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Ford sales in China up 8% in May

June 7, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Ford China sales

The all-new Ford Focus helped drive passenger car sales for Ford to a new record in China last month, Ford sold nearly 13,000 Focus’ in May. Ford China sold 46,608 passenger cars and commercial vehicles in May, an eight percent increase from May 2011. In the first five months of 2012, Ford China and its partners have sold 224,882 cars.

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Volkswagen to build new factory in China for making DSG-transmissions

June 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen DSG China

Volkswagen is in some trouble over its DSG-transmissions in China lately, with Chinese car buyers complaining about faulty boxes and Volkswagen denying there is any problem. The Chinese quality watchdog is currently investigating the case. Volkswagen however is not afraid and has announced it will build a new 927 million euro DSG-factory in the great city of Tianjin.

The factory will have an annual capacity of 1.35 million units and will make two DSG-transmissions: the DQ380 and the DQ500. The fist will mainly be used for the Volkswagen Tiguan, the latter mainly for the Volkswagen Golf and Audi Q3. The Tianjin-factory will start operations in April 2014. Via: 163.

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Shanghai GM builds new factory in Wuhan, China

June 7, 2012 by Joey Wang

Shanghai-GM new factory in China

Shanghai-GM, the joint venture of China’s SAIC Motor and General Motors (GM), expects its new factory in the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan to add an annual production capacity of 300,000 units by 2014, as the project broke ground Wednesday. With a projected investment of 7 billion yuan ($1.1 billion), the new plant will cover an area of 2.32 square km in the city’s Jingang New District.

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Kia recalls Borego cars in China

June 6, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Kia Borego recall China

Kia Motors Company will recall a total of 1,624 Borego cars exported to China due to defective brake pedals, the country’s top consumer quality watchdog said Wednesday.

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Chery car exports hit new record in May

June 6, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Chery Vietnam

Chery Automobile Co, one of China’s leading auto manufacturers, said Tuesday its May exports hit a monthly record for domestic carmakers due to the company’s ambitious overseas expansion. Jin Yibo, a company spokesman, said the company exported 20,093 vehicles last month, up 42.4 year-on-year and 15.4 percent month-on-month.

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Nissan moving inland to keep sales up in China

June 6, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Venucia D50

Nissan Motor Co, Japan’s No.2 automaker, expects auto demand in China’s inland provinces to help offset anemic sales on the Chinese coast. Declining sales in the world’s second-biggest economy may slow Nissan’s push into overseas markets, including Russia and Brazil, that helped drive the automaker’s global sales to a record in the last financial year ended March.

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China’s Chongqing starts new subsidy program to subsidize car purchases

June 6, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Chongqing China

The southwestern city of Chongqing will subsidize purchases of vehicles made in the city, becoming the first local government to offer such incentives. Consumers will receive as much as 3,000 yuan ($471) per vehicle, but the policy will be limited to models with an engine capacity of less than 1.6 liters.

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Hyundai will make a stretched Elantra for the Chinese car market

June 6, 2012 by Joey Wang

Hyundai Elantra China

Hyundai as made steady progress in China in recent years by courting consumers on reliability and price. Now it’s betting that a new factory and an updated version of its top-selling model will give it the edge it needs to further boost sales of both small cars and more expensive — and more profitable — vehicles.

Hyundai this month will open the 6.5 billion yuan ($1 billion) Beijing plant, where it plans to produce Elantra sedans that are slightly longer and taller than the current model in a bow to the Chinese penchant for space and spice in cars.

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BMW China sales up 31.5% in May

June 5, 2012 by W.E. Ning

BMW China Sales

BMW said its group vehicle sales in China grew by 31.5 percent in May, accelerating from 30.8 percent in April. Over the first five months of this year, its sales in China rose 34.4 percent to 135,026 vehicles, BMW said on Tuesday.

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Record sales for Shanghai-GM in China

June 5, 2012 by Joey Wang

Record Sales for GM in China

Shanghai GM, the joint venture between the US automaker General Motors and China’s largest vehicle producer, SAIC Corp, said it set a record for domestic sales in the first five months of the year, helping it maintain a leading position in China’s market for passenger vehicles.

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