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Toyota loses China output as plants stay shut on Tianjin blasts

10:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Toyota will lose its biggest source of car production within China for at least three days, as automakers struggle to assess the damage of last week's explosions in the port city of Tianjin.... Read More »

Toyota says more than 50 staff injured in China port explosions

6:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Toyota said today more than 50 of its employees were injured by Wednesday night's explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin that killed 56 people. Several other automakers including Volkswagen and Hyundai scrambled to assess damage to their cars and facilities at China's largest auto import hub.... Read More »

Mercedes' China surge pushes it past BMW, Audi in July

Aug. 14, 2015 11:55 CET

Mercedes sold more luxury cars worldwide than the Audi and BMW brands in July as its rising deliveries in China defied a market slowdown there. Mercedes' surge left it just 272 units behind Audi after seven months for second place in the global premium-car sales race.... Read More »

Thousands of vehicles burned in fatal blast at China port

11:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Thousands of vehicles made by at least four automakers were destroyed by a fiery factory explosion in the Chinese city of Tianjin, Chinese media reported. About 50 deaths and 700 injuries were reported. VW, Hyundai-Kia, Renault, and Toyota all lost cars in the explosion, reports said.... Read More »

Former FAW Group boss expelled from Communist Party

Aug. 13, 2015 11:21 CET

Xu Jianyi, the former chairman of China's FAW Group Corp., which makes cars with VW Group, Toyota and GM, has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party, an anti-graft agency said on Thursday.... Read More »

BMW sales rise 5.6% as Europe offsets China slump

Aug. 12, 2015 12:35 CET

BMW Group said on Wednesday that deliveries of its Mini, BMW and Rolls-Royce cars rose 5.6 percent to 173,195 in July to a new record as demand in Europe offset falling sales in China and the U.S.... Read More »

Mercedes R class production launched at AM General

1:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

AM General today launched production of the Mercedes-Benz R class at its assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind. The agreement with Mercedes-Benz makes AM General the German automaker's first U.S.-based contracted manufacturer.... Read More »

China auto sales slump to 17-month low despite price cuts

6:58 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Chinese consumers bought the fewest passenger vehicles in 17 months in July, extending a slump in the world's largest auto market as deeper discounts failed to revive demand.... Read More »

Lear keeps investment plan unchanged in China

11:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Of the challenges facing global automakers in China, the recent downturn of the country's stock market is relative small potatoes, a top U.S. auto supplier executive says. That is because the big sell-off hurts just a tiny sliver of the country's car-buying customer base, said Jay Kunkel, Asia Pacific president of seat and electronics at Lear.... Read More »

Ford hires exec who helped build up Buick in China

6:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

A former GM sales and marketing executive, Joseph Liu, has joined Ford's China unit -- a move ex-colleagues of the auto industry veteran describe as a big gain for Ford.... Read More »

China car sales dip to 17-month low in July

Aug. 11, 2015 11:09 CET

New-car registrations in China fell 2.5 percent in July, the lowest monthly sales level since February 2014 despite deep price cuts. China's near 2 percent devaluation of the yuan today put additional pressure on profits at foreign carmakers.... Read More »

Is look-alike a good thing for the Evoque?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

That oft-discussed Chinese SUV that resembles the Range Rover Evoque so much went on sale in China last week at about a third of the price of its doppelganger. Jaguar Land Rover fears the cheap lookalike will make it harder for the Evoque to command a premium price in China's softening market. However, at least one analyst thinks the Land Wind X7 may be a good thing for the Evoque.... Read More »

Automakers fear profit hit as China's price cuts worsen

Aug. 10, 2015 14:53 CET

Recent price cuts -- which some are calling the worst in China's auto history -- were unexpected and are now causing the industry to worry that a damaging price war will ravage profit margins.... Read More »

Tata Motors shares fall on JLR concerns

Aug. 10, 2015 11:51 CET

Tata Motors' share price fell in trading on the Mumbai market today on concern that luxury unit Jaguar Land Rover will face more pressure in China.... Read More »

China investigates auto industry for consumer rights violations

Aug. 10, 2015 11:31 CET

China has launched a new investigation into the auto industry to identify possible infringements of consumer rights, dissemination of false or misleading publicity, violation of registered trademarks and bribery in commercial transactions.... Read More »

VW starts work on 5th plant in China despite economic slowdown

Aug. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen is pushing ahead with expansion of its manufacturing capacity in China despite the recent slowdown in vehicle sales. Construction work has started on a plant in the east China port city of Qingdao.... Read More »

Tata Motors quarterly profits plunge on lower JLR China demand

6:50 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Tata Motors quarterly profits plunged as demand for Jaguar Land Rover vehicles slumped in China amid a market slowdown.... Read More »

GM July sales drop 4% in China, but margins hold up

7:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2015

General Motors sales in China fell 4 percent year-on-year in July but the U.S. automaker said it remained on track to achieve an upbeat goal for profit margins this year in its second-largest market.... Read More »

Opportunities grow for U.S. parts suppliers moving into China

4:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The U.S. government would like you to know that China’s automotive market is beckoning, even to small companies who lack the funds to get in.... Read More »

GM goes full speed ahead in China despite slowdown

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Unmoved by a sharp sales slowdown in China this year, General Motors is sticking with its $14 billion plan to expand production and introduce new models in that market.... Read More »

German suppliers chase opportunities in China

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Companies in China with Western participation such as SAIC Motor Corp. and China FAW Group Corp. are still the engines of growth there. But domestic Chinese companies such as Chery Automobile Co. and Geely have been carried along in their wake and are strongly advancing on them. That could give German suppliers a new foothold in China.... Read More »

Range Rover Evoque lookalike goes on sale in China

Aug. 5, 2015 11:22 CET

An SUV that resembles the Range Rover Evoque will go on sale in China this week at nearly a third of the price. About 5,500 people have put down deposits for the Landwind X7, which starts at $21,700.... Read More »

Chinese demand may worsen as BMW and Toyota issue warnings

Aug. 5, 2015 11:10 CET

China has gone from growth engine to source of concern for carmakers, with BMW and Toyota becoming the latest companies to warn about the world's biggest auto market slowing down.... Read More »

Seeking N.A. niche, China's Minth expands in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Minth Group, a maker of roof racks, hopes to gain a niche in North America. The company supplies the Detroit 3 along with Audi, BMW, Honda and Nissan, and it already has three plants in Mexico and one in Michigan.... Read More »

BMW revamps China marketing to focus more on tech, less on the badge

July 31, 2015 12:21 CET

BMW will increase spending on online marketing in China to emphasize its technology as part of efforts to target younger buyers, who care more about the latest features than the brand as a status symbol.... Read More »

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