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Shanghai motor show world debuts list - Porsche Cayenne Coupe

22 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Auto Shanghai, the motor show which in odd-numbered years alternates with Beijing as China and the industry's biggest and most important, takes place in April. Below is the latest list of vehicle world debuts, with the Porsche Cayenne Coupé and facelifted Dongfeng Honda XR-V newly added.

Will Great Wall sell a million Haval SUVs in 2019?

4 Feb 2019 | Glenn Brooks

As buyers in China moved away from SUVs during 2018, Great Wall Motor’s Haval division, which sells 12 such models, began to suffer more than most. Yet not only is GWM unruffled by the ongoing sales slide, it is ploughing on with investments in multiple future models.

ANALYSIS – Great Wall, Wey and Ora future models

31 Jan 2019 | Mike Vousden

We break down the future model strategies for Great Wall and two of its newest subsidiaries, Wey and Ora. Great Wall will be focusing on pickup trucks while Wey and Ora will focus on passenger vehicles.

Dongfeng Motor future vehicles

2 Jan 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Even though full-year numbers aren't yet in, it's fair to say Dongfeng didn't have the best 2018. As at 30 November, Chinese market deliveries numbered 401,346, ranking it below Roewe, but even with a 49% drop for that month, it was at least a stronger performer than either Beijing Auto or Chery Auto.

The future models Changan needs for a turnaround

28 Nov 2018 | Glenn Brooks

With sales of more than 1.8m vehicles so far in 2018, including its joint ventures, Changan Auto is major player in the Chinese market. Some 750,000 of that total comes from its own brand models. Until recent months, heavy investments in expanding the Changan and Chana ranges of SUVs were paying off. Now though, sales are falling so key new models due in 2019 can't come soon enough.

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JLR wins copyright case over Jiangling's Evoque copy

25 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has won a major copyright case in China against a local car maker.

Faraday and The9 to manufacture EVs in China

25 Mar 2019 | Simon Warburton

Faraday Future has signed a joint venture agreement with The9 Limited, a China-based internet company to manufacture, market, distribute and sell luxury electric vehicles in China.

Alibaba, Tencent join OEMs in Chinese ride-hail venture

22 Mar 2019 | Dave Leggett

Alibaba, Tencent, Suning, and Chinese carmakers are setting up a Chinese ride-hailing venture.

VW and FAW establish China JV for connected services

20 Mar 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Brand China and its Chinese joint venture FAW-Volkswagen are scaling up their cooperation in the area of digitalisation and connectivity.

VW eyes China JV stake increases

19 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

One of its Chinese partners has pushed back after Volkswagen last week said it planned to increase its efforts to acquire majority control of its Chinese joint ventures, according to local reports in China.

Hyundai Mobis invests in Chinese start-up 'Deep Glint'

15 Mar 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis has announced an equity investment to build a strategic partnership with China’s Deep Glint, which it says has key technologies regarding object recognition and behaviour pattern analysis utilising artificial intelligence. The investment is valued at US$5m.

Dongfeng and Maxion Wheels to form new aluminium wheel JV

15 Mar 2019 | Dave Leggett

Maxion Wheels is to form a new passenger car aluminium wheel joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group, one of China’s largest automotive parts companies.

China vehicle sales fall sharply in February

12 Mar 2019 | editorial team

New vehicle sales in China continued to fall sharply in February, by 13.7% to 1,482,000 units from already weak year-earlier sales of 1,718,000 units, according to newly-released wholesale data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

Kia considers plant closures in China

11 Mar 2019 | editorial team

Kia Motors revealed at the weekend it was considering closing one of its main vehicle assembly plants in China in response to weak local demand.

Tesla to complete Shanghai plant in May

8 Mar 2019 | editorial team

Construction of Tesla's new Gigafactory vehicle production plant in Shanghai is expected to be completed by May 2019 with commercial production slated for the end of this year.

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