China Motoring
What's in a name? Chinese automaker nixes 'Trumpchi'
China extends tax rebate for electric cars, hybrids
GAC Motor bringing U.S.-aimed EV concept to Detroit auto show
BMW Set To Become China's Best-Selling Luxury Carmaker
China's first electric car undercuts Tesla Model X
Chinese auto giant to end petrol vehicle sales by 2025
Pickup truck tech, revised CAFE rules, China EV sales, 'historic' opportunity for carmakers: Today's Car News
2018-01-18 00:28:30 Today, we've got data from China on plug-in vehicle sales, an intriguing hint on pickup powertrains, a date for revised CAFE rules, and an affirmation of electric cars by an unexpected executive. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck will offer a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to boost its fuel economy. We asked our Twitter followers what powertrain their next new car would have   Read More ...
China plug-in electric vehicle sales in 2017: almost four times those in the U.S.
2018-01-18 00:28:20 Compared to previous years, overall car-sales growth in the U.S. has all but plateaued at around 17.5 million. China is doing little better, with growth reaching just 3 percent for 2017. But the Chinese new-vehicle market is undergoing a seismic shift in which types of cars are sold. Want proof? China sold 777,000 new-energy vehicles—electrics and plug-in hybrids—in 2017, a whopping 53-percent increase over 2016   Read More ...
Great Wall Starts A New EV Brand In China Called Ora
2018-01-17 21:15:34 For many petrolheads, there’s nothing more enticing than a high-performance wagon. Sadly these days, the offerings are fairly limited unles... Acura might be calling the 2019 RDX that will premiere in Detroit next week a prototype, but as you can see for yourself in these first of... The rumors were true as Ford presented a new generation of its lauded Mustang Bullitt based on the S-550 at the Detroit auto show on Sunday   Read More ...
China’s GAC Debuts EV Concept, Announces U.S. Sales in 2019
2018-01-17 12:43:33 China’s state-owned Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) pulled the wraps off its latest concept car at the Detroit auto show, and it’s electric. Dubbed Enverge, the battery-electric SUV wears svelte bodywork and sports traditional concept-car design cues such as butterfly doors, small cameras in place of exterior mirrors, and a massive digital dashboard display. GAC claims the Enverge can travel more than 370 miles on a single charge thanks to a 71-kWh battery pack   Read More ...
Jeep three-row Chinese SUV will be called Grand Commander
2018-01-17 08:07:37 China is still very much a Jeep country, and the boxy XJ generation Cherokee lived and prospered there far longer than it did in the United States — until 2014. There have also been China-built Grand Cherokees, but the biggest Chinese Jeep has been previewed in the form of the Yuntu concept seen at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. Now, leaked shots of the Yuntu's production version have emerged a couple weeks after the SUV was spotted testing still in camouflage, and it appears to wear the nameplate Grand Commander   Read More ...
BMW optimistic about electrified car prospects in China
2018-01-17 08:01:40 With an eye to launching more electrified vehicles in China, German automaker BMW is optimistic about selling more such eco-friendly cars in the world's fastest-growing market, BMW chief financial officer Nicolas Peter told Xinhua at an auto show. "China is a very important market to the BMW group. Last year, we nearly sold 600,000 cars in China, which is underlining the relevance and importance of China for BMW," Nicolas said at the North American International Auto Show, one of the world's most influential auto events   Read More ...
What's in a name? Chinese automaker nixes 'Trumpchi'
2018-01-17 06:08:15 Chinese auto maker GAC is changing the name of models it plans to introduce in the US market next year, because "Trumpchi" sounds too much like its linked to President Donald Trump. "The name will change for the US market to avoid the wrong connotation or misunderstanding," a GAC spokesman told AFP on Tuesday at the Detroit auto show. The Trumpchi models have been available in China for years, and the word actually means "legend" in Chinese, the spokesman said   Read More ...
Chinese carmaker Chery to use Nvidia's self-driving technology
2018-01-17 05:59:05 (Reuters) - Nvidia Corp said on Tuesday China’s Chery Automobile Co [CHERY.UL] would use its self-driving technology that it has developed with Baidu and ZF Friedrichshafen AG [ZFF.UL]. Chery will be the first Chinese carmaker to adopt the new system, Nvidia said. () Chinese internet search firm Baidu and German auto supplier ZF had selected Nvidia Drive for their autonomous vehicle computing platform development in China, Nvidia Chief Executive Jensen Huang said last week   Read More ...
