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Jaguar picks XE as first China-made model

Dec. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar's new XE will be the brand's first model made in China. The midsize premium sedan will be built alongside the Land Rover SUVs in Changshu.... Read More »

 

Honda recalls 569,000 vehicles in China over Takata airbags

6:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Honda is calling back about 569,000 vehicles in China to investigate potential defects with airbags made by Takata, underscoring the global reach of the safety crisis after similar campaigns in the US, Canada and Japan.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Why the Chinese auto shows will refocus on the car models

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
One hallmark of Chinese auto shows is their politically incorrect zeal for, ahem, “alluring” floor models. Now, show organizers are starting to have second thoughts about the old maxim “sex sells” and the damage done to their image... Read More »

 

Smart says China will be its top market

Dec. 15, 2014 08:29 CET
China could overtake Germany and Italy to become the biggest market for Smart in a few years, Smart CEO Annette Winkler said. Smart will launch the latest ForTwo and its new ForFour in China next year.... Read More »

 

Tesla’s China president resigns after less than 9 months in post

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Tesla Motors said its top manager in China is leaving the company after less than nine months in the position.... Read More »

 

Ford-Getrag JV names new COO

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss.... Read More »

 

Mercedes needs China boost to regain global luxury sales lead, exec says

Dec. 10, 2014 15:29 CET
Mercedes needs to catch up with rivals BMW and Audi in China to meet its goal of becoming the global No. 1 in luxury car sales by 2020, Hubertus Troska, the carmaker's China chief, said.... Read More »

 

JLR executives are seeing double -- and seeing red

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover executives got their first look at the Land Wind X7. last month at the Guangzhou Motor Show -- and they weren't amused.... Read More »

 

Carmakers hit the gas as China slows down

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Chinese bureaucrats are jittery, maybe even a bit panicky, about the country's slumping economy. But global carmakers sound as optimistic as ever as they place big bets on the world's biggest auto market.... Read More »

 

Ford tops 1 million in annual sales in China for 1st time

11:23 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Ford today said it has sold more than 1 million vehicles in China for the first time in a calendar year. And it did so with a month left to go. The automaker said its China sales from January through November were 1,007,425 units, a 20 percent increase from the same period in 2013.... Read More »

 

Grupo Antolin, Dongfeng Visteon form China JV for interior parts

Dec. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Spanish supplier Grupo Antolin is forming a joint venture with Dongfeng Visteon to produce interior components in China. The JV will supply components to Renault, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and other customers.... Read More »

 

Toyota widens airbag recalls to China, Japan

Dec. 4, 2014 13:07 CET
Toyota has widened a U.S. recall of its vehicles linked to defective airbags made by Takata to include some of the same models in China and Japan, after one of the devices ruptured in a car at a scrapyard in its home country.... Read More »

 

STEC, affiliate of China's SAIC, to open North American headquarters in Michigan

9:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Supplier STEC USA, an affiliate of China's SAIC Motor, will establish a new headquarters and a plant in an existing facility near Detroit that has been used mainly for sales and marketing.... Read More »

 

Dongfeng faces corruption probe from Chinese authorities

Dec. 1, 2014 14:05 CET
Chinese authorities are investigating state-owned automaker Dongfeng Motor for possible corruption. Dongfeng is a local partner of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and earlier this year bought a 14 percent stake in the French automaker.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler deepens China partnership to help Jeep

Nov. 29, 2014 06:15 CET
Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile will form a separate China venture to integrate sales and marketing for the Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep brands. The move will help pave the way for local Jeep production in China, according to Guangzhou.... Read More »

 

Mercedes owners in China are wealthiest, study says

Nov. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes owners in China are likely successful and wealthy entrepreneurs, a brand study of eight major luxury carmakers found. China will probably overtake the U.S. as the biggest premium auto market in 2016, analysts predict.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

FAW bribe scandal should be wake-up call for Beijing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
Allegations of rampant bribery at FAW-VW should provide an urgent wake-up call to Beijing to abandon the country's JV rule for foreign automakers.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China

6:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
European sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but in China suppliers such as Michelin are winning customers who don't trust homegrown tire makers.... Read More »

 

Land Rover blasts Evoque look-alike from China

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Land Rover plans to complain to Chinese officials about a close copy of its Evoque SUV that broke cover at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China late last week.... Read More »

 

PSA launches 4th Chinese-built SUV

Nov. 25, 2014 10:48 CET
PSA has launched its fourth Chinese-built SUV, the Citroen C3-XR, in the world's biggest auto market. PSA's other locally produced SUVs are the Peugeot 2008, Peugeot 3008 and DS6.... Read More »

 

Ford to build longer, 3-row Edge for China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford Motor Co. will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for China.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Volkswagen raises the stakes in China

9:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Volkswagen's investment plans for the next five years tell one story very clearly – the company is becoming ever more dependent on growth in China in its bid to overtake Toyota as the world's No. 1 carmaker.... Read More »

 

German builder of crash-test facilities forms China unit

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Messring, a German manufacturer of crash-test facilities, has established a wholly owned Chinese subsidiary. The company has built 10 crash-test facilities in China over the past decade.... Read More »

 

Gestamp expects China to be its No. 3 market by 2015

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Gestamp, a Spanish supplier of metal auto parts, predicts that by 2015 China will become its third-largest market worldwide, after Germany and Spain.... Read More »

 

Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General Motors.... Read More »

 

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