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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MG are aiming to copy Kia’s rise to success according to MG’s new chief designer, Martin Ulharik, the former Nissan designer was interviewed by Automotive News on MG’s plans for the future. Just ten years ago it would…

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Are you an aspiring dictator? Do you lead a Communist nation that likes the color red? If you’ve been answering YES! to all of these questions with much fervor, we can calm you down by telling you the Hong Qi L9 is heading your way.

The L9 is the civilian version of the state sedan that Hu Jin Tao used in 2009′s 60th…

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The Ford Fiesta is one of the more popular small cars in China, not quite as popular as the all conquering Chevrolet Sail with over 23,000 cars sold, in comparison the Fiesta hatch sold 2246 and the sedan version sold 1078 units, but these are different priced cars with the Fiesta sitting at the higher side of the market and the Sail at the lower end….

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Cadillac is far from catching up the likes of Audi and BMW in the Chinese market, but they might grow their current market share in the next few years if they play their cards right. According to a Reuters report filed yesterday, Cadillac just isn’t cool with Chinese consumers due to the use of sharp angular designs on show which goes against 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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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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This piece was written by long term China Car Times commentator August Schwartz who has been following the Chinese auto industry closely and from affair for the past decade.

The last week or so I have had a burning desire to do something I have not done in a very long time. It has been nearly five years since I wrote my last piece on Lifan,…

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Jaguar Land Rover have big plans for China thanks to their new JV with Chery, the Indian owned British company has had a fantastic record in the past four years of making cars that consumers actually want rather than making cars that it thinks the consumer wants, we only have to look at the success of the Jaguar XF, XJ and Range Rover Evoque in the…

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Baojun, or Treasured Horse, has been a one brand line up until late last week when the second Baojun model launched. The first model to hit the market under the three way owned brand was the Baojun 630, the second model is the old Chevrolet Spark. Several months ago there was a rumor that the Chevrolet Spark would be donated to the Baojun cause along…

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The Jetta NF is on its way, the car has been sighted out testing a number of times already and will launch at the same time as the new VW Santana which also shares the same PQ25 platform as the VW Polo, this platform will also underpin the new Skoda Rapid and Toledo Sedan. Can VW get enough small cars into the Chinese market? It seems that its rush…

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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 Zotye Z300 is Zotye’s latest mid size car, although the car looks like a completely new car it does have some interesting technology under it. Power comes from a 1.5L Mitsubishi engine owing to Zotye’s lack of self developed engine technology, but the platform itself comes from the Lancia Lybra platform, although thankfully the two cars do not share…

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BYD has received a lot of press attention this year and last, largely due to their rapid fall in sales which practically mirrored their massive increase in sales in 2009, but this has not put BYD off the car making game. BYD entered the car business in a similar way to Hyundai in the late 60′s, they had the car making passion but they did not have the…

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GM’ is China’s biggest car manufacturer, mostly due to its three way tie up between SAIC, GM and of course Wuling itself. These minivans have become the back bone of the rural economy in China, tasked with taking upto 7 people or loads of pigs, vegetables and whatever else you can fit in the back of one, these vans are speeding up the delivery of goods…

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The ongoing Saab drama is something that we’ve tried to keep off the front pages of China Car Times as the story has gone from plausible to outright soap drama crazy in just a few short weeks. Looking back at March this year when…

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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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In the UK the lowest model of a car is called the ‘Poverty Specification‘, Chinese media like to refer to them as being ‘Beggar Edition‘ instead, so now we’ve got that slight cultural issue out of the way we can move on to the below Audi Q5 that was spotted out testing in China.

In the Chinese…

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Hiding your license plate from the law is serious business in other countries, it may lead to fines that could bankrupt your wallet, your license being revoked or even a jail stint. It’s serious business in China too, but owing to a lack of a police offices and an abundance of cars on the roads many get away with their license plate trickery, fly down…

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The Chery QQ set the Chinese automotive world alight, and to some extent it burned the fringes of the traditional auto makers in the West and the East, the QQ was the start of the clone wars which would hit the Chinese market until…. well, the clones haven’t yet entirely stopped with some smaller auto makers continuing to make cars that seem oddly…

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Following the steps of Toyota, Honda also announces its plan of making batteries and electric motors in China next year, so as to reduce the costs of hybrid vehicles and boost the sales of hybrid vehicles.

