At the green auto show currently underway at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Volkswagen and its partner FAW have unveiled the "Carely" EV, derived from the Bora compact sedan (a local version of Jetta). It is the first time that the China-only brand has made a public appearance. We have known since mid-2011 … Read more

Top 60 best-selling sedans (two- or three-box versions) in September 2013 Rank Models Makers Deliveries 1 VW Lavida Shanghai Volkswagen 29,952 2 VW Jetta FAW Volkswagen 26,943 3 Buick Excelle Shanghai GM 26,875 4 Chevy Cruze Shanghai GM 24,744 5 Nissan Sylphy Dongfeng Nissan 22,972 6 Hyundai Elantra Langdong Beijing Hyundai 22,789 7 VW Sagitar … Read more

Report released today by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) showed strong growth of 19.66% in September vehicle sales. Automakers in the country delivered 1,935,800 units in what dealers call the "golden month" of the year. The count includes 1,593,500 passenger cars (up 21.12% on year) and 342,300 buses and trucks (up 13.3% on year). … Read more

Top 60 best-selling sedans/hatchbacks in August 2013 Rank Models Makers Deliveries 1 VW Lavida, sedan version Shanghai-VW 29,203 2 VW Sagitar FAW-VW 23,558 3 VW Passat Shanghai-VW 22,201 4 VW Jetta FAW-VW 22,001 5 Buick Excelle Shanghai-GM 21,364 6 VW Bora FAW-VW 21,183 7 Chevy Cruze Shanghai-GM 20,688 8 Chevy Sail, sedan version Shanghai-GM 18,513 … Read more

Automakers in China delivered 1,648,900 vehicles in the last month, 10.28% more than the same period a year ago, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). Compared with the previous month, sales rose 8.74%. In the first eight months of 2013, the auto market expanded 11.81% on year to 13,947,600 units. Sales of passenger … Read more

On August 15 Geely and its local partner NORDEX started production of Emgrand EC7 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The compact sedan will hit the South American market before the year end. NORDEX agreed to build Geely models with imported CKD kits back in March 2011. In the past two and a half years, a joint team … Read more

Responding to questions over his company’s copycatting activity, Huang Yong, Yema Chairman, once said: "Imitating is a way of learning. In developing new cars, we follow a process of learning, imitating, and surpassing." Determined to bring some of the best auto design ideas to China, Yema has in recent years showcased lookalikes of Audi A4, … Read more

The joint venture of SAIC and Volkswagen unwrapped the locally-built Skoda Yeti at the 2013 Chengdu Motor Show, which opened on August 30. Compared with the current imported model, the show car has an extended wheelbase of 2638mm and a stance slightly longer and lower. Modifications in exterior styling are largely limited to two places–the … Read more

On August 29 the SAIC-Volkswagen alliance started production at its first vehicle plant in western China as the inaugural car, a Santana compact, rolled off line in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Located in Urumqi Economic & Technological Development Zone (Touhetun District), the Xinjiang plant is Shanghai-Volkswagen’s sixth production base and the … Read more

The joint venture of FAW and Toyota announced release of the 2014 RAV4 at a ceremony held in Zhuhai, Guangdong, on Monday evening. The China-built crossover comes in 7 versions, powered by a petrol 2.0L (6ZR-FE) or 2.5L (5AR-FE) engine. List prices range from 183,800–272,800 Yuan (US$30,024–44,562). For the re-designed model, FAW-Toyota has moved the … Read more

The joint venture of Sichuan Nanjun Auto and Hyundai rolled out its first vehicle, a County minibus, at its Chengdu factory on August 8, a day deemed auspicious by many Chinese. Established in January this year, Sichuan-Hyundai aims to become a major commercial -vehicle manufacturer in China with 170,000 sales in 2017. Besides the Wenjiang … Read more

Top 50 best-selling sedans in July 2013 Rank Models Makers Deliveries 1 Volkswagen Jetta FAW-Volkswagen 25,097 2 Volkswagen Sagitar FAW-Volkswagen 24,835 3 Volkswagen Lavida Shanghai-Volkswagen 24,241 4 Buick Excelle Shanghai-GM 24,093 5 Volkswagen Bora FAW-Volkswagen 20,499 6 Nissan Sylphy Dongfeng-Nissan 18,714 7 Toyota Camry GAC-Toyota 16,988 8 Chevy Cruze Shanghai-GM 16,857 9 Volkswagen Magotan FAW-Volkswagen … Read more

The governor of Jiangxi Province Lu Xinshe recently called for a "restructuring" of the local vehicle maker Changhe, giving an official boost to its effort to break away from the Chongqing-based Changan Auto. According to Securities Daily, on behalf of Changhe provincial officials are negotiating with Changan and its owner, the central government, on the … Read more

Not content to be the largest microvan maker in China, the three way joint venture of SAIC, General Motors, and Wuling (SGMW) plans to build a complete passenger-car line under the Baojun brand. Utilizing outdated platforms from Shanghai-GM, the company has developed Baojun 630 compact (derived from Buick Excelle) and Lechi subcompact (a re-badged Chevrolet … Read more

BMW-Brilliance hit roadblock as the Chinese government denied environmental clearance for its project to double production capacity at the Tiexi plant. In a public notice issued on July 26, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said the project lacked effective measures to deal with unwanted byproducts. BMW and its partner Brilliance Auto produce vehicles in … Read more