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Volkswagen's e-mobility offensive in China charges ahead with establishment of CAMS JV [2019-07-22]

CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu – Volkswagen Group’s electrification offensive in China took another key step on July 11 when the company announced the official establishment of CAMS New Energy Technology Co., Ltd.

Former NIO USA VP of Finance Leo Lin appointed Karma Automotive's VP of Global Finance [2019-07-22]

IRVINE, California – Karma Automotive, the Southern California-based smart EV startup owned by China’

Chery and Quanergy establish partnership for LiDAR supply and autonomous driving development [2019-07-22]

SUNNYVALE, California – Quanergy Systems, Inc., a leading provider of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors and smart sensing solutions, announced on July 18 a partnership with Chinese automaker Chery Automobile.

Heavy-duty truck sales fall 11 percent in June to 100,000 units, H1 sales down 3 percent [2019-07-19]

China’s heavy-duty truck market in June shrank further with sales reaching 100,000 units, down 5 percent from May and 11 percent from the same month of last year, the highest year-on-year drop so far in 2019, according to data obtained by cvworld.

Brace for a huge sales drop in 2019 [2019-07-19]

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.

Autonomous vehicles driving down DiDi valuation [2019-05-20]

In one of the largest tech IPOs in U.S. history, ride-hailing giant Uber went public on NYSE on May 10, six weeks after rival Lyft had done the same thing on NASDAQ.

Auto Shanghai 2019: cloudy with a chance of sunshine [2019-04-15]

Auto Shanghai 2019, or the 18th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, is just around the corner.

China is the new automotive powerhouse and Volkswagen is turning into a new "Chinese" automaker [2019-02-18]

HEFEI, Anhui – Dr. Herbert Diess is really making his presence felt in China: the CEO of Volkswagen Group, the perennial leading foreign automaker in China, was in the country yet again in mid-February, right after the Chinese Spring Festival holidays.

Winter wind in the PV market (Part II) [2018-12-03]

Chen Binbo is former executive vice president of Dongfeng-Honda where he held the role from 2009-2017.

Brace for a huge sales drop in 2019 [2019-07-19]

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’

Chang'an-Ford fined ¥162.8 million for price-fixing [2019-06-05]

BEIJING – The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), China’s antitrust regulator, said in a statement published on its website on June 5 that it has fined Chang’

GAC Motor International Ltd. inaugurated in Hong Kong [2019-05-24]

UPDATE: GAC Motor has further delayed its prior plan to enter the U.S. market this year indefinitely as U.S.-China trade tensions rise, Zeng Hebin, president of GAC Motor International, told the media on May 21.

Geely to develop L4 autonomous driving system by 2022 utilizing 5G and V2X tech [2019-05-20]

NINGBO, Zhejiang – Geely plans to develop a fully autonomous driving system (SAE Level 4) that utilizes 5G communications, edge computing and V2X infrastructure technologies by 2022 that could be put into use at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou.

Being more Chinese: Ford China announces latest initiative to "escape" its recent funk [2019-04-08]

SHANGHAI – Ford China is launching 30 new Ford and Lincoln vehicles – more than a third of which will be electrified vehicles –

Diess, e-mobility, Volkswagen, China and shareholding [2019-03-21]

Volkswagen Group under CEO Dr. Herbert Diess will be more electrified, more Chinese and more software-centric.

Audi eyes annual sales of 1M vehicles in China by 2022, talks on SAIC-Audi progressing [2019-03-19]

INGOLSTADT – Audi has become the first premium brand to set a goal of selling one million vehicles in China in a single calendar year and is confident that it can achieve the target within the next four years.

Chery bets on new retail with e-commerce platform tie-ups [2019-02-26]

WUHU, Anhui – Chery Group, which is in the midst of a mixed shareholding reform and seeking a new strategic investor, has started out the New Year with a new strategic focus: new retail.

What 20E9 means for Mercedes-Benz in China [2019-02-20]

BEIJING – January was a record month for Mercedes-Benz in China: the brand with the three-pointed star delivered 71,697 vehicles to customers, the first time ever that sales in its largest market topped 70,000 units in a single month, according to data released on February 11.

Lotus Evija: the world's first all-electric British hypercar from the world's fastest growing Chinese auto group [2019-07-18]

LONDON – Lotus unveiled the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar, at an exclusive event in London on July 17.

BYD launches all-new "Black Crystal" global design center in Shenzhen [2019-07-01]

SHENZHEN – BYD launched its all-new global design center here on June 25, ushering in a “

AV road testing goes to Guangzhou: WeRide, GAC Group and among first to receive permits [2019-06-21]

GUANGZHOU – WeRide, GAC Group, AutoX,, Jingqi Technology and DeepBlue Technology became the first six companies to receive permits to test autonomous vehicles on open roads in the city of Guangzhou on June 20.

