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 […]

Best Sellers in March

Chinese auto sales continued to soar in March, reaching a new monthly high in history with a total of 1.735 mn vehicles sold. Passenger vehicle sales reached 1.265 mn, posting a staggering 63% increase from the year-earlier level. Sedan sales totaled 849,700; SUV sales 104,000. Here are the top 10 best-selling sedans and SUVs in […]