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Holden signs deal to develop cars for China

April 17, 2012 by Joey Wang

Holden China

Local car maker Holden has signed a deal to develop at least two new vehicles for China. The company has signed an agreement with Shanghai General Motors (SGM) and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) to develop new vehicles for SGM.

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Geely Emgrand EC8 to be powered by GeTec engines

April 17, 2012 by Joey Wang

Geely Emgrand EC8

When the Geely Emgrand EC8 gets a facelift later this year it will also get two new engines. Both are Geely-developed ‘Getec’ powerplants: a 2.0 with 140hp and a 2.4 with 161hp. The current EC8 is powered by two Mitsubishi-sourced engines: 2.0 with 136hp and a 2.4 with 156hp. Power is up only a bit but Geely also claims better fuel economy. The Getec-line will eventually spawn ten engines, the smallest a 1.0, the biggest a 3.5. Via: Autohome.

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China seeks public opinion on VW’s faulty DSG

April 15, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen China

China’s quality watchdog Wednesday advised owners of Volkswagen cars with defective direct-shift gearbox (DSG) to submit information about the problem to the government agency. People can download forms from the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and send emails to [email protected], or submit the problems at www.dpac.gov.cn. Read more »

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Recall for Rolls Royce Ghost in China

April 15, 2012 by Joey Wang

Rolls-Royce China

BMW China will recall 414 imported BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars from April 24 due to defective electronic pumps, China’s top quality watchdog announced on Friday. They include some cars under the brands BMW 7-series, X5 and X6; Mini Cooper; as well as the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

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China’s Ma Qinghua signs with HRT Formula 1 team

April 15, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Ma Qinghua Chines Formula 1 driver

24-year-old Ma Qinghua joins HRT’s Formula One driver-development program. Ma, a Shanghai native, signed with the team on Thursday. He’s considered the best hope to become China’s first F1 driver, following in the wake of several who signed contracts but failed to make the circuit.

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Renault to build cars in China from 2014

April 15, 2012 by Joey Wang

Renault China

French automaker Renault has reportedly signed a preliminary agreement to produce cars in China with domestic partner Dongfeng. Sources close to the arrangement say it marks “the end of an initial step” ahead of a deal which would provide Renault with its first factory in the world’s biggest car market, AFP reports.

Renault has declined to comment on the information but last year said it would begin to build cars in China after 2014.

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Volkswagen China sales up 15.6% in Q1

April 13, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Volkswagen China

Sales in China by Volkswagen and its joint ventures rose 15.6% in the first quarter from a year earlier, due to strong demand for its Audi and Volkswagen brands. Sales in China, Hong Kong and Macau by Volkswagen Group China and its joint ventures totaled 633,800 cars in the first three months of the year, Volkswagen said in a statement Friday. Volkswagen-brand car sales rose 12.5% to 483.400 vehicles.

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Ford sales in China Down 16% in Q1

April 13, 2012 by Joey Wang

Ford China

Ford’s sales in China fell almost 16% in the first quarter from a year ago, but its partnership in Russia reaped a 30% sales increase for the same period. Both are growing markets where Ford is investing to build more vehicles. China is the biggest global market, but the new car market has slowed after a decade of double-digit annual growth.

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China car sales down 3.4% in Q1

April 12, 2012 by W.E. Ning

China Car Sales

Sales of new commercial and passenger vehicles in China shrank in the first quarter as slowing economic growth chipped away at demand, adding to concerns about the full-year sales outlook in the world’s largest auto market.

In the first quarter, total vehicle sales in China fell 3.4% from a year earlier to 4.79 million vehicles, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Wednesday. Sales of passenger cars fell 1.3% to 3.77 million vehicles.

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Cadillac will make three new Cars in China

April 12, 2012 by Joey Wang

Cadillac China

General Motors Co. will begin to build Cadillacs in China within a year as the automaker works to establish the luxury Cadillac brand globally, according to Joel Ewanick, GM’s global marketing officer. GM is expected to announce April 22 during the Beijing auto show that it will begin to build its all-new large Cadillac sedan, the XTS, later this year in China, according to another source familiar with the company’s plan.

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