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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales
Yang Jian | 2017/2/17

SHANGHAI -- Audi cut itself a sorry figure in China's luxury car market last month.  As Audi deliveries fell 35 percent in January, China's leading luxury brand was finally overtaken by rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW.  It was an especially poor performance in a month when second-tier luxury brands such as Cadillac and Volvo enjoyed robust sales.  Audi attributed the plunge to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Here's why you shouldn't panic over January's weak sales
Yang Jian | 2017/2/10

SHANGHAI -- The new year didn't begin well for global automakers in China. Except for a limited few, most have reported steep sales declines for January.  Last month, sales of passenger vehicles fell 9.8 percent to 2.12 million units, the first monthly decline in a year, according to the China Passenger Car Association.  Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Nissan  reported declining sales. Only a few companies -- such as Mercedes and Geely -- had a good month.  Despite the dismal numbers, there is no need to panic. The sales slump was largely the result of two short-term factors.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why Beijing's new EV policy could cause rift with Germany
Yang Jian | 2017/1/27

SHANGHAI -- Who has the clout to make China's government reconsider its environmental policies?   As much as he might huff and puff over fair trade, it isn't Donald Trump, the China basher who became the 45th U.S. president last week. Instead it is Michael Clauss, Germany's ambassador to China and a vocal critic of China's EV policies.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.

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For luxury brands, 2017 will be another good year after fabulous 2016
Yang Jian | 2017/1/13

SHANGHAI -- Luxury brands had a fabulous year in China last year. Entering 2017, they have a good chance to maintain robust sales despite an expected slowdown in the growth of China's light-vehicle market.  Every major luxury brand except Audi and Infiniti achieved more than 10 percent sales growth in China last year.  Interestingly, the two best performers in the luxury market were both American brands.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why Beijing won't punish U.S. automakers for Trump's sins
Yang Jian | 2016/12/23

SHANGHAI -- This month, President-elect Donald Trump stirred a hornets' nest when he disputed the assumption that Taiwan is part of China -- a decades-old policy that has allowed the region to prosper.  Two days later,  China Daily  reported that the government's antitrust agency may penalize General Motors for monopolistic behavior. Coincidence?  Some observers fear this could become a pattern: that Beijing will vent its anger on U.S. companies whenever Trump annoys it. Well, such fears are not totally groundless, but there are three reasons why U.S. automakers aren't likely to be singled out. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Beijing should let state-owned automakers sink or swim
Yang Jian | 2016/12/16

SHANGHAI -- When China joined the World Trade Organization 15 years ago, it had two big goals: attract foreign investment and help domestic companies gain access to foreign technology.  China's auto industry attracted plenty of investment, but domestic automakers never got the technology. Now Beijing is giving up the fight.  Last week, the government announced that foreign automakers can produce electric vehicles and batteries in China without sharing technology with their Chinese partners.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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The party is over for China's automakers; a hangover awaits in 2017
Yang Jian | 2016/12/9

SHANGHAI -- Automakers in China should enjoy their booming sales this year because the party will be over all too soon.  After unexpectedly high sales growth this year, the automakers likely will confront two big headaches in 2017: Stagnating vehicle sales, and pressure from Beijing to boost electric vehicle production -- with or without consumer demand.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Beijing's EV battery policy loses touch with reality
Yang Jian | 2016/12/2

SHANGHAI -- In recent years, Beijing has offered big incentives to encourage the sale of electric vehicles, despite scant interest among consumers.  Now Beijing wants to force-feed the growth of EV battery makers, too.  And like previous EV policies, Beijing's proposed battery rules have little basis in reality.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Three reasons why LeEco's electric car project will fail
Yang Jian | 2016/11/25

SHANGHAI -- Chinese entrepreneurs often look to their peers in the United States for inspiration.  Their latest role model is Elon Musk and his creation, Tesla Motors, which is upending America's once-staid EV market.  Jia Yueding is one of Musk's admirers and he is trying to follow in the Tesla founder's footsteps with EV upstart LeEco.  But Jia's EV project has three big challenges, so it is less likely to succeed than other startups backed by Chinese money.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why Beijing will regret its big bet on electric cars
Yang Jian | 2016/11/18

SHANGHAI -- If Donald Trump waters down U.S. support for electric vehicles, how will Beijing respond?   Will China's central government reconsider its single-minded bet on EVs? Yes and no. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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