 240,000 vehicles and are continuing to improve into 2011. On the other hand, Mercedes and BMW entered the Chinese market relatively late and have been trying to catch up with Audi ever since. For Audi…

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From China Daily:

“Our sales goal is to achieve $1 billion a year by 2015 in the Chinese market, which means we have to grow our business here by 35 percent every year,” said Dinesh Paliwal, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the US company.

“We also plan to triple our head count by 2015 and aim to grab 30 percent of…

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VW is breathing down GM’s neck in the Chinese market and could potentially unseat GM as China’s biggest car maker if they continue to expand their offerings in the Chinese market.

New Lavida: The Lavid has already proved to be a popular car since its launch, the model was developed independently by Shanghai-VW and is only available in the Chinese…

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According to a Reuters report, Toyota are considering producing the Etios mini car for the Chinese market, the Etios of course being a developing market car. Now China already has the Vios which is also a developing market car, so could the Etios be placed under the Vios and be part of a seperate brand? Highly likely.

Toyota Motor Corp…

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For Ford, the Focus is quite simply its bread and butter car and without it Ford would be in a much dire a situation in the Chinese market. The Focus sells in excess of 10,000 units per month on a regular basis and has become the go to car for any budding middle class Chinese consumer that wants a new car at around the 100,000rmb area. The next generation…

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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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Saab maybe shuttered for July and possibly August, but that has not stopped plans moving ahead for the production of Saab’s in the Chinese market, thanks to a life saving investment from Chinese partners Youngman and Pangda, the trio are planning to pin Saab’s survival on the red hot Chinese market. The Swedish-Chinese love triangle is working hard…

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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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