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At the Beijing Motor Show, Honda revealed two further concept models, which are said by the company to hint at the brand’s future design direction. The first is called the Concept C, with the letter referring to (and we’re not making this up) “Cool,” “Challenge” and “China.”
Looking a bit like an update of the Acura TL, the Concept C is a four-door sedan with a bold grille and sculpted side flanks. It’s quite possibly the most adventurous styling exercise we’ve yet seen on a Honda four-door, concept or production.
In North America, Buick is trying hard to shed its blue-rinse, AARP image. In China, however, the brand’s status is very much revered. In fact, to own a Buick in many aspects, is to know that you’ve arrived.
Perhaps its not surprising then that among the best selling cars in China, Buicks rank right up there. In fact, last year, the best selling model of all wore a Tri-Shield logo, the Buick Excelle, sold stateside as the Verano.
With sales of some 253,514 units (by contrast the entire US Buick lineup sold 177,633 cars and SUVs last year), it clearly indicates that GM’s “premium” division is absolutely going gangbusters in the world’s largest auto market.
Other “global” cars that fared well include the Chevy Cruze (which was the third best selling car in China in 2011) and the Ford Focus, which ranked number 10.
2010′s best seller, the Chinese BYD F3, saw demand plummet last year, ranking as 11th on the best seller list. Recently, the Chinese government passed legislation that aims to restrict the sale of some imported cars in an effort to spur demand for home grown vehicles, which so far have been largely overlooked by Chinese buyers, especially in the premium and luxury segments.
Volkswagen, which was among the longest established and largest presence among Western automakers in China, had no fewer than four vehicles on the best seller list last year, the Bora, Jetta, Lavida and Santana.
[Source: Automotive News]
At least that’s the findings from the JD Power and Associates Asia Pacific 2011 China Vehicle Dependability Study, which has just been released.
Long derided by outsiders as shoddily built cars, employing copied technology from more established automakers, the JD Power CVDS (now in its second year), shows that Chinese domestic vehicles are improving in terms of reliability.
In 2011, the dependability study reported some 218 problems on average per 100 vehicles in the Chinese market, an improvement of some 80 problems per 100 cars over the previous year. Domestic brands in that country were rated overall at 309 problems per 100 vehicles, representing an improvement of some 135 pp 100 over 2010.
The gains in quality were largely due to a reduction in problems relating to vehicle exterior and engine/transmission components, as well as significant strides in the minivan sector (which saw a reduction of some 265 problems per 100 vehicles).
The 2011 China New Vehicle Dependability Study comprised evaluations from some 11,676 original owners of vehicles bought between June 2008 and August 2010, representing some 33 different cities across the country and 137 individual vehicle models from some 57 different brands (including Chinese and imported makes).
The most frequent issues cited by customers that took part in the study, included engines losing power when the A/C system was engaged, noisy brakes, poor fuel consumption, smelly HVAC vents and broken or poorly functioning windshield washer/wiper systems.
[Source: JD Power]
General Motors was happy to report that their sales in China during November rose at its fastest pace all year, thanks to deliveries of Wuling light trucks and Buick Excelle sedans. Deliveries to dealers in China last month rose 20-percent (to 237,130) compared to a year ago.
After cutting prices on Wuling light trucks, sales of mini-commercial vehicles and sedans at SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co. jumped 40-percent. GM now has their sight set on passing Toyota in global annual sales. While this was great news for GM, Ford and Honda are both reporting a decline in deliveries last month in China.
Ford’s sales in China fell 7-percent in November to 43,338 units with a 19-percent decline in deliveries at its joint commercial-vehicle venture. Honda on the other hand, sold 58,228 vehicles in China last month which is still 3.3-percent fewer than a year earlier. Overall deliveries decreased by 8.4-percent over the course of this year.
It’s worth noting that overall demand in China has decreased in 2011 compared to 2010, when auto sales surged 32-percent to 18.06 million vehicles. Still, GM is relying on the vastly large Chinese market to offset the continually shrinking European market.
[Source: Automotive News]