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Ford might launch sub-brand in China

June 4, 2012 by Joey Wang

Ford Focus China

Ford Motor is in talks with its partners to introduce indigenous brands in China, while it focuses on building up its own brand in the world’s biggest auto market, its China chief said on Monday.

Some foreign auto makers have launched so-called indigenous, or China-only, brands with their local partners, in part to comply with Chinese government regulations that allow global carmakers like Ford to manufacture cars in China.

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Infiniti wants to sell 100.000 cars in China in 2016

June 4, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Infiniti China

As it battles the dominance of German carmakers in China’s premium segment, Nissan’s luxury unit Infiniti has signed deal to begin local production in the city of Xiangyang, Hubei province in 2014.

On May 28, the joint venture between Nissan and Dongfeng Motor Corp signed an agreement with the local government in Xiangyang to produce Infiniti brand vehicles in the city where the partnership now makes Nissan’s mid-sized sedan Teana and the Murano SUV. Read more »

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Toyota sales in China in May up 105%

June 4, 2012 by Joey Wang

Toyoat dealer China

Sales in China by Japan’s Toyota Motor and its two local joint venture partners doubled in May from a year earlier to about 78,700 vehicles, a company spokesman said on Friday, noting the base effect from last year’s earthquake.

For the first five months of this year, the Japanese automaker sold a total of about 372,000 vehicles, a 26.1 per cent increase from the same period last year, said the spokesman, Mr Hitoshi Yokoyama.

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VW overhauls management to expand in China, Neumann out

June 4, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen China

Volkswagen Saturday announced a wide-ranging management reshuffle to intensify efforts in China. The company created a management board position dedicated solely to China – it’s single largest market – which will be filled by Jochem Heizmann, who has been heading up the group’s commercial vehicles businesses.

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Chinese car buyers complain about DSG, Volkswagen extends warranty

May 31, 2012 by W.E. Ning

A long standing problem for Volkswagen in China that seems to get bigger by the day. It all started in March when Chinese car buyers started to complain about DSG gearboxes. Volkswagen said there was nothing wrong.

Buyers then went to China’s quality watchdog, the ‘General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine’, which started an investigation that is still ongoing, a recall however has not been ordered yet. Volkswagen maintains that the DSG gearboxes are fine but decided to extend warranties to “restore consumer confidence”.  Read on for the latest report on this case from China’s state media:

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Record profits for Jaguar Land Rover thanks to Chinese demand

May 31, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Range Rover Evoque Victoria Beckam China

Jaguar Land Rover, the Indian-owned car manufacturer based in Britain, reported records sales driven by strong demand in China and other emerging markets, the company said on Tuesday. The luxury car maker made an annual pre-tax profit of 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion) in the year ending March 2012, up from 1.12 billion pounds the previous year.

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BMW opens new plant in Shenyang, China

May 29, 2012 by W.E. Ning

BMW X3 Shenyang factory China

BMW Brilliance Automotive officially opened its new plant in Tiexi district of the Liaoning provincial capital Shenyang on May 24, marking a new milestone in the automaker’s localization in China.

As the newest member of BMW’s global production network, the Tiexi plant combines the advanced technology of today and the environmentally friendly production for which BMW Group is famed. The company said the facility has further enhanced the position of China in BMW Group’s worldwide strategy and the overall strength of BMW in the Chinese premium market. Read more »

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BYD says e6 electric car is safe after deadly crash in China

May 29, 2012 by W.E. Ning

BYD e6 crashed in China

BYD, the Chinese auto maker backed by Warren Buffett, said Tuesday its e6 electric car, one of which caught fire in a collision Saturday, has passed all tests required by relevant authorities.

The Chinese car maker said in a statement that the batteries used by e6 electric cars have undergone abuse tests and the battery modules didn’t ignite on 50% deformation. The e6 vehicle that caught fire killed three people in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Read more »

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Infiniti to start making cars in China from 2014

May 29, 2012 by Joey Wang

Infiniti China

Nissan will start making Infiniti cars at a 2-billion-yuan ($315 million) plant in China from 2014 as it moves to challenge the dominance of German rivals in the world’s largest auto market.

Chinese-made Infiniti cars would put Nissan on a more level playing field with Audi, Mercedes Benz and BMW, which have been making cars in China for years, industry observers say. Imported Infiniti cars have been available in China since 2007.

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Shanghai-Volkswagen starts work on new Factory in Xinjiang, China

May 29, 2012 by Joey Wang

Shanghai-Volkswagen Xinjiang

Shanghai-Volkswagen started work on a new factory in Xinjiang Province. The central Chinese government wants to develop the far and barren area and the one thing they need most is work for the restive local population. For work, they need investment but many private Chinese companies don’t want to go, fearing obstacles ranging from security issues to language-problems.

State-owned companies however can be forced to go, and this is where Shanghai-Volkswagen comes in. Rumors-that-are-likely-to-be-true say the joint venture didn’t have a choice than to built the factory. Well, let’s say it was a politically smart idea to do it… Capacity will be only 50.000 cars a year in 2014. Read on for a report from China’s state media:

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