Chinese carmaker may use Fiat Chrysler to enter US market
2018-01-16 21:01:20 DETROIT — For years, as China emerged as the world’s largest producer of automobiles, American car companies have wondered when a Chinese manufacturer would try to enter the US market. Now they have an answer: 2019. At the Detroit auto show on Monday, officials of GAC Motor, based in Guangzhou, outlined a broad plan to build up its operations in the United States and begin selling a vehicle here next year, possibly in partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles   Read More ...
UPDATE 2-China's CNPC forecasts 10 pct growth in gas consumption, bumper fuel exports
2018-01-16 10:42:28 * Gas demand, import growth to drop, but remain in double digits * 2018 oil demand growth at 4.6 pct, down from 5.9 pct in 2017 * Net diesel exports to rise 47 pct, gasoline exports by 23 pct (Adds details on fuel surplus, comment, table, byline) By Muyu Xu and Chen Aizhu BEIJING, Jan 16 (Reuters) - China's natural gas consumption will rise by 10 percent and imports by 13   Read More ...
GAC’s audacious goal: Sell Chinese cars in the U.S. by late 2019
2018-01-16 08:02:04 Guangzhou Automotive Corporation is clearly serious about entering the U.S. market, which it said Monday it hopes to do in the fourth quarter of 2019. That was evident from its news conference at the Detroit Auto Show, where it invited no less than Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to the stage for photos following its presentation and announced it's building new facilities in both Los Angeles and Detroit, adding to an R&D center it opened in Silicon Valley last year   Read More ...
Driverless vehicles raise pace of travel transformation
2018-01-16 05:00:35 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said on Sunday that autonomous or driverless vehicles are about to change the way people travel and connect and pledged that her agency would work closely with stakeholders to accelerate development of the emerging technology. Speaking at the AutoMobili-D exhibit at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chao outlined three main areas of autonomous vehicle development that will be critical for her department   Read More ...
Chinese automaker at Detroit auto show: We're coming to the U.S. in 2019
2018-01-16 00:42:25 The annual North American International Auto Show, one of the largest such events in the U.S., starts its engines this weekend with dozens of new production vehicles and experimental concept cars. (Jan. 12) China's GAC Motor vowed Monday at the Detroit auto show to sell cars to Americans by the fourth quarter of 2019, posing an increasingly realistic possibility that a Chinese automaker will finally reach the U   Read More ...
Marchionne at Detroit auto show: Fiat Chrysler will not be broken up, given to Chinese
2018-01-16 00:42:16 Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Marchionne at Detroit auto show: Fiat Chrysler will not be broken up, given to Chinese Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne discussed the future of his company at the Detroit auto show, saying the company will not be sold piecemeal. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed   Read More ...
Fiat Chrysler CEO says no plans to sell brands to Chinese
2018-01-16 00:38:01 DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s (FCA) () () has no intention of breaking up the company or selling individual brands to China or other parties, the company’s chief executive said on Monday, adding that the group was counting on its coveted Jeep brand to drive future profits. “We’re not going to break up anything,” Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said at a news conference at the Detroit auto show   Read More ...
Fiat Chrysler CEO: No plans to sell brands to Chinese
2018-01-16 00:07:20 DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has no intention of breaking up the company or selling individual brands to China or other parties, the company's chief executive said on Monday at the Detroit Auto Show, adding that the group was counting on its coveted Jeep brand to drive future profits. "We're not going to break up anything," Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said at a news conference at the Detroit Auto Show   Read More ...
China's GAC introduces vehicles including Enverge electric concept
2018-01-15 23:07:34 Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook China's GAC introduces vehicles including Enverge electric concept Models peel back a tarp to reveal the Chinese GAC Motors Enverge electric compact vehicle at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit on Monday, January 15, 2018. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed   Read More ...
Chinese carmaker GAC plans to enter U.S. market in 2019
2018-01-15 22:09:04 Buy Photo. Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group is planning to enter the U.S. auto market in 2019 with a new electric SUV and sedan that it unveiled at the Detroit auto show Monday. GAC Motors, which has been the only Chinese automaker attending the Detroit auto show in recent years, took the wraps off an electric concept called the Enverge and a sedan called the GA4   Read More ...
Detroit auto show -- a gateway to consumers in U.S.
2018-01-15 10:01:20 The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is "a gateway" to the consumers in the United States, and "a gateway" to manufacturers that want to partner, NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts told Xinhua Sunday as the 2018 NAIAS started. "It's like Hollywood for actors if you're in the auto industry," said Alberts, adding that when it comes to automotive mobility, the auto show is just the place to be   Read More ...
