Blogs from the Shanghai auto show

Why even a weak China is good news for European automakers

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 24
blogs Luca Ciferri is Editor of Automotive News Europe.
 
The Shanghai auto show proved once again that China is the promised land for automakers, particularly Europeans bracing for a sixth straight year of declining car sales in their home region.None of the European executives I spoke with at the show was too concerned that China's car sales are expected to grow just 5 percent this year, which would result in a record volume topping the 13.3 million pa ...
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The (domestic) auto industry hits a wall in China

Posted 2:53 pm U.S. ET, April 19
blogs Jason Stein is associate publisher and editor of Automotive News.
 
SHANGHAI, China -- If you listen to the industry experts -- and in this country there are more than a few who claim to know how the future will unfold -- they'll tell you that the good times in China are over.The industry has hit a wall -- and it's not a great outcome.No, not for the foreign car manufacturers. They are raking in huge profits and placing vehicles in more Chinese garages every day.I ...
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Looking for a Chinese car in Shanghai

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 19
blogs Luca Ciferri is Editor of Automotive News Europe.
 
If I were an executive at a Chinese domestic automaker, I would be very worried. Why? It is difficult to find a Chinese-brand car on the streets of Shanghai, the country's largest city with more than 23 million inhabitants.I experienced this first hand visiting the city for the auto show. During a long bus ride from the Shanghai World Expo to the Pudong district, I didn't see one Chinese-brand pas ...
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Chinese automakers will showcase strategies at Shanghai show

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 19
blogs Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
 
SHANGHAI -- For most automakers, the Shanghai auto show will provide a showcase for hot cars, glitzy technology and preening models. But Chery Automobile and BYD will take the opportunity to declare they've learned their lesson from past mistakes.Both companies grew too quickly, but China's gold-rush economic expansion concealed their weaknesses -- for a while.Chery, a small carmaker launched in 1 ...
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It's hard to see where China's love affair with cars will lead

Posted 3:07 pm U.S. ET, April 18
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The automobile is not the main reason China's air is so bad. But 30 million cars, no matter how clean they run, will contribute to air pollution.
BRADFORD WERNLE:  SHANGHAI -- If you hang around anyone connected with the Chinese auto industry for any length of time, you'll hear mind-boggling numbers about the industry's rosy future.Dave Schoch, the no-nonsense president of Ford's Asia-Pacific region, told journalists this week that analysts say by 2020 the China market could surpass 30 million to 32 million, more than the United States and all of Europe comb ...
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With GLA, Mercedes aims for younger shopper

Posted 5:07 pm U.S. ET, April 17
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DIANA T. KURYLKO:  Mercedes-Benz is poised to take aim at the growing compact crossover segment with the five-door GLA -- a vehicle company executives say will be packed with premium features but carry a competitive price tag.Mercedes is unveiling a concept version of the GLA crossover at the Shanghai auto show. It's a wedge-shaped vehicle that doesn't have the boxy, masculine and in-your-face design of the larger M ...
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