Brilliance BMW Begins Building New Factory

The second factory of BMW’s Chinese venture in partnership with Brilliance Auto breaks ground on June 2. To be built at a cost of Euro 560 million, the new factory will be ready for production in about two years. China is currently the third largest market for BMW, whose sales on the mainland (that is, […]

BYD: Only 1,000 E6s for 2010

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With the start of the electric car subsidy program on June 1, many expected BYD to begin releasing the much-talked-about e6 all-electric car to the general public later this year. A spokesman for the Shenzhen-based company, however, adamantly denied any such plan today, stressing that only 1,000 units of e6 will be built this year […]

China’s Trial Program to Subsidize Electric Cars Meets with Disappointment

The Chinese government launched a testing program that pays part of the production cost of plug-in hybrid and all-electric battery cars. At present, five cities participate in the project: Shanghai, Hefei, Changchun, Hangzhou, Shenzhen. The sum of subsidy an e-car can receive is determined by the capacity of its battery packs that provide propulsion: 3,000 […]

China’s May Auto Sales Nears 1.2 Million

Monthly new vehicle sales dropped 13.95% from April to 1,194,700 units in May 2010, according to China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC). Compared with the same period last year, May sales increased 29.74%. In the first five months this year, a total of 6,053,300 new vehicles were sold, 34.07% more than the year-earlier level. […]

The Unconvincing BYD-Daimler Alliance

Daimler AG and BYD Co. Ltd. announced on 27 May that they were joining forces to develop electric cars. Details on the planned new venture, to be called Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Company, are scant. There are quite a few signs, though, that the deal lacks substance as well as coherence, and should better […]

Mercedes-Benz: Release of Extended E-Class Imminent, Engine Plant Planned

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Update on June 18: The long-wheelbase E-class from Beijing Benz is officially released today. For prices and features, visit here. Premiered at the Beijing Motor Show one month ago, the extended Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan rolled off the assembly line of Beijing Benz Automotive Co. (BBAC), a joint venture of Daimler AG and Beijing Auto, on […]

GM-China’s 2010 Sales Topped 1 Million

General Motors’ China branch announced on May 28 that it had sold 1 million vehicles so far this year, half-way to attaining the annual target of 2 million units. Last year it reached 1 million sales in mid August, and 1.83 million by the year-end. The event was celebrated on GM’s Shanghai campus. Kevin E […]

Update on Guangzhou Honda Walkout: China’s Official Union Sees “Psychological” Roots of Labor Unrest

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As the walkout taking place at a Honda parts plant in Foshan, Guangdong enters the thirteenth day, the only union allowed in China, the government-controlled All China Federation of Trade Unions, issues a statement, calling attention to the "psychological" and "spiritual" needs of the working class on the way to achieve greater social harmony. So […]

China Lowers EV Standards

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Low-speed electric vehicles have been around for more than one hundred years. In many regions of today’s China, they are a common scene. These two-, three-, or four-wheeled battery vehicles are usually employed only within specific cities or counties, and live in a legal gray zone: barred from expressways, frequently un-registered and un-insured. Citing safety […]

Honda China Halts Production on Strike

Walkouts at a parts factory have brought to standstill all of Honda’s four assembly lines in China, Nikkei reported. The strike started on May 17 and took place at the Honda plant in Foshan, Guangdong. The workers, believed to make transmissions, asked for a wage increase from 1,500 yuan to 2,000-2,500 yuan a month, the […]

BAIC in Merger Talks with Zotye

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We reported on BAIC (Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co.)’s IPO plan two days ago. Today we learned that in connection with that plan, a team from BAIC’s passenger car unit is negotiating with Zotye Auto for a merger/acquisition deal. Zotye started to make automobiles only four years ago. It is one of several non-state-owned auto […]

Guangzhou Honda to Increase Capacity by 1/3

Guangzhou Honda, Honda’s joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC), announced today a plan to expand its yearly production capacity from current 360,000 units to 480,000 units in the second half of 2011. It sold 365,600 vehicles last year, reaching full production capacity. Guangzhou Honda currently runs two factories, both located in Guangzhou, the […]

BAIC’s Passenger Vehicle Unit to Go Public

Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. (BAIC) is restructuring its passenger car unit in preparation for Hong Kong or Shanghai IPO–an anonymous source inside SAIC confirms. It has been about two years since BAIC first disclosed its plan to go public. Now with its passenger car brand "Beijing" entering final countdown, that plan looks closer to […]