Hafei Saibao EV: The First Chinese-made Car to Be Sold in the U.S.?

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After years of failed attempts, Chinese-made cars seem finally coming to American highways–and they are all-electric! They will be sold under an American brand, though. Later this year, the California-based EV venture, CODA Automotive, is to sell in its home state a Hafei-built, all-electric sedan, the American version of Saibao EV. The gasoline-powered Saibao, first […]

Best Selling Sedans and SUVs in September

=”534″ align=”center” border=”1″ cellpadding=”0″ cellspacing=”0″> Top 10 best-selling sedans Top 10 best-selling SUVs Rank Models Makes Units Rank Models Makes Units 1 Excelle Buick 22,600 1 CRV Honda 13,400 2 Elantra-Yuedong Hyundai 22,100 2 Haval series Great Wall 12,400 3 Lavida VW 20,800 3 Tiguan VW 9,600 4 Santana VW 20,700 4 IX 35 Hyundai […]

Zotye Releases Chinese-made Multipla–Longyue

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Zotye Auto released the Multipla-derived Longyue today at Hangzhou Auto Show, which replaces the oddly named "Mutiplan." From late 2008, the Fiat Multipla 2 compact MPV had been assembled from KD kits in Zotye’s Changsha factory in Hunan Province, and marketed in China under the name "Mutiplan." Longyue, while retaining all basic features of Mutiplan, […]

Chinese Auto Sales Increased 17% in September to 1.56 Million

September has been called the "golden month" for selling cars in China. This year it did not fail to shine. Data released today by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) show that automakers in China sold 1.5567 million new vehicles in September (including exports), up 16.89% from a year ago and 17.73% from August. Production […]

China Became Skoda’s Largest Market

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Three short years after Shanghai-Volkswagen released the first Skoda car in China, an Octavia, the country has become the Czech automaker’s largest market, accounting for over 23% of its worldwide sales so far this year. The three Skoda models currently built in China–Octavia, Superb, and Fabia–delivered a total of 83,234 units in the first half […]

September Sales: Shanghai-GM, Shanghai-VW (Skoda), Hyundai-Kia, Chery

New vehicle sales at Shanghai GM rose 41% year-on-year last month to 100,825 units, hitting a record monthly high. For the first three quarters, the joint venture sold 742,176 cars, surpassing last year’s annual sales of 727,000. In September, Buick delivered 57,948 units (LaCrosse 10,339, Regal 7,669, Excelle 22,607), Chevrolet 40,860 (Cruze 17,264), Cadillac 2,017 […]

Geely Plans to Sell Pandas Online through Taobao

We mean the Panda cars. Geely’s PR Chief, Yang, Xueliang, discloses this week that the Chinese automaker has signed an agreement of strategic partnership with Alibaba Group to sell cars online next year. Alibaba Group, based in the same city–of Hangzhou–as Geely, is the largest e-commerce company in China. It provides online trading places (through […]

Both VW NMS and Seventh Generation Passat Are Coming to China

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Sources within Volkswagen confirm that the seventh generation Passat (MK7), unveiled earlier this week at 2010 Paris Motor Show, will be built and released in China by FAW-VW next year, while the other VW China joint venture, Shanghai-VW, will roll out the NMS (New Midsized Sedan) in the second quarter of 2011. (All new Passat […]

FAW, GAZ to Form Truck Joint Venture in Russia

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First Auto Works (FAW) and Russia’s GAZ signed partnership agreement today in Beijing on building FAW brand medium- and heavy-duty trucks in Russia. As the first step towards forming a joint venture, the agreement includes few operational details. At this stage, we only know that the venture will be equally owned by both sides, and […]

ZAP-Jonway Moves Forward, A380 EV Exposed

The U.S. EV company ZAP (Zero Air Pollution) and China’s Jonway Group signed a memo over strategic partnership on 25 September in Sanmen, Taizhou of Zhejiang Province, where Jonway is based. ZAP CEO Steven Schneider said at the new conference that ZAP will acquire the remaining 49% stake in Jonway Auto next March, and the […]

Ford to Build Engine Plant in Chongqing

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Changan-Ford-Mazda and the city of Chongqing signed a memo on 25 September for constructing an engine plant in Chongqing that will serve two local Ford vehicle factories. The first stage of the project, to be completed before May 2013, will receive Yuan 3.4 billion, or $500 million investment and create a capacity of 400,000 units […]