Ford to unveil 40 hybrid, electric vehicles by 2022
2018-01-15 06:30:10 U.S. auto giant Ford will massively increase investments in electric vehicles and roll out 40 hybrid and electric vehicles by 2022, executive chairman Bill Ford said Sunday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The Detroit-based company previously said that it would invest 4.5 billion U.S. dollars in electric products by 2020, and on Sunday it said that this number would rise to 11 billion dollars   Read More ...
Sinopec to buy assets in South Africa
2018-01-15 03:30:41 China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, or Sinopec, is poised to close a deal to acquire U.S. oil giant Chevron Corp's assets in South Africa, including an oil refinery and more than 1,000 Caltex petrol stations, according to media reports. South Africa's Competition Commission has recommended that the government should approve the $900 million deal, though certain conditions still need to be met before a final green light, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing a statement from Sinopec   Read More ...
GM says ready to deploy driverless car fleet next year
2018-01-14 08:30:14 The U.S. auto maker General Motors has formally asked permission from federal regulators to deploy its first driverless car fleet in 2019. "General Motors filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation self-driving Cruise AV, the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls," GM announced in a news release on Friday   Read More ...
Will Fiat Chrysler be bought by the Chinese?
2018-01-13 15:00:12 In today's political environment, a sale of Fiat Chrysler, the Italian-American automaker, to a Chinese company seems far-fetched. But analysts say it could happen. Here's why: USA TODAY. Nearly a decade after he helped rescue Detroit's third-largest automaker from liquidation with the help of a government bailout, Sergio Marchionne has made the Fiat Chrysler healthier, wealthier and wiser. But despite a return to profitability and a vastly improved product lineup — not to mention major U   Read More ...
China auto sales shrink in December, end year up 1.4 percent
2018-01-12 08:42:01 BEIJING (AP) — An industry group says China's auto sales shrank in December and ended 2017 up just 1.4 percent over the previous year as the popularity of SUVs helped to offset contraction in demand for sedans. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Friday said last month's sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans shrank by 0.7 percent from a year earlier to 2   Read More ...
China electric carmaker eyes autopilot model in 2019
2018-01-12 04:00:36 BAIC BJEV, the new energy vehicle arm of the Beijing-based automaker BAIC Motor, will introduce self-driving vehicles in 2019. Zheng Gang, general manager of BAIC BJEV told Xinhua that the prototype would be tested in Beijing soon and be on the market by the end of this year. BAIC BJEV has a cooperation agreement with Baidu to develop autopilot technology. Sales of new energy vehicles in China in 2013 stood at 17,600 units   Read More ...
Automakers Toyota, Mazda to build joint plant in U.S.
2018-01-11 07:30:20 Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda announced Wednesday an investment of 1.6 billion U.S. dollars for their new joint manufacturing plant in southeastern U.S. state of Alabama. The plant, to be built in the city of Huntsville, is expected to open in 2021 and is capable of making 300,000 cars a year while creating up to 4,000 jobs, the two companies said   Read More ...
WM Motor wants to be the Ford of electric cars in China
2018-01-10 12:10:55 Chinese electric car start-up WM Motor may be up against a crowded playing field filled with more established players, but the company has big ambitions. Beijing has spent heavily in its push for electric cars and other new energy vehicles. Among other measures, the government has allocated subsidies and invested in infrastructure like charging stations. When state support for electric vehicle manufacturers was reduced last year, however, sales continued to remain robust as Chinese consumers appeared to warm to electric cars, according to The Wall Street Journal   Read More ...
Hyundai Motor considering plant in Southeast Asia after China setback
2018-01-10 06:40:10 SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s Hyundai Motor () said it is considering building a car plant in Southeast Asia with Indonesia and Vietnam possible locations - part of efforts to diversify after a sales slump in China. The automaker does not have a car manufacturing factory in Southeast Asia, although it has some pure assembly operations in Indonesia and Vietnam where cars are made from “knock-down” kits comprised of major component groups   Read More ...
China’s GAC Motor is Bringing Compact Sedan andElectric Concept to the Detroit Auto Show
2018-01-10 06:15:26 Rumors about certain Chinese carmakers planning to come to the U.S. have been flying around for years, but nothing has happened as of early 2018. However, there are signs that we may soon get vehicles made in Asia. Trumpchi, a brand owned by GAC Group, is supposed to begin selling an SUV in North America in 2019, while GAC itself has already tested U   Read More ...
Central China city to build 80,000 charging piles for electric cars
2018-01-10 04:30:33 Central China's Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, is to install more than 80,000 charging piles for electric cars by 2020. According to a plan by the city's development and reform commission, 86,691 public charging piles for electric cars will be built in Changsha by 2020 to meet the demand of 83,000 NEVs. The plan also stipulated that all new properties must have charging facilities or places to build charging piles   Read More ...
