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

Last night Chery celebrated the release of the all-new compact, Arrizo7, with a party at the China Pavilion in Shanghai, built originally for the 2010 World Expo. Eight portal and video websites were invited to provide live coverage, and the party was shown in real time on large LED screens installed in the downtown of … Read more

Shenzhan BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT) signed a MOU with three distributors on Wednesday, preparing for the release of the first DENZA model in the middle of 2014. Zhongsheng Group, Lei Shing Hong, and Pangda Auto Trade were enlisted for DENZA sales and services in Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing, respectively. BDNT also confirmed … Read more

Among the many Chinese makers of low-speed, short-range electric vehicles GreenWheel stands out as a more competent one, having a long product line and relatively advanced development and manufacturing facilities. Over thirty models are showcased on its website, ranging from school buses to sedans, trucks, and golf cars. The most eye-catching vehicle from the Shenzhen-based … Read more

In exchange for having a BYD production base, the city of Changsha placed an order for 1,000 K9 buses in 2010, which would all be locally made. After a number of delays the first batch were finally delivered on July 16 (not counting the two K9s that had been in field trials). 30 of the … Read more

Honda China announced that it signed an agreement with GAC (Guangzhou Auto) on Wednesday to jointly manufacture Acura-brand cars in China. Aiming to roll out the first local-built Acura in 2016, the two sides are working on details of the production plan. Earlier this year, Acura launched at the 2013 Shanghai motor show the "Concept … Read more