Upcoming Releases: BYD L3

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BYD’s new compact sedan, to be launched in August, is a big puzzlement: Is it distinguishable at all from F3 and G3, two current BYD models? All three will be derivatives of the same platform, and get a same powertrain. Upon release, L3 will be powered by a BYD-made 1.8 liter engine rated at 90 […]

Shanghai GM Poised to Be the Biggest Winner from China’s Small Car Subsidies

On the last day of June, the Chinese government publicized a long-awaited list of small fuel efficient cars qualifying for 3,000 yuan cash rebate per unit. Shanghai GM, the partnership of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) and General Motors, has the most entries on the list among all automakers, surpassing not only native players strong […]

Mercedes-Benz to Build the GLK-Class in China, Double Capacity

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The GLK-Class compact luxury SUV will be the next Mercedes-Benz car to be built in China, according to sources within Beijing Benz Automotive Co., the passenger vehicle joint venture of Beijing Auto and Daimler AG. Beijing Benz has been producing two sedans: the C-Class and extended E-Class, and looks to further benefit from China’s rapidly […]

Chang’an Opens R&D Center in England

Chang’an Auto, the fourth largest automaker in China, unveils its third oversea R&D center today in Nottingham, England. The Nottingham center will not only contribute to style upgrades but play a central role in developing powertrains in the years to come–according to announcement from Chang’an. Having initially a crew of 25-30 members, the center plans […]

Dongfeng Spends 1 Billion Yuan on Engine Plant

Dongfeng Motor, one of the three largest Chinese automakers, started constructing an engine plant in Wuhan, of central China, on June 26. At a cost of about 1 billion yuan, or 147 million US dollars, the plant will churn out 300,000 units to equip passenger vehicles. Two platforms will be built. Platform A will give […]

Foton Sets up European Unit in Moscow

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Beiqi-Foton Motor, the self-described largest maker of commercial vehicles around the globe, officially opened its Russian unit on June 25. The Russian operation, based in Moscow, also supervises the entire European market for Foton. Established in 1996, Foton has been growing at rocket speed. Sales last year exceeded 600,000 units. Its product line includes mainly […]

Upcoming Releases: Chana CX20

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The extended small-car family of Chang’an will be joined by a new member this fall: the CX20 mini crossover. Based on a stretched version of the platform that give rise to Chana Benni superminis, CX20 will occupy a position between Benni and Alsvin hatchback, while the recently launched CX30 is above them all in the […]

BYD to Set up Auto Financing Company

BYD Company Limited announced yesterday that it signed an agreement on 18 June with Compagnie Generale de Location D’equipements (CGL), a division of Societe Generale SA of France, on establishing an auto financing operation based in Shenzhen. The new company, to be ratified by the Chinese government, will bear BYD’s name, and have a registered […]

China Accounted for A Quarter of Volkswagen’s Global Sales in the First Five Months This Year

Figures from Volkswagen Group show that the Chinese market has continued to contribute most to its global sales. Out of the total of 2.94 million vehicles it sold from Jan. to May 2010 (not including the Scania brand), a quarter were bought by the Chinese. Compared with the same period 2009, Volkswagen sold 18.1% more […]

Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia Marks Production of One Million Vehicles

The three-way joint venture of Dongfeng Motor, Jiangsu Yueda Holding, and Kia Motors celebrates today the one millionth car, a Kia Forte, rolling off its assembly line since its operation started 8 years ago. The ceremony takes place in Yancheng of Jiangsu province where the company’s two factories are located. Kia Motors holds a 50% […]

Dongfeng Nissan Releases NV200

Nissan seems determined to blur the boundaries between people- and goods-carriers. After launching Livina, Succe and Yumsun (the latter two under Dongfeng marque), it brings another CDV, or car-derived-van, NV200 to the Chinese market. Based on the B platform like many other Nissan cars including Sylphy, Tiida/Versa, March/Micra, and Cube, NV200 was released in Japan […]

Spyshots: SAIC MG3

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(the picture above: MG Zero concept) Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) showcased a concept mini car dubbed MG Zero at several auto shows this year. Meanwhile, the production model has been caught road-tested on several occasions. Latest spyshots appear to confirm that the mini car will be called MG3, and has a real chance to […]

Upcoming Releases (4): BYD M6

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BYD Auto has been working on extending its product line beyond sedans. In late July its first non-sedan car, the M6 MPV, will be released, to be followed by its first SUV, S6, coming in September. The suggestion that M6 is an imitator of Toyota Previa seems reasonable, as BYD had similarly copied Toyota Corolla […]

Upcoming Releases (3): Geely Emgrand EC8

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Premiered at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show, the EC8 mid-size sedan is believed to have drawn inspiration from Toyota Camry. True as that may well be, it still marks the growth of Geely’s car-designing and -building capacity. Like BYD F6, EC8 aims to offer more for less. Priced in the range of compact cars, around […]