First firefighting tank rolls into action in Hubei, China

A firefighting tank maneuvers through a fire during a test in Wuhan city, Central China’s Hubei province, August 28, 2011. The local fire department paid 3.2 million yuan ($501,000) in May, 2010 to buy the multifunctional firefighting tank,  the first and only one in Hubei province.

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Spy Shots: Chery Riich G2 Naked in China

The Chery Riich G2 has been spotted completely naked in China. The G2 will likely be listed before the end of this year, that would mean the production version will debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December and not as we heard earlier at the April 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

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Volvo and Siemens to develop electric cars

Volvo, the Swedish carmaker owned by China’s Geely, has formed a partnership with Siemens, the German engineering group, to develop electric cars and ancillary equipment.

The two companies said on Wednesday that an electric version of Volvo’s small C30 hatchback would be available for testing by the end of this year. Volvo will deliver up to 200 vehicles to Siemens for further testing by the end of 2012.

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BYD planning layoffs in sales, marketing units

Chinese battery and automaker BYD Co Ltd is planning large-scale layoffs of its workforce to weather a sharp dive in sales and earnings in the first half, said a Chinese website on Tuesday.

The Shenzhen-based company, backed by US billionaire Warren Buffett, will downsize its automotive sales division by up to 70 percent, according to eeo.com.cn, a website owned by the Chinese business newspaper the Economic Observer News.

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Volkswagen Amarok pops up at Dealer in China

We had seen the spy shots from the Volkswagen Amarok testing in China so its appearance at a Volkswagen dealer is not a very big surprise. The Amarok wears German license plates which indicate it is a test or demonstration vehicle. According to the story the dealer said he could take orders.

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV seen testing in China

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has been seen testing in China again. It seems so very likely that Mitsubishi will bring the full electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV to the Chinese auto market. Exact date is yet unknown but a debut at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show is possible.

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