China Lowers EV Standards


Low-speed electric vehicles have been around for more than one hundred years. In many regions of today’s China, they are a common scene. These two-, three-, or four-wheeled battery vehicles are usually employed only within specific cities or counties, and live in a legal gray zone: barred from expressways, frequently un-registered and un-insured. Citing safety […]

Honda China Halts Production on Strike

Walkouts at a parts factory have brought to standstill all of Honda’s four assembly lines in China, Nikkei reported. The strike started on May 17 and took place at the Honda plant in Foshan, Guangdong. The workers, believed to make transmissions, asked for a wage increase from 1,500 yuan to 2,000-2,500 yuan a month, the […]

BAIC in Merger Talks with Zotye


We reported on BAIC (Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co.)’s IPO plan two days ago. Today we learned that in connection with that plan, a team from BAIC’s passenger car unit is negotiating with Zotye Auto for a merger/acquisition deal. Zotye started to make automobiles only four years ago. It is one of several non-state-owned auto […]

Guangzhou Honda to Increase Capacity by 1/3

Guangzhou Honda, Honda’s joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC), announced today a plan to expand its yearly production capacity from current 360,000 units to 480,000 units in the second half of 2011. It sold 365,600 vehicles last year, reaching full production capacity. Guangzhou Honda currently runs two factories, both located in Guangzhou, the […]

BAIC’s Passenger Vehicle Unit to Go Public

Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. (BAIC) is restructuring its passenger car unit in preparation for Hong Kong or Shanghai IPO–an anonymous source inside SAIC confirms. It has been about two years since BAIC first disclosed its plan to go public. Now with its passenger car brand "Beijing" entering final countdown, that plan looks closer to […]

SGMW’s Sedan Project Disclosed


It may come as a surprise to many that SAIC-General Motors-Wuling Automobile Co. (SGMW), a joint venture of the three companies in its name, built and sold more vehicles than any other automakers in China last year– about 1 million units. One major reason that its logo still looks less familiar than many others is […]

Nissan March, Chery Cowin 1, Chana CX30, Buick ExcelleGT: Four Upcoming New Cars


Nissan March: The fourth generation Nissan March supermini, called Micra outside Asia, is scheduled to hit showrooms in August 2010. Made by Dongfeng Nissan, March in China comes in five trims priced between 70,000-100,000 Yuan. All five trims are powered by 1.5L engines rated at 79kW and 138Nm. Nissan hopes March will outsell its many […]

Shanghai Volkswagen Plans for Skoda Yeti Production in 2011


Images of Skoda’s Yeti mini SUV, believed to be from a production application for the year 2011 prepared by Shanghai Volkswagen, have been disclosed on several Chinese auto web sites. They provide convincing proof that Yeti will be the fourth Skoda model to have Chinese-made versions. In Europe Yeti shares platform with VW’s Tiguan, which […]

SUV Sales in China More than Doubled in the First Four Months

According to China Passenger Car Association, total new SUV sales increased nearly 118% in the first four months of 2010 from year-earlier level to reach 373,527 units. This compares to the 60.51% increase of total new vehicle sales in the same period this year. For years analysts have been talking about the huge growth potential […]

GAC Made Nearly $4,000 Per Vehicle Sold in the First Quarter

While Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), among all Chinese auto manufacturers, sold most units and made most money in the first three months of 2010, it was Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC) that produced and sold most lucrative vehicles. On average, GAC earned a whopping sum of Yuan 25,676, or approximately US dollar 4,000, for […]

Great Wall’s First Notchback Sedan Launched


On May 18, 2010 Great Wall Motor officially released its first three-box sedan, named Voleex C30 in English or Tengyi C30 in Chinese. Great Wall’s product line mainly consists of SUVs and Pickups. Its two models, Haval M1 and H3, were among the ten best-selling SUVs in China last month. While not the first sedan […]

China’s April Auto Exports Stayed Low


According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, China exported 39,800 auto vehicles in April 2010. Although representing a 52% increase from the same period 2009, it clearly shows the powerlessness of the native automakers to compete on the global stage. The majority of the exported are commercial vehicles. Passenger cars, including sedans, SUVs and […]