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Chinese brands, unfazed by lower subsidies, prep more EVs
Yang Jian | 2019/4/5

SHANGHAI -- Beijing is set to wind down a subsidy program for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by the end of 2020 after cutting the incentives by more than 50 percent last week.   But judging from the vehicles Chinese brands plan to display this month at the Shanghai auto show, China's EV craze is still going strong.     Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China. 
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What's behind Beijing's steeper-than-expected cuts in EV subsidies?
Yang Jian | 2019/3/29

SHANGHAI -- By slashing subsidies and banning them for provincial governments, Beijing has cut financial incentives for domestically built electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by some 75 percent.   The aggressive step is mainly intended to prevent automakers from relying on subsidies for sales and to curb local protectionism, government ministries said.  But other factors may well have prompted Beijing to slash the subsidies deeper than expected.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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For global automakers, the urgent but delicate need to take control of China JVs
Yang Jian | 2019/3/22

SHANGHAI -- Now that Beijing has promised to relax limits on foreign stakes in vehicle manufacturing and marketing joint ventures, it¡¯s time for global carmakers seeking to gain control of Chinese joint ventures to launch formal talks with local partners.   Delaying such talks could only create bad blood between partners, add complexity to future talks and undermine operating flexibility at a time of rapid change in China¡¯s auto industry.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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Chinese automakers renew drive to go global
Yang Jian | 2019/3/15

SHANGHAI -- Over the past decade, Chinese carmakers¡¯ exports to emerging markets have thinned to a trickle after key regions such as Russia, Brazil, North Africa and the Middle East encountered economic or social instability.   Now equipped with better technology and a new generation of products, Chinese car brands are regrouping to expand overseas by targeting Europe and a select group of major emerging markets.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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For Beijing, more to do to unshackle vehicle sales, services
Yang Jian | 2019/3/8

The Chinese government, in a major policy shift triggered in large part by pressure from the Trump administration, last year slashed vehicle import tariffs and started to allow foreign automakers to gain control of local joint ventures.   Now with China¡¯s economy sputtering, Beijing might want to dismantle other regulatory hurdles in the auto industry, especially restraints on the sale of pickups, used vehicles and aftermarket parts and services.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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VW's newest brand arrives at a bad time for Chinese automakers
Yang Jian | 2019/3/1

SHANGHAI -- Volkswagen Group, after contemplating the move for years, is ready to launch an entry-level brand in China. While the timing of the Jetta brand¡¯s debut is perfect for VW, it couldn¡¯t be worse for Chinese carmakers.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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China's sales slump: Not as scary as it seems
Yang Jian | 2019/2/22

SHANGHAI -- The latest sales figures from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers are grim: New light-vehicle demand fell 18 percent year over year to 2.02 million in January. It was the seventh consecutive decline and the steepest monthly dip since July 2018.   But there are solid reasons to believe the world¡¯s largest vehicle market is not doing as badly as the raw numbers indicate.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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China woes expose lax quality control at JLR
Yang Jian | 2019/2/15

SHANGHAI -- Jaguar Land Rover blames its latest quarterly loss largely on "challenging market conditions in China," which include a rare decline in industrywide sales and the trade dispute between China and the United States.   But those challenges are only part of the problem facing the company. What has rattled JLR¡¯s fortunes in China most are persistent woes with reliability and dependability.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Market contraction deals heavy blow to Chinese automakers
Yang Jian | 2019/2/1

SHANGHAI -- China¡¯s auto market shrank in 2018 for the first time since 1990, with new-vehicle sales dipping 2.8 percent to 28.1 million.   The contraction was not severe but it has created heavy financial pressure on Chinese automakers who have long been used to playing in a growing market.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Inside VW's blueprint to meet Beijing's quotas for EV output
Yang Jian | 2019/1/25

SHANGHAI -- When Beijing floated a carbon credit program in 2016 with the goal of prodding automakers to ramp up electrified vehicle output, Volkswagen Group and the German government complained about the hasty rollout.   But to no avail. The program was enacted this month, and VW has no choice but to comply.  To meet the requirements, the German auto giant has hammered out a three-stage strategy, according to company executives in China.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Who is buying EVs in China?
Yang Jian | 2019/1/18

