The Volkswagen Bora nameplate might be a distant memory for most Europeans, but it lives on in the PRC where the Bora has morphed into a compact three box sedan that lacks the rear end bulk of the original model. The Bora is made by FAW-VW and rivals the Shanghai-VW made Lavida sedan, both of which share the same platform and engine/gearbox range, but…

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Volkswagen announced today that is going to become the ‘most people orientated car company’ in the automotive industry under a new strategy which they have entitled “Ren Wei Ben

The “Ren Wei Ben” strategy essentially translates into People First which might echo early Communist slogans but is in fact part of Volkswagen’s…

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Shanghai Volkswagen announced last week the addition of a new factory in China’s far Western Xinjiang Province, making Volkswagen the first car manufacturer in the province.

Many automotive companies are actively looking to China’s mineral rich Western regions to further their sales goals in 2014, but few have been able to set up factories and manufacturing…

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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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According to the SMCP, some Chinese car dealers are ready to drop their Chinese brands and move over to other ‘safe brands’, but what exactly is a safe brand in China? With mob mentality at an all time high its easy for Korean, French, German or American brands to ‘Upset the feelings of the Chinese peoples‘. French supermarket chain, Carrefour,…

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FAW-VW have announced the extension of the joint venture between the two companies ahead of time. The original agreement was due to expire in 2016 but as a show of confidence in the joint venture both Volkswagen and First Automobile Works hammered out a new deal at the recent FAW-Volkswagen advisory board meeting in Foshan, China.

The talks also…

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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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Volkswagen announced today that is expecting to expand its own dealership to 3000 dealers in the next 3 years, by 2015 the VAG group aims to expand its line up of Audi, VW and Skoda dealerships by over 50%. Currently VAG Group has 1,120 VW dealerships, 230 Audi dealerships and 240 Skoda dealers covering 30 Chinese provinces, territories and autonomous…

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Volkswagen’s plan to capture the Southern Chinese market where Japanese brands rule the roost took a step forward earlier today when the first Audi Q3 came off the Foshan production lines.

The Audi Q3 is currently imported into China from Europe and is nearly on par with the Audi Q5 in terms of pricing thanks to import taxes which boost…

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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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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 rift between China and Japan is making some companies, such as Honda, pull back on their profit goals for 2012. How long will this last and will the CRV lose its crown as the best selling SUV in China?

Bloomgberg…

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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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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.

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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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Proffesor. Dr. Jochem Heizmann Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, who is to be responsible for the new “China” Board of Management function, and Dr. Michael Macht, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG responsible for Group Production were both on hand in Yizheng, Jiangsu Province on Friday to commence the opening of Shanghai-VW’s…

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Volkswagen China last week that the company delivered over 1.3 million vehicles in China in the first half of 2012 according to a press release from the company.

VW’s sales in the first half of 2012 are up 17% over the same period in 2011, showing that the company is not showing any signs of being effected by the slow down that is rearing its head…

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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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From Market Watch:

Sales in China by Volkswagen AG and its joint ventures rose 15.6% in the first quarter from a year earlier, due to strong demand for its Audi and Volkswagen brands.

Sales in China, Hong Kong and Macau by Volkswagen Group China and its joint ventures totaled 633,800 cars in the first three months of the year, Volkswagen…

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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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VW Group shows no signs of slowing down in the Chinese market and may well be on course to becoming the world’s largest car manufacturer in the next few years. Owing to its successes in the Chinese market VW have been able to steer the Audi brand out of the mud and in to the limelight, with an early market entry into China Audi has managed to grab the…

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Many Chinese automotive specialists are smiling from ear to ear these days, because many German brands introduced their electric city cars on Frankfurt Auto Show early last month, which are similar to their ideal low-speed electric car.

Audi Urban, Volkswagen NILS and Opel RAK e are two-seater or one-seater city cars with smaller batteries and motors….

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Perhaps Bloomberg would be better off looking at car prices anywhere else other than Beijing, Beijing Municple Government’s Iron Grip on car registration plates has limited sales to just 20,000 new cars per month, meaning that prices will drop just to get people through the doors.

From SFGate

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From Bloomberg:

Chinese automakers are targeting cost-conscious consumers in Brazil, taking sales from General Motors Co., Fiat SpA and Ford Motor Co.

As the second-largest emerging market after China and the fifth-biggest car market, Brazil is key for China’s automakers as they start a world expansion. Chery Automobile Co. and others…

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Cars with overly sporty styling are gaining popularity in China’s auto market. Either small cars like Smart, Beetle, and Minicooper or luxury cars like Ferrari and Bentley define their new models as featuring passionate sports style. Such a trend also prevails in the B-class car segment

It’s quite apparent in the newly-launched B-class…

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Volkswagen and First Automobile Works have set up an engine reprocessing facility in Dalian, to provide the Chinese market with a range of reconditioned engine parts. VW are aiming to provide the Chinese market, now its largest single sales market with a range of used reconditioned engine parts that will be up to 50% cheaper than new parts.

The new…

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Good luck Infiniti, you are going to need it:

From Bloomberg:

Nissan Motor Co. plans to quadruple Infiniti’s share of the Chinese luxury-auto market within five years as it rushes to make up a “ridiculous” amount of time lost to Volkswagen AG’s Audi and Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s Lexus.

Chief Executive…

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China Association of Automobile Manufacturers announced the automobile output and sales figures for July on August 10th. China’s auto output and sales in July hit 1,306,100 units and 1,275,300 units respectively, down 6.96% and 11.19% from a month earlier, up 1.26% and 2.18% from a year earlier. The auto output and sales in Jan-July…

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China’s auto market slowed down considerably in the first half of 2011 and grew only 3.35% from a year earlier in the first half of this year due to several unfavorable factors such as the expiration of government stimulus policies, Beijing’s license plate lottery policy, and continuous fuel price rises. Many domestic Chinese brands even…

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Karl-Thomas Neumann, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, recently announced his first strategic plan for Chinese market since he took the position, i.e. Go West strategy.

Volkswagen Group China has made progress in the southern Chinese market. Its market shares in southern China increased 1.3% from a year earlier in the first five…

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For many Chinese car companies the Indian market displays a great allure, but can they tackle it using the same methods to entice China’s 1.3billion consumers? It seems that the odds are stacked against them, but if perhaps they can manoeuvre themselves into a strong position by inking strategic deals with the right partners.

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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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Following German Preh and Saargummi, German auto parts supplier KSM Castings Gruppe is also acquired by a Chinese auto parts firm.

In order to obtain new market shares and technical know-how, Chinese companies are interested in buying into western auto parts suppliers, and the acquired companies also want to improve their competitiveness with China’s…

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