China EV Daily (Aug 14): Tesla responds to airport ban in China, BYD’s expansion in the Philippines, interior spy photos of Galaxy E8

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[Tesla] Tesla has responded to its cars being banned from Sanhe Airport’s parking lot in China. The airport was concerned about Tesla’s sentry mode, which records video when the car is unattended. Tesla clarified that this data is only saved on a USB inside the car, and no one can view it online. They also stated that all data from cars in China is kept in the country. — CaiLianShe

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[BYD] On August 11, BYD reached a cooperation agreement with the Philippine company Ayala Corporation to sell BYD electric vehicles in the local market. According to the agreement reached by both parties, Ayala Corporation’s subsidiary AC Motors will be responsible for the sales and services of BYD electric vehicles in the Philippines through its sales network. — Jiemian News

[Evergrande] On August 14, Evergrande Auto announced that it had received a strategic investment of 500 million USD from NWTN Group, a listed company held by the United Arab Emirates sovereign wealth fund, with an additional 600 million yuan (82,650 USD) in transitional funds to be received gradually starting five business days after the announcement. It is reported that NWTN Group will also assist Evergrande Auto in expanding overseas markets, aiming to export 30,000 to 50,000 Hengchi cars to the Middle East market every year. — Securities Times

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Hengchi 5

[Jidu] On August 14, the “Automotive Robot Strategic Cooperation Project,” jointly created by Geely Holding Group and Baidu Group, made significant progress, with Geely Holding Group’s new high-end intelligent automotive robot brand “JiYue” being officially launched. It was announced that the first model under JiYue has been officially named “Jidu 01.” — IT Home

[Geely Galaxy] On August 14, Weibo blogger @闲・传车 released spy photos of the interior of the Galaxy E8 test vehicle. This is said to be the first exposure of the car’s interior. Overall, the visual effect of the continuous triple screen that stretches from the left to the right side of the cabin is noticeable. However, it is not yet possible to determine the number of built-in screens. Another noteworthy feature is the car’s semi-radial steering wheel. — IT Home

Interior of Galaxy E8

Note: The previous version of the article mistakenly informed about Tesla’s new data center in China. Tesla only emphasized that all data from cars in China is kept in the country.

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  1. I love the China EV Daily (CED). Short and concise. Thank you CNC.

    A thought, there are now so many new sedan’s coming out of China, and it is really difficult to see any difference in them, design wise, and what brand they belong to.

    It is also a little bit the same with many SUV’s, but perhaps not as bad.

    China need to dare to develop some brand recognition I think. Like BYD has done with Leopard. And like all brands outside China has mastered for many decades.

    If not, they will fail in the long run I am afraid, even though almost all the cars look very good.
    Still we – the customers want some difference that is easily recognizable. Now, it isn’t. And therefore there will be less brand-loyalty for all these Chinese factories, that is otherwise excellent.


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