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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The BYD Su Rui Sedan seems to be BYD’s game changing vehicle, the Su Rui was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April this year and launched shortly afterwards with pricing starting at 80,000RMB and topping out at around 120,000RMB. The Su Rui has now become known as the BYD G5 for overseas markets and will soon be exported out of China. In the meantime,…

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The BYD Qin Hybrid is an entirely new hybrid from the makers of the original BYD F3 DM, the Qin was aired in concept form at the Beijing Auto Show in April where it was well received by media and consumers, however the real focus of that auto show was on the Su Rui sedan, the donor vehicle for the Qin’s electric hybrid engine. The F3DM was criticized…

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From Auto Evolution

We never though the day when a Chinese car brand would sue an automaker from another country over trademark-related business would come, but it seems that this is exactly…

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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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BYD seems to be gaining strength, the Su Rui compact and the Si Rui mid size sedan were on show in Guangzhou with their nifty power 1.5T direct injection power plants and dual clutch gearboxes but the real star of the BYD line up is the BYD E6. The E6 debuted first as a taxi vehicle but then later came to the market as a personal model.

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The Detroit News is running a report on the popularity of Ford F150 Raptors in the PRC, the hulking big vehicle has been on sale in China for a number of years and has always been a niche product. But why do people buy it? Because they’ve got something unique. Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s have always been the ultimate sign of wealth but with these cars…

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BYD’s Su Rui sedan has a cousin in the BYD Si Rui. The name is similar, and the exterior looks similar too, so what are the differences? We’re not entirely clear if this model is placed above the Si Rui or below it either, but we can tell you that like the Su Rui it is packed with technology. A 12.1 inch screen is the obvious focal point in the center…

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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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The Chinese market has some howler brand names, we can point at Roewe, Besturn, Venucia, Ciimo, Everus and now we can welcome CINTURX to the party.

Ford and Mazda produce a wide range of vehicles with Chang’an, but with increased attention on the Chinese market by both companies has lead to greater technology cooperation between the three way tie…

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Late last week the UK taxi company Manganese Bronze announced that it was going to enter into bankruptcy protection and this week it would end 156 jobs at the UK plant. The company is partly owned by Geely who have a roughly 20% stake in the company and a joint venture in Shanghai, according…

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China loves the Santana. The car was first introduced in 1984 and claims the title as the first passenger car made in China, of course the Jeep Cherokee made it a few months earlier but claimed the crown as the first foreign vehicle made in China. The partnership between Shanghai Auto and Volkswagen bloomed from a tiny few hundred units per year into…

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The Chinese auto market is made up entirely of individual auto makers, there are the larger state owned companies that have several of their own brands, such as SAIC that owns Roewe and MG and Maxus, and First Automobile Works that owns Xiali, Besturn and Hong Qi, but these companies are shouldering the burden of design and development entirely by themselves,…

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Nissan seems to be putting the China-Japan spat behind them with sales improving daily, at least according to Reuters:

Sales by Japan’s Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) in China are improving day by day, Executive Vice President Hiroto Saikawa told reporters on Monday.

Saikawa said he hoped to see sales return to a normal pace in about two…

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Is the Chinese market down or up? Clearly for manufacturers such as Ford and GM there is no such thing as a poor market, both companies have put forward their best Septembers on record this year.

GM sold a record 244,266 vehicles in China, an increase of 10.5% from the previous month and 1.7% from September 2011, Shanghai GM’s domestic sales…

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Ford employees have a major cause for celebration this weekend, Ford announced its best sales ever in September 2012 with passenger car sales up 54% and total sales increasing 35%.

“Achieving record sales makes us more committed than ever to provide consumers with a full family of high quality, fuel-efficient,…

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ZX Auto ruled the Libyan desert last year when freedom fighters stole them from Gadaffi’s parking lots and used them against his army. ZX Auto used the pictures from Libya as part of a major marketing campaign to keep the brand relevant whilst it survives in the shadow of its larger neighbor just up the road at Great Wall Auto.

ZX are…

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Prior to World War Two as Westerners know it, Imperial Japan was busy taking hold of land in Asia, Modern Day Okinawa, Korea, Taiwan and the surrounding islands to Taiwan. Fast Forward to 1945, Japan had surrendered to the US and its allies, and countries were waking up from 50 years of Japanese colonization. All land was returned, except for a group…

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The Kia K3 has only just been launched in China earlier this month at the Chengdu Auto Show but the Dongfeng-Kia joint venture are now eager to introduce a new vehicle between the K3 and the much larger K5.

The K4 is expected to share a platform with the Hyundai Veloster and have a similar powertrain. The new car is supposed to be a compact sedan…

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According to Chinese media reports at Auto.163.com, Volkswagen are planning to put their flagship Phaeton into production at Shanghai Volkswagen in 2015. The two joint venture partners currently produce a range of VW branded vehicles, but most are low to mid range priced vehicles.

Auto.163 are citing VW’s new DSG gearbox factory in Tianjin as the…

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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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Ford has had a run of good luck in the Chinese market in the past three months, largely due to the introduction of new models such as the new Ford Focus which is being sold alongside the old Ford Focus which is now known as the Focus Classic. The same tactic is used by various car companies in China and allows for two types of consumers, those that…

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From Bloomberg:

China’s biggest auto-dealer association said carmakers need to scale back their sales targets or sweeten incentives because the worsening glut of vehicles across the nation’s dealerships is unsustainable.

