China has surpassed the U.S. to officially become Bentley’s largest market, with sales in the region increasing by 84.9 percent in the last quarter, according to the company. Bentley’s overall first quarter results showed a 46.6 percent increase in deliveries for the first three months of 2012, the company said.
The Brilliance-BMW joint venture plans to sell 150,000 BMW sedans in 2012, up 40% compared to 2011. Brilliance-BMW sold 108,190 BMW sedans in 2011, up 53,5%, outclassing China’s passenger car sales rise of 5.2%.
“I believe sales in China’s luxury car market should rise 15 to 20 percent this year as this segment is still small in China and more consumers are chasing for premium brands,” chairman Wu Xiaoan told reporters at a results briefing. “We will grow faster than the market.”
Fiat and Guangzhou Automobile will begin selling the first car made under their joint venture in China in the second half of 2012 at a plant with a capacity to make up to 170,000 units a year, the head of the Italian automaker said Wednesday.
“That will be the first phase,” Fiat Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said at the automaker’s annual shareholders assembly in its hometown in northwestern Italy, referring to the number of vehicles to be produced.
Daimler’s premium car brand Mercedes-Benz said it had ramped up margin-eroding incentives in China to boost sales of its flagship S-Class saloon in February, pledging to reduce the amount considerably in the future.
The BYD-Daimler joint venture officially launched its new Denza brand today at a little party in Shenzhen. They did not show the car but did announce the Chinese name: Tengshi (腾势). We had already seen the logo but it was now official and in the right colors, depicting a water droplet. They also unveiled a really catchy English slogan: “EV the Future”, and a website without a car: www.denza.com. The car will debut on April 23 on the Beijing Auto Show, it will hit the market in 2013.
Top Chinese automaker SAIC Motor Corp reported a 67 percent surge in quarterly earnings on Thursday, citing solid demand for German and US cars made at its Shanghai ventures as well as a $4.4 billion asset purchase from its state parent.
From October to December, SAIC’s net profit came to 6.93 billion yuan, up from 4.15 billion a year earlier and slightly higher than a consensus forecast of 6.72 billion from 14 analysts polled by Thomson One.
German luxury carmaker BMW Group will recall 120,246 vehicles in China for repairs beginning May 10 due to potential problems with a battery-cable cover, China’s quality watchdog said on Tuesday.
The recalled vehicles include the BMW 3 and BMW 5 Series models made in China as well as those imported between 2003 and 2010, according to a statement on the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). Read more »
Dutch financial newspaper FD.nl reported yesterday that the ‘China Hi-Tech Group Company’ (CHTC) wants to buy the NedCar car factory in the Netherlands. The factory is currently owned by Mitsubishi Motors that makes the Colt and Outlander at the facility. Mitsubishi however wants to stop production in the Netherlands at the end of this year and has offered the factory for sale.
Chinese automaker Foton Motor group has opened an assembly plant in Nairobi in a bid to explore the market in Kenya and East Africa.
The plