Classification: EDITORIAL
China unlikely to turn back from BEV-focused NEV technology route [2019-09-06]

If the 1,200 or so attendees came to the International Forum (TEDA) on Chinese Automotive Industry Development (IFCAID) held in Tianjin on August 30-September 1 expecting new policy signals or directions from government officials that spoke at the event, they probably left very disappointed.

The phase out of ICE vehicles should not be a hasty decision [2019-08-27]

The prospect of China announcing a timetable to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles is moving closer to reality after the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in a statement published on its website on August 20 that the country might first establish pilot zones where conditions are in place to prohibit the use of such vehicles before a timetable to prohibit their sales nationally is formulated and announced.

The good, the bad, and the reality [2019-08-21]

New energy vehicle sales fell for the first time in more than two years, but passenger vehicle and auto sales did not fall as steep as in previous months.

For Human Horizons, patience is the virtue [2019-08-13]

It will still be another year before Human Horizons, China’s newest smart EV startup, begins trial production of the HiPhi 1, and nearly another year after that before the supercar-inspired electric SUV hits the market, if all goes smooth (see A new breed: Human Horizons looks beyond the car with HiPhi 1 electric supercar SUV).

GM, Human Horizons and a tolerance for solitude [2019-08-02]

I was in Shanghai earlier this week for two events: GM China’s annual Tech Day and Human Horizons’

Toyota is all in on China [2019-08-23]

Research, autonomous driving, batteries, EVs, and now mobility. With the announcement on July 25 that it will invest $600 million in DiDi Chuxing, China’

Brace for a huge sales drop in 2019 [2019-08-23]

We are well past the mid-year point and it’s time to both reflect on what has transpired over the first half of 2019 for the auto market and what future holds for the rest of the year.

UCAR and Borgward: Can the odd couple make it work? [2019-07-12]

When Foton acquired Borgward in 2014 and relaunched it at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015, it was little known at the time that the Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturer under BAIC Group was behind the resurrection of the iconic German brand Borgward now in its centennial year and once rivaled with Mercedes-Benz.

Branding is more than the product itself [2019-06-28]

This week’s issue features my exclusive interviews with Beatrix C. Frisch, regional director APAC & general manager China for Mackevision, and Silvio Angori, CEO of Pininfarina.

NIO pain, Xpeng gain [2019-07-15]

UPDATE: NIO announced on June 27 the voluntary recall of 4,803 ES8s produced from April 2, 2018 to October 19, 2018 equipped with CATL’

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