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Infiniti to make cars in China from 2014

April 21, 2012 by Joey Wang

Infiniti China

Luxury automaker Infiniti said Friday it will make cars in China for the first time starting in 2014, joining a rush by global automakers to expand production in the world’s biggest auto market even as sales growth fades.

Infiniti, owned by Nissan, said two of its models will be produced in factories run by Nissan and its Chinese joint-venture partner. It will be Infiniti’s first production outside Japan.

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Ford to invest $760 million in China to Double production capacity

April 20, 2012 by Joey Wang

Ford China

Ford plans to build a $760 million assembly plant in Hangzhou that will double its Chinese output to 1.2 million vehicles annually.

Ford and joint venture partner Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co. will start construction later this year and the plant will open in 2015, initially producing 250,000 vehicles a year. The new factory, which follows other capacity expansions, brings Ford’s total investment in China to $4.9 billion.

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China’s Youngman bids for Saab again

April 19, 2012 by Joey Wang

Saab China

Chinese automaker Youngman has offered to buy bankrupt Swedish carmaker Saab for 3.2 billion kronor ($470 million), according to a report in Swedish business daily Dagens Industri (DI). That’s the lowest price that the major pledgees and real estate owners will accept to settle their pledges and their property,” a source told DI.

According to the paper, the Chinese firm has also promised to invest an additional 10 billion kronor in order to restart production at Saab’s factory in Trollhättan in western Sweden, a facility which has been more or less at a standstill for a year.

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Honda wants to Double sales in China

April 18, 2012 by Joey Wang

Honda China

Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Co plans to double sales in China to about 1.2 million vehicles by 2015 through an expanded local lineup and ramped-up production.

The company’s China chief Seiji Kuraishi announced at a recent news conference that Honda will introduce more than 10 new and revamped models to China from 2013 to 2015 to support sales growth.

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Mercedes-Benz recalls A-class and B-class in China

April 18, 2012 by Joey Wang

Mercedes-Benz China recall

Mercedes-Benz China will recall vehicles with faulty automatic gearboxes, the country’s consumer quality watchdog said on Monday.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said in a statement that the company will recall its imported A160 and B200 models, which have potential risks in their continuous variable transmission (CVT) systems.

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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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