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Thriving Baojun bodes well for GM's future in China
Yang Jian | 2017/12/15

When General Motors unveiled the entry-level Baojun marque in 2010, few expected it to become GM China¡¯s top-selling brand.  But that became reality last month. With a moderately priced line of crossovers and multipurpose vehicles, Baojun topped Buick in sales last month. Buick sold 112,738 vehicles while Baojun delivered 113,711 units in China in November. The latest tally marks a huge transformation for SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., the joint venture that markets Baojun.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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How China plans to create a giant state-owned automaker
Yang Jian | 2017/12/8

SHANGHAI -- In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking, railway equipment and coal mining.  The idea was to force these inefficient companies to cut costs, develop new products and turn a profit. And now it¡¯s the auto industry¡¯s turn.  Last week, three state-owned automakers announced plans to share technology, powertrains, platforms and purchasing. Their ultimate goal: to create a global auto giant. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why investors search for a Chinese Tesla
Yang Jian | 2017/12/1

Tesla Inc. has yet to build any vehicles in China and its import sales in the country are modest.  Yet this "boutique" automaker -- which has never turned a profit -- has become the darling of China¡¯s media, investors and entrepreneurs.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why Toyota is betting on plug-in hybrids
Yang Jian | 2017/11/24

Toyota Motor Corp. hasn't launched any electric vehicles in China. Yet the Japanese automaker is poised to grab a big share of the EV market, thanks to a canny market strategy and superior r&d.  Other global automakers are focusing on all-electric vehicles. That¡¯s because EVs will earn more credits than plug-in hybrids under China¡¯s new carbon credit program, which takes effect in 2019.  But Toyota prefers a different approach.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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China automakers risk huge inventories of unsold EVs
Yang Jian | 2017/11/17

China's electric vehicle market is red hot, but Beijing is not satisfied. The government has licensed a slew of EV startups and it is launching a carbon credit program in 2019 to goad automakers to produce even more EVs. But it¡¯s not at all clear how many consumers really want EVs. And if Beijing has misread the market, it won¡¯t be long before automakers are saddled with huge inventories of unwanted vehicles. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Ford should learn from GM's hot-selling entry-level models
Yang Jian | 2017/11/10

After enjoying explosive growth in China from 2012 to 2015, Ford has run out of steam.  Sales are stagnant and the U.S. automaker is losing market share to upstart rivals such as Geely and Great Wall. Ford has hired a new China CEO, Jason Luo, who is reportedly developing a turnaround plan. But he won¡¯t have to look far for inspiration. All he has to do is emulate General Motors.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.

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Why Baidu will beat Waymo in race to deploy self-driving cars
Michael Dunne | 2017/11/7

In a race between America's Waymo and China's Baidu for supremacy in autonomous vehicles, who would you bet on?  My money is on Baidu, the dark horse. Known in the West as the Google of China, Baidu is fast transforming itself from an Internet search engine into a world-class artificial intelligence company. And autonomous driving is one of its top priorities.  Pictured: Michael Dunne is president of Dunne Automotive. 
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Warmer China-Korea relations won't solve Hyundai's woes
Yang Jian | 2017/11/3

Hyundai Motor Group executives surely feel a deep sense of relief now that China is easing a diplomatic standoff with South Korea.  The automaker¡¯s China sales tanked after a U.S.-made missile defense system began arriving in South Korea in March. The dispute aroused anti-Korean sentiment and many consumers boycotted Korean products.  But President Xi Jinping has buried the hatchet and Chinese tourists are again flocking to South Korea. So everything is fine for Hyundai, right? Maybe not.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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EVs are last hope for China's struggling state-owned automakers
Yang Jian | 2017/10/27

Changan Auto says it will stop producing fossil-fuel vehicles by 2025 to heed Beijing¡¯s call for electric cars.  While its environmentalist stance is laudable, Changan has another reason for the switch. The state-owned automaker has struggled to make a profit in China¡¯s hotly competitive auto market, so it has little to lose.  Several other state-owned companies are likely to phase out their fossil-fuel models, too.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Pressed to meet EV mandate, automakers bet on electric vans
Yang Jian | 2017/10/13

Two weeks ago, Beijing released the final draft of its carbon credit program. The mandate starts to take effect in 2019, one year later than the original schedule.  Despite the grace period, automakers still need to figure out what kind of electric vehicles they should produce and who would want them. And there is very little time to do so. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
Thriving Baojun bodes well for GM's future in China

BMW poised to become China's No. 1 luxury brand

VW-brand sales rise 16% in November

EV demand continues to soar

BYD plans EV assembly plant in Morocco

Mazda deliveries rise behind demand for fuel-efficient cars

REV Group to build vehicles with Chery in Wuhu

China sales slip in Nov. on weaker car, MPV demand

Ford deliveries fall despite strong Lincoln volume

BAIC to halt sales of gasoline-powered vehicles in 2025

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