A Virtual Tour of the SAIC-GM World Expo Pavilion

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As China has officially become GM’s largest and most lucrative market, it is only natural to expect its strong presence at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, where its China headquarters are based. The SAIC-GM pavilion, built at an expense of 22 million US dollars, stages high tech, multimedia (including 3D) shows around the theme […]

Fiat to Re-introduce Jeep to China

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The Jeep brand, now owned by Fiat-Chrysler, used to have a more intimate experience with the Chinese than perhaps any other foreign auto names. The BAIC-Jeep company (BAIC: Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp.) opened in 1983 to be the first sino-foreign joint auto venture, and Jeep Cherokee is the first oversea model mass-produced in China […]

Nissan’s Second Guangzhou Factory Breaks Ground

Construction of a new Nissan factory in Guangzhou officially started on May 8 with a grand ceremony. Dongfeng Nissan, Nissan’s China joint venture with Dongfeng Motor, plans to spend Yuan 5 billion on this huge facility comprising auto stamping, welding, paint, and general assembly shops. Production is to begin in 2012, with a designed capacity […]

Mitsubishi’s China Predicament

For years Mitsubishi Motors has been losing sales and money in developed markets like Europe and the US. But thanks to strong measures of cost reduction and increased sales in emerging markets, it posted a small profit (about $50 million) for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the first in years. Planning to stay profitable in the […]

PSA and Changan Engaged, Uncertainties Remain

PSA Peugeot Citroën signed a letter of intent with Chang’an Auto on May 4 in Chongqing for setting up a joint venture producing small commercial vehicles and MPVs. The new company will be equally owned by the two parties, and based in Shenzhen, which neighbors Hong Kong. At this stage, however, many important details are […]

GAC Gets New Logo and Own Model

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At the 2010 Beijing Auto Show GAC, or Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd., unveiled its new symbol as well as the first vehicle to be mass produced under its own brand name. The new emblem, seen in the background of our picture, is derived from the first letter of the company’s acronym, "G." For GAC, […]

Chery Began Building Karry Factory in Henan

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Chery lay first stone for its manufacturing hub in Kaifeng, Henan province, last week. First to be built is the main factory to produce mini cars and vans under Chery’s brand "Karry." Designed production capacity is 200,000 units a year, and construction is scheduled to finish by February 2011. Later this year, construction of other […]

Mazda China Seeks to Disengage Ford

The rumor has been swirling for months that Mazda is seeking an independent partnership with Changan Auto from Ford. Now it is validated as the news breaks out that the production of the popular Mazda 3 has been ceased in the Changan-Ford-Mazda factory in Chongqing, and is shifting to the Nanjing factory–a production base Mazda […]

The Leaf Will Not Be So Green in China

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Don’t get us wrong. We are not against EVs. But when so many people today just simply equate a EV with "zero emissions," as Nissan does with the Leaf in its mass marketing campaign, it is important to be reminded of the simple fact: a EV’s green impact depends on how clean the electricity it […]

BYD is Coming to L.A.

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On April 30, 2010, at a news conference attended by L. A.’s .major Antonio Villaraigosa and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Chairman of BYD, Li, Chuan-fu, declared L. A., California to be the location of its North American headquarters. BYD plans to hire a workforce of 150 in two years for the development and promotion its […]

Chery Enlists Messi

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Few people have heard of Riich, Chery’s one-year-old up-scale vehicle division. That is why Chery enlisted help from the Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi. The announcement was made at the 2010 Beijing Auto show. Messi was seen on a giant screen at the show promoting a newly released Riich G5 model. This new model was […]

Gonow marries GAC

(Gonow’s GS1 model) Gonow Auto Co., Ltd., a Zhejiang-based, private-owned automaker, marries GAC, or Guangzhou Automobile Group Co.. On April 26, a ceremony was hold in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, to officially seal the deal. GAC will have a stake of 51% in the restructured company, now called GAC Gonow, and Gonow 49%. Analysts point out that […]

Domestic Brands Losing SUV Market

Facing fierce competition from foreign-owned, global brands, the home-grown Chinese auto industry, which is still coming of age, has shown surprising resilience. In the first three months of this year, native automakers held a near 50% share of China’s passenger vehicle market, selling 1.75 million units. However, this number looks less assuring if one considers […]