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Why VW may become 2nd foreign automaker to gain control of China JV
Yang Jian | 2019/4/12

SHANGHAI -- Beijing last year pledged to phase out ownership restrictions on foreign automakers that produce light vehicles through joint ventures in China. Now, Volkswagen Group is likely to become the second global auto manufacturer after BMW Group to gain control of a joint venture formed with a local peer.   The partnership in which VW is seeking to raise its share to more than 50 percent is the one established with Jianghuai Automobile Co.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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Chinese brands, unfazed by lower subsidies, prep more EVs
Yang Jian | 2019/4/5

SHANGHAI -- Beijing is set to wind down a subsidy program for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by the end of 2020 after cutting the incentives by more than 50 percent last week.   But judging from the vehicles Chinese brands plan to display this month at the Shanghai auto show, China's EV craze is still going strong.     Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China. 
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What's behind Beijing's steeper-than-expected cuts in EV subsidies?
Yang Jian | 2019/3/29

SHANGHAI -- By slashing subsidies and banning them for provincial governments, Beijing has cut financial incentives for domestically built electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by some 75 percent.   The aggressive step is mainly intended to prevent automakers from relying on subsidies for sales and to curb local protectionism, government ministries said.  But other factors may well have prompted Beijing to slash the subsidies deeper than expected.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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For global automakers, the urgent but delicate need to take control of China JVs
Yang Jian | 2019/3/22

SHANGHAI -- Now that Beijing has promised to relax limits on foreign stakes in vehicle manufacturing and marketing joint ventures, it¡¯s time for global carmakers seeking to gain control of Chinese joint ventures to launch formal talks with local partners.   Delaying such talks could only create bad blood between partners, add complexity to future talks and undermine operating flexibility at a time of rapid change in China¡¯s auto industry.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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Chinese automakers renew drive to go global
Yang Jian | 2019/3/15

SHANGHAI -- Over the past decade, Chinese carmakers¡¯ exports to emerging markets have thinned to a trickle after key regions such as Russia, Brazil, North Africa and the Middle East encountered economic or social instability.   Now equipped with better technology and a new generation of products, Chinese car brands are regrouping to expand overseas by targeting Europe and a select group of major emerging markets.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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For Beijing, more to do to unshackle vehicle sales, services
Yang Jian | 2019/3/8

The Chinese government, in a major policy shift triggered in large part by pressure from the Trump administration, last year slashed vehicle import tariffs and started to allow foreign automakers to gain control of local joint ventures.   Now with China¡¯s economy sputtering, Beijing might want to dismantle other regulatory hurdles in the auto industry, especially restraints on the sale of pickups, used vehicles and aftermarket parts and services.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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VW's newest brand arrives at a bad time for Chinese automakers
Yang Jian | 2019/3/1

SHANGHAI -- Volkswagen Group, after contemplating the move for years, is ready to launch an entry-level brand in China. While the timing of the Jetta brand¡¯s debut is perfect for VW, it couldn¡¯t be worse for Chinese carmakers.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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China's sales slump: Not as scary as it seems
Yang Jian | 2019/2/22

SHANGHAI -- The latest sales figures from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers are grim: New light-vehicle demand fell 18 percent year over year to 2.02 million in January. It was the seventh consecutive decline and the steepest monthly dip since July 2018.   But there are solid reasons to believe the world¡¯s largest vehicle market is not doing as badly as the raw numbers indicate.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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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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