China Motoring
Geely is said to have approached FCA before Daimler
China's Geely buys Mercedes-Benz Daimler stake
Renault-Nissan alliance, Didi Chuxing to explore China electric car-sharing tie-up
Mercedes-Benz apologises to Chinese for quoting Dalai Lama
China could seize the lead in self-driving cars
Alibaba, Foxconn lead $350 million in funding for Chinese electric car startup
National rules drafted for car tests
Hamilton, Mercedes bring 'A game' for quick Chinese GP fightback
2018-04-12 15:02:06 SHANGHAI: Lewis Hamilton goes for a record sixth Chinese Grand Prix win this week with Mercedes, aiming to bring their "A game" for a quick strike back at unbeaten Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. Germany's Vettel and Ferrari stole a march on the Silver Arrows with victory in Australia to open the Formula One season and followed up with a tense triumph last weekend in Bahrain   Read More ...
Three out of 10 Audi sedans sold in China in February: company data
2018-03-13 04:01:23 Three out of 10 Audi cars were sold in the Chinese market last month, which has become a growth engine for the German carmaker, the Ingolstadt-based company announced on Monday. A total of 39,364 units were delivered to Chinese customers in February, representing a year-on-year increase of 22.4 percent, Audi said in a statement. Globally, Audi sold a total of 130,950 units, a year-on-year increase of 4   Read More ...
3D-printed electric cars coming
2018-03-13 03:30:47 Italy-based X Electrical Vehicle, or XEV, expects to launch its mass-producible 3D-printed LSEV electric cars in China from the second quarter of next year, a senior designer of the company said in Shanghai on Monday. The startup electric vehicle company is exhibiting its first 3D-printed LSEV at Shanghai's China 3D-printing Cultural Museum, a month ahead of its show in Auto China 2018 in Beijing, according to Guo Xiaozheng, a senior designer from XEV   Read More ...
Global number of newly-registered electric cars surpasses 1-mln mark: study
2018-03-13 03:01:53 The global number of newly-registered electric cars has reached a new record high in 2017, according to a study published on Monday by the German branch of the strategy consultancy McKinsey. According to the study, the number of new electric car registrations across the world rose to 1.2 million in 2017 and hereby broke the one-million vehicle mark for the first time in history   Read More ...
All-New VW Touareg Is Being Driven From Slovakia To China For Its World Premiere
2018-03-12 15:18:40 Volkswagen is putting a lot of effort into launching the new generation Touareg, as the SUV is currently on a journey through 11 countries. Over the course of several weeks, the vehicle will be driven for a grand total of more than 16,000km (9,942miles). The road trip is already under way, in Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava. The convoy, which includes other VW vehicles, passed through Poland, Latvia, Russia and Kazakhstan, and will arrive on the Mongolian plains in the coming days   Read More ...
Audi, FAW ink deals to rev up China presence
2018-03-12 07:30:23 Visitors admire an Audi A7 produced by FAW-Volkswagen Group at an auto show in Haikou, Hainan Province. (Photo provided to China Daily) Automakers sign more companies to exploit business opportunities. German carmaker Audi AG has inked deals to create two new companies with its existing Chinese partner FAW Group to better tap into business opportunities in China, the world's largest car market   Read More ...
Volkswagen To Recall 33,142 Vehicles In China
2018-03-12 00:21:35 German car manufacturer Volkswagen is set to recall 33,142 vehicles in China after detecting faulty drain valves, the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine on Saturday. The car maker has filed a plan to recall the Touareg models manufactured between December 2014 and November 2017, the reports Xinhua news agency. The company will start the recall from April 30   Read More ...
Volkswagen to recall over 33,000 defective cars in China
2018-03-10 09:31:16 Volkswagen will recall 33,142 vehicles in China over defective drain valves, according to the country's quality supervisor. The car maker has filed a plan to recall the 33,142 imported Touareg models manufactured between December 2014 and November 2017, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said on its website. Engines of the vehicles to be recalled were equipped with drain valves that do not allow water to drain properly, and thus lead to possible safety problems   Read More ...
Tesla’s Elon Musk Asks Trump To Help With China’s Unfair Car Trade Rules
2018-03-09 18:15:19 sla boss and real-life Bond villain Elon Musk tweeted at President Trump about the difficulties his company faces with the Chinese market and how the current regime is unfair towards U.S. carmakers trying to set their foot in the world’s biggest market. President Trump then read Musk’s tweets during a press conference, using them to back up his decision on changing , promising to continue revising tariffs on imported goods from certain countries   Read More ...
Shanghai launches testing of smart cars on public roads
2018-03-08 10:00:36 Shanghai issued China's first batch of licenses allowing testing intelligent and connected vehicles (ICVs) on public roads on March 1. Previously, the road testing of these vehicles was only allowed in closed areas. The city opened a 5.6-kilometer-long road in suburban Jiading district for the testing. Two Shanghai-based auto makers, SAIC Motor Corp and Shanghai-based electric carmaker NIO, were granted licenses, which take effective from March 1 to May 29, 2018   Read More ...
New laser technology helps driverless cars 'see' around corners
2018-03-07 12:37:57 Scientists from Stanford University have developed new laser-based imaging technology that would allow autonomous cars to "see" objects hidden around corners and react in advance. The new technology, known as non-line-of-sight imaging, depends on analyzing scattered light particles that are ignored by guidance systems currently used in cars such as light detection and ranging (LIDAR) systems. The existing LIDAR systems measure distance to a target by sending laser pulses towards the object and calculate the time it takes for light to be reflected   Read More ...
Dongfeng to mass-produce self-driving cars by 2020
2018-03-07 12:36:21 Chinese carmaker Dongfeng Motor Corp is planning to mass-produce self-driving cars by 2020, which is part of the company's larger goal of ensuring a smart future, said a top executive. Under the goal, the company will also cash in on driverless cars for specific areas and commercial use, such as driverless buses and trucks, with an ambitious deadline of between late 2019 to early 2020 to put them into operation, according to Tan Minqiang, NPC deputy and director for the technical center at Dongfeng Motor Corp   Read More ...
Geneva opens motor show(1/9)
2018-03-07 12:33:36 The Aston Martin Lagonda Vision Concept car is pictured during the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2018. (Photo/Agencies)   Read More ...
Big Switch: Electric Cars Put China On Automobile Map
2018-03-06 08:10:39 Geneva, Switzerland: The rise of electric cars heralds not only a major technology switch but also promises massive disruption to today's auto giants as Tesla and a group of powerful Chinese rivals take over the fast lane. The diesel scandal in 2015 in which Volkswagen admitted manipulating 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide to fool pollution tests only briefly dented the firm's profits   Read More ...
Volvo XC40 wins 'Car of the Year 2018' at Geneva Motor Show
2018-03-06 03:30:21 A Volvo XC40 is seen at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 5, 2018. Volvo snatched its first "Car of the Year" award in more than 50 years on Monday, as its XC40 SUV was crowned on the eve of this year's Geneva International Motor Show. (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan) Volvo snatched its first "Car of the Year" award in more than 50 years on Monday, as its XC40 SUV was crowned on the eve of this year's Geneva International Motor Show   Read More ...
Baidu CEO talks driverless cars
2018-03-05 10:01:55 (ECNS)-- When asked about obstacles to the development of driverless cars, Robin Li Yanhong, CEO of China's top search engine Baidu, listed technology upgrade, lack of supporting facilities and industry regulation. The large-scale commercial use of driverless cars may be realized in one or two years, he said, adding that the popularity of such cars needs the support of the network environment   Read More ...
Shanghai issues first road testing licenses to smart car makers
2018-03-02 02:30:40 In a bid to further promote the development and commercialization of intelligent and connected vehicles, Shanghai yesterday issued the country's first batch of licenses allowing testing of autopilot vehicles on public roads. China's largest automaker SAIC Motor Co and Shanghai-based electric carmaker NIO received the licenses. The licenses will allow the two companies to test their ICVs on a 5.6-kilometer stretch of public road in suburban Jiading District   Read More ...
China issues three road test licenses to smart car makers
2018-03-01 17:30:32 China on Thursday issued the country's first three road test licenses to smart car makers, making road tests of autopilot vehicles legal. Shanghai-based SAIC Motor received two of the licenses and the electric vehicle startup Nio obtained the other one. The licenses allow the operators to use a 5.6-km public road in Jiading District of Shanghai for testing smart cars. Huang Ou, deputy director of the Shanghai Commission of Economy and Information Technology, said the test road was designated based on a third-party appraisal   Read More ...
China issues first licences to road test driverless vehicles
2018-03-01 16:45:19 HONG KONG (REUTERS) - China issued licences to auto makers on Thursday (Mar 1) that allow self-driving vehicles to be road tested for the first time, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported. Two licences were offered to Shanghai-based SAIC Motor Corp Ltd, and the other went to electric vehicle start-up NIO, Xinhua reported. NIO confirmed it received a licence. There was no immediate comment from SAIC   Read More ...
China issues first licenses to road test driverless vehicles
2018-03-01 15:44:01 HONG KONG (Reuters) - China issued licenses to auto makers on Thursday that allow self-driving vehicles to be road tested for the first time, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported. Two licenses were offered to Shanghai-based SAIC Motor Corp Ltd, and the other went to electric vehicle start-up NIO, Xinhua reported. NIO confirmed it received a license. There was no immediate comment from SAIC   Read More ...
