When Will Chinese Cars be Sold in the US?

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When Will Chinese Cars be Sold in the US?
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We get gadgets, clothes and even car parts from China, but when will we see a car from China sold on our shores? The answer is “very soon.” Continue Reading...

Ford Focus Classic For Sale in China, Priced Like New Focus in US

Ford Focus Classic For Sale in China, Priced Like New Focus in US
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Would you entertain the idea of buying an old-model Ford Focus new from the manufacturer? In today’s throwaway culture it’s hard to imagine buying anything but the latest product, but that’s not the perspective everywhere. In other parts of the world, previous model cars remain for sale at a discount after a new lines debut. Continue Reading...

Chinese Supercar will get Ferrari Design Influence from Fioravanti

Chinese Supercar will get Ferrari Design Influence from Fioravanti
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Notorious for stealing body styles, the Chinese automotive industry is quickly becoming the definitive source for unabashed design plagiarism.  With a track record including obviously-bilked F-150 bodies and more recently a hodgepodge S11 supercar set to debut at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show, it’s hard to expect anything short of absolute banditry from some of… Continue Reading...

Slowing Chinese Economy Has Auto Industry On Eggshells

Slowing Chinese Economy Has Auto Industry On Eggshells
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Automakers benefited greatly from China’s rapid growth over the past decade. Chinese appetite for automobiles has been a critical income for manufacturers around the world. Even General Motors sold more vehicles in China than in the United States. However, China’s economy seems to be cooling. According to LMC Automotive, 2012 vehicle sales will only increase by… Continue Reading...

Ford F-150 Clone to Bow at Beijing Auto Show

Ford F-150 Clone to Bow at Beijing Auto Show
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Two weeks ago, we saw that China’s Jianghuai Automobile Co. (JAC) recreated its own version of Ford’s F-150 pickup truck to an amusing level of detail. According to The Detroit News, JAC now plans to unveil its 4R3 pickup at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show. Copying Ford design cues to even sport the F-150 grill… Continue Reading...

Geely To Begin UK Sales In 2012

Geely To Begin UK Sales In 2012
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Geely will make their first foray into the notoriously tough British market in 2012, hoping to emulate the success of Korean brands like Hyundai. While Geely already helps produce the iconic London taxis, the company will face an uphill battle regarding the vehicle’s perceived quality.  Their first UK offering, the EC7 compact car, will cost 10,000 GBP… Continue Reading...

Saab Fans Occupy GM Facebook Page

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Saab Fans Occupy GM Facebook Page
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Even as the Occupy movement is being disbanded around the world, one branch of the movement just had a resurgance, as Saab fans “occupied” the Facebook page of General Motors. Saab fans blame GM for holding up the sale of Saab to their potential saviors – whoever they may be (so far it’s been Russian businessmen, American… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Move N300 Van Gets Exported To Egypt As Chinese Kit Car

Chevrolet Move N300 Van Gets Exported To Egypt As Chinese Kit Car
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GM’s Chinese-market passenger van, the Chevrolet Move N300, is suffering from slow commercial sales. Seeing a potential market for export, the ever-so-resourceful American automaker has decided to deliver 5,000 of these Chinese complete-knock-down van kits to Egypt. While Egyptian import duties has made building vehicles in North America difficult, CKD kits (Complete Knock Down) provides… Continue Reading...

Fiat Sets Up Alfa Romeo Joint Venture In China

Fiat Sets Up Alfa Romeo Joint Venture In China
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Fiat will build Alfa Romeo vehicles in China starting in July, 2012, as part of a joint venture with local partner Guanhzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd. Company president Zeng Qinghong told Automotive News that “Besides the Fiat brand, after talks between the two shareholders, we will introduce the Alfa Romeo brand to the venture company.”  No timetable… Continue Reading...

Audi, Buick Still Hot In China, While Consumers Avoid Mercedes-Benz, BMW

Audi, Buick Still Hot In China, While Consumers Avoid Mercedes-Benz, BMW
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BMW and Mercedes-Benz have always been the German luxury brands for the well-to-do set in the United States, but in China, the two companies have been considered cars for the new money and retirees respectively. Audi and Buick continue their dominance over the hearts and minds of Chinese consumers. Buick has historically been a hot… Continue Reading...

Saab Production May Restart In 8 Weeks

Saab Production May Restart In 8 Weeks
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According to Inside Line, Saab may be ready to re-start production at its factories in as little as 8 weeks, after being sold to two Chinese automakers for $142 million. While Saab was valued at $660 million this summer, both Pang Da and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. managed to purchase the company at a rock… Continue Reading...

Saab To Get $70 Million Lifeline From Private Equity Firm

Saab To Get $70 Million Lifeline From Private Equity Firm
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U.S. private equity firm North Street Capital will give Saab a $70 million investment, including an equity stake worth $10 million and a $60 million loan to the ailing car maker. With Chinese-backed financing looking increasingly unlikely, the investment from North Street Capital, a firm run by auto enthusiast Alex Mascioli, will give Saab the… Continue Reading...

Saab Administrator In Charge Of Bankruptcy Proceedings Wants Out

Saab Administrator In Charge Of Bankruptcy Proceedings Wants Out
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The administrator in charge of the Saab bankruptcy proceedings has told a Swedish court that the process must stop. “The money is not enough to continue the reorganization,”said Guy Lofalk in an interview with Reuters. “Now, an application [to terminate the reorganization] has been mailed. It should be on the court’s desk tomorrow.” Lofalk said… Continue Reading...

BYD to Launch World’s First Fully Electric Bus

BYD to Launch World’s First Fully Electric Bus
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It’s not clear if Chinese automaker BYD is more famous because of its billionaire investor Warren Buffet, or because of its continued failed promises to sell cars in North America. Soon, however, you might recognize the brand as your emissions free transportation to and from the office. That’s because BYD is preparing to launch its… Continue Reading...

Volvo Owner Geely Insterested in Saab

Volvo Owner Geely Insterested in Saab
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Saab‘s days as an automaker might not yet be numbered. According to a recent report a Chinese automaker may be interested in purchasing the bankrupt automaker. “I’ve heard this one before,” you’re probably thinking to yourself. But this time it’s different…. we promise. According to Sweden’s Dagens Industry, the interested Chinese suitor is none other… Continue Reading...
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