After a series of fatal accidents caused by careless BMW drivers in recent months, the luxury car is getting called in China the perfect murder weapon of the rich and powerful. The latest incident, in which a three-and-a-half-year-old boy was run over several times by a BMW X6, was recorded by a surveillance camera and … Read more

According to its official description, the Dongfeng-Yulon venture will produce not only Luxgen7 SUV and MPV, which are currently available in Taiwan, but also sedans. Yet, no Luxgen sedan has been spotted anywhere–until, perhaps, now. The heavily camouflaged three-box sedan was captured a few days ago road testing with Luxgen7 SUV, which will roll out … Read more

Plans in the auto industry are sometimes informative and mostly unreliable. Anyone still remember Chery’s deal with Malcolm Bricklin’s Visionary Vehicles signed over five years ago aiming to sell 250,000 cars annually in the US? Or Geely’s project in 2005 to export the CK subcompact to the US in 2008 as a "high-quality vehicle…under $10,000?" … Read more

As FAW GM Light Duty Commercial Vehicle Co Ltd turned one year old on August 30, 2010, its president, David Dunahay, talked about the goal for the joint venture to become the largest maker of light-duty trucks in China. FAW GM has two production bases, one in Harbin in Northeast China, the other in Qujing … Read more

Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd. (JAC Motors) (600418.SS) announced on August 31 that it signed an agreement with Brazil’s SHC aiming to sell 620,000 JAC vehicles between 2010 and 2020 in the country. As the largest auto dealer in Brazil, SHC has a 25-year history and more than 60 shops selling Ford, Volkswagen, Citroen, Jaguar, … Read more

China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM): Automakers in China built 1.278 million cars, vans, trucks, and buses in August, and sold 1.322 million units (including exports)–up 16.14% from a year ago. Passenger car sales rose 18.72% from August 2009 to 1.019 million, including 0.71 million sedans, 0.157 million Crossovers, 0.117 million SUVs, and 33,800 MPVs. … Read more

The joint venture of Dongfeng and Nissan unveiled the car brand "Qi Chen" today in Beijing. Designed to supplement the Nissan lineup, Qichen cars will be low-priced economic models sold only in China. "Qichen," whose designated English name is "Venucia", means morning star. The five-star logo evokes China’s national flag (called "Five Star Red Flag), … Read more

The 122.8 km-long Guangzhou-Shenzhen Expressway, which links South China’s two hubs: Guangzhou and Hong Kong, may well be the busiest (more than 100,000 vehicles use it daily) and most expensive (70 Yuan in each direction for a small car) road in China, and yet there is not even a single gas station between the two … Read more

The joint venture of Chery Auto and Quantum LLC, an American subsidiary of Israel Corp., will soon break ground on its plant in Changshu, Jiangsu, which has a designed annual capacity of 150,000 units. The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection is set to ratify the project’s environmental evaluation report, which had been open for public … Read more

We reported in July that Mitsubishi plans to launch an all-new "Global Small" car in late 2011 or early 2012, and that production will start first in Thailand and then in China. All this was confirmed last week by Kenji Iida, general manager of Mitsubishi Motor Sales (China) Co., LTD. In addition, he clarified that … Read more

With both production and sales exceeding 13 million units, China surpassed the US as the largest auto manufacturing and consuming country in the world last year. However, in terms of the total number of registered vehicles on the road, China still falls far behind the US, which indicates a strong long-term bullish trend for the … Read more

Ford and its Chinese joint ventures sold 44,074 new vehicles in August, up 24% year-on-year. In the first eight months, sales increased 42% from the same period last year to 368,103 units, including 251,046 from Chang’an-Ford-Mazda. 13,039 units of Focus and 4,629 of Fiesta, both from Chang’an Ford, were delivered last month. Sales of the … Read more

This week BYD tells reporters that the all-electric, highway-capable e6 will not come to the dealers until September 2011. That will be over two years from the first release date it set. Yet, the company continues to brag that it will be the world’s first to mass produce high speed EVs. We suspect the talk … Read more

It is naive to believe any business would put moral considerations before profits. Even the "don’t be evil" Google enters a "devil’s pact" with Verizon when the price is right. So it comes as no big surprise that GM has made Cadillac the proud "chief business partner" of an upcoming film dedicated to the 90th … Read more

The Chinese auto market has shown a strong rebound from the lows reached in July, according to China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC). A total of 1.2155 million new vehicles were sold in August, up 15.09% from July and 55.72% from August 2009. Inventory pressure seems eased, as production fell 2.74% from July to … Read more