China

Subaru puts China production effort on hold as car demand wanes

10:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Fuji Heavy Industries, the only Japanese automaker without Chinese government approval to start a joint venture, put efforts to build cars on hold in the country, where demand growth is slowing....
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Daimler will extend contract of China division boss, paper says

Jan. 18, 2015 10:41 CET
Daimler will extend the contract of the head of its China division, Hubertus Troska, according to a newspaper report. Troska is said to be a potential successor to CEO Dieter Zetsche....
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Volvo may expand export markets for China-built cars beyond U.S.

Jan. 16, 2015 11:36 CET
Volvo, which will start shipping the S60L sedan to the U.S. later this year, says it could add additional export markets in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere. The automaker may also consider future exports of a large china-built sedan, dubbed internally as the S90....
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Renault faces dealer criticism over China strategy

Jan. 15, 2015 14:41 CET
Renault has become the latest foreign carmaker to be targeted by China dealers in disputes over who should bear the brunt of a market slowdown. BMW was persuaded earlier this month to pay $824 million in subsidies to its local dealers....
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PSA's China sales boom may mark industry shift in favor of mass-market carmakers

Jan. 14, 2015 11:45 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's 32 percent increase in China vehicle sales last year, almost double the 17 percent BMW achieved, may mark an industry shift in favor of mass-market carmakers over premium brands in a cooling market....
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Aston Martin hires former Porsche exec as China boss

Jan. 13, 2015 15:45 CET
Aston Martin has hired former Porsche and BMW executive Michael Mingshan Peng as its new China boss as the UK sports-car maker seeks to boost sales in the country....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mercedes increases emphasis on China in bid to pass BMW, Audi

Jan. 13, 2015 06:01 CET
Mercedes could become the first luxury carmaker to launch new models in China before rolling them out in Europe and the U.S. after it strengthened its local r&d operations in a bid to narrow the gap with Audi and BMW in the market....
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Volvo sees two new sedans helping it rebuild U.S. sales

5:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Volvo debuted two new sedans today: its Chinese-made S60 Inscription and S60 Cross Country....
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MIKE COLIAS

Why the Buick Avenir is a pleasant surprise

10:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
When the long and svelte Buick Avenir concept sedan rolled out onto a Detroit stage Sunday, the buzz among the hundreds in attendance was palpable....
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Volvo mulls U.S. plant; Chinese-made 'strategic flagship' may be exported to U.S., report says

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Volvo is considering building an assembly plant in the United States and also may export a "strategic flagship" sedan made in China to the US, people familiar with the Chinese-owned automaker's plans told Reuters....
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BMW says tensions with Chinese dealers an industry-wide issue

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Demands for compensation from Chinese car dealers hit by a market slowdown have become an industry-wide issue, BMW's board member for sales said today, adding relations were not simply about "holding hands and walking into the sunset."...
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Chinese automaker Guangzhou will tout autonomous hybrid, SUV

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
China's Guangzhou Automobile Group will show an autonomous hybrid concept and an SUV at the Detroit auto show Monday afternoon. The autonomous concept, called the Witstar, is powered by a battery and a gasoline engine....
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Shanghai may ban sexy show models so focus stays on cars

10:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Shanghai may ban sexy models from posing at its auto show this year so that visitors to the biennial event can focus on the vehicles on display....
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Ford, GM post double-digit sales gains in China

7:03 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Ford and General Motors posted double-digit sales gains in China last year, the automakers reported this week....
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Honda misses China sales goal as Japan carmakers lose traction

6:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Honda missed its 2014 sales target in China amid a cooling economy and greater competition, the last of Japan's three biggest carmakers to report fewer than expected deliveries in the country....
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China launches pilot 'parallel imports' for foreign cars

Jan. 8, 2015 10:53 CET
China will allow selected dealers to import without the consent of foreign carmakers in a move that analysts warn could lead to a weakening of foreign automakers' control over pricing....
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BMW agrees to pay $820 million to China car dealers, group says

Jan. 5, 2015 11:30 CET
BMW agreed to pay $820 million to its distributors in China to help cover their losses after the retailers stopped ordering cars from the automaker, a dealers' group said. Dealers in China have complained of meeting unrealistic sales projections to qualify for year-end bonuses....
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NEW PRIORITIES

Mercedes chases BMW and Audi in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Mercedes-Benz could become the first luxury carmaker to launch new models in China before rolling them out in Europe and the U.S....
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Explosions at auto-parts plant in China kills 17

1:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014
An explosion at an auto-parts factory in southern China's Guangdong province killed 17 people and injured 20 others, the official Xinhua News Agency said....
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Toyota dealer group in China warns up to 10% may quit as losses mount

12:19 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2014
As many as 10 percent of dealers for one of Toyota's China ventures are poised to drop out of the network because they can't make money on the cars they're told to sell, a dealer's group warned....
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China sacks senior officials for deadly factory blast

10:52 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2014
China's government sacked two senior officials and will prosecute 18 others following an explosion in August at a car parts factory that killed 146, the country's worst industrial accident this year, state media reported....
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China extends green vehicle subsidies until 2020

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2014
China will extend subsidies for new energy "green" vehicles to 2020, according to draft rules published on Tuesday, extending the current incentive plan, which expires at the end of 2015....
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Hyundai to build 2 factories in China to better compete with VW, GM

7:41 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2014
Hyundai will build two factories in China, its first new manufacturing plants since 2012 as the South Korean automaker bets on growth in the world's biggest car market even as the economy slows....
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China's Shenzhen caps new-vehicle plates to control smog, congestion

8:04 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
China's southern city of Shenzhen capped new car license plates at 100,000 a year, becoming the latest city to curb vehicle purchases to control smog and traffic congestion in the world's most populous country....
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Tesla to help Chinese buyers trade in their old cars for Model S

8:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors will help Chinese buyers trade in their old cars if they buy a Model S, part of the automaker’s latest efforts to spur sales of its all-electric sedan in the world’s biggest vehicle market....
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