California-based startup launches self-driving car fleet in China
2018-02-28 09:30:19 A self-driving tech start-up firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area on the U.S. west coast said Tuesday that it has successfully launched the first self-driving car rides on city roads to the general public in China earlier this month. Pony.ai, an autonomous driving startup with its head office in Fremont, California, said in a statement that it has become the first company to launch the trial service on a short and well-mapped route of about 1   Read More ...
Russian makes Mercedes G-Class replica out of 6 tons of ice(1/4)
2018-02-28 07:30:34 A Russian man in Siberia named Vladislac Barashenko has built himself a running, driving copy of a Mercedes-Benz G-Class out of six tons of ice. The carefully-sculpted ice blocks were fashioned on a Soviet-era UAZ jeep. (Photo/Agencies)   Read More ...
Chinese investor’s record eases Daimler workers’ minds
2018-02-27 23:45:12 Li Shufu’s $9 billion investment in Daimler AG raised hackles in German government halls and executive suites. Not so at the offices of Michael Brecht, the powerful head of the automaker’s works council. That’s because Brecht, during months of speculation that preceded the purchase, had been doing his homework on Li, who’s owned Volvo Car AB since 2010.Regular conversations with unions in Sweden revealed that employees there — no pushovers when it comes to defending their rights — were content working for the Chinese tycoon   Read More ...
Geely is said to have approached FCA before Daimler
2018-02-27 17:44:26 Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. held informal talks about the potential takeover of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV before the Chinese manufacturer turned its attention toward Daimler AG, according to people familiar with the matter. Li Shufu, the Chinese billionaire who controls Geely, approached the Italian-American carmaker in the middle of last year as he was scouting for options to expand outside China, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the move wasn’t disclosed   Read More ...
JAC iEV A50 Chinese Sedan Debuts With 500Km Claimed Range
2018-02-27 15:22:28 The Chinese at JAC have released the first images and details of the new iEV A50, a zero-emission compact sedan. According to AutoHome, the iEV A50 is coming to the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April, measuring about as much as a four-door Renault Megane, at 4,590mm (180.7in) long, 1,765mm (69.5in) wide, and 1,490mm (58.7in) tall, with a 2,710mm (106.7in) wheelbase   Read More ...
Daimler joins BAIC for more local manufacture of Mercedes-Benz
2018-02-27 08:04:55 Chinese carmaker BAIC Motor Corp and Daimler AG are planning to expand localized production of Mercedes-Benz cars, including new energy ones, at their joint venture in China, to tap into the potential of the world's largest car market. The two will invest at least 11.9 billion yuan ($1.88 billion) to build a new production site in Beijing so that their partnership, Beijing Benz Automotive Co, can manufacture models that better meet the demand of the Chinese market, said BAIC Motor in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Sunday   Read More ...
Daimler, BAIC ink deal to expand local production capacity of Mercedes-Benz models
2018-02-27 08:02:18 German automotive giant Daimler and Chinese automaker Beijing Automotive Industry Corp (BAIC) announced on Monday plans to further expand local production for the Mercedes-Benz brand with their joint venture, Beijing Benz Automotive Co (BBAC), and with an investment of nearly 12 billion yuan ($1.9 billion). The news came on the heels of an announcement detailing the recent acquiring of a 9   Read More ...
Self-driving bullet trains? Arriving in 10 years in China
2018-02-27 06:01:52 BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - China's future high-speed trains might be self-driving, travel at a top speed of around 600kmh, equipped with adjustable interior and entertainment system, and high-speed internet, a senior engineer said on Monday (Feb 26). Most of these new features will be completed within the next decade, said Ding Rongjun, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering   Read More ...
Chinese carmaker Geely builds almost 10% stake in Daimler
2018-02-26 10:02:07 BEIJING/FRANKFURT Chinese carmaker Geely has built up an almost 10 per cent stake in Daimler in a US$9 billion (S$12 billion) move by its chairman to access the Mercedes-Benz owner's technology in the growing battle for the future of automotives. The purchase by Mr Li Shufu, Geely founder and main owner, means China's largest privately owned automaker is now the biggest shareholder in Germany's Daimler   Read More ...
China's Geely buys Mercedes-Benz Daimler stake
2018-02-26 06:33:54 Chinese carmaker Geely has become the biggest investor in Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, saying it hopes to cooperate with the German giant on electric cars. Geely shares jumped in Hong Kong after the deal to buy almost 10% of the firm was announced over the weekend. The Chinese carmaker already fully-owns Sweden's Volvo and black cab maker London Taxi Company. Chairman Li Shufu is expected to meet Daimler executives on Monday and German government officials later in the week   Read More ...
