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The Big Read – Saleen – A sports car for everyone

Saleen? As in Steve Saleen, the American tuner of Ford Mustangs? Yes, even he ended up doing business in China. And it's a story...

The Big Read – Pickups & SUVs (5/5) – ZX Auto, the Tiger brand

When you think of Chinese pickup trucks, you think of Baoding, a city just south of the capitol Beijing. That's mainly thanks to Great...

The Big Read – Pickups & SUVs (4/5) – How a cheetah becomes a leopard

Even for the Chinese, Liebao is not a well-known brand. The car manufacturer flies quite under the radar, has never sold large numbers of...

The Big Read – Pickups & SUVs (3/5) – Shuguang and Huanghai

Of the few remaining small pickup manufacturers in China, Huanghai is probably the best-known brand name. Part of the name recognition is because the...

The Big Read – Pickups & SUVs (2/5) – Foday, the copycat that became part of Xpeng

Have you ever wondered why so many Chinese pickups used to look the same? Well, blame our protagonist of today, Foday. The Guangdong factory...

The Big Read – Pickups & SUVs (1/5) – Qingling, the source of Chinese pickups

Pickup trucks, are they passenger cars? In the United States they certainly are, but elsewhere probably a little less so. And anywhere in the...

The Big Read – JAC (3/3) – The new era

So far, JAC Motor's path of development has been mostly independent. For a state-owned car factory in China that's quite rare, the industry is...

The Big Read – JAC (2/3) – The passenger cars

We left Jianghuai last week at the point that it was a small truck maker and had moved successfully into the bus market. Forty...

The Big Read – JAC (1/3) – The early years

JAC is one of the later entrants in the Chinese car market. The company secured a passenger car permit in 2007, when the Chinese...

The Big Read – Dongfeng (6/6) – Sokon, a family business

Our final visit to the Dongfeng Group brings us to Chongqing. This city in central China, on the banks of the Jialing river, is...
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