Automotive News   |   Automotive News Europe   |   Autoweek   |   Automobilwoche

Automotive News China Newsletter
Register our free newsletter, sent each Monday and Thursday

     Automakers   Suppliers   Auto Show   Comment   Car Cutaway   Newsletters   Press Releases   Register for Newsletter
  Contact Us:   Editorial   Advertising   Subscription Information   |   About Us   Media Kit
Home >> Automaker
  SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
Behind GM's GEM of a plan to hit pay dirt in China, emerging markets
Reuters | 2019/4/19

GM has spent five years rewriting its playbook for making money in China¡¯s interior and Latin America.   Now, it's showtime for the first results of a project code-named GEM, for Global Emerging Market. The U.S. automaker this week unveiled two small utility vehicles that will be part of a new family of sedans and utilities the automaker forecasts will make up one in five of its global vehicle sales by 2023.
>> Read Full Story
  SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
GAC partners have no plans to raise stake in JVs, top exec says
Automotive News China | 2019/4/19

Guangzhou Automobile Co.¡¯s foreign partners don¡¯t plan to increase their stakes in Chinese joint ventures, GAC President Feng Xingya told journalists at the Shanghai auto show.   State-owned GAC runs 50-50 partnerships with Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co., Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
>> Read Full Story

  GM's Baojun brand plots major makeover
Reuters | 2019/4/19

LIUZHOU -- By many measures, General Motors' China brand Baojun has been an exceptional success story, growing at breakneck speed by selling low-cost, no-frills vehicles in smaller cities and rural areas.   But as Chinese consumer tastes shift away from basic and affordable, Baojun is engineering a different image for itself -- launching mid-market models that feature a redesigned logo and will be sold through new or revamped showrooms.
>> Read Full Story

  Cadillac plans more dealers in China
Reuters | 2019/4/19

General Motors' luxury Cadillac brand is enjoying strong growth in China, prompting plans to add hundreds of new stores, executives with the No. 1 U.S. automaker said at a conference on Wednesday in New York.   GM Cadillac President Steve Carlisle said that Cadillac would expand its network of dealers to 500 in China by 2025.
>> Read Full Story

  SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
Karma to launch China sales in second half
Automotive News China | 2019/4/19

Chinese-owned and California-based EV maker Karma Automotive will kick off sales in China in the second half of the year, CEO Lance Zhou said at the Shanghai auto show.   The company¡¯s first vehicle, the Revero GT, is an extended-range electric luxury car. It uses a turbocharged three-cylinder engine supplied by BMW Group to power an on-board electric generator. 
>> Read Full Story

  Daimler suspends Mercedes franchise after customer complaint goes viral
Reuters | 2019/4/19

Daimler suspended a local sales franchise under its Mercedes-Benz brand after a customer complaint about service from the dealership went viral on social media.   Daimler said the dealership in Xi'an in the northwestern province of Shaanxi had reached an agreement with the customer and was investigating its customer service and business operations, and had suspended the franchise in the meantime.
>> Read Full Story

  New-car market contraction slows in March
Automotive News China | 2019/4/16

China's new light-vehicle market continued to decline in March but at a slower rate than recent months, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said.   Sales dropped 6.9 percent to 2.02 million last month after slumping 17 percent in the first two months, according to the trade group.
>> Read Full Story

  VW Group sales continue to decline on weak VW, Skoda results
Automotive News China | 2019/4/16

Volkswagen Group's sales in China, its largest market, dropped for the eighth consecutive month in March, falling 9.4 percent to 324,900.   The German auto giant¡¯s sales continue to be dragged down by the VW and Skoda brands.  
>> Read Full Story

  China's $18 billion EV bubble at risk of bursting
Reuters | 2019/4/16

There are 486 electric vehicle manufacturers registered in China, more than triple the number from two years ago.   While sales of EVs are projected to reach a record 1.6 million in 2019, that's likely not enough to keep assembly lines humming, prompting warnings that the country¡¯s ballooning EV market could burst and leave behind only a few survivors.
>> Read Full Story

  SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
VW plans Tesla-fighting electric crossover
Christiaan Hetzner | 2019/4/16

SHANGHAI -- Volkswagen plans to launch a flagship full-electric crossover based on the ID Roomzz concept unveiled here Sunday.   The production version will be a three-row, seven-seat model that will compete against large electric crossovers such as the Tesla Model X.   
>> Read Full Story

  SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
Mercedes goes boxy with new baby crossover
Urvaksh Karkaria | 2019/4/16

SHANGHAI -- Mercedes-Benz is carving out yet another niche in the burgeoning crossover market with a small people mover -- this one styled like a traditional SUV -- underscoring the rapid fragmentation of the segment and a practice once common in the car market.   The German luxury automaker introduced the concept GLB -- an MFA2 platform companion to the GLA -- on the eve of the Shanghai auto show.
>> Read Full Story