Sales of electrified vehicles have been surging in China for years. But until recently, it remained unknown who was buying many of the vehicles.   But a new research project led by Beijing-based news website   Sina.com   discovered that a big chunk of the EVs automakers claim to have sold have ended up at their fleet and mobility operations.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Regulatory chaos, confusion reign over EV market
Yang Jian | 2019/1/11

SHANGHAI -- The severe downturn in China¡¯s traditional vehicle market in the second half of 2018 caught automakers unprepared.   At the start of the new year, companies find themselves confronted with a thick layer of regulatory chaos and confusion surrounding the electrified vehicle market.  The major uncertainty facing automakers is how the Chinese government will wind down subsidies for electrified vehicles.    Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of   Automotive News China.
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Why China's auto industry should be grateful for Trump
Yang Jian | 2018/12/14

If there is a vote for the Person of the Year in China's auto industry for 2018, no other person is as worthy of the title as U.S. President Donald Trump.   Trump's tariffs and trade war have added to the troubles facing the Chinese economy and prompted a large number of local consumers to cut spending and delay new car purchases.   But the responses the trade posture have elicited from Beijing and global automakers, either intended or unintended by Trump, are conducive to the industry's healthy development over the long term.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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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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Behind the sudden decline in China's auto sales
Yang Jian | 2018/9/7

Industry trade groups and market research firms have produced various theories to explain why China¡¯s light-vehicle market has suddenly run out of steam.   But a website tracking peer-to-peer lending practices in China has provided one plausible factor.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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A peek at the future landscape of China's EV market
Yang Jian | 2018/8/24

SHANGHAI -- Figuring that young domestic automakers can never beat global giants with traditional gasoline engine technology, Beijing has bet on electric vehicles, which it believes provide domestic companies an opportunity to leapfrog rivals.   Will the government¡¯s wishes come true? Probably not.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Real estate developers' entry bodes well for China's EV ambitions
Yang Jian | 2018/8/17

SHANGHAI -- Since last year, several major Chinese real estate developers have placed a bet on electric vehicles. They see synergies to be generated between EVs and their existing business, rather than short-term financial gains.   Their investments will help Chinese EV makers better cope with high capital expenditures and weather potential market risks.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Multiple challenges in China await FCA's new CEO
Yang Jian | 2018/7/27

SHANGHAI -- In addition to putting the brakes on a China sales slump, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faces key challenges in the world¡¯s largest auto market that need swift action from new CEO Mike Manley.   These include addressing retaliatory Chinese duties on imported vehicles, meeting stiffer rules on fuel economy and electrified vehicle production and improving the quality and images of two of its key brands.    Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of    Automotive News China.
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BMW, VW win Beijing's green light to gain control of China joint ventures
Yang Jian | 2018/7/20

SHANGHAI -- When Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Germany last week, BMW Group and Volkswagen Group each signed deals pledging to invest more in their China joint ventures.   And the German automakers obtained something in return -- the opportunity to gain control of local joint ventures before other foreign peers.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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How this year's trade war is a different ballgame
Hans Greimel | 2018/7/17

Superficial similarities abound between the latest U.S. trade war with China and earlier, mostly failed campaigns against Japan.   But striking differences also suggest U.S. President Donald Trump's gambit might have better leverage.   Pictured: Hans Greimel is Asia editor of  Automotive News 
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Trump's trade war delivers unintended boon to China's auto industry
Yang Jian | 2018/7/13

SHANGHAI -- The United States has been by far the largest export market for China for many years. For that reason, the trade war U.S. President Donald Trump is waging against China may well sap the growth of the Chinese economy.   But China¡¯s auto industry has little to lose and much more to gain from Trump¡¯s crusade and the response it has elicited from the Chinese government.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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China's unbridled EV push wreaks havoc on battery makers
Yang Jian | 2018/7/6

Burdened with underused plants, dozens of EV battery suppliers have gone out of business in China since 2015.   And more likely will meet the same fate as China raises technical and performance requirements for batteries in what has become a capital-intensive race to dominate the global market for electrified vehicles.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of   Automotive News China
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