Tesla speed: Shanghai-produced Model 3 starting at ¥328,000, deliveries to start in 6-10 months [2019-05-31]

BEIJING – After a week of suspense, Tesla announced the starting price of the locally-produced Model 3 on May 31: the upgraded standard range (NEDC 460 km) version of the model, which had only begun deliveries as an import at the end of February, will be ¥328,000.

Baidu expands AI ecosystem with Geely tie-up, latest version of Apollo AD platform [2019-07-17]

BEIJING – The audience at this year’s Baidu Create 2019, Baidu’s third annual AI developer conference, got another dose of the unexpected when Baidu Founder, Chairman & CEO Robin Li got doused with a bottle of water from a spectator onstage while delivering his opening keynote on the morning of July 3.

Geely releases GKUI19 with China's first independently developed custom vehicle system-on-chip [2019-07-06]

BEIJING – Geely invested subsidiary, ECARX, officially announced on July 3 the company’s new E-Series chipset at the launch of the GKUI19 and the global showcase of the Geely Boyue PRO, the first vehicle to use both GKUI19 and the E-Series chipset.

Leapmotor delivers first S01s to customers, targeting 10,000 units for 2019 [2019-07-05]

HANGZHOU – Chinese smart EV startup Leapmotor began delivery of its first model, the S01 smart electric coupe, on June 28.

Evergrande-owned NEVS begins production of 93 EV [2019-07-05]

TIANJIN – National Electric Vehicles Sweden (NEVS), now part of China Evergrande Group, the country’

Chevrolet unveils Onix compact sedan, launches Monza [2019-03-22]

WUHAN – Chevrolet unveiled the Onix Redline, the first variant from the all-new Onix compact sedan nameplate, and launched the Monza, a new addition to the brand’

Targeted at the Model 3, Polestar 2 to begin production in Chengdu in early 2020 [2019-02-28]

GOTHENBURG – Polestar, the electric performance car brand jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and its Chinese parent company Geely Holding Group, will begin production of the Polestar 2 at its plant in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in early 2020.

From model to brand: JETTA is Volkswagen's new "people's car" in China [2019-03-01]

WOLFSBURG – When Volkswagen Group CEO Dr. Herbert Diess and FAW Group Deputy Party Secretary and Vice President Qin Huanming shook their hands here on February 26, it ushered in a new era for the leading German automaker in China and the global auto industry has added a new brand.

Geely to launch CMA-based Coupe SUV in Q2 [2019-01-04]

HANGZHOU – Geely Auto Group, the subsidiary of Geely Holding Group that manufactures and sells vehicles under the Geely Auto brand, plans to launch its first Coupe SUV in Q2 2019.

Heavy-duty truck sales fall 11 percent in June to 100,000 units, H1 sales down 3 percent [2019-07-19]

China’s heavy-duty truck market in June shrank further with sales reaching 100,000 units, down 5 percent from May and 11 percent from the same month of last year, the highest year-on-year drop so far in 2019, according to data obtained by cvworld.

Dongfeng-Cummins celebrates production of 3 millionth engine [2019-07-01]

XIANGYANG, Hubei – Dongfeng Cummins Engine Co., Ltd. (Dongfeng-Cummins), a 50:50 joint venture between Dongfeng Motor Corp.

Tractor sales up 36 percent in May, YTD sales reach 253,000 units [2019-06-28]

China’s tractor market in May maintained its growth trend since February with sales reaching 54,000 units, a year-on-year increase of 36 percent, the highest growth rate so far in 2019, according to data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

Foton-Daimler receives permit to test autonomous trucks on open roads in Changsha [2019-06-27]

CHANGSHA, Hunan – Foton-Daimler received a permit for testing autonomous trucks on open roads in Changsha, Hunan Province on June 20, becoming the only heavy-duty truck manufacturer among five companies to receive road testing permits for autonomous logistics trucks in Changsha.

Did GM downplay debut of SUV to avoid Trump's wrath? [2016-10-31]

DETROIT -- If you're wondering why you haven't read a review of the Buick Envision SUV yet, blame Donald Trump.

Will Qoros gain some momentum after price cut? [2016-03-14]

Under sales pressure, Qoros announced a maximum ¥26,000 ($3,976) price cut on its Qoros 3 model on February 22.

