Classification: EDITORIAL
The darkest hour [2019-05-17]

When it rains, it pours. Another disastrous month for the auto market has gone by without much signs of any turnaround.

Chinese smart EV startups' growing pains [2019-05-10]

Chinese smart EV startup Byton invited guests from the media, the local government, partners and potential customers to an open house at its production facility in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province on May 8, where co-founder and CEO Dr. Daniel Kirchert and his executive team updated them on the progress of plant construction, latest funding round and start of production of its first production vehicle –

Seven takeaways from Auto Shanghai 2019 [2019-04-26]

Auto Shanghai 2019, or the 18th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, concluded on April 25 after a 10-day run.

Ford's self-redemption in China [2019-04-10]

Is Ford finally getting its act together in China? Its latest strategic initiative to turnaround its operations in the world’

There is always growth [2019-04-02]

Vehicle sales may be falling in China, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be growth. For leading global suppliers like Continental and ZF, who have invested big money into autonomous driving and electrification technologies, they are banking on China to provide the necessary growth in content of those technologies despite the overall market slowdown.

Bet on NEVs, not on NEV subsidies [2019-04-18]

China’s new energy vehicle manufacturers are scrambling over tactics in response to the much-awaited NEV subsidy measures announced on March 26 and trying to make sense of the steeper than expected subsidy reduction.

He said, she said [2019-04-18]

Volkswagen Group CEO Dr. Herbert Diess’ comments during the German automaker’s annual media conference that the company was thinking about reorganizing its interests in China (e.g. adjusting equity share in its vehicle joint ventures there) as part of a broader strategy rethink under a new regulatory environment created quite a stir back in China.

Why Volkswagen is betting on China [2019-04-18]

I was in Wolfsburg in mid-March to attend the annual media conferences for the Volkswagen Group as well as its namesake brand.

Government work report and the auto industry [2019-03-08]

There always seem to be a silver lining. As automakers anticipates a drastic drop in new energy vehicle subsidies for 2019 and the transition from China 5 to China 6 emissions standards which may further affect product availability on the market and hinder sales, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has provided a nice “

Jetta's legacy on the line after model to brand transformation [2019-03-01]

As if the global auto industry and Volkswagen Group didn’t already have enough brands on the market, the arrival of JETTA for the German automaker and its joint venture FAW-Volkswagen is yet another bold move by the leading foreign automaker in China to tackle the local market in unconventional ways (see From model to brand: JETTA is Volkswagen’

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