Angry with a series of reports from the 21st Century Business Herald (21CBH), the German carmaker’s chief in China, Nicholas Speeks, has ordered cancellation of advertisements on one of the country’s most influential financial news media. The move came as Mercedes-Benz China battles a spreading PR crisis, of which 21CBH has carried extensive coverage and … Read more

Several carmaking ventures in Hunan were awarded contracts worth a total of 1.45 billion Yuan by the provincial government on June 24. The beneficiaries include not only native brands like Geely and Zotye but also Fiat, whose Viaggio car is built in Changsha, the capital of Hunan. Vying to attract investment, practically all Chinese provinces … Read more

FAW Haima’s compact sedan will get a major makeover and new name for 2014. To be released in late 2013 or early 2014, the revamped Family will be placed in the newly-launched M series as M5, between the M3 and M6. Spy shots indicate the M5 will become slightly larger than the current Family, which … Read more

Hongqi ("Red Flag") L5, the entry model in FAW’s ultra-luxury lineup, hit headlines earlier this year when it served as the official ride of the French president Hollande visiting Beijing (as shown in the first two pics below). In a few months it will be made available to the public, or the wealthy few–as it … Read more

Honda and its Chinese partner GAC (Guangzhou Auto) announced the release of Crider this evening in Beijing. Available in three trim levels, the new compact sedan is priced in the range of 114,800 – 149,800 Yuan (US$18,675 – 24,368). In GAC-Honda’s lineup, Crider fills the space between City and Accord, thus substituting Civic, which is … Read more

In a recent poll of auto executives, the median estimate of peak annual sales of new vehicles in China was 35 million units. The forecast comes very close to the combined production capacity planned by 12 major automakers for 2015. Why 35 million? It is a good approximation because, we think, it is supported by … Read more

Outside the Chinese capital, BAIC (Beijing Auto) currently has vehicle production capacities in two places: Zhuzhou, Hunan, where BAIC E130/150 and Weiwang vans are made, and Chongqing, where a long product line covering various vehicle types has been under development (BAIC also plans to open vehicle plants in Zengcheng, Guangdong, and Zhenjiang, Jiangsu). The Chongqing … Read more

Tesla did not open its first showroom in mainland China in the spring as promised. But the delay will be short. The cars are already in place, ready to be unwrapped in a week or so. A Model S poster with the "Go Electric" slogan now covers the wall behind which installation is still going … Read more

A fast charger serving BYD e6 taxis exploded in Hong Kong earlier this week, causing no injuries. The affected charging station was closed for investigation. The accident happened just one month after BYD e6 taxi service was launched in Hong Kong. The EV maker, which was based in the neighboring city Shenzhen, said at the … Read more

The joint venture of SAIC and GM started construction of a Cadillac plant in Shanghai today, which will open in 2015 with a designed production capacity of 160,000 units a year. At a ceremony held in the Pudong district, officials from the city government as well as the JV, including GM CEO Dan Akerson and … Read more

A fleet of ActiveE started to roam the streets of Beijing on Tuesday as BMW’s "project i" entered the second phase in China–after the field testing of the Mini E. 20 Beijingers were given keys of the pure-electric sedans, and for 4,200 Yuan a month (after paying a deposit of 30,000 Yuan) they can drive … Read more

With sales more than doubled in the past three years, Lifan has become a potent rival among native carmakers. To sustain its rapid growth, it plans to radically revamp and expand its product line. The small, copycat models, which helped the company gain a foothold in the market, will all soon be replaced by the … Read more

Shanghai’s program to promote EVs, carried out with much fanfare in the past two years, has achieved little success. At a press conference held on June 7, the municipal government disclosed that private consumers had bought only 269 pure-electric cars, of which 121 went directly to individuals, 148 to vehicle-leasing companies. One of the pilot … Read more

Geely-Volvo has got the go-ahead from the Chinese government for its carmaking project in Daqing, Heilongjiang, where production is scheduled to begin towards the end of this year, says the city’s Development and Reform Commission. The first Volvo vehicle to be made in Daqing will be the XC60 compact SUV, according to several other sources. … Read more

Implementing its new brand strategy, Chery plans to organize its confusing product lines under four nameplates. Three of them are familiar–QQ, for mini models, Fulwin, for subcompact and compact sedans (hatchbacks or notchbacks), and Tiggo, for SUVs. The fourth is a new tag, Arrizo, which in combination with specific numbers will designate larger compact and … Read more