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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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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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 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?

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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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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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Qoros are still on with their plans to become a major player in the auto industry, the Israeli-Chinese JV are still on track with their plans to launch their first model in March next year. The company has set up its HQ in downtown Shanghai and also has a joint production facility in Changshu, 100km from Shanghai, in partnership with Chery.

The…

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Dongfeng Auto announced today that it has bought a 70% share in the Swedish engineering firm, T Engineering AB. T Engineering was a spin off from Saab Automobile Powertrain and focuses on developing powertrains for the automotive world.

The original agreement was signed on December 8th 2011 and will see Dongfeng buy 70% of the company in stage one…

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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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The China Festival of Speed promised so much, at least on paper. A few tell tale signs that the event wouldn’t be up to expectations came via their official website, parts of it were still under construction come opening curtain time but the organizers were active on Chinese social media circles, busily promoting the event to super car clubs, car clubs,…

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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 US market Ford Fusion has already been aired in the states, the Chinese version has not yet been officially aired but we have seen it plenty of times out testing and we do enjoy its thinking mans Aston Martin looks, we’re quite sure it will shake up the market when it does arrive in the PRC in early 2013. The Ford Fiesta is likely to be…

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The American version of the Camry has been grabbing headlines all week long in the US of A, the latest incarnation of the world’s most popular mid size sedan was revealed to an excited American public earlier this week, but it seems that the Chinese Camry and the US Camry will have some minor differences when they both make it to dealerships.

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Via Reuters:

China’s Geely Automobile said on Monday its first-half net profit jumped 17 percent from a year ago, boosted by higher sales but warned that demand will slow in the next six months.

Net profit for January-June rose to 937.6 million yuan ($146 million), from 804.8 million yuan a year earlier, the auto maker said in a statement…

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BAIC has already shown off its B40 SUV at other auto shows, the 3 door SUV bares more than a striking resemblance to the 3 door Jeep Wrangler, but that maybe a coincidence as Beijing Auto did work with Jeep since 1984, but the leak of these B70 pictures seem to show that BAIC have taken the Wrangler influence a little too far now, and may potentially…

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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.

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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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Geely’s Global Eagle brand, which they have called Gleagle, is about to spawn its first SUV. The GX7 was first unveiled in concept form at the Beijing Auto Show in 2010 where it was eager to show there was another Chinese SUV in town to rival the Chery Tiggo3 and the Great Wall series of SUV’s. The Global Eagle brand is of course Geely’s shot at taking…

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From the China Daily:

The worst nightmare traffic jams are experienced especially during peak times, morning and evening hours, and sometimes during the day.

The snarl ups have become part of Nairobi’s identity since they affect all key roads and major arteries within the central business districts and on the outskirts of the city.

To…

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SAIC are not very good at keeping their new cars a secret, unless of course they like to keep the word about their next generation cars alive in the media. The 750 is based on GM’s Epsilon II platform which is shared with the Buick Lacrosse and the Regal in the Chinese and also world markets.

The next generation…

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From China Daily:

Nissan Motor Co’s joint venture with Dongfeng Motor (Group) Co, the largest Sino-foreign auto partnership, on Monday announced in Beijing that it plans to invest billions of US dollars and double its annual sales over the next five years.

The 50-50 joint venture, Dongfeng Motor Co Ltd, said it will invest 50 billion…

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China is the largest car market in the world, but the Chinese automotive industry is far from strong. Few Chinese people want to buy a local brand car if they can afford a foreign branded one.

It is unlikely that Chinese local cars powered by inner combustion engines can catch up with European, American or Japanese cars, so the government thinks a…

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The Nissan NV200 is Nissan’s compact van for the world market, it is made in China under the Nissan-Zhengzhou joint venture and appears to be selling quite well, the other Nissan NV200 appears to be BYD’s latest MPV which they have named the C6. Chinese media sources were quick to pull the C6 from China’s National Patent Office and compare it with the…

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From Reuters:

Mercedes-Benz on Thursday opened an advanced design studio in Beijing, the first premium auto maker to do so in the world’s largest auto market.

The 1,000 square-metre studio will contribute to the design of Mercedes-Benz vehicles along with the existing facilities in Germany, the United States, Italy and Japan, a senior…

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The good news is that under a quarter of China’s population have access to a privately owned motor vehicle, the bad news is that nobody really knows how many the government actually owns itself, with the government fleet being a mixture of civil use fleet and also military plated vehicles that seem to come in all shapes and sizes.

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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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Changchun is the home to First Automobile Works that has partnerships with Mazda, Toyota, Audi and VW, the problem is that although Changchun has become a major automotive production hub it just can’t attract the talent. Now the problem is not that FAW and its partners are paying low money (in fact, I hear they pay well above average) it’s just that…

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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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