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Uber better watch out -- China's Didi is coming
Michael Dunne | 2017/5/23

Didi means "beep-beep" in Chinese.  Originally, the name was intended to convey the sound of a friendly hello.  For Uber these days, Didi might sound more like: "Move out of the way, I'm going to blow past you."  Didi Chuxing, China's fast-growing ride-hailing service, is quietly amassing the money, expertise and allies that it will need if it decides to enter the U.S. market. Here's why Uber should be worried.  Pictured: Michael Dunne is president of Dunne Automotive.
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Foreign automakers shouldn't fear Beijing's 2025 edicts
Yang Jian | 2017/5/19

SHANGHAI -- Beijing has been busy issuing edicts to automakers ever since it opened China to foreign investment.  The latest is a blueprint -- published just last month -- which is supposed to guide automakers through 2025.  It sets goals for EV sales, fuel economy and r&d expenditures, among other things. It even indicates which Chinese automakers should rank among the top 10 of global powerhouses.  Should foreign automakers take this stuff seriously? If history is any guide, they should keep an eye on the policies, but not worry themselves sick about them.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Will Beijing have to pay balky consumers to buy EVs?
Yang Jian | 2017/5/12

SHANGHAI -- Beijing has big dreams for electric vehicle sales in China.  The government expects China's annual EV sales will reach 2 million units by 2020 -- nearly four times the tally in 2016, according to a blueprint published last month for the country's domestic automakers.  But there's scant evidence that consumers want these vehicles -- despite big sales in recent years.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why Beijing is in no hurry to free foreign automakers from joint ventures
Yang Jian | 2017/4/28

SHANGHAI -- Foreign automakers in China have dreamed for decades to be free of the joint ventures that the Chinese government has imposed on them.  This week, a document released by three government agencies appeared to signal that wish would soon come true. But a close look at the document's wording -- not to mention the shaky financial condition of China's state-owned automakers -- suggests the opposite.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why electric crossovers, SUVs will dominate China's roads
Yang Jian | 2017/4/21

SHANGHAI -- Never before have automakers launched so many crossovers and SUVs at the Shanghai auto show.    Those vehicles account for more than half of the new models exhibited at the show this week. And in deference to China's increasingly tough fuel economy standards, many of those crossovers and SUVs are electric.  The automakers' message: The crossover-SUV segment is sizzling, and these products target both consumers' desires and China's standards.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Automakers bet on big SUVs after Beijing eases one-child rule
Yang Jian | 2017/4/14

SHANGHAI -- Beijing relaxed its one-child-only policy last year to allow each married couple to have two kids -- a decision that could bring an influx of big crossovers and SUVs to Chinese streets.  Anticipating families' need for bigger vehicles, global automakers and their local peers are launching a new wave of full-size light trucks. Several models arrived in March, and more will debut next week at the Shanghai auto show.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Meet China's Future Tigers: Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba
Michael Dunne | 2017/4/11

The Shanghai auto show promises to be a fascinating clash between China's Old Tigers and Future Tigers.   Think of Detroit vs. Silicon Valley. The Old Tigers are state-owned enterprises such as Shanghai Auto or First Auto Works.  They employ hundreds of thousands, and they manufacture millions of cars in joint ventures with GM, Toyota, Mercedes and others.  And the Future Tigers? They are the fast-moving private companies -- Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba -- that dominate China's Internet industry.  Pictured: Michael Dunne is president of Dunne Automotive.
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Why a trade war with China would hurt the U.S. auto industry
Dustin Walsh | 2017/4/4

DETROIT -- If the United States is at war with China on trade, we should know the stakes.  U.S. politicians, and some businesses, are imbued with anger by China's rise to economic power, and they have accused China of pursuing protectionist policies and currency manipulation.  "We are in a trade war. We have been for decades," U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Friday on CNBC's "Squawk Box."  "The only difference is that our troops are finally coming to the rampart. We didn't end up with a trade deficit accidentally."  Pictured:  Dustin Walsh is a reporter for Crain's Detroit Business, an affiliate of Automotive News.
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Americans won't see Chinese cars at bargain-basement prices
Michael Dunne | 2017/3/21

For years, American consumers have been wondering just when they would witness the arrival of ultralow-priced Chinese cars.  Turns out, maybe never.  Chinese automakers plan to compete in America -- but not on price as the Japanese and Koreans did before them.  Instead, they will market quality vehicles with above-average stickers. Pictured:  Michael Dunne is president of Dunne Automotive.  

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Why Beijing Auto can ignore its catastrophic blunders
Yang Jian | 2017/3/17

BAIC Motor Co. has too many models and too many assembly plants, and now the state-owned automaker's China sales have begun to tumble.  In the first two months of the year, sales of Beijing Auto's brands fell 43 percent to 43,500 vehicles. By contrast, industry light-vehicle deliveries in China rose 6.3 percent.  You might expect the company's chastened managers would rush to fix their misguided growth strategy. But you would be wrong.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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