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2018 Guangzhou motor show - world premieres list

19 November 2018

Below is a list of vehicle world premieres which appeared at the 2018 edition of AutoGuangzhou.


Why the ZS SUV is powering MG UK's 101% sales rise

18 October 2018

MG Motor has found a sweet spot in the UK market for compact SUVs, slotting its best seller, the 4.3m long ZS, between the traditional 4.0-4.2m B and 4.4-4.7m C segments. Thanks to low pricing and a seven-year warranty, buyers are responding, also making MG the market's fastest rising brand.


SAIC future models - MG and Maxus/LDV

15 October 2018

The first of a two-part look at the current and future passenger vehicles of SAIC's own-brands recently examined Roewe. In the concluding chapter, the focus now turns to MG Motor and Maxus/LDV.


SAIC future models - the rise of Roewe

9 October 2018

Launched in 2006, Roewe took its time to eventually become a mainstream brand. Now, with the addition of more SUVs and electrified models, sales are hitting new heights with home market registrations double those for MG, SAIC's other car division.

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AImotive's vision first approach to autonomous

19 January 2018

AImotive is a Hungary-based AI expert that hopes to bring autonomous driving to the masses. Its technology is based on a "vision first" approach. In early January 2018 it raised US$38m in a Series C funding round. At the 2018 CES, just-auto's Calum MacRae chatted to Bence Varga, AImotive's Head of European Sales.


Q&A with David Lindley, SAIC's UK tech MD (2)

19 June 2014

SAIC Motor technical Centre UK SMTC UK works on designing, developing and engineering advanced new vehicle and powertrain products for SAIC, one of the world's largest automotive manufacturers and owner of the MG brand. Dave Leggett interviewed SMTC UK's managing director David Lindley (part two of two).


Q&A with David Lindley, SAIC's UK tech centre MD

16 June 2014

SAIC Motor technical Centre UK SMTC UK works on designing, developing and engineering advanced new vehicle and powertrain products for SAIC, one of the world's largest automotive manufacturers and owner of the MG brand. Dave Leggett interviewed SMTC UK's managing director David Lindley.


Q&A with A123 Systems

14 January 2011

A123 Systems Inc develops and manufactures advanced lithium ion batteries and battery systems for the transportation, electric grid services and commercial markets. Headquartered in Massachusetts and founded in 2001, A123 Systems' proprietary nanoscale electrode technology is built on initial developments from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In this interview, Matthew Beecham talked with Jeff Kessen, director of automotive marketing, Automotive Solutions Group, A123 Systems.

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just-auto Plus only VW China investing towards electrification

15 November 2018

Under the headline “New Faces of Mobility”, Volkswagen Group China presented at its Media Workshop an all-encompassing plan for e-mobility, advanced mobility solutions, autonomous driving, and a raft of exciting new products. On the eve of...


VW Group China 9M 2018 sales up 5%

16 October 2018

Volkswagen Group China has announced the deliveries for the first nine months of 2018: with its Chinese joint venture partners, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW Volkswagen, the Group delivered 3.04m (2.90m, +5.0%) vehicles to customers in mainland China and Hong Kong, including 137,600 imported vehicles.


GM-SAIC JV to recall 3.3m cars

1 October 2018

General Motors' joint venture in China, Shanghai GM, will recall over 3.3m Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles from 20 October because of a defect with the suspension system, Reuters quoted China's market regulator as saying on Saturday.


VW China Loutang plant builds 10 million engines

26 September 2018

Volkswagen Group China is celebrating the production of the 10 millionth engine at its Shanghai Volkswagen Powertrain (VWPT) Loutang plant. The plant, established in 2005 as a joint venture with long-standing Chinese partner SAIC Motor, currently produces the EA211 series of engines used in 10 Volkswagen car models and 6 Skoda car models produced by SAIC Volkswagen.


SAIC opens design studio in London

20 September 2018

SAIC Motor, parent company of the LDV and MG brands and a partner of General Motors and Volkswagen in Chinese joint ventures, has opened its 'Advanced London' design studio in a renovated building.


Lease deal bringing SAIC EV van to Europe

19 September 2018

LeasePlan and SAIC Mobility Europe have signed a memorandum of understanding to bring what they claims is the first large full electric light commercial vehicle (LCV) to continental Europe.


SAIC-Volkswagen to establish Audi division

30 July 2018

SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Company, a joint venture between Shanghai-based SAIC Motor and Volkswagen, plans to set up a separate division for the production and sale of Audi models in China, according to local reports.


VW Group China sales up 9.2% in H1

20 July 2018

Volkswagen Group China has announced the first half-year deliveries for 2018: with its two Chinese joint venture partners, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the Group delivered over 1.99m (1.83m, +9.2%) vehicles to customers in mainland China and Hong Kong, including 80,300 imported vehicles.


just-auto Plus only Asean NCAP announces results for MG 3/Renault Kwid

11 July 2018

In recent months, the New Car Assessment Programme for South East Asian Countries (Asean NCAP) has tested two car models for the third quarter of 2018. The tested models were the MG 3, available in the Thailand market and the Renault Kwid, sold in Indonesian...


GM opens 2nd EV battery plant in China

7 June 2018

General Motors opened a new lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Shanghai as the US carmaker looks to aggressively expand its new-energy vehicle line-up in the world’s largest market over the next five years.


just-auto Plus only VW & JV partners invest on AV & e-mobilty solution

26 April 2018

At a Volkswagen Group media event, held on the eve of the 2018 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, Volkswagen Group demonstrated the company’s commitment to delivering outstanding People’s Mobility solutions to Chinese consumers. The...


