Toyota China Fined for Corporate Bribery

Toyota Motor Finance (China) was fined today by the Industrial and Commercial Bureau of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, for bribing dealers in the region, according to Xinhua. This is the first time for Toyota to face charges of corporate bribery in China. According to the Bureau, between August 2008 and April 2010, Toyota’s auto finance company paid […]

Toyota Yaris Gets a Stretch for 2011

Small cars are popular in China, but Yaris has been a flop since its initial release by GAC Toyota in July 2008. The cause of it, GAC claimed, was that the car looked "stingy" to Chinese consumers. So in the past one year Toyota has been giving the subcompact a quick makeover, developing a 2011 […]

Chery Releases 2011 Tiggo

Chery launched the 2011 Tiggo yesterday at the Chengdu Auto Show. The new Tiggo gets not only a facelift but an additional engine option–a 1.6-liter with mechanically-driven supercharger (ACTECO-SQR481FG). Built on the same platform as the outgoing Tiggo3, the 2011 model gets about 100mm longer, while the 2510mm wheelbase remains unchanged. The front exterior has […]

Chery Plans Production Base in Jacareí, Brazil

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Chery Auto and the state of São Paulo signed a framework agreement today to build Chery cars in the city of Jacarei. The first phase of the project, aiming to create an annual capacity of 50,000 units, will get $134 million investment and be completed in 2013. The second phase will see capacity raised to […]

JAC Partners with NC2, Navistar

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Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd. (JAC ) (600418.SS) announced on 16 September partnerships with NC2 Global and Navistar International Corporation that will develop, build, and market heavy duty trucks and diesel engines in China. Two operating agreements were signed. According to the one with NC2, a joint venture of Navistar and Caterpillar Inc., a new […]

FAW-Toyota Releases 2011 Reiz

The new Reiz released today by FAW-Toyota disappoints many. Expected to be the Chinese-made second generation Mark X, it is only a superficial follower of it, and an overpriced one. The exterior is restyled after the existing Mark X in Japan, but the dimensions are different. The 2011 Reiz is 5mm longer and 15mm higher. […]

First Luxgen Sedan Spotted?

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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 […]

Why Haven’t Chinese Cars Come to the US?

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?" […]

JAC (Jianghuai) Teams up with Brazilian Dealer SHC

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, […]

Best Selling Sedans and SUVs in August

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. […]

Dongfeng-Nissan Introduces New Passenger Car Marque: Qichen (Venucia)

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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), […]

Driver Sues Highway Company for Lack of Gas Station

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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 […]

Chery-Quantum to Start Building Cars in Changshu, Jiangsu in 2012

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 […]

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