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China woes expose lax quality control at JLR
Yang Jian | 2019/2/15

SHANGHAI -- Jaguar Land Rover blames its latest quarterly loss largely on "challenging market conditions in China," which include a rare decline in industrywide sales and the trade dispute between China and the United States.   But those challenges are only part of the problem facing the company. What has rattled JLR¡¯s fortunes in China most are persistent woes with reliability and dependability.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Market contraction deals heavy blow to Chinese automakers
Yang Jian | 2019/2/1

SHANGHAI -- China¡¯s auto market shrank in 2018 for the first time since 1990, with new-vehicle sales dipping 2.8 percent to 28.1 million.   The contraction was not severe but it has created heavy financial pressure on Chinese automakers who have long been used to playing in a growing market.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Inside VW's blueprint to meet Beijing's quotas for EV output
Yang Jian | 2019/1/25

SHANGHAI -- When Beijing floated a carbon credit program in 2016 with the goal of prodding automakers to ramp up electrified vehicle output, Volkswagen Group and the German government complained about the hasty rollout.   But to no avail. The program was enacted this month, and VW has no choice but to comply.  To meet the requirements, the German auto giant has hammered out a three-stage strategy, according to company executives in China.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Who is buying EVs in China?
Yang Jian | 2019/1/18

Sales of electrified vehicles have been surging in China for years. But until recently, it remained unknown who was buying many of the vehicles.   But a new research project led by Beijing-based news website   Sina.com   discovered that a big chunk of the EVs automakers claim to have sold have ended up at their fleet and mobility operations.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Regulatory chaos, confusion reign over EV market
Yang Jian | 2019/1/11

SHANGHAI -- The severe downturn in China¡¯s traditional vehicle market in the second half of 2018 caught automakers unprepared.   At the start of the new year, companies find themselves confronted with a thick layer of regulatory chaos and confusion surrounding the electrified vehicle market.  The major uncertainty facing automakers is how the Chinese government will wind down subsidies for electrified vehicles.    Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of   Automotive News China.
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Why China's auto industry should be grateful for Trump
Yang Jian | 2018/12/14

If there is a vote for the Person of the Year in China's auto industry for 2018, no other person is as worthy of the title as U.S. President Donald Trump.   Trump's tariffs and trade war have added to the troubles facing the Chinese economy and prompted a large number of local consumers to cut spending and delay new car purchases.   But the responses the trade posture have elicited from Beijing and global automakers, either intended or unintended by Trump, are conducive to the industry's healthy development over the long term.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Chinese brands seek to crack Western Europe with EVs
Yang Jian | 2018/12/7

SHANGHAI -- No Chinese brand has succeeded in distributing vehicles in Western Europe, but that may soon change as several Chinese companies are preparing to crack the market with electric vehicles.   Great Wall Motor Co., for example, expects to launch electric-car sales in Western Europe in late 2020 or 2021.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Market downturn exposes excess capacity facing automakers
Yang Jian | 2018/11/30

When new-vehicle sales in China were rising the past two years, a slew of domestic carmakers and several of their global peers were already operating well below production capacity. The market downturn is now exacerbating the factory glut, forcing some automakers to seek suitors, sell plants and perhaps begin another wave of consolidation in China¡¯s auto industry.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why foreign automakers in China feel no pressure to develop EVs
Yang Jian | 2018/11/23

SHANGHAI -- Despite Beijing¡¯s plan to push automakers in China to ramp up local output of electric vehicles, foreign car manufacturers are in no rush.   Why?   Because they have gamed the government¡¯s carbon credit program that takes effect at the start of next year. As a result, they can avoid racing into China¡¯s EV market with their proprietary brands.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Beijing's decision to maintain tax on auto sales is a bad move
Yang Jian | 2018/11/16

SHANGHAI -- The National Development and Reform Commission, China¡¯s central economic planning agency, has no plan to cut the tax on new-vehicle purchases as was widely expected.   Given the severe challenges confronting the Chinese economy, including slowing demand for new cars and light trucks, the government should reduce the tax as soon as possible, rather than sit idle and do nothing.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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