  VW: China to become global software development hub for AV tech
Reuters | 2019/4/16

SHANGHAI -- Volkswagen will use Chinese software developers to help design a global autonomous vehicle architecture thanks to the prevalence of qualified programmers whom carmakers are struggling to hire elsewhere, senior executives said.
>> Read Full Story

  Honda opens 7th assembly plant amid market share gains
Automotive News China | 2019/4/16

Honda Motor Co. launched output at a new assembly plant in the central China city of Wuhan, easing a bottleneck in production as the automaker continues to gain market share in the country.   The 3 billion yuan ($448 million) factory is Honda¡¯s seventh in China.  
>> Read Full Story

  SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
Buick embraces utility, electrification, opulence
Hans Greimel | 2019/4/16

SHANGHAI -- Buick unwrapped the next-generation Encore small crossover and a derivative model dubbed Encore GX for China, as well as the brand's first electric offering, the Velite 6 MAV. Buick also introduced an ultraplush luxury concept of its workhorse GL8 people mover. The latest vehicles underscore GM's efforts to find traction in China's flagging market.
>> Read Full Story

  Toyota sells EV tech to Chinese startup Singulato
Reuters | 2019/4/16

BEIJING -- Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to sell electric vehicle technology to Singulato, its first deal with a Chinese EV startup, allowing the fledgling company to speed up development of a planned mini EV.   In return, Toyota will have preferential rights to purchase green-car credits that Singulato will generate under China's new quota system for EV and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
>> Read Full Story

  Automotive Energy Supply targets EV makers with first China battery plant
Bloomberg | 2019/4/16

The battery maker for Nissan Motor Co.'s Leaf electric vehicle is adding a factory in China to more than triple global capacity and lure more customers in the world¡¯s biggest EV market.   Automotive Energy Supply Corp. began construction of the factory in Wuxi in China¡¯s eastern Jiangsu province this year with a planned annual capacity of 20 gigawatt-hours, enough to power 400,000 EVs a year, said Zhang Lei, CEO of Envision Group.
>> Read Full Story

  COMMENT
Why VW may become 2nd foreign automaker to gain control of China JV
Yang Jian | 2019/4/12

SHANGHAI -- Beijing last year pledged to phase out ownership restrictions on foreign automakers that produce light vehicles through joint ventures in China. Now, Volkswagen Group is likely to become the second global auto manufacturer after BMW Group to gain control of a joint venture formed with a local peer.   The partnership in which VW is seeking to raise its share to more than 50 percent is the one established with Jianghuai Automobile Co.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
>> Read Full Commentary

  GM's 2 joint ventures see sales decline again
Automotive News China | 2019/4/12

General Motors¡¯ sales slump in China continued last month as its two joint ventures suffered steep declines in volume.   Deliveries at SAIC-GM, GM¡¯s passenger vehicle partnership with SAIC Motor Corp., dropped for the ninth straight month, falling 10 percent to 149,254 in March, according to SAIC Motor.
>> Read Full Story

  Geely, Great Wall, BYD sales climb in March
Automotive News China | 2019/4/12

Sales at Geely Automobile Holdings rebounded in March while deliveries at two other major private Chinese automakers -- Great Wall Motor Co. and BYD Co. -- continued to increase despite the domestic auto market¡¯s ongoing downturn.  
>> Read Full Story

  VW eyes buying big stake in China partner JAC, report says
Reuters | 2019/4/12

HONG KONG -- Volkswagen Group is exploring purchasing a big stake in its Chinese electric-vehicle joint-venture partner JAC Motors and has tapped Goldman Sachs as an adviser on the plan, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.   The move by VW, the largest foreign automaker in China, to buy into JAC is the latest step by foreign automakers to increase stakes in Chinese joint venture partners or in individual joint ventures since Beijing relaxed ownership rules last year in the world's biggest car market.
>> Read Full Story

  Geely launches electric vehicle brand Geometry
Reuters | 2019/4/12

Geely launched a premium all-electric vehicle brand, Geometry, as it pushes ahead with plans to boost output of new-energy vehicles.    Geometry will take overseas orders but will mainly focus on the Chinese market and will introduce more than 10 EV models in multiple segments by 2025, Geely said Thursday.
>> Read Full Story

  SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
Infiniti to introduce Chinese-built EV in 3 years
Reuters | 2019/4/12

The first electric car for Infiniti will be a sporty sedan produced in China, the Japanese carmaker said Wednesday.   The vehicle will hit the market in around three years, and consumers will get a preview when the company unveils a concept vehicle, dubbed the Qs Inspiration electric sedan, at the Shanghai auto show, Nissan officials said.
>> Read Full Story

