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

The new March supermini, called Micra in the West and India, hits the Chinese market today in four trims, all with a l.5-liter engine. Built by Nissan and its partner Dongfeng Motor, it is marketed in China under the concept of "easy life," targeting young consumers in big metropolitan areas. The 1.5-liter engine (HR15DE), featuring … Read more

China’s Zotye Auto plans to push the price of Jiangnan Alto, the current cheapest car in China, even lower. The new entry version will sell for only 18,800 yuan, or $2,765, and rival the $2,500 Tata Nano. The Alto microcar is presently built by two companies in China, Chang’an-Suzuki and Jiangnan Auto, the latter of … Read more

The SUV market in China has been red hot. Yet Ford has barely entered it, having only a small number of imports to offer. Since it runs two joint ventures there, it is only natural to expect a Chinese-made Ford SUV to come soon. But which one? Edge, Escape, Kuga all had been chosen by … Read more

In June, we posted two photos that confirmed the upcoming MG3 to be the production model of the MG Zero concept. This month, we got pictures of the subcompact sneaking around the Shanghai area on two different occasions and appearing on track to hit the market this fall. The first set were taken at a … Read more

FAW Car Co.(000800.SZ), a passenger car division of First Auto Works (FAW), announced today that it will spend 3.11 billion Yuan in the coming 3-4 years on upgrading and expanding sedan and engine production. Most of the investment is aimed directly at reviving "Hongqi" (Red Flag), the luxury cars that have been a symbol of … Read more

SAIC Motor (600104.SS), controlled by SAIC Group, reports today that its net profit in the first half of 2010 reached 5.871 billion Yuan, or $863 million, up 306% from the same period last year. Revenues increased 140% to 147.6 billion Yuan, including 51.7 billion Yuan from Shanghai GM. Its subsidiaries and joint ventures sold a … Read more

Geely discloses today that Shanghai LTI, its joint venture with Manganese Bronze Holdings, begins exporting SKD (semi knocked down) TX4 to Europe this month. The plan is to provide 160 kits every month to cut the car’s production cost in the UK. (TX4 with Shanghai skyline as background) The Shanghai-based venture was formed in 2007, … Read more