China extended tax breaks on hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles through 2020
2018-01-09 12:37:34 As China stares down climate change and smog alerts in numerous cities, the central government has extended its tax rebates for hybrid and electric vehicles for another three years. Announced on December 27, the move is one of many recently that will eventually see traditional internal-combustion cars all but eliminated from new vehicles sales in the country. The changes to vehicle policy in China have sparked a growing electric vehicle industry, with both new and established companies vying for customers amid the shift   Read More ...
Tax cut rollback to sap China sales growth for automakers in 2018
2018-01-09 11:43:14 SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Automakers in China face their weakest year of sales growth in at least two decades as a phasing out of tax cuts on smaller engine cars that began in 2017 looks set to further dampen customer demand in the world’s largest car market. The incentive roll back is having a bigger than expected impact, with China’s automotive manufacturers association expecting auto sales to grow around 3   Read More ...
Smart car target set at 50% of new sales by 2020
2018-01-06 03:01:23 China expects smart cars with partial or fully autonomous functions to account for 50 percent of new vehicles sold in the country by 2020-one of the most ambitious plans worldwide to push forward self-driving technologies. The blueprint, released by the National Development and Reform Commission on Friday, is part of the country's efforts to grow into a global power in smart car development and production by 2035   Read More ...
China mulls plan to push smart car development
2018-01-05 16:00:41 China plans to push the development of smart cars and aims to make smart car production account for half of the country's total new vehicles by 2020. The country aims to develop core homegrown technologies, gain global reputation for quality smart cars and become a global leader in smart cars by 2035, according to a draft plan released Friday by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)   Read More ...
Chinese Businessman Pays for a BMW With Coins: Video
2018-01-05 06:11:50 A Chinese man bought a BMW. That’s not exactly news-worthy, right? What makes this worthy of the news is that the man paid for the first installment for the Bimmer entirely with coins that added up to almost $11,000. Our parents did say that the loose change from our piggy banks would come in handy at some point in time. The customer was in the wholesale business and had accumulated a staggering amount of five mao coins that added up to 70,000 yuan If this looks like it’s one of those silly hoaxes that always seem to pop up at the start of every year, it’s not   Read More ...
Honda in tie-up with internet giant
2018-01-04 02:31:04 Japan's Honda Motor Co said it is partnering with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to develop a smart and internet-connected system, one of the latest examples of closer cooperation between carmakers and tech companies to herald the age of smart mobility. A Honda China representative said the carmaker is working with AutoNavi, the e-commerce giant's map business unit, to develop an on-board system allowing drivers to make reservations using maps and pay via Alibaba's payment tool Alipay   Read More ...
Faraday Future Founder Defies Beijing’s Return Order To China, Remains In U.S
2018-01-03 03:07:35 The founder of LeEco and Faraday Future Jia Yueting has defied a recent order from China’s regulators to return to the country by the end of 2017, saying his presence was required in the United States as FF’s fundraising was making progress. Jia released a statement on his official WeChat account which said that he asked his brother, Jia Yuemin, to meet with the regulator and provide a report   Read More ...
China is serious on fuel economy: 500-plus models to go out of production
2018-01-03 00:22:59 China has taken a major step toward cleaning up the new cars sold in the country beginning January 1. As numerous countries debate plans to end sales of fossil-fuel vehicles completely at points in the future, China has now forced the end of production for some 553 models, starting Monday. According to a Bloomberg report later confirmed by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua, the China Vehicle Technology Service Center said last Thursday sales of the offending Chinese-market vehicles would cease as of the new year   Read More ...
Faraday Future's Founder Defies China, Stays In US - socaltech.com
2018-01-02 15:06:49 The founder and main backer of troubled electric car maker Faraday Future, Jia Yueting--who is also CEO of China's LeEco--says he will not return to China, despite an order from China's Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) to answer questions over LeEco's finances in that country. According to Yueting, he is focused on fundraising for Faraday Future in the United States, saying the fundraising effort is "making significant progress"   Read More ...
Porsche Has Opened Its 100th Showroom In China
2018-01-02 12:11:26 If you had to guess which country is Porsche's biggest market, what would it be? Germany? The United States? Guess again: it's China - which makes sense, as it's also the world's number one car market. The German automaker has just opened its 100th showroom in the Asian country, but it's not a traditional dealership. Billed as a “Porsche Studio,” the location is situated within an upscale shopping mall in Guangzhou, a city whose metropolitan area is more than twice as populous as Beijing   Read More ...