The Most Expensive Chinese Car, $1.2-Million Hongqi HQE, is Getting Ready for Volume Production


Hongqi HQE, which President Hu rode reviewing troops on Tiananmen Square last year, will soon be available to the public with a price tag estimated at 8 million yuan or $1.2 million. Under the code CA7600, it appeared on the list of upcoming models published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology last month. […]

Toyota to Invest $700 Million in R&D Center in Changshu

The Japanese automaker announced on 17 Nov. that Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co. Ltd. (TMEC) will be built in Changshu, a city 80km from Shanghai, with $698 million total investment. TMEC will be Toyota’s sixth R&D center, the other five in Japan, the US, Thailand, Australia, and Belgium. Fully owned by Toyota, it […]

Hummer-Inspired Chinese Trucks (3): BAIC Yongshi

Yongshi is a Jeep styled somewhat like a Hummer. It is the official successor of the first-generation Chinese military Jeep BJ212 produced by BAIC from the mid-1960s to early 1990s. Developed in a time when the marriage between SAIC and Chrysler Jeep , which lasted between 1983-2009, was in decline, the current Yongshi tries to […]

Hummer-Inspired Chinese Trucks (2): Xiao Long XL2060L


Xiao Long Auto, the little-known company based in Wuhan–which is also home to Dongfeng, started to roll out the XL20 series off-road vehicles in October 2008. Among them the XL2060L pickup especially excites Chinese Hummer fans. While acknowledging influences from the Hummer and Germany’s Unimog, Xiao Long claims that it owns "full intellectual property rights" […]

Hummer-Inspired Chinese Trucks (1): Dongfeng “Hanma” (EQ-2050, 2058)

The mighty beasts of the Hummer have been sterilized in their home country, but lack no heirs or impersonators in the Central Kingdom. Although the bid from Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines to buy the brand was rejected by the Chinese government, several companies there are determined to keep alive this "symbol of conspicuous consumption," expecting […]

Best Selling Sedans and SUVs in October

Please click here for a summary of October’s sales data from China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) and China Passenger Car Association (CPCA). Top 15 best-selling sedans Top 10 best-selling SUVs Rank Models Makes Units Rank Models Makes Units 1 Lavida VW 23,180 1 CR-V Honda 12,250 2 Excelle Buick 21,492 2 Haval H series […]

October Vehicle Sales Increased 1/4 to 1.54 Million–CAAM

Data released today by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) show that automakers in China sold 1.5386 million passenger and commercial vehicles last month, 25.47% more than the same period last year and 1.16% less than September. 1.541 million units were produced. Passenger car sales increased 27.12% year-on-year to 1.2031 million units, including 835,200 sedans, […]

Mitsubishi, GAC Sign Joint Venture MOU, to Build ASX Compact SUV


On 5 Nov. Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) (2238.HK) signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitsubishi Motors Corp (7211.T) on establishing a passenger car joint venture. The new venture, GAC-Mitsubishi, would arise through restructuring the existing Mitsubishi-GAC-Changfeng partnership, GAC Changfeng (600991.SS). The plan, to be further worked out and ratified by the government, looks like a […]

EVS25 Opens in Shenzhen, Showcasing 200+ Clean Fuel Vehicles


The 25th World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition (EVS25) opens in the southern Chinese city Shenzhen today. Calling for a "sustainable mobility revolution," the five-day event (5-9 Nov.) will examine latest developments in clean transportation through conferences and exhibitions. Test drive opportunities will also be provided. More than 350 companies around the globe will showcase […]

All-New Changan CX20 Supermini Goes on Sale

Described as an affordable small family car that brings the benefits of a sedan, SUV, and MPV, the CX20 went on sale Wednesday with prices ranging between 49,900 and 70,900 yuan. Six editions are available, all powered by a 1.3-liter developing 63kW/6000rpm and 110Nm/3000-4000rpm. This JL474QL engine is a slightly modified version of the one […]

BYD to Miss 2010 Sales Target by 1/6

Despite the recent sales pitch from Warren Buffett (see article), BYD cars are slow to move off the lot. Against market trend, sales slipped 13% year-on-year in October to 40,578 units, after diving 25% to 33,085 units in September. In the first ten months, 426,800 BYD cars were sold. This means the company has to […]