China car sales down 3.4% in Q1

China Car Sales

Sales of new commercial and passenger vehicles in China shrank in the first quarter as slowing economic growth chipped away at demand, adding to concerns about the full-year sales outlook in the world’s largest auto market.

In the first quarter, total vehicle sales in China fell 3.4% from a year earlier to 4.79 million vehicles, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Wednesday. Sales of passenger cars fell 1.3% to 3.77 million vehicles.

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Cadillac will make three new Cars in China

Cadillac China

General Motors Co. will begin to build Cadillacs in China within a year as the automaker works to establish the luxury Cadillac brand globally, according to Joel Ewanick, GM’s global marketing officer. GM is expected to announce April 22 during the Beijing auto show that it will begin to build its all-new large Cadillac sedan, the XTS, later this year in China, according to another source familiar with the company’s plan.

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Skoda posts Record Sales, thanks to China

Skoda China

Skoda Auto, a Czech brand German auto giant Volkswagen, said on Thursday that first-quarter sales rose by 11.8 percent from the level at the same time last year to a record of 242,700 cars, with a boost from China and India.

The car maker said in a statement it had set another all-time high in March when it raised monthly sales by 12.1 percent on a 12-month basis to a record 95,200 units.

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JAC SII SUV is Out in China

JAC SII SUV

New pictures from the upcoming JAC SII SUV, aka JAC B-SUV, that will debut at the Beijing Auto Show later this month, it will be listed on the China car market soon after the Beijing show. The JAC SII loox very much like the outgoing Hyundai ix35 and that isn’t a coincidence because JAC makes many cars that are, legally, based on old Hyundai’s.

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Dangerous car transport in China

Dangerous car transport in China

The more you can take in one haul the better, because time is money. Here we have a massive car transporter that was stopped by the police near Wuhan, transporting 12 brand-new Dongfeng-PSA vehicles. The innovative truck driver modified his truck so it could take two extra cars… on the ramps.

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Brilliance H330 has been renamed to… Brilliance H230

Brilliance H230

Last-minute surprise from Brilliance Automotive. The upcoming Brilliance H330 has been renamed to Brilliance H230. The H230 will debut at the Beijing Auto Show later this month and it will be listed on the Chinese car market later this year. See below for new spy shots showing the very new H230 from all sides.

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Beijing Auto teases new C70

Beijing Auto teases new C70

Beijing auto has released three teasers from the upcoming Beijing Auto C70, formerly known as the C70G. The C70 is based on the old Saab 9-5 and will debut at the Beijing Auto Show later this month and it will be listed on the China car market late this year. Chinese media report today that Beijing Auto has hired the famous Italian design studio Pininfarina to finalize the B70’s design.

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Spy Shots: Chery Cowin E3 testing in China

Chery Cowin E3

New spy shots from the Chery Cowin E3, a new small sedan from Chery that will hit the China car market next year. The Cowin E3 is based on the same platform as the Chery A2. Power will come from a 1.5 mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT.

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Citroen plans aggressive expansion in China

Citroen DS5 China

Citroen wants to expand aggressively on the China car market, and they want to do so with the DS-range. The attack starts with the DS5 which will be listed as an import on the Chinese car market sometime around the middle of this year. Second car to come is the DS3 and third the DS4, both will be listed as imports near the end of this year. Continue reading “Citroen plans aggressive expansion in China”