Honda China’s chief Seiji Kuraishi said during an interview that it’s difficult to reduce costs by importing electric motors and…

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Brazil’s new tax plan to control the rush of imported cars into South America’s biggest auto market could potentially put a damper on JAC’s plans to take on the market in a major way. New legislation from the Brazilian government sees taxes on cars imported from outside the Mercosur trade union raised to 30% which will have a serious effect on imported…

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From the Inquirer.net via a Philippine media outlet:

Imitation is not only the sincerest form of flattery, it may also be one way of jumpstarting the development of a country’s fledgling automobile manufacturing industry. Examples: Cars built in Japan before World War II were often imitations of European or American models. In the…

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When running through the auto sales figures for the entire Chinese market earlier this month I was slightly surprised to see that BYD had a rather good month, despite the doom and gloom surrounding their brand BYD pulled in some strong sales with its F0, F3, L3 and G3 models, but the real surprise came from its new energy cars. In August 2011 BYD saw…

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Harleys are becoming a common site on Chinese roads at the weekends, but it appears there are a few barriers in the way of Harley’s China expansion plans, namely the lack of love for motorbikes (as Chinese see them as low cost transportation tools) and the lack of places to ride in the cities due to pollution and noise ordnance from the late 1990′s…

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As the Chengdu Auto Show is Yema’s own backyard they weren’t going to let the opportunity pass them by, Yema rolled its big guns out for this years show and wowed the crowds with cars that they have possibly seen before just from different brands. The sad thing is that as Chinese car brands were moving away from cloning cars and keeping the books of…

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GM’s July 1.8% sales decline was reversed in August on the back of mini van sales, sales in August increased by 13% over the same period in 2010 where the company sold 181,625 vehicles.

Deliveries of light commercial vehicles at GM rebounded after the auto-maker introduced discounts to offset slowing sales earlier this year. The carmaker also rolled…

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Soon after BYD released news stating that it would cut up to 1800 members of staff, including 1000 members of its sales team, BYD apparently cut the internet in BYD offices to stop further news leaks. Chinese…

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Although Infiniti may expand their production beyond their traditional Japanese borders to account for growing demand for the premium brand, Infiniti China have come out to say that any news of the brand being produced in China are not true.

Infiniti currently relies on imports to sell cars in China, and it looks like it will remain this way for…

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Foton are already one of the world’s biggest light truck manufacturer, but they are not content with sitting with just the title of truck manufacturer, they are planning to enter the passenger car business in a major way. Foton are owned by Beijing Auto Industry Corp and have a large amount of freedom within the gigantic corporation to develop their…

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Zotye may have been based around a single car for the past few years, but they have rapidly expanded their product line up over the past few months to include some interesting new vehicles. The Fiat Multipla based MPV has already hit the market and the Shanghai Auto Show revealed a stand full of concept cars, with no current production cars on display…

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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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From Reuters:

General Motors Co (GM.N) expects to conclude a deal to bring the automaker’s stake in its China joint venture back to 50 percent, Chief Executive Daniel Akerson said on Thursday.GM has told its China partner, SAIC, that it wants to buy back the 1 percent stake in Shanghai GM that it sold to the Chinese automaker in 2010 for…

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Saab and Pangda have finally come forth with a plan to save Saab from the history books, the plan has not yet been made public but will be submitted to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) within the next 30 days. The NDRC is the all powerful body that oversees all major business developments in the Chinese market and all overseas investment…

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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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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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VW Group are the head group for anything VW related in China, they oversee the mighty VW empire from VW branded cars to Lamgorghini sales and everything else in between. Although this year was expected to be a wash out for car makers, VW Group has managed to defy the odds partly due to its diverse portfolio of brands but also due to its early entry…

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Buick owes its life to the Chinese auto market, if the brand did not get an early foothold in the door in China then there is no doubt that the brand would have gone the way of Saturn a long time ago, in the US market the brand only appealed to the silver haired army whilst youngsters ignored the brand completely, in China the Buick brand gained its…

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