Volkswagen bankrupt? Not unlikely [2016-03-07]

In the ranking of global sales in 2015, Volkswagen came in second, the same as in 2014. Volkswagen senior executives think the outcome was satisfactory, given the slowed growth of the world’

JV brands benefit from policy incentive [2016-01-18]

China’s policy of reducing sales tax for small-displacement vehicles is benefiting joint venture brands, according to a signed article published in Qingnian Cankao Bao or Elite Reference quoting statistics released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

CAFC+NEV "dual credit" scheme "adjusted:" new ratios set for 2021-2023 [2019-07-10]

BEIJING – China’s “dual credit” scheme for passenger vehicles is getting a makeover.

NDRC deals another "wild card," says no to NEV restrictions [2019-06-10]

BEIJING – In a bid to boost domestic consumption of consumer products and in particular new energy vehicles, the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC) has released another set of measures less than six months after it released the Implementation Plan (2019) to Further Optimize Supply and Drive Stable Consumption Growth to Promote the Formation of a Strong Domestic Market to revitalize the weakening economy.

China to eliminate expressway provincial toll stations by yearend [2019-05-09]

BEIJING – China plans to eliminate provincial toll stations on expressways by the end of this year, according to decisions made at the State Council executive meeting chaired by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on May 5.

MIIT: FCEVs will coexist with BEVs long into the future [2019-04-25]

BEIJING – Fuel cell vehicles (FCEV) powered by hydrogen will coexist with battery electric vehicles (BEV) long into the future to meet the requirements of transportation and individual mobility demands, according to Huang Libin, spokesperson of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and head of its bureau of coordination for operation monitoring.

SAIC Motor's MG expands partnership with Liverpool FC to global markets [2019-07-16]

SHANGHAI – SAIC Motor’s MG brand has extended its existing long-term regional relationship with Liverpool FC to incorporate global markets, according to July 15 statement from one of the most historic football clubs in the world.

Jebsen Motors remains as Porsche China's top dealership for fourth consecutive year [2019-06-14]

SHANGHAI – Jebsen Motors has taken “pole position” in heading Porsche China’s Dealership Rankings for a fourth consecutive year.

Cadillac in the house: Luxury brand opens new flagship "space" in Shanghai [2019-03-29]

SHANGHAI – It’s a contemporary museum. It’s a cultural center. And it’s a vehicle delivery center.

Creating reality: now part of Accenture, Mackevision to continue to support Chinese brands' efforts to go high-end [2018-03-19]

BEIJING – Mackevision, a leading global producer of 3D-enabled visualization and CGI services mainly for automotive clients, will continue to support Chinese brands’

China PV CAFC reaches 5.8L/100 km in 2018, more than 4 million NEV credits generated [2019-07-10]

BEIJING – The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Ministry of Commerce, General Administration of Customs and State Administration for Market Regulation jointly released results of 2018 Corporate Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) and New Energy Vehicle (NEV) credits for 112 domestic passenger vehicle manufacturers and 29 passenger vehicle importers on July 2.

State Grid: expressway EV charging volume nearly quadrupled during Chinese Spring Festival [2019-03-08]

BEIJING – Average daily charging volume from new energy vehicles on China’s expressways during this year’

Hainan Province to end sales of combustion vehicles in 2030 [2019-03-08]

HAIKOU, Hainan – China’s island province of Hainan, which has become the country’s first Free Trade Province, will also become the first province to end sales of combustion vehicles.

We are ready: Volkswagen brand starts phase one of three-phase NEV push in China with PHEV offensive [2019-01-14]

BEIJING – After launching nine new models and doubling its SUV lineup from three to six in 2018 as part of its “

Chinese cars could shake up European sales [2016-12-05]

A decade ago the Chinese made a big push to try and establish themselves in Europe. It was a disaster.

Auto Market Update: Trump Victory Puts Uncertainty In Automakers [2016-11-10]

The 2016 election has just ended and a new president has been elected. With a new leader comes changes and while others look forward to a new administration, some are uncertain about it.

A Chinese billionaire is staking his legacy — and thousands of American jobs — on this factory in Ohio [2016-11-02]

MORAINE, OHIO — Shortly after his private plane landed in Ohio on a recent morning, the Chinese billionaire set off down Interstate 75 to inspect the factory on which he has staked his legacy and the future of this gritty patch of the American Rust Belt.

They're coming to America -- someday [2016-10-17]
U.S. market still tempts the world's automakers and wannabes

The U.S. auto establishment has scarcely heard of Bob Smith and his Alkane Dominator, a beefy military truck he plans to assemble in South Carolina using a Brazilian army vehicle platform and U.S. components.

Chery and Quanergy establish partnership for LiDAR supply and autonomous driving development [2019-07-22]

SUNNYVALE, California – Quanergy Systems, Inc., a leading provider of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors and smart sensing solutions, announced on July 18 a partnership with Chinese automaker Chery Automobile.