Average inventory carried at Chinese dealerships bloated to a level exceeding two months of…

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Could an expected drop in fuel spur on the Chinese car industry? GM’s Kevin Wale seems to think a move in the market is just around the corner, previously Chinese media were reporting that fuel prices may fall by as much as 0.5RMB by the end of May or in early June.

From Bloomberg:

General Motors Co., the world’s biggest automaker,…

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At the opening ceremony of BMW-Brilliance new factory in Shenyang the usual VIP’s were on hand to thank BMW for their comitment to the local region and congratulate them on developing a new factory with new products, Lioning Provincial Governor, Mr. Chen Zheng Gao, went a step further in his congratulations, he mentioned his praise for the introduction…

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From Reuters:

The central government has allocated 6 billion yuan ($949 million) to subsidise consumer purchases of fuel-saving cars, Xinhua News Agency reported late on Wednesday, putting a cumulative figure for the first…

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The Global Automotive Forum is quickly becoming one of the ‘must attend’ events in the Chinese automotive calendar behind the car shows, the two day event is now entering its third year of operation and is improving year after year.

This years forum once again brings international auto industry leaders together in Chengdu, significant speakers have…

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Zhengzhou Nissan’s current model line up consists of several of Nissan’s older commercial vehicle products such as the first generation X-Terra (sold under the Paladin name), pick up trucks and of course the relatively new Nissan NV200 mini van. Zhengzhou Nissan’s sales have thus been limited by the models it sells, in 2012 it seems that Nissan will…

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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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With China’s auto market cooling down, the domestically produced cars are under greater pressure. How does the joint venture between Fiat and Guangzhou Automobile (Hereinafter refer to as Guangzhou Fiat) respond to the competition, a reporter from the Shanghai Securities  interviewed Jiang Ping, the vice president of Guangzhou Fiat.

Reporters:…

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From Bloomberg:

China’s passenger-car sales rose at the slowest pace in six months, as monetary tightening and the removal of government incentives dented demand at Chery Automobile Co. and Honda Motor Co. (7267)

Wholesale deliveries, including sport-utility vehicles and minivans, gained 0.3 percent to 1.34 million units last…

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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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Chery are getting serious about their brand positioning for the Chery brand, of course they have Riich and Reely but they have failed to make a major dent in the market so far, Chery want to make the M16 into a compact sedan that is capable of taking on the likes of Hyundai, Kia and also other Chinese products such as the Roewe 350. The spy pictures…

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After two years of rapid growth and expansion, the Chinese car market is calming down. According to the statistics released by National Passenger Car Information Exchange Associationin 7th November, the sales volume of Chinese car is 1,216,500, which is a decrease of 7.6% on a month-on-month basis, and increased 1% compared with the same period of last…

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When it comes to electric cars it seems that everyone is pointing towards the Chinese market as the foundation to guide the way into a new era of cheap and whirring automotive transportation. On the ground in China it seems to be a different story, of course there is a massive impetus on building an electric car industry in China, but no electric car…

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The QQ3 is undergoing a reinvention in the form of a new generation of vehicle, of course this means that the current version that is nearly ten years old has to hang around for a bit longer. So what do you do with an old car? You facelift it and hope the car buying public buy it and don’t retch their guts out on seeing it.

The good news is that…

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What China’s auto industry has experienced in 2011 is quite similar to what happened seven years ago, when the industry cooled down in 2004 after soaring growth in the previous year.

This year’s auto market has three major issues: Changing policies, disputes over joint brands, and challenges faced by Chinese local brands.

With regards…

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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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The rumor mill has been going into over drive recently over what might go in to production at the Fujian-Daimler joint venture between Fujian Auto (owners of SouEast Auto) and Daimler, initially it was the Mercedes ML SUV that was rumored to be hitting the production lines down in Fujian Province, now it is the turn of the R-Class.

The R-Class is…

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BYD are preparing to offer the E6 electric sedan to private buyers as of tomorrow according to media reports, the Shenzhen based company have already had the car out testing in taxi ranks for several months now to evaluate the cars performance from a passengers and also a drivers point of view. The road testing indicated that the original car had several…

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China’s latest policy on the government procurement of vehicles will be implemented soon according to media reports. According to the policy, the upper levels of the general government vehicles will be lowered from vehicles with engine size at 2.0L or below and prices below 250,000 yuan to those with engine size at 1.8L or below and prices below…

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Toyota have a rough time in China, they maybe the world’s biggest car marker but in the Chinese market they are lagging behind, way behind in fact. Not only are Toyota’s sales relatively low compared to their biggest rivals, it seems that their entire range is available at their local rivals dealerships, take the humble Aygo for example, PSA used it…

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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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According to American consultancy company, Pikes Research, China will be the world’s largest EV market by 2015. Theoretically, it could be, but real world conditions indicate that for China to become the world’s largest EV market in the next three years they are going to have to do a lot of ground work on building the necessary infrastructure and educating…

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Despite warming ties between The Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (RoC aka Taiwan), RoC cars are few on Chinese roads, and likewise PRC cars are few on Taiwanese roads, that is until Taiwan’s Yulong signed a joint venture with Dongfeng and produced the new Luxgen 7 SUV in China, and Geely signing within Yulong to distribute…

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China Quality Association and National User Committee released the 2011 China Automobile Customer Satisfaction Index (CACSI) on September 27.

They reviewed the models of 120 passenger vehicle brands with strong sales in 2011 through surveys with vehicle owners. The survey finds that the proportion of the first-time new vehicle buyers reduced from…

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