January 2012 was host to the Chinese New Year which sees 1.3 billion people head home for a once per year two week (or longer) break, that translates into less sales times for car sellers during the CNY period but strong sales ahead of it. With the New Year falling in February this year, almost all car brands are recording record sales (we say almost…

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From China Daily:

Brilliance Auto Group aims to sell 770,000 vehicles this year, which would represent a year-on-year growth of 14.6 percent, according to a company report.

The company also plans to export 70,000 vehicles,…

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The Chinese media are pushing around various stories regarding the forthcoming third generation of Land Rover Freelander. The Freelander is expected to be one of the first vehicles to be made in China under the new joint venture arangement between Chery and JLR, the two companies are expected to carry out considerable amounts of R&D together to…

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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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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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From the Huffington Post:

Making cars in China has been used to scare voters and even Chrysler workers in the presidential campaign’s waning days, but the reality is Chinese-assembled vehicles will not be exported to the U.S. anytime soon.

It makes no economic sense for major Western carmakers to build there and ship here. China-based…

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Brazil’s Districar have announced partnerships with China’s Haima and Chang’an Auto to produce the range of vehicles in Brazil by 2015, the same factory will also produce Ssangyong vehicles.

The three brands are currently imported into Brazil but Districar’s CEO Abdul Ibraimo believes that there is a strong business car for localized production…

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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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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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Dongfeng-Nissan denied today that the company are contemplating lowering their 2012 sales goal for the Chinese market.

In August this year the company sold 65088 vehicles, but in September the company sold just 46,000 vehicles in what historically is a strong month for the company, month to month sales dropped 29.23%. Dongfeng-Nissan’s sales goal…

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Whilst other manufacturers such as Geely and Chery have been on the warpath with a multitude of models, JAC seems to have got the recipie right from the get go, they did not start making cheap vehicles, they started making good vehicles which have slowly morphed into good vehicles. The aesthetic demands from Chinese consumers is greater than ever, whilst…

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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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Audi has had a comfortable lead over its closest competitors for the past few years, but are they losing their comfortable edge over their competitors? Audi entered the Chinese market relatively early when compared to other Western manufacturers, and considerably earlier than its Germanic rivals at BMW and Mercedes, Audi signed with FAW in 1988, BMW…

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The quotas of the first group of license lottery winners came to their deadline on July 26. It is estimated that about 1,000 lottery winner are unused and have not yet purchased vehicles. The authorities are studying to add the unused ones to the August quotas and a blacklist of those license lottery winners who didn’t buy vehicles before the…

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Honda’s poor showing in the first half of 2011 have caused the Japanese company to lower its sales goal for the rest of the year. In the first half of 2011 Honda sold just 274,510 vehicles with the company citing the Japanese earthquake as major reason for the sales slow down as delivery times of vehicles and a parts shortage sent consumers to…

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