CATL reaches deal with Toyota for EV battery partnership [2019-07-19]

TOYOTA CITY, Japan – Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) and Toyota Motor Corp. announced on July 17 that they have entered into a comprehensive partnership agreement for the stable supply and further development of new energy vehicle batteries.

Great Wall Motor's SVOLT premieres world's first NCMA and NMx batteries, eyes European factory [2019-07-16]

BAODING, Hebei – SVOLT Energy Technology Co., Ltd., which grew from the battery business unit of Great Wall Motor Co., Ltd.

Nexteer opens new EPS systems production facility in Liuzhou [2019-07-06]

LIUZHOU, Guangxi – Nexteer Automotive, a global leader in intuitive motion control, celebrated the grand opening of its new plant facility in Liudong New District, Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on June 28.

China auto sales down 9.6 percent in June, YTD sales down 12.4 percent [2019-07-12]

BEIJING –China’s auto sales have now been in reverse mode for exactly a year. The country sold close to 2.

China auto sales down 16.4 percent in May, YTD sales fall 13 percent [2019-06-21]

BEIJING – China’s auto sales fell 16.4 percent in May to 1.91 million units, the 11th consecutive month in which auto sales have fallen since last July, according to data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on June 12.

China auto sales fall 14.61 percent in April, YTD sales continue double-digit dip [2019-05-17]

BEIJING – China sold 1.98 million automobiles in April, a year-on-year drop of 14.61 percent, according to data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on May 13.

Diesel engine sales up 14.11 percent in March, Q1 sales down 2.92 percent [2019-04-26]

BEIJING – China’s diesel engine sales reached 335,526 units in March, up 14.11 percent from the same period of the previous year, according to statistics released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on April 12.

China Grand Auto solidifies position as top Chinese dealer in latest CADA rankings [2018-05-29]

BEIJING – China Grand Auto Service Co., Ltd. solidified its position as China’s leading automobile dealer group with sales revenue of more than ¥160 billion and vehicle sales of over 1.

GAC Motor to scout dealers at NADA 2018 in preparation for N.A. entry [2018-03-23]

LAS VEGAS – GAC Motor, the Chinese brand passenger vehicle arm of GAC Group, China’s sixth largest automaker, will be scouting for dealers when it attends for the first time the annual National Automobile Dealers Association Show (NADA Show) to be held on March 23-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Audi Dealer Association sends letter of discontent to Audi over senior exec comments [2017-03-22]

BEIJING – On March 20, five days after Audi senior executives told the Chinese media in an interview that Audi would not force dealers to maintain relationship against their will if trust is lost, the CADA Audi Dealer Association expressed its discontent over the comments in a heated letter requesting clarification from Audi.

Luxury car dealers and OEMs discuss strained relationship [2016-02-16]

Luxury car dealers and OEMs discussed their strained relationship at a close-door session during the 2015 China Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) annual meeting held in early November in Xiamen.

Former NIO USA VP of Finance Leo Lin appointed Karma Automotive's VP of Global Finance [2019-07-22]

IRVINE, California – Karma Automotive, the Southern California-based smart EV startup owned by China’

Andreas Dick appointed VP (Technical) and board member at FAW-Volkswagen [2019-07-16]

WOLFSBURG/EMDEN – Volkswagen said in a statement on July 11 that Andreas Dick, plant manager at Volkswagen’

Volkswagen Group China names Dr. Thomas Müller as EVP responsible for Group R&D [2019-07-05]

BEIJING – Volkswagen Group China said in a statement on July 1 that Dr. Thomas Müller has been appointed executive vice president of Group Research & Development effective immediately.

Xpeng Motors adds three new senior hires to beef up management [2019-07-05]

GUANGZHOU – Chinese smart EV startup Xpeng Motors announced on June 28 the appointment of three new senior executives to beef up its management team.

Volkswagen's e-mobility offensive in China charges ahead with establishment of CAMS JV [2019-07-22]

CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu – Volkswagen Group’s electrification offensive in China took another key step on July 11 when the company announced the official establishment of CAMS New Energy Technology Co., Ltd.

Renault first foreign automaker to control a Chinese vehicle JV after ¥1 billion investment in JMEV [2019-07-19]

BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France – Groupe Renault has become the first traditional foreign automaker to take majority control of a Chinese vehicle joint venture after the French automaker announced a ¥1 billion investment into JMEV, previously an electric vehicle subsidiary of now partner Jiangling Motors Corp.

FAW-Audi Sales Co. receives approval from Chinese market regulator SAMR [2019-06-20]

BEIJING – FAW-Audi Sales Co., one of the two new entities Audi and Chinese partner FAW Group plan to form in China, has received approval from the State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR).

