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Nio and Volkswagen key to future for JAC

29 Jul 2020 | Glenn Brooks

A shake-out which began twelve months ago is seeing many brands disappear from China's monthly sales charts. For a while, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile also looked vulnerable. Instead, this medium-sized car maker has found a niche by contract manufacturing EVs and continuing a steady roll-out of of its own JAC-brand models.

China introduces measures to support struggling NEV segment

1 Jul 2020 | editorial team

The Chinese government over the last few months has introduced a number of measures to help the country’s struggling new energy vehicle (NEV) sector recover from the sharp economic downturn caused by outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

China market gains give auto industry a lift

9 Jun 2020 | Dave Leggett

New vehicle sales in China rose by almost 12% year-on-year to 2.14 million units in May 2020, according to preliminary data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

Geely and Geometry future models [updated]

5 Jun 2020 | Glenn Brooks

A sales plunge at home in the second half of 2019 was a shock to Geely and its namesake brand. Efforts have since been redoubled to fight off not just Haval, Changan and Wuling but even the big foreign marques are in Geely's cross hairs. Lots of new models are on the way so Nissan, Honda and Toyota need to watch their backs again.

Geely fortifies Proton and Lotus for growth

4 Jun 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Many were the sceptics when Li Shufu became the latest owner and part owner of Lotus Cars and Proton respectively. So far, and that includes the COVID-19 crisis, progress could be rated OK and excellent. Geely's boss continues to invest in both, tasking the CEOs of these car makers to show him a pathway to sustainable profits.

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China sales estimated up 15% in July

7 Aug 2020 | editorial team

New vehicle sales in China are estimated to have risen by almost 15% year on year to 2.08m units in July 2020, based on preliminary data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

Evergrande unveils six EV models in China

5 Aug 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Evergrande, the Chinese property developer that has set its sights on becoming a leading global electric vehicle manufacturer, unveiled six electric vehicle models in China on Monday.

Xpeng raises additional US$300m ahead of possible US IPO

5 Aug 2020 | editorial team

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup Xpeng Motors is said to have secured an additional US$300m in its latest round of fundraising last month, from major global entities including Alibaba and the Qatar Investment Authority.

AAM supplies electric drive unit for Baojun E300 Plus

31 Jul 2020 | Simon Warburton

American Axle & Manufacturing says its electric drive technology is powering the all-electric Baojun E300 Plus from SAIC-GM-Wuling.

State Grid, BAIC, join forces on EV recharging network

28 Jul 2020 | editorial team

State Grid Electric Vehicle Service, an offshoot of China's state owned electricity provider, has partnered with local carmaker BAIC Group to expand its electric vehicle (EV) recharging network.

2020 Chengdu motor show - world premieres

27 Jul 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Motor shows might be on hiatus in most countries but in China, they are back. Below is a list of world premieres for this year's event in Chengdu.

WM Motor to build new hi-tech R&D centre in Chengdu

27 Jul 2020 | editorial team

WM Motor, a Chinese electric vehicle startup, said it planned to invest in a new global R&D centre in the city of Chengdu, in Sichuan province, according to local reports.

Li Auto to launch IPO in US

27 Jul 2020 | editorial team

Li Auto, formerly known as CHJ Automotive, plans to raise US$950m in an initial public offering (IPO) in the US in what will be one of the biggest listings there by a Chinese company this year, according to local reports.

Volkswagen to raise stake in JAC-VW

23 Jul 2020 | editorial team

Volkswagen AG plans to invest CNY5.22bn (US$746m) to increase its stake in its JAC-Volkswagen joint venture in China from 50% to 75%, according to a Shanghai Stock Exchange filing by its local partner JAC Motors.

Great Wall unveils two modular platforms, smart system

22 Jul 2020 | editorial team

Great Wall Motors this week unveiled two new modular vehicle platforms and a digital platform designed to transform the company into a global technology driven mobility company, according to local reports.

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