VW chief frets over possible China tariff rise

24 April 2018

Volkswagen has admitted it would be hurt by increased tariffs on vehicles imported into China.


VW Group China delivers over 1m units in Q1

18 April 2018

Volkswagen Group China announced deliveries for the first quarter of 2018: together with its two Chinese Joint Ventures, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the Group delivered over 1.01m (2017: 891,500, +13.4%) vehicles in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, including 43,100 imported vehicles.


AAM/Liuzhou to produce driveline systems in China

6 April 2018

American Axle and Manufacturing (AAM) and Liuzhou Wuling Automobile Industry, a subsidiary of Guangxi Automobile Group, have entered into a joint venture agreement to manufacture driveline systems, the companies announced.


SAIC Motor considers vehicle assembly in Egypt

27 March 2018

SAIC Motor is considering setting up a vehicle assembly operation in Egypt, according to local reports citing an Egyptian government official.


just-auto Plus only SEAT and SAIC VW announce management changes

6 March 2018

Dr Christian Vollmer, currently Technical executive vice president of SAIC Volkswagen in Shanghai, has been appointed as vice-president for Production and Logistics of the SEAT brand with effect from 1 July 2018. In this function, he succeeds Dr Andreas...


GM to launch 15 new models in China in 2018

31 January 2018

General Motors and its local joint ventures plan to launch as many as 15 new vehicle models in China this year to help drive sales growth in the world’s largest new vehicle market.


SAIC starts delivery of electric vans in Europe

29 January 2018

SAIC-owned brand Maxus has commenced delivery of its zero emission EV80 vans in Europe.


VW Group China expanding export business

15 January 2018

Volkswagen Group China and its joint ventures, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, have unveiled a plan to expand into exports, targeting emerging markets.


just-auto Plus only VW brand China sales up 5.9% in 2017

15 January 2018

Volkswagen closed 2017 on an all-time high in China. A record-breaking 3.177m vehicles were delivered to customers in Mainland China and Hong Kong, representing year-on-year growth of 5.9%. The brand remained the number one choice for Chinese car buyers, with...


SAIC Motor opens second assembly plant in Thailand

11 December 2017

SAIC Motor has opened its second vehicle assembly plant in Thailand with a ceremony attended by the country's deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak.


2017 GUANGZHOU SHOW - world debuts

21 November 2017

AutoGuangzhou 2017 hosted a variety of concept and production model world debuts. The press preview day was Friday 17 November.


VW strengthens China NEV commitment

16 November 2017

Volkswagen Group China has increased its commitment to launching New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) in China on the eve of the Guangzhou show which opens Friday.


SAIC Motor launches second SUV in Thailand

16 November 2017

China’s SAIC Motor launched a new compact SUV in Thailand this week as part of its efforts to expand in south east Asia.


SsangYong to test autonomous vehicle

9 November 2017

SsangYong has announced that the company acquired permission for temporary driving of autonomous vehicle and will begin road test starting this November.


GM sets sales records in China

8 November 2017

General Motors and its local joint ventures delivered an October record 382,723 vehicles in China. Retail sales were up 11% year on year, marking the highest monthly sales growth in 2017.


Magna forms e-powertrain joint venture in China

18 October 2017

Magna has entered into a joint-venture agreement with Huayu Automotive Systems, a subsidiary of SAIC Motor, initially to produce an electric drive powertrain system for a German automaker.


VW Group China 9M 2017 sales up 1.4%

16 October 2017

Volkswagen Group China has announced deliveries for the first nine months of 2017. Together with its two Chinese Joint Ventures, Saic Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the Group delivered almost 2.90m (+1.4%) vehicles in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, including 139,000 imported vehicles.


SAIC targets European fleets for electric van

4 October 2017

SAIC Mobility Europe, a newly established European operation of China’s SAIC, is targeting the European light commercial vehicle fleet sector with its electric panel van - the Maxus EV80.


SAIC owned LDV launching first SUV in Australia

28 September 2017

Chinese (SAIC Maxus) owned LDV, which can trace its heritage back through the long defunct UK owned LDV Group, Leyland DAF, Freight Rover and even various iterations of British Leyland and BMC back to the originally separate Austin and Morris (Nuffield Group) companies, has announced first details of its new D90, full size, seven seat SUV which will make its Australian debut on 15 November.

SAIC news

2018 Guangzhou motor show - world premieres list

19 November 2018

Below is a list of vehicle world premieres which appeared at the 2018 edition of AutoGuangzhou....


just-auto Plus only VW China investing towards electrification

15 November 2018

Under the headline “New Faces of Mobility”, Volkswagen Group China presented at its M...


Why the ZS SUV is powering MG UK's 101% sales rise

18 October 2018

MG Motor has found a sweet spot in the UK market for compact SUVs, slotting its best seller, the...


VW Group China 9M 2018 sales up 5%

16 October 2018

Volkswagen Group China has announced the deliveries for the first nine months of 2018: with its C...


SAIC future models - MG and Maxus/LDV

15 October 2018

The first of a two-part look at the current and future passenger vehicles of SAIC's own-brands re...


SAIC future models - the rise of Roewe

9 October 2018

Launched in 2006, Roewe took its time to eventually become a mainstream brand. Now, with the addi...



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