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ANALYSIS - ZS SUV powering MG UK's 101% sales rise

18 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

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 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

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 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

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.

Will SAIC GM Wuling benefit if China's SUV boom fizzles?

5 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Baojun was first, now Wuling is the second General Motors brand to have its current and future passenger vehicles looked at as part of a new series of articles. Both makes are part of SGMW, and while GM is not the majority owner, it holds a large stake.

Why Baojun could become GM China's No.1 brand

3 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Seven years ago it didn't exist. Today it's General Motors' number two brand in the world's largest market. Baojun is more successful than Chevrolet, isn't far behind Buick and outsells Wuling by a factor of two to one.

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China vehicle sales fall 12% in October

12 Nov 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in China fell by almost 12% to 2.4m units in October from 2.7m units a year earlier, according to reports citing data from the China Association of Auto Manufacturers (CAAM).

DuPont eyes China automotive growth with new plastics factory

8 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

DuPont said it is spending US$80m to build a new factory in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province in East China.

Mitsubishi joint venture launches Eclipse Cross in China

7 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

GAC Mitsubishi Motors (GMMC) is to start sales of the locally assembled Eclipse Cross in China.

Tesla targets initial output of 3,000 Model 3s per week in Shanghai

5 Nov 2018 | Staff reporter

Tesla said in a regulatory filing it had set a production target of 3,000 Model 3 sedans per week in the early stages of operation at its planned factory in China, according to local reports.

Ford and Baidu announce joint autonomous vehicle testing

31 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford and Baidu have completed test vehicle modification and will embark on a two-year project to jointly test the SAE Level 4-capable autonomous vehicles in Beijing.

Alliance Ventures leads investment

31 Oct 2018 | Simon Warburton

Alliance Ventures has become the lead investor of, formerly, China’s leading autonomous driving company focused on Level 4 (L4) self-driving technology, following completion of the company’s Series A funding.

Hyundai and China's BTIRDI join over Hydrogen Energy Fund

31 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Beijing-Tsinghua Industrial R&D Institute (BTIRDI) to jointly establish a ‘Hydrogen Energy Fund’.

Beijing mulling tax cut to support auto sector

29 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

A Chinese regulator is reportedly planning to propose a big cut in car purchase tax to support the Chinese auto sector, which is facing lower sales and intensified competition. China's auto industry is also having to deal with the adverse consequences of an ongoing trade war with the US, which is impacting consumer confidence.

Aston Martin opens new design studio in China

29 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Aston Martin Lagonda (AML) has announced the opening of a new design studio in Shanghai.

Ford appoints new CEO for stand-alone China operations

29 Oct 2018 | Staff reporter

Ford Motor hopes to reverse its plunging sales in China by establishing a stand-alone business unit led by a new CEO, according to local reports.

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