China

Strong Chinese and U.S. demand lifts Mercedes' July sales 11%

Aug. 7, 2014 11:48 CET
Mercedes-Benz brand had its highest monthly sales to date in July, up 11 percent to 130,003 cars, boosted by strong demand for its compact cars and SUVs.... Read More »

 

China plant in fatal blast was dusty deathtrap, ex-workers say; Beijing to overhaul safety practices

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The weekend blast at a Kunshan auto parts plant, described by former workers as a dusty deathtrap, prompted China to overhaul workplace safety practices, and reignited concern about occupational hazards in the world's second-largest economy. State media say the blast at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products was triggered by tiny aluminum and magnesium flakes that caught fire.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Johnson Controls experiments with interiors that change colors

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Johnson Controls is experimenting with car interior surfaces that could change colors to match the motorist's whim. The concept could prove especially useful for vehicles that are used by ride-sharing services, said Han Hendriks, vice president of advanced product development at Johnson Controls Inc.... Read More »

 

Tesla reaches settlement to end China trademark dispute

7:11 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Tesla Motors said it resolved a trademark dispute in China that threatened to complicate the company's plans to increase sales in the world's largest auto market.... Read More »

 

China says it will punish Audi, Chrysler for monopoly behavior

Aug. 6, 2014 09:15 CET
China said it will punish Audi, Chrysler and 10 Japanese spare-parts makers for anti-trust violations. The Chinese government is scrutinizing pricing practices as the country becomes an increasingly important profit source for foreign automakers.... Read More »

 

Mercedes' office in China raided by anti-trust regulators

Aug. 5, 2014 11:15 CET
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz unit said it is cooperating with China's anti-monopoly authorities over an investigation into unspecified matters, after local Chinese media said the automaker's Shanghai office had been raided.... Read More »

 

China orders national safety overhaul after deadly blast at GM supplier

Aug. 5, 2014 13:46 CET
China ordered a nationwide overhaul of safety practices at factories handling explosive materials following a fatal blast at an auto parts factory near Shanghai, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.... Read More »

 

Chrysler cuts Jeep Grand Cherokee prices in China

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Chrysler Group is cutting prices in China on the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 by 65,000 yuan ($10,500) and on the Grand Cherokee 5.7-liter Summit by 45,000 yuan ($7,300) following a report it has been the subject of an anti-monopoly probe by Chinese regulators.... Read More »

 

China orders national safety overhaul after deadly blast at GM supplier

7:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
China ordered a nationwide overhaul of safety practices at factories handling explosive materials following a fatal blast at an auto parts factory near Shanghai, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.... Read More »

 

Suppliers see promise in China's aftermarket

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The global replacement parts business likely will become even more appealing to automotive suppliers. In emerging markets, and especially in China, many new vehicles sold in recent years now need replacement parts.... Read More »

 

Mercedes cuts Chinese parts prices under pressure from regulators

Aug. 4, 2014 08:10 CET
Mercedes will voluntarily cut the prices of more than 10,000 spare parts in China by an average of 15 percent from the beginning of September in response to pressure from China's anti-monopoly regulators.... Read More »

 

Death toll from blast at Chinese GM supplier rises to 75

6:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The death toll from the explosion at the factory of a GM supplier near Shanghai rose to 75, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.... Read More »

 

PLUGGING IN

Chinese supplier lays plans to revive Fisker and give itself a jolt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
If Lu Guanqiu has his way, his Wanxiang Group will bring the Fisker Karma back to life and establish the Chinese supplier as a high-profile coach-builder in the United States. There are big ifs. But Lu is not accustomed to failure.... Read More »

 

COMING TO AMERICA

Chinese suppliers quickly finding a home in the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
North America may seem like a distant dream for China's automakers, but that's not the case for suppliers. No longer content to export parts from China, a core group of enterprising suppliers is establishing factories in North America.... Read More »

 

Here come Chinese suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Some Chinese automotive suppliers are no longer content just to export products to North America. Now, they're building factories or buying companies to manufacture parts here. Here's a selection of deals since December.... Read More »

 

GM looks for alternative supplies in China after deadly factory blast

5:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2014
GM has asked one of its Tier 1 suppliers in China to find an alternative source of components after an explosion ripped through a factory on Saturday, killing at least 75 people and injuring 185.... Read More »

 

Blast at wheel supplier in China kills at least 69

6:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
China suffered its worst industrial accident in a year on Saturday when an explosion killed at least 69 people and injured more than 120 at a factory that makes wheels for United States carmakers, including General Motors.... Read More »

 

VW may raise stake in FAW Chinese joint venture

Aug. 1, 2014 12:15 CET
VW's CFO Hans Dieter Poetsch said the automaker's only likely acquisition is a possible increase of its stake in its FAW Chinese joint venture and not a takeover of Fiat or truckmaker Paccar.... Read More »

 

Lexus' plans exclude China plant

5:13 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Lexus has no plans to join the rush of carmakers manufacturing in China because it has to learn to crawl in that market before it runs, a top executive says.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

VW, Ford, Nissan eye China's entry-level market

4:35 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Global automakers have long been reluctant to sell cheaper vehicles in China as they seek to protect their healthy profit margins. But now foreign automakers are moving into China's entry-level segment in a quest for market share.... Read More »

 

Buick's Envision

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Buick last week previewed the Envision crossover, center, a vehicle developed specifically for China, though sources say a U.S. version will be ready in the second half of 2015 as a '16 model.... Read More »

 

Audi cuts spare-part prices in China amid anti-monopoly probe

9:58 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
Volkswagen AG's luxury Audi brand plans to cut spare-part prices in China as global automakers rush to change their pricing strategies after Chinese anti-monopoly regulators began probing the auto industry.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover cuts prices on 3 models in China in response to government probe

7:40 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover will cut prices on 3 models by an average of $32,300 starting August 1, after the National Development and Reform Commission, China's state planner, launched an investigation into monopolistic prices in the auto industry, the company said in a statement on Friday.... Read More »

 

Cooper-Standard begins operations at Asia Pacific tech center

2:44 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Auto supplier Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. began operations at its Asia Pacific Technical Center today in Shanghai.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce names new China boss

July 22, 2014 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. China demand helped to boost the ultraluxury brand's global vehicle sales to a record 3,630 last year.... Read More »

 

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