Geely Auto and LG Chem ink deal to establish $188 million battery JV in China [2019-06-14]

NINGBO, Zhejiang – Shanghai Maple Guorun, an indirect 99 percent owned subsidiary of Geely Automobile Holdings, the listed arm of Geely Auto, signed a deal with South Korea’

MPS: China had 340 million vehicles including 3.44 million NEVs on roads by end of June 2019 [2019-07-05]

BEIJING – China’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on July 3 that the country’

DiDi Japan launches taxi-hailing service in Hokkaido [2019-06-24]

HOKKAIDO – DiDi Mobility Japan, Didi Chuxing’s joint venture with Japan’s SoftBank Corp.

Chinese online B2B auto parts trading platform Haoqipei secures $60 million Series D funding [2019-06-20]

SHANGHAI – Chinese online B2B auto parts trading platform Haoqipei (which literally means “

SAMR: Nearly 70 million vehicles recalled in China over past 15 years, costing automakers ¥53 billion [2019-06-13]

BEIJING – Automakers in China announced 1,768 recalls involving 69.25 million vehicles by the end of 2018 since the Administrative Regulations on the Recall of Defective Automobile Products went into effect in October 2004, China’

China Auto Electronics to go private at S$0.16 a share [2016-10-24]

CHINA automotive electrical and electronics distribution system manufacturer China Auto Electronics has become the latest firm to announce its intention to delist from the Singapore Exchange.

China stocks jump again as emergency measures bite [2015-07-12]

By Samuel Shen and Engen Tham Shanghai (Reuters) - Chinese stocks rose strongly for a second day on Friday, buoyed by a barrage of government support measures, but worries persist about the long-term impact that four weeks of market turmoil may have on the world's second-largest economy.

Chen Hong: SAIC should reflect on how to develop independent brands [2015-06-23]

SAIC’s sales decreased by 4.51 percent in May. The total sales of its independent brands Roewe and MG plummeted 34 percent from January to May, according to huiche.

China auto sector sets for a 2011 slowdown [2011-02-14]

— by Sarah Turner SYDNEY (MarketWatch) — Chinese auto makers are expected to report strong earnings in 2010, but while analysts are expecting some deceleration in 2011, they are divided on the extent of the anticipated slowdown.

Bentley China's Kim Airey: China on its way to becoming the brand's biggest global market [2019-07-16]

BEIJING – For Bentley Motors, it’s just a matter of time before China becomes its biggest global market, according to Kim Airey, regional director of Greater China for the British luxury marque.

Borgward's odd marriage with UCAR and their plan to redefine automotive retail in China [2019-07-15]
Exclusive interview with Bruno Lambert, Global President, Borgward

“UCAR and Borgward are creating a new integrated ‘animal’ to transform automotive retail from a traditional one-time static transaction model to a dynamic lifetime usage model where car ownership and shared mobility can be complementary.

what3words wants to make 3 word addressing system standard in China, and the rest of the world [2019-07-10]
Exclusive interview with Chris Sheldrick, co-founder & CEO of what3words

SHANGHAI – ///Budding.Vanilla.Stripped. It’s the unique 3 word address of the exact location where I met Chris Sheldrick, co-founder & CEO of what3words Ltd.

Finding balance: ZF CEO Scheider expects L2+ AD take rate to reach double digits in early 2020s [2019-07-10]

DRESDEN, Germany – ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider expects L2+ advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) like the ZF CoPILOT will see significant take rate in the early 2020s.

Auto execs seek regulatory support on alternative fuel, smart transport at "Two Sessions" [2019-03-18]

BEIJING – The Second Annual Session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Second Session of the 13th Chinese People’

Industry gets another boost: China to cut VAT to 13 percent, purchase tax exemption for NEVs to continue [2019-03-06]

BEIJING – China’s auto industry, in the midst of a significant sales downfall, will receive another major boost this year: in the form of tax savings.

China EV 100 Forum 2019: Electrifying China 2025 and 2030 [2019-01-29]

BEIJING – As the industry puts the record more than 1.25 million new energy vehicles sold in 2018 in its rearview mirror and anticipates further increase in sales but a big fall in subsidies (rumored to be as much as 40 percent on 2018 levels) in 2019, it is also looking ahead to the years 2025 and 2030.

Staying alive through the mist with faith and technology: recap of GNEV9 [2018-12-28]

BEIJING – The mood at the 9th Global New Energy Vehicle Conference (GNEV) organized by on December 16 was somewhat somber despite the fact that more than one million NEVs were sold in the first 11 months of 2018, marking the first time ever China’

BYD ADL double-decker bus sales in UK to exceed 100 units [2019-07-19]

LONDON – BYD and Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) jointly announced that they have received a new fleet order of 19 units of its 100 percent emissions-free electric double-decker Enviro400EV from National Express for its West Midlands bus operation in Birmingham.

