China

BMW wins license to export from China

May 31, 2017 06:01 CET

BMW has been granted a license by Chinese authorities to export vehicles built by its local joint venture, BMW Brilliance, opening up the possibility of China-built BMWs being sold to customers in Europe or the U.S.... Read More »

Mahle will build air conditioner compressors in Changshu

May 26, 2017 14:32 CET

Germany's Mahle Group has invested 24 million euros in a plant in the east China city of Changshu to produce compressors for automotive air conditioners.... Read More »

Continental supplies control system for Great Wall gearbox

May 26, 2017 14:22 CET

Continental has started supplying a transmission control system to China's Great Wall Motor Co. for its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.... Read More »

Daimler, BYD to recapitalize EV joint venture

May 23, 2017 10:09 CET

Daimler and BYD will each invest 500 million yuan ($72.6 million) to shore up their debt-laden EV joint venture in China. The partnership has been unprofitable since 2014, when its sole model, the Denza EV compact sedan, hit the market.... Read More »

VW electric-car venture approved by Chinese regulator

May 22, 2017 13:29 CET

Volkswagen and JAC have received approval from Chinese regulators to form a joint venture to build 100,000 EVs annually.... Read More »

Audi reaches agreement resolving dispute with dealers in China

May 20, 2017 14:51 CET

Audi and its dealers in China have reached an agreement on how cars produced with SAIC Motor will be sold in the country. Audi's local sales plunged following a dispute with dealers.... Read More »

BMW to boost China production capacity

May 19, 2017 09:13 CET

BMW said its annual production capacity in China will reach 450,000 vehicles once an investment plan to upgrade its local factories is completed. The figure is nearly 150,000 more than last year.... Read More »

VW will recall nearly 600,000 vehicles in China

May 17, 2017 10:15 CET

Volkswagen Group's joint venture in China, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile, will recall 577,590 Golf and Sagitar cars because of a headlight fuse defect that may lead to safety risks.... Read More »

BMW becomes China's No. 1 luxury brand

May 16, 2017 11:42 CET

Sales of BMW and Mini vehicles in China jumped 39 percent to 48,869 in April. The German automaker claimed bragging rights as China's No. 1 luxury brand after outselling Mercedes and Audi.... Read More »

MTS scandal offers lessons on China dealings

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2017

A management scandal in its Chinese office cost MTS Systems millions of dollars and played havoc with the supplier's recent financial reports.... Read More »

BMW plans to double output in China, report says

May 12, 2017 14:09 CET

BMW plans to double production capacity in China over the next five years, a German newspaper reported, citing company sources.... Read More »

VW brand deliveries rise in China, but Audi struggles

May 12, 2017 11:55 CET

VW brand sales in China rose 4.3 percent in April on strong demand for its crossovers and SUVs. Volume at sibling unit Audi slipped 6.9 percent as the premium marque began to recover from a costly dispute with dealers over its plans to expand its distribution network in the country.... Read More »

VW sees China, scale as key to halting Tesla's advance

May 9, 2017 10:33 CET

VW brand is confident that it can become the global No. 1 seller of EVs -- leaving Tesla behind -- as the German automaker relies on its strength in China and scale to offer mass-market battery-powered vehicles at a lower price than the U.S. company's upcoming Model 3.... Read More »

Continental names new head of China operations

May 9, 2017 11:19 CET

Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China, as president of the company's China operations. Tang replaces Ralf Cramer, will leave the company after his contract expires in August.... Read More »

Renault bets on SUVs in China

May 5, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault is betting on more SUVs and SUV-styled vehicles for further growth in China as it mulls building its Captur SUV locally and importing its Espace crossover-styled compact minivan.... Read More »

Bosch to sell starters, generators unit to Chinese partnership

7:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2017

Bosch will sell its starters and generators business to Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group private equity firm China Renaissance Capital Investment for $595 million.... Read More »

Chinese buy into Cadillac

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2017

Cadillac is selling itself as a heritage brand in China as it chases its German rivals. It is one of many things going right for the American luxury icon in the world's biggest market.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

China's joint-venture reform: Read the fine print

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2017

Foreign automakers in China have dreamed of freeing themselves from the joint ventures the Chinese government has imposed on them. It might take a while.... Read More »

Toyota's pivot to EVs? Blame it on China

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2017

China's strict policies to push clean-energy cars have challenged all global automakers, but perhaps none more than Toyota.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Watch for China to shape industry's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2017

With sales figures like it has, it ought to be China — not the U.S., Europe or Japan — that dictates the future of what we call global vehicles.... Read More »

Jeep Yuntu: Inspiration for new flagship in China?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2017

The Jeep Yuntu, the luxury seven-seat plug-in hybrid SUV unveiled at the Shanghai auto show last month, could inspire a new flagship for Jeep in China.... Read More »

FNR-X concept spotlights Chevy's new technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2017

Chevrolet's Chinese FNR-X crossover shows off new elements that will appear in production vehicles.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan sales.... Read More »

Kia plans $1.1 billion plant in India

9:25 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Kia Motors signed a deal to invest about $1.1 billion to build its first factory in India, aiming to tap a fast growing market at a time when its China sales are sagging.... Read More »

PSA's tough double: Fixing China slump while also absorbing Opel

April 27, 2017 10:56 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares already has a big job ahead of him as he focuses on integrating the operations of Opel/Vauxhall into the French automaker. Now he has another worry: fixing PSA's retail network in China.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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