Solar super highway to open in 2022, empowering electric, driverless vehicles
2018-02-26 02:30:37 Six-lane photovoltaic expressway charges moving electric vehicles. China's first solar-powered super highway is expected to open to traffic by 2022, empowering a growing transition toward electric and driverless vehicles. The six-lane Hangzhou-Sha0xing-Ningbo Expressway in East China's Zhejiang Province, boasts solar panels that charge electric vehicles and should be able to support automatic driving, the Hangzhou Daily reported on Sunday. The 161-kilometer expressway linking Hangzhou and Ningbo is designed to enable travel at China's top speed limit of 120 kilometers an hour, the report said   Read More ...
Daimler in $2 billion China investment with BAIC as Geely swoops
2018-02-25 15:07:03 BERLIN (Reuters) - Daimler () and its Chinese partner BAIC () plan to invest almost $2 billion in a state-of-the-art factory in China, underlining their relationship as rival Geely () makes a surprise swoop on the German carmaker. The two will invest more than 11.9 billion yuan ($1.88 billion) in modernizing a plant to build premium Mercedes-Benz cars including electric vehicles, BAIC said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange dated Friday and confirmed by Daimler on Sunday   Read More ...
China set to launch first 'super highway' in eastern province Zhejiang
2018-02-25 05:00:45 China is going to launch the country's first ever "super highway" in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province ahead of the 19th Asian Games in 2022. The "super highway" is 161 kilometers long, connecting Hangzhou and two other cities, Shaoxing and Ningbo, in the economic zone of Hangzhou Bay along the Qiantang River. The road boasts that it is a smarter, faster, greener and safer highway   Read More ...
Chinese carmaker Geely build up Daimler stake
2018-02-24 12:07:38 BEIJING/FRANKFURT: The chairman of Chinese carmaker Geely has built up a 9.69 percent stake in Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, filings showed on Friday, an aggressive move designed to open the door for an industrial alliance between the two carmakers. Two sources familiar with the thinking of Li Shufu said his move to accumulate the stake, which has a market value of $9 billion, was motivated by the “dramatic transformation” under way in the automotive industry   Read More ...
Zhejiang to build China's first expressway for autonomous vehicles
2018-02-24 02:30:39 Authorities in east China's Zhejiang Province have confirmed they will build the country's first expressway that incorporates support for autonomous vehicles, reports Science and Technology Daily. Linking Zhejiang's northern cities of Hangzhou, Shaoxing, and Ningbo, the plans call for the expressway to be completed by the start of the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou. Technology that supports the use of fully autonomous vehicles will be incorporated into the expressway   Read More ...
Great Wall, BMW plan electric Mini production in China
2018-02-24 02:30:12 Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors announced Friday it had signed a letter of intent with German auto giant BMW to produce electric models of its Mini cars in China. The Chinese carmaker made the remarks in a statement released on the official website of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. According to the statement, the two automakers are in advanced discussions aimed at a new joint venture in China, the world's biggest new energy auto market   Read More ...
Chairman of China’s Geely acquires 10% of Daimler
2018-02-23 21:36:56 Washington – Daimler says that Chinese businessman Li Shufu, chairman of Zhejiang Geely, has acquired nearly 10 percent of the German automaker’s shares. Geely, which owns Sweden’s Volvo Cars, continues to expand its portfolio of vehicle brands that includes a 49.9 percent stake in Malaysia’s Proton and a 51 percent stake in Britain’s Lotus. Geely also owns Geely Auto, one of China’s biggest independent automakers   Read More ...
BMW Joins Forces With Great Wall To Build Electric Minis In China
2018-02-23 18:13:40 BMW has signed a letter of intent with Great Wall Motor to build battery-electric Mini vehicles in China. The two carmakers had been in talks since late last year about joining forces and it is only now that steps are being made to make the partnership official. Following the signing of the letter of intent, BMW and Great Wall will discuss details of a possible joint venture and cooperation agreement while agreeing on details including production location and concrete investments   Read More ...
BMW, Great Wall sign letter of intent for electric Mini JV in China
2018-02-23 14:42:13 FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German premium carmaker BMW () and China’s Great Wall Motor Co () have signed a letter of intent to jointly produce electric Mini vehicles in China, BMW said on Friday. If successfully concluded, the BMW-Great Wall talks could yield a first foreign manufacturing partner for Great Wall and a first Mini assembly site outside Europe for the German group   Read More ...
BMW plans to build battery electric Minis in China
2018-02-23 13:16:54 BERLIN (AP) — German automaker BMW says it's in talks to build battery electric models of its Mini cars in China, which would be the first time the iconic cars have been made outside Europe. BMW said in a statement Friday it has signed a letter of intent with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. China is the world's largest market auto market and BMW delivered 560,000 vehicles to customers there last year, of which some 35,000 were Minis   Read More ...