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Rolls-Royce named BMW Group veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations, effective September 1. Li, 37, replaces Henrik Wilhelmsmeyer who is moving to a new role within BMW's Mini brand in Germany after two years in the role.
SHANGHAI -- China's price regulator has expressed monopoly concerns over Mercedes-Benz's sales activities in the country but the firm is not under investigation, Nicholas Speeks, the automaker's China sales head, said Tuesday.
Jiangxi Changhe Automobile Co., a subsidiary of Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp., began construction on an assembly plant in Jingdezhen in east China's Jiangxi province. The new facility, due to launch production in late 2015, will have capacity to build up to 300,000 vehicles and 300,000 engines a year by late 2017, the company said.
The Volkswagen Group appointed Hu Bo chief marketing officer for its operations in Greater China and Southeast Asia. Hu, in the newly created position, will help the group enhance its brands and improve customer satisfaction throughout the region, the German automaker said last week. Hu previously was chief of the Volkswagen brand's imported vehicle business in China.
BYD Co. will construct an assembly plant in Brazil that will build up to 1,000 electric buses and battery packs a year. The plant, in the city of Campinas in Brazil's Sao Paulo region, will cost 200 Brazilian reals (560 million yuan), the company said. It will launch production next year. BYD plans to sell the buses in Brazil and other South American countries.
BEIJING -- Shanghai General Motors will recall 14,953 Cadillacs to repair a faulty ignition, reported Xinhua, citing Chinese regulators. The state-owned news agency said GM will recall SRX crossovers built from 2004 through 2008, and CTS sedans produced from 2004 to 2012. All the vehicles were imported.
BEIJING -- China is examining whether foreign auto manufacturers are preventing component suppliers from selling spare parts to any dealerships besides those authorized by the car companies, people familiar with the matter said. The National Development and Reform Commission, China's economic planning body, is probing practices at Mercedes-Benz, Audi AG, BMW AG and Japanese carmakers to see whether prices of spare parts have been artificially boosted, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the probe hasn't been made public.
Uber Technologies Inc., the popular ride-sharing company that's challenging traditional cab services worldwide, expanded into Hong Kong as it takes on the slew of similar apps sprouting in Asia. Though it's been available there for weeks on a trial basis, Uber marked July 17 as the beginning of its service in the city.
SHANGHAI -- While global automakers have maintained double-digit sales growth this year, several major Chinese carmakers -- Geely, Jianghuai Automobile, Great Wall and Chery Automobile -- have suffered steep sales declines. Does this mean these companies are in deep trouble? No, it doesn't. Instead, it indicates the companies are shedding uncompetitive assets and focusing resources on core products. Pictured:Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
PSA Peugeot Citroen's vehicle deliveries in China jumped 28 percent in the first six months to 353,000 units as the French automaker gained share in a slowing market. For the first six months, industry sales of light vehicles in China rose 11 percent, and the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers has warned that second-half industry sales growth may ease to 8 percent.