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Chinese brands seek to crack Western Europe with EVs
Yang Jian | 2018/12/7

SHANGHAI -- No Chinese brand has succeeded in distributing vehicles in Western Europe, but that may soon change as several Chinese companies are preparing to crack the market with electric vehicles.   Great Wall Motor Co., for example, expects to launch electric-car sales in Western Europe in late 2020 or 2021.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Market downturn exposes excess capacity facing automakers
Yang Jian | 2018/11/30

When new-vehicle sales in China were rising the past two years, a slew of domestic carmakers and several of their global peers were already operating well below production capacity. The market downturn is now exacerbating the factory glut, forcing some automakers to seek suitors, sell plants and perhaps begin another wave of consolidation in China¡¯s auto industry.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why foreign automakers in China feel no pressure to develop EVs
Yang Jian | 2018/11/23

SHANGHAI -- Despite Beijing¡¯s plan to push automakers in China to ramp up local output of electric vehicles, foreign car manufacturers are in no rush.   Why?   Because they have gamed the government¡¯s carbon credit program that takes effect at the start of next year. As a result, they can avoid racing into China¡¯s EV market with their proprietary brands.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Beijing's decision to maintain tax on auto sales is a bad move
Yang Jian | 2018/11/16

SHANGHAI -- The National Development and Reform Commission, China¡¯s central economic planning agency, has no plan to cut the tax on new-vehicle purchases as was widely expected.   Given the severe challenges confronting the Chinese economy, including slowing demand for new cars and light trucks, the government should reduce the tax as soon as possible, rather than sit idle and do nothing.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Li Shufu's sky-high ambitions for Geely as mobility provider
Yang Jian | 2018/11/9

SHANGHAI -- Li Shufu, chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, until recently seemed interested only in building a business empire in the automotive world.   But that turned out to be a false impression.  Li¡¯s new mission is to expand Geely¡¯s reach beyond the auto industry to provide mobility services in areas few others would dream of.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Can FAW achieve its bold revival plan for Hongqi?
Yang Jian | 2018/11/2

China FAW Group Corp., seeking to revive its ailing Hongqi brand, will focus the marque on developing, marketing and selling battery electric vehicles, fuel cell EVs and self-driving technology. The plan is ambitious -- but is it achievable?   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Ford must do more to revive China operations
Yang Jian | 2018/10/26

SHANGHAI -- Ford Motor Co. is taking the right first steps to fix its troubled operations in the world¡¯s largest new-car market by making its China business a standalone unit and hiring a new China CEO with extensive experience in  the local market.  But the company must do more: Ford¡¯s China turnaround depends how fast it can roll out the right new products in the market.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Trump's trade war casts dark shadow over China
Yang Jian | 2018/10/12

SHANGHAI -- U.S. President Donald Trump's real estate family business is not known to have bought or sold cars in China. But Trump is exerting major pain in China via the trade war he initiated three months ago.   Unless he can resolve bilateral trade disputes with his Chinese counterpart at the Group of 20 summit late next month in Argentina, his trade war will continue to weigh down on vehicle demand in China.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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Beijing moves to monitor EV safety
Yang Jian | 2018/9/28

SHANGHAI -- The Chinese government¡¯s decadelong subsidy program has led to the creation of the world¡¯s largest market for electrified vehicles. But the government has largely failed to pay attention to the vehicles' safety.   It finally responded this week and started deploying a nationwide check on the safety of the vehicles.  The move may expose a reality not as pleasant as the green propaganda trumpeted by the government but it is essential to ensuring sustainable development of the domestic electrified vehicle market.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China. 
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Chinese brands pay price for single-minded bet on crossovers
Yang Jian | 2018/9/14

It can be risky placing all your eggs in one basket, as the saying goes. That¡¯s the lesson Chinese carmakers should learn from the softening market over the past two months.   Their big bet on crossovers, which worked wonderfully over the past several years, is now causing havoc with their sales.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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