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BEIJING SHOW DEBUTS LIST - Aiways, BAIC, BYD, Changan, Lifan & Maybach premieres

24 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

As the press preview day for AutoChina 2018 draws closer, many more brands have announced concept, prototype and production model world premieres.


Great Wall Motor - soon to be selling more SUVs than Jeep?

9 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

GWM has been surfing the SUV wave in China longer than most. Its Haval H6 for many years challenged the Wuling Hongguang for the title of best selling model and in 2017, the H6 was finally replaced. It finished the year in third place behind SAIC, GM and Wuling's MPV and SAIC Volkswagen's Lavida. Could Great Wall's SUV brand be sinking or will it bounce back?


ANALYSIS - Future models for Dongfeng Motor

14 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In addition to being a JV partner for several foreign OEMs, Dongfeng Motor is a fairly successful vehicle manufacturer in its own right, with multiple brands and sub-brands in China. Its weak point is a lack of any sizable export business and exposure to the collapsing Chinese market passenger vehicle sales of Kia Motors and Groupe PSA.


ANALYSIS - Changan architectures and future models

3 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The parent company has been trading for 155 years, so Changan knows a thing or two about being successful in business. The automotive division has this year fallen prey to the ongoing surge in sales by Geely's Emgrand brand in China, recently losing its fifth place in that market. However, having sold 662,620 passenger vehicles so far in 2017, it is far from failing, especially as Changan remains ahead of the Nissan, Baojun, Haval and Ford brands.


New order: world in motion dances to China’s beat

15 Sep 2017 | Calum MacRae

It used to be the way that a trip to a major European motorshow was a good chance for the assembled press to have a good laugh at the latest attempts by the Chinese OEMs to infiltrate the European market. Who can forget the 2007 Frankfurt Show when China’s Shuanghuan Motor was represented on its stand by an SUV that looked more like a BMW X5 than the X5 did.


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VW chief frets over possible China tariff rise

24 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

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


Infiniti promises new EV for China 'within five years'

24 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor's luxury brand Infiniti has said an electrified platform based on the Q Inspiration concept car - about to make its Chinese show debut - would go into production within the next five years.


Infiniti to electrify and build five models in China

20 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's luxury brand Infiniti said it would build five new vehicles in China in the next five years, beginning with the QX50 SUV. The announcement comes ahead of the Beijing International Motor Show.


Toyota to roll out first plug-in hybrids car in China

19 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor will unveil its first plug-in hybrid Corolla sedan and Levin compact car in China at the Beijing motor show, which opens on 25 April in Beijing.


VW Group China delivers over 1m units in Q1

18 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

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.


China to end foreign equity cap on JVs by 2022

17 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

China will phase out the equity cap on automotive joint ventures by 2022, with the cap on manufacturers of new energy vehicles and special-use vehicles to be removed later this year, according to Beijing's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).


Continental breaks ground on new powertrain component plant in Wuhu, China

16 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Continental has celebrated the groundbreaking of its greenfield facility in Wuhu, China, dedicated to powertrain components.


China sales rise 3% in March

13 Apr 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in China returned to growth in March, with deliveries to dealers rising by 4.7% to 2.66m units from 2.54m units a year earlier, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


China's FDG to build NEV/lithium plant in Sichuan

12 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

China's FDG Electric Vehicles began construction this week of a new manufacturing hub for new energy vehicles (NEVs) in the country's southwestern province of Sichuan.


Changan sets up JV with Tencent

12 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Changan Automobile Company says it will partner with internet services firm Tencent to form a subsidiary to develop the 'internet of vehicles' (IoV).



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