  Volvo explores closer ties with shareholder Geely in China
Bloomberg | 2019/4/12

Volvo AB may collaborate with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. in the Chinese market, offering the first clues into the Swedish truckmaker¡¯s plans since the Chinese company became its largest investor.    "We see a lot of areas where we feel that Geely can add both insights and competence," including in the domestic Chinese market and with "certain technologies," Volvo AB CEO Martin Lundstedt said in an interview.
>> Read Full Story

  SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW PREVIEW
2019 Edition: A little bit of everything amid market uncertainty
Hans Greimel | 2019/4/9

Global automakers will gather under a cloud of market uncertainty when they descend on China next week for Auto Shanghai 2019.   New-vehicle sales in China -- long a driver of global growth -- remain in a slump after a grim 2018 that saw the first annual decline in decades.   Tension now swirls around the state of trade, with the U.S. and China locked in a standoff that has dented the Chinese economy and saddled U.S. imports with hefty tariffs.  
>> Read Full Story

  GAC to launch Russia sales this year
Automotive News China | 2019/4/9

Guangzhou Automobile Co. plans to start selling imported light vehicles under its Trumpchi brand in Russia this year as the state-owned automaker continues to expand globally.   The first vehicle to arrive in Russia will be the GS8, a seven-seat SUV. It will be followed by the GM8 multipurpose vehicle and the GS5 compact crossover, GAC said. 
>> Read Full Story

  Hyundai denies tie-up with Tencent on driverless car software
Reuters | 2019/4/9

SEOUL -- South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co. has denied a report that it had signed a preliminary deal with Chinese technology company Tencent Holdings to develop software for driverless vehicles.   Hyundai¡¯s comments came a day after South Korea¡¯s   Maeil Business Newspaper    cited unnamed industry sources saying that the two companies planned to conduct joint r&d on safety and security systems for self-driving cars, which Hyundai seeks to roll out commercially by 2030. 
>> Read Full Story

  VW signs up Chinese lithium supplier
Automotive News China | 2019/4/9

Volkswagen Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese lithium producer Ganfeng Lithium Co.   The move is intended to secure long-term lithium supplies for the battery-electric vehicles VW will roll out in China, the German auto giant said. 
>> Read Full Story

  Ford appoints industry veteran Yang Song as China sales chief
Automotive News China | 2019/4/9

Ford Motor Co. has named Yang Song, a sales veteran in China¡¯s auto industry, as president of the automaker¡¯s national distribution services division, which oversees marketing, sales and aftersales service for Ford-badged passenger vehicles in China.   The appointment became effective Monday, Ford China said. 
>> Read Full Story

  Geely breaks ground in Wuhan for Lotus factory
Automotive News China | 2019/4/9

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. kicked off construction on a 9 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) assembly plant for high-end vehicles, including the Lotus British sports car, in Wuhan, the capital of central China¡¯s Hubei province.   Lotus cars are built in Norfolk, England. The Wuhan factory will be Lotus¡¯ first production site outside the United Kingdom. 
>> Read Full Story

  China EV startup Bordrin skips flash, keeps real-car focus
Pete Bigelow | 2019/4/9

Chinese electric vehicle makers are proliferating, with dozens sketching ambitious product plans.   Some startups have spent millions showcasing concepts at places such as CES to ensure they stand out.  At the other extreme, Bordrin Motor Corp., founded in 2016 by former Ford senior engineer Ximing Huang, has been content to keep quiet.
>> Read Full Story

  Honda, Nissan sales rebound in March
Automotive News China | 2019/4/5

Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. posted higher China sales in March after weaker deliveries the previous month.   Honda¡¯s China sales jumped 26 percent year on year to 122,744 in March after sliding 1.5 percent in February.   Nissan¡¯s China deliveries rose 8.2 percent to 133,069 last month after dipping 1.8 percent the month before.
>> Read Full Story
 

TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
Carmakers look to Beijing to revive market

Behind GM's GEM of a plan to hit pay dirt in China, emerging markets

GAC partners have no plans to raise stake in JVs, top exec says

GM's Baojun brand plots major makeover

Cadillac plans more dealers in China

Karma to launch China sales in second half

Aptiv sets AV tech ambitions in China

China mulls easing controls over new-vehicle licenses to spur sales, report says

Daimler suspends Mercedes franchise after customer complaint goes viral

China preps site to test AV tech on highways

Our Newsletter Editions
Automotive News China produces two email newsletters each week. You can sort your news by the articles highlighted in each of our newsletters here.

Select your newsletter     

 
 

Automotive News China
Room 1303, Building 2, Lane 99, South Hongcao Road,
Shanghai 200233
Telephone: 86-139-1851-5816
Fax: 86-21-6495-0895
 
Home | Help Center | About Us | RSS
Entire contents © Crain Communications, Inc.
Use of editorial content without permission is strictly prohibited. All Rights Reserved.
»¦ICP±¸06057291ºÅ