Toyota’s Coaster is perhaps the most copied vehicle in China. In the past thirty years, it is estimated that the popular minibus has been cloned by well over a hundred local manufacturers. The copycats include not only little-known brands but mainstream players like JAC, King Long, and Higer. Realizing lawsuits could not stop the rampant … Read more

Data from CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers) show that overseas sales of China-made vehicles lost momentum in the first half of 2013 due to depressed demand and appreciation of the Yuan. Compared with H1 2012, shipments fell 0.6% to 486,800. Exports of passenger cars posted a positive growth of 2.3%, significantly lower than the … Read more

Automakers in China delivered 5,114 pure-electric and 775 plug-in hybrid vehicles in the first six months of 2013, according to CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers). Compared to the same period a year ago, sales of plug-in EVs (PEVs)–at a combined total of 5,889–rose 42.7%. Production of PEVs went up 56.3% to 5,885 units, which … Read more

Sales of China-made automobiles rose 12.34% from a year earlier to 10,782,200 in the first half of 2013, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). Total output gained 12.83% to 10,751,700 units. The passenger car market expanded 13.81% to reach 8,665,100 units; that of commercial vehicles grew 6.68% to 2,117,100. Breakdown of H1 auto … Read more

For an overview of passenger car sales in June and the first half of 2013, please click here. Top 50 best-selling sedans in June 2013 Rank Models Makers Deliveries 1 VW Lavida Shanghai Volkswagen 25,610 2 VW Sagitar FAW Volkswagen 24,064 3 Chevy Sail, notchback version Shanghai GM 24,046 4 Buick Excelle Shanghai GM 22,483 … Read more

The Chinese government restricts the public’s access to information on a wide range of subjects that are considered non-sensitive in most other countries. There are no publicized official figures on, for instance, how big the country’s land mass is, how many are executed by law each year, how widespread or serious soil pollution is, and … Read more

Carmaking ventures in China delivered 1,398,902 units in June, pushing sales in the first half of the year to 8,657,153. Compared to the same period a year ago, the passenger car market expanded 9.7% in June and 14% in H1 2013. Within China, deliveries rose 12.3% to 1,289,665 in June and 16.7% to 8,178,417 in … Read more

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