China-made Volvo XC60s reach Ghent via "Chang'an" China Railway Express, to be exported to 25 EU countries [2019-07-10]

GHENT, Belgium – The first train of XC60s made by Volvo Cars’ production facility in Chengdu, Sichuan Province arrived in Ghent, Belgium on a “

Chang'an-Ford exports more than 600 Escorts to the Middle East [2019-07-06]

SHANGHAI – Chang’an-Ford said in a statement that more than 600 Escorts left the Shanghai port on July 1 destined for the Middle East.

Haval starts production of F7 SUV in Tula factory, entering into new era of globalization [2019-06-05]

TULA, Russia – Great Wall Motor’s SUV brand Haval has launched the inaugural round of production for the highly anticipated Haval F7 SUV in the brand’

AIWAYS acquires 50 percent stake in Jiangling Holding for nearly ¥1.75 billion [2019-06-05]

CHONGQING – Chinese smart EV startup AIWAYS has acquired a 50 percent stake in Jiangling Holding Co., Ltd.

Evergrande-owned NEVS acquires in-wheel motor specialist Protean Electric [2019-06-04]

LONDON – Less than five months after acquiring a 51 percent stake in Sino-Swedish smart EV startup National Electric Vehicles Sweden (NEVS), Chinese real-estate and health giant Evergrande has made another key move in its strategy to become a major player in the global EV market: acquisition of British automotive tech company Protean Electric.

Geely completes acquisition of shares in AB Volvo [2018-07-09]

Geely Holding Group said on June 28 that it has completed its acquisition of shares in AB Volvo, the leading Swedish manufacturer of trucks, buses, construction equipment, diesel engines, and marine and industrial engines.

From "Geely No. 1" to No. 1 investor: Li Shufu expands global empire after Daimler stake [2018-03-02]

HANGZHOU/STUTTGART – In 1996, Li Shufu bought a few Mercedes-Benz cars and took them apart to learn about car making.

Geely opens R&D center in Germany [2019-05-20]

FRANKFURT – Geely Auto Group (Geely) announced on May 16 that it has formally opened a new research and development facility in Raunheim, Germany to accelerate its innovation in new propulsion systems and next-generation mobility technology.

Chang'an inaugurates global R&D center in Chongqing [2019-04-26]

CHONGQING – Chang’an Auto held a ceremony here to celebrate the opening of its global smart R&D platform and the settlement of its global R&D center in the city on April 9.

Toyota drifts its way to local fuel cell research and components supply with Tsinghua and Foton tie-ups [2019-04-25]

BEIJING – For Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda, it was a busy weekend in Beijing. First, he personally took the wheel of a souped-up Toyota 86 and performed some drifting stunt in front of students and spectators at Tsinghua University on April 20.

In China, for the world: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance establishes Joint Innovation Hub in Shanghai [2019-04-12]

SHANGHAI – Nissan Motor Co. said in a statement on April 12 that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has established a new research and development joint venture in Shanghai.

The death of the 50:50 JV equity rule and the traditional fuel vehicle? [2017-09-22]

The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) sort of responded to a recent Bloomberg report that China is considering letting foreign carmakers set up wholly-owned ventures to produce electric vehicles inside China’

Volvo launches production of new fuel-efficient engines [2013-05-27]

By WardAuto Staff Volvo begins production of its new 4-cylinder gas and diesel engines that will play an integral part in the auto maker’

New engine standard released to reduce vehicle emissions [2013-02-28]

BEIJING – The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China (the State Council) released Views on Energy Saving of Internal Combustion Engine on February 17.

China's vehicle engine sales up 5.05 percent through August [2012-10-04]

BEIJING – China produced and sold 11,540,461 and 11,599,525 vehicle engines in the first eight months, an increase of 6.

China Auto Boom Is Warning to World Miners Facing Scrap Age [2016-09-30]

Nearly 150 million passenger cars bought since start of 2005 Top European auto recycler taken over by Chiho-Tiande Group China is on the cusp of a scrap wave that will return metal from ageing cars and expired fridges to the supply chain in a growing threat to mining companies, according to Chiho-Tiande Group Ltd.

China's steel makers invest in auto industry [2010-09-21]

On August 20, Capital Steel Co., Ltd. (Capital Steel) announced that it would invest all the shares it holds in Beijing Automobile Investment (BAI) plus some fund for 18.31 percent equity stake in the planned Beijing Automobile Co., Ltd. to become the new company's second biggest shareholder.

Lighter steel up, but more needed [2009-06-11]

LIVONIA, MI - Thanks to increased use of advanced high-strength steel, the average weight per vehicle worldwide declined by 163 pounds on 2009 models.

China steel-mill merger signals bid for more U.S. plant sourcing [2009-02-05]

A three-company merger in China's 1,000-strong industry signals increased competition for orders from North American automakers, according to experts at the American Iron and Steel Institute.

SSE approves Didi Chuxing's ¥10 billion shelf offering of supply chain finance ABS [2018-03-26]

BEIJING – Didi Chuxing’s (DiDi) program for a ¥10 billion shelf offering of a supply chain finance asset-backed security product received a no-objection letter from the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) on March 19, making it the first asset-backed securities supporting the new transportation supply chain finance economy.

Groupe PSA becomes first foreign carmaker to launch a smartphone app for car loans in China [2018-01-30]

WUHAN – Groupe PSA has become the first foreign carmaker to launch a smartphone app for car loans in China, the French automaker said in a statement on January 25.

Hyundai Motor, BAIC set up China auto financing venture [2016-09-26]

Hyundai Motor Group said on Tuesday it had established an auto financing venture in China with Chinese state automaker BAIC Group, that will help it take advantage of growing interest in car loans in a market where most consumers still pay with cash.

Volkswagen Financial Services completes its third Chinese Auto ABS [2016-01-15]

BRAUNSCHWEIG – Volkswagen Financial Services completed its third Chinese Auto ABS (Asset-Backed Security) transaction with a volume of around ¥3 billion ($484 million), according to a company news release on January 12.

Chinese tire producer Sentury to market PCR range in India [2019-03-18]

NEW DELHI – Qingdao Sentury Tire Co., Ltd. is targeting evolving potential in the Indian tire market after the Chinese tire producer recently acquired BIS certification for selling tires in India.

Chinese tire brands expanding in Africa [2016-08-01]

JOHANNESBURG – The rapid growth of middle class in African countries has pushed up demand for automobiles and tires.

Most tire manufacturers will not survive 2016 [2016-02-29]

In a recent survey conducted by regarding the wellbeing of domestic tire manufacturers, nearly two-thirds of the respondents believe that most tire manufacturers will not survive 2016, according to results released on February 2.

Chinese tire makers target Asian, African & Middle Eastern markets [2015-10-18]

  By Satnam Singh, CBU/CAR India Correspondent CHENNAI -- Chinese tire producers are diverting shipments to other overseas markets after US Commerce Department imposed anti-dumping duty on tires made in China.

China's dependency on foreign oil nears 60% in 2014 [2015-01-29]

BEIJING - China's dependency on imported oil and natural gas grew to about 60 percent and 32.2 percent respectively in 2014, according to a report released by a research team with the country's largest oil and gas producer on Wednesday.

Data show China passing US as biggest oil importer as economic growth, car sales drive demand [2013-10-11]

BEIJING — China has achieved another world-beating status its leaders don’t want: Biggest oil importer.

China likely to cut refined oil prices [2013-09-28]

BEIJING -- Analysts believe China may cut the price of refined oil on Friday in response to a drop in global crude oil prices.

China announces pricing policy for greener fuel [2013-09-23]

BEIJING - Chinese drivers will have to pay more in fuel prices amid the country's drive to reduce air pollution through upgraded fuel quality.

Smarter connectivity and cities: Continental brings CUbE to China, announces new L2+ ADAS and smart logistics plans [2019-06-24]

SHANGHAI – Less than two months after showcasing its latest autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity technologies and products at Auto Shanghai 2019 in April, Continental was back in Shanghai on June 11-13 at CES Asia 2019 where the focus turned to showcasing products and solutions to support the development of intelligent connected vehicles and smarter cities.

Baidu's DuerOS for Apollo is now on more than 300 car models from over 60 automakers [2019-06-14]

SHANGHAI – Chinese internet search giant Baidu announced on June 11 at CES Asia in Shanghai that its DuerOS for Apollo, a comprehensive Internet of Vehicles (IoV) solution platform for mass-production, has partnered with over 60 automotive manufacturers across more than 300 car models to date.

Geely's Yuan Cheng Auto unveils hydrogen fuel cell and pure electric city buses in Beijing [2019-05-31]

BEIJING – Yuan Cheng Auto, a subsidiary brand of Geely New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group (GCV), unveiled two new zero-emission buses, the F12 hydrogen fuel cell public transport bus and the C11 pure electric intercity bus, at Beijing International Exhibition on Buses, Trucks & Components which opened in Beijing on May 29.

China 6, intelligent and new energies major trends of heavy-duty trucks at Auto Shanghai 2019 [2019-05-17]

SHANGHAI – Auto Shanghai 2019, or the 18th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, was held here on April 16-25.

China's used vehicle transactions top 12 million units in 2017 [2018-01-30]

BEIJING – Used vehicle transaction volume of 1,068 used vehicle trading markets in 31 provinces reached 12.

Revised regulation to stimulate used car market [2015-12-21]

The Administrative Methods of Used-Vehicle Sales (suggested draft for revision) has been completed and released late last month for review within the industry, according to local media.

Problems facing China's used car market [2015-12-20]

China’s growing used car market faces a number of problems, according to a signed article by Wen Jiajun published on zhuweihua.

Car makers to profit from China's booming used market [2015-04-26]

By Julien Girault Beijing (AFP) - The vast majority of cars in the world's biggest auto market are purchased new, but a second-hand trade is beginning to emerge in China despite traditional buyer reluctance -- and foreign manufacturers are hoping to benefit.

Piaggio Group and Foton sign final contract to jointly develop LCVs [2018-05-28]

PONTEDERA, Italy – Italy’s Piaggio Group and leading Chinese light commercial vehicle manufacturer Foton signed the final contract here on May 17 for the development and production of a new range of four-wheel light commercial vehicles.

Quiet transformation of Euro-style light bus market [2014-10-16]

Not long ago, the Euro-style light bus market led by Jiangling Motors (JMC) and NAVECO was likened to a blue ocean due to few competitors, high profits and fast-paced research and development.

Brilliance-Jinbei initiates light truck project in Shenyang Auto Zone [2011-04-14]

SHENYANG, Liaoning – Brilliance-Jinbei, a subsidiary of Brilliance Auto, recently initiated a light truck manufacturing project in the Shenyang Auto Zone with an investment of ¥1.

Jinbei Auto initiates a light truck project in Shenyang Auto Zone [2011-03-30]

SHENYANG, Liaoning – Jinbei Auto, a subsidiary of Brilliance, recently initiated a light truck manufacturing project in the Shenyang Auto Zone with an investment of ¥1.

Low-speed farm vehicles should be included in rural subsidy program [2009-12-30]

- by Feng Jugao


Rough and bumpy road for low-speed vehicles

The low-speed vehicle (LSV) used to be called the farm vehicle.

Stable growth in farm vehicle market in H1 [2007-09-01]

BEIJING ¨C China?ˉs farm vehicle market continued its stable growth in the first half of this year. Production and sales reached 1,088,992 and 1,086,247 units respectively, an average of 8.1 percent increase compared to last year, according to the latest statistics from the Farm Vehicle Sub-Association of the China Agricultural Machinery Association.

China's farm vehicle market in 2005 [2006-03-01]

Continued decline

China’s farm vehicle sector has experienced another year of continued decline. Output and sales were 1,899,834 and 1,895,116 units, respectively, in 2005, down 9.15 and 9.25 percent compared with those of 2004, according to the latest statistics from the Farm Vehicle Association. However, this rate fell back to single digits, compared with a more than 20 percent decline in 2004.

Policy pushing farm vehicle makers into truck manufacture [2006-01-01]

China’s farm vehicle manufacturers are moving into light and medium truck production, according to the latest statistics published by CBU. While most medium truck manufacturers have registered a decline in output in the first nine months of last year, one manufacturer, Wangpai Automobile, registered a 77.03 percent increase year on year in their medium truck output. Wangpai is one of the country’s leading farm truck manufacturers. Another farm truck maker, Yinhe Automobile, is now the seventh largest medium truck manufacturer in

Italian motorcycle makers courting Chinese partners [2011-05-25]

Struggling since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008, some famed Italian motorcycle makers are now courting Chinese buyers, an Italian trade official said.

China's motorcycle industry recovers slowly in 2010 [2011-02-08]

China’s motorcycle industry produced and sold 26.69 and 26.59 million motorcycles in 2010, up 4.

Zongshen to produce 1 million new energy motorcycles a year [2010-07-19]

- by Zhao Yi and Zheng Shuang   Zongshen Industrial Group (Zongshen) based in Chongqing, southwest China, is one of the biggest motorcycle makers in China. Zongshen has recently partnered with PEM Power Systems Inc. of Canada and Piaggio of Italy to produce respectively pure electric motorcycles and hybrid motorcycles.

CSIG to form a mega motorcycle group in Chongqing [2009-12-25]

CHONGQING - China South Industry Group Corp. (CSIG) is planning to merge its three motorcycle companies, China Jialing Group (Jialing), Jianshe Motorcycle Co., Ltd. (Jianshe) and Qingqi Motorcycle Co., Ltd. (Qingqi), into a new mega motorcycle group in Chongqing, according to a recently report in