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


(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


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


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 […]

Upcoming Releases (2): Passat CC from FAW Volkswagen


On June 12 FAW Volkswagen began accepting pre-orders for the Chinese-made CC, or Comfort Coupe, scheduled to hit the showrooms in July. The CC will share the 2.0 TSI powertrain with the current Magotan, the Chinese version of Passat B6, which employs 6-speed Direct-shift Gearbox (DSG), and yet have a re-designed, bigger body shape. While […]

Upcoming Releases (1): 2011 Hyundai Verna


Debuted at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, the 2011 Hyundai Verna subcompact is the fourth generation of Hyundai Accent developed exclusively for the Chinese market. Designed in light of a consumer survey that ranks styling and interior room before other factors, the Verna has the dynamic look of a coupe and a 2570mm wheelbase, longer […]

Shanghai GM Sets 2015 “Drive to Green” Goals

In its flashy pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo currently underway, General Motors may be daydreaming on the wheels for future cities, but it seems to have something more practical to offer China as well. Together with its Chinese Partner, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), GM issued a five-year plan today to carry forward the […]

Shenzhen Auto Show: Seeing the “Green”?

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The 2010 Shenzhen Auto Show opens to journalists today. The public have to wait until Sunday to get in. As many as 550,000 visitors are expected during the 6-day fair, including many from neighboring cities of Hong Kong and Macau, which co-sponsor of the show. . The official theme this year is "developing a low-carbon […]

GAC Changfeng to Release a Volvo Look-alike


GAC Changfeng, a SUV manufacturer owned by Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC), Changfeng Motor, and Mitsubishi Motors, recently confirmed that its first sedan model, going by CP2 for now, is on track for a late 2010 market release. Known mainly as the maker of Mitsubishi Pajero in China and the Liebao SUV series, GAC Changfeng […]

Chongqing Auto Fair Underway

China Chongqing International Auto Industry Fair 2010, or Auto Chongqing 2010, receives the press today, and is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors during the four days, 11-14 June, when it will be open to the public. Although not a top-tier event of its kind in China, it has drawn wide attention as […]

Great Wall Exports Haval H5 to Italy


Great Wall Motor, a top SUV and pick-up truck maker in China, starts shipping 400 units of the Haval H5 mid-size SUV to Italy, making a rare move among home-grown Chinese automakers to sell in the EU. This is one of several batches, which will be totaled 2,000 units, scheduled for delivery this year. The […]

May’s Top 10 Best Selling Sedans and SUVs

China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) reports that new vehicle sales in China dropped 7.5% from April to May, but grew 28.35% from May 2009, reaching 1.438 million units. A total of 1.043 million new passenger cars were sold this month, 6.09% less than April but up 25.78% from a year ago, including 720,100 sedans […]