Chery Broke Ground on Vehicle Factory in Jacareí, Brazil

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Foundation stone was laid on July 19 for Chery’s vehicle factory in Jacarei, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil at a ceremony attended by local officials, Chery Chairman Yin, Tongyao, and the Chinese ambassador Qiu, Xiaoqi. Chery is to invest 400 million US dollars in the factory, which is to be constructed in two […]

Haima Happin Gets Smaller, 1.3L Engine for 2012

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FAW Haima announced the release of the new Happin compact sedan on July 18, available in two 1.3L versions selling for 59,800 yuan ($9,245) and 66,800 yuan. Both are equipped with a manual transmission. Derived from the first generation Haima Family, which, in turn, is an issue of Mazda Familia, Happin over the years has […]

Changan Suzuki to Increase Capacity to 450,000 Units by 2015

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The joint venture of Changan Auto and Suzuki will start building its second factory before the year-end in the Banan district of Chongqing, which will add 250,000-unit vehicle production capacity, according to the government website of Chongqing. The 5-billion-Yuan factory will be completed in two stages. An annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles and 150,000 engines […]

Best Selling Sedans and SUVs in June

Click here for our post on Chinese auto sales in June and first half of 2011.   Top 15 best-selling sedans Top 10 best-selling SUVs Rank Models Makes Deliveries Rank Models Makes Deliveries 1 Lavida VW 22,980 1 Haval H series Great Wall 11,129 2 Excelle Buick 22,888 2 Qashqai Nissan 11,025 3 Cruze Chevy […]

Chinese Auto Sales Gained 3.35% in H1 2011 to 9.3 Million

Data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers show that automakers in China sold 9,325,200 new vehicles in the first six months of this year, 3.35% more than a year ago. Production increased 2.48% to 9,156,000 units. Passenger car sales grew 5.75% on year to 7,110,300, including 4,955,600 sedans (up 8.02%), 238,400 MPVs (13.89%), 711,600 […]

Passenger Car Sales in China Gained 5.3% in the First Half Year to 6.64 Million

Monthly report from China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) shows that 1,020,589 sedans, SUVs, MPVs, and microvans were sold in China last month, 3.5% more than June 2010. For the first six months, sales of passenger vehicles increased 5.3% on year to 6,641,229, while production reached 7,031,564, rising 5.9%. Demand for microvans continued to fall; deliveries […]

H1 Sales of Dongfeng-PSA Rose 10% to 193,860

Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Company (as DPCA or Dongfeng-PSA) posts a 10% sales growth in the first half of 2011 over a year ago, delivering 19,3860 new cars. In June it sold 30,630 units on a 22% increase. Citroen C-Quatre, a local version of the C4, was the best-selling model from DPCA, with deliveries growing […]

BYD Models the C6 Van on Nissan NV200

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To break into the commercial vehicle market, BYD Auto has been developing two light vans, coded C3 and C6, since 2009. While the C3 microvan, which is to be released later this year, has been exposed testing several times, the C6 remains elusive–we have yet to see any rendering or photos of it. When we […]

2011 Geely CK Launched under the Gleagle Brand, Prices Starting from $6,150

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Geely releases today three new versions of the CK ("Ziyoujian") subcompact bearing the Gleagle emblem. Two engine options are provided: a 1.0-liter rated 50kW/6000rpm and 88Nm/3600rpm, and a 1.5-liter of 75kW/5800rpm and 136Nm/2800-3400rpm; both are matched with a 5-speed manual transmission. The 2010 Geely CK, which will remain on the new car market for a […]

Premier Wen Visits Birmingham as SAIC MG6 Launched in the UK

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Premier Wen Jiabao made a visit to MG UK Motor, a subsidiary of China’s SAIC, in Birmingham on June 26, attending an off-line ceremony for the MG6, which hit the local market last week. MG UK Motor was established in 2005 after Nanjing Auto, now part of SAIC, bought the MG assets, and has about […]

Brazil Becomes Chery’s Largest Overseas Market

Chery Auto says that in the first five months of 2011 its vehicle exports to Brazil increased 413.6% from a year ago to 13,605 units, which makes the South American country its largest overseas market. There are currently 70 Chery-franchised sales and service outlets in Brazil. Local sales of Chery cars reached 5,000 in 2010, […]

Beijing Hyundai Exaggerated Sonata Sales: Shanghai Securities News

While Hawtai Motors may have gone too far with it (see our report), the practice of overstating sales is widespread and long-established among automakers in China, according to industry insiders. And it is not limited to third-tier, emerging players. On Thursday, Shanghai Securities News reveals that the joint venture of BAIC and Hyundai, the fourth […]