The Chinese government has announced far-reaching new rules for Chinese-foreign car making joint ventures. The most important change, as per BBC:
China’s state planner said on Tuesday it would remove foreign ownership caps for companies making fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (NEVs) in 2018, for makers of commercial vehicles in 2020, and the wider car market by 2022.
China imposed ownership restrictions in 1994, limiting foreign carmakers to owning no more than a 50% share of any local venture.
So how is this going to change the automotive landscape?
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The first official images of the Jetour X70 SUV. Jetour is a new brand under Chery Commercial Vehicle, a division of Chery Auto. The Chinese name of the brand is Jietu, best translated as ‘Victory Road’.
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China’s iconic Hongqi brand unveils plans for the future
Last week Hongqi launched a misty limited edition of the L5 limousine, but there was more Hongqi news that day. Starting with…
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New Chinese car brands launches 700 hp electric concept
Another day and yet another new Chinese car brand: LvChi, best translated as ‘Green Carriage’. Chinese name is Lüchi. They will make only electric cars and want to have their first one on the market by mid-2019.
At the brand’s launching ceremony they unveiled a good looking concept car called the Urano.
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The Chinese government has ordered an immediate stop of the production of 533 passenger car models that do not comply with the government’s fuel consumption standards. The move affects local Chinese car makers and foreign-Chinese joint ventures. It is yet unclear if and how production of the affected models may resume.
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An SIV is not an SUV, or is it?
This is the Byton SIV, it will debut on January 7 on the CES Las Vegas. SIV stands for Smart Intuitive Vehicle. This, we presume, refers to the tech on board the The Byton SIV, a new electric SUV from China.
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Jeep Launches Seven Seat SUV For China
This is the 2018 Jeep Grand Commander, a large seven-seat SUV for the Chinese car market. It is the production version of the Jeep Yuntu Concept. The Grand Commander will debut next April on the Beijing Auto Show.
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Small Chinese car maker launches massive push
Bisu Auto is on a roll, and they have announced big plans to keep rolling for a while. They currently sell the T3 and T5 SUVs and the M3 MPV. Until 2020 they will add two more SUVs, two EVs, and a sedan to the lineup. Good ambitions!
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Ford announces new SUV strategy for China
Ford has announced a new SUV strategy for China. Biggest news: the Lincoln MKC will be made locally at the Changan-Ford joint venture, starting in 2019. The MKC is based on the same platform as the Ford Kuga/Escape, already in production at Changan-Ford.
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Saleen, in all appearances, is now a Chinese company. Last week we reported about the re-launch of the Saleen brand in China, with a new Chinese partner, a new factory in China, and a new supercar.
The Chinese partner appears to be in charge. Their name is Jiangsu Secco Automobile Technology Corporation, founded in 2009. They do not have a website. A Chinese company directory says that they are active in: automobile industry technical research, automobile parts manufacturing, and the automobile industry technical advisory services.
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