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Time for Beijing to postpone EV quotas
Yang Jian | 2017/8/18

SHANGHAI -- Beijing intends to enact a quota system in 2018 to goad automakers to drastically expand electric vehicle production. To date, very few automakers -- foreign or domestic -- are ready to adopt the system.  The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers disclosed last week that the program likely will take effect this month. That creates a scary scenario for the Chinese auto industry. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China
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How FAW's new chairman can rescue the company
Yang Jian | 2017/8/11

Beijing has dispatched Xu Liuping, former head of China Changan Automobile Group Co., to lead China FAW Group Corp.  After arriving at FAW last week, Xu vowed to revive the company's car business in three to five years.  Xu earned renown for transforming Changan from a manufacturer of cheap minibuses into China's largest producer of passenger cars.  But fixing the moribund car business at FAW, China's oldest state-owned automaker, will require a herculean effort. The company suffers a variety of ills and three problems must be addressed promptly. 
 Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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With Volvo support, Geely's Lynk & CO has a good chance to gain U.S. foothold
Yang Jian | 2017/8/4

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. hit an unexpected speed bump with its U.S. trademark application for the new entry-level premium brand Lynk & CO.  Ford Motor Co. is taking legal action against Lynk & CO on the grounds that the brand name sounds too similar to its Lincoln luxury brand.  Aside from the trademark dispute, Lynk & CO faces other challenges in its quest to enter the U.S. But against all the odds, the Chinese brand has a good shot at building a presence in the world¡¯s most demanding market.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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In maturing market, fresh products trump low prices
Yang Jian | 2017/7/28

SHANGHAI -- Automakers in China have hit plenty of potholes so far this year.  Hyundai, Kia, Audi and PSA are slumping while industry sales of light vehicles have grown only 1.6 percent. Yet Honda, Mercedes and Geely have performed remarkably well.  Can we learn any lessons from the up-and-down results?  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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As EV quotas loom, automakers poised to buy carbon credits
Yang Jian | 2017/7/21

SHANGHAI -- Beijing is determined to impose quotas on electric vehicle output for automakers via a carbon credit trading program next year -- whether or not the industry is ready for it.  What will automakers do if they cannot ramp up production of EVs as quickly as required? Well, they can buy carbon credits from Chinese EV makers.   And that seems to be the strategy that many automakers -- both foreign and Chinese -- are likely to adopt.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive  News China.
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Foreign suppliers favor fast-growing Chinese automakers
Yang Jian | 2017/7/14

SHANGHAI -- Until recently, global suppliers were reluctant to supply Chinese automakers that wanted small volumes of components at low prices.  But that¡¯s changing. Global suppliers are  increasingly reliant on Chinese automakers to expand their local sales, and Chinese auto brands have emerged as the main driver of growth.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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How Chinese automakers will enter the U.S. -- step by step
Michael Dunne | 2017/7/11

If I were to tell you that Chinese automakers are coming to the U.S. for real this time, would you believe me?  For years, companies such as Chery, Geely and GAC have declared imminent plans to launch their products stateside. And for the past decade, they have failed to do so.  The Chinese at the door again? Really? Cue one big collective Yankee yawn. But this time is different. Today, the Chinese are talking less, but doing more. Much more.  Pictured: Michael Dunne is president of Dunne Automotive.
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Bowing to Beijing, VW accelerates EV timetable
Yang Jian | 2017/7/7

Beijing has turned a deaf ear to German automakers that protested its aggressive EV quotas -- a mandate that will take effect next year.  With no other options and no desire to pick a fight in its largest market, Volkswagen Group will spend billions to carry out the government¡¯s wishes. By 2020, the Volkswagen brand will introduce 13 battery electric models and plug-in hybrids in China, plus 10 additional models from 2020 through 2025.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Chinese suppliers, with Beijing's blessing, embark on global buying spree
Yang Jian | 2017/6/30

SHANGHAI -- A subsidiary of Ningbo Joyson Electronics Co. announced plans this week to acquire the assets of bankrupt Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp.  With the $1.6 billion deal, Joyson joins a wave of Chinese auto suppliers that have used major acquisitions to raise their global profile.  This is not a passing fad. Chinese suppliers can easily access the domestic stock market for capital, and they enjoy the central government¡¯s blessing.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  How Beijing's EV mantra helped create a mega battery maker
Yang Jian | 2017/6/23

SHANGHAI -- In a market as huge as China, a small supplier can quickly evolve into a world-leading company if it arrives at the right time with the right product, and more importantly, if it enjoys favorable government policies.  
That is exactly what has happened to Contemporary Amperex Technology, a company in Ningde, a small city in east China¡¯s Fujian province.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
Time for Beijing to postpone EV quotas

Dongfeng and Geely: Fiat Chrysler is not a target

Geely's first-half profit soars on robust demand for new models

Dongfeng-PSA slump drags on

Future Mobility raises 1.33 billion yuan from Suning, others

Exports continue advance on emerging-market demand

SAIC-VW to build engines for plug-in hybrid crossovers

Great Wall to attend Frankfurt auto show

Fiat Chrysler attracts Chinese suitors, sources say

Vehicle sales rise 4.3% on crossover demand

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