The Youngman-Proton tie up is producing some interesting cars, not interesting in a ‘wow‘ factor but more interesting in the ‘What were they thinking?‘ aspect. Youngman bases its cars off the Proton RCR, a car that was originally sold in China but has since given away to two self developed models from Youngman, neither products are…

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The Guangzhou Auto Show gave us a chance to get up close with the new Santana. Volkswagen is using its tried and tested “Same sausage, different lengths” throughout its China models, from the Passat (US Passat) to the Magotan (Euro Passat) to the Sagitar (US Jetta) to the New Bora (China Bora), to the VW Lavida (China only) to the all new Jetta…

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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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Hangzhou may well be ready to follow in the steps of Beijing, Shanghai, and oddly Guiyang with the introduction of car buying limits on its local populace. Like many second tier cities circling Shanghai, Hangzhou has had a wealth boom over the past three decades which has turned the scenic roads around the West Lake into a public parking lot, Hangzhou’s…

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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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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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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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Lifan are a relative newcomer to the car making game and for the longest of time they have been focusing on markets in second, third and fourth tier cities throughout China knowing full well that developed markets such as those in Beijing and Shanghai would not accept their products, but it seems that the time is right for Lifan as these second tier…

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GM have successfully launched their latest brand and first model in Chengdu. The Baojun brand and the first 630 sedan had its first airing at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year, yesterday the 630 officially launched in Chengdu. The Baojun brand was created via a three way tie up between Shanghai Auto Industry Corp (SAIC), Wuling mini vans, and…

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Although China has a massive automotive production capacity that makes everything from the compounds that make up tires to the little bolts that hold mud flaps to your car, it has so far failed to produce a unique Tier One automotive supplier that is able to rival the likes of Bosch, Delphi or TRW. Enter BWI or Beijing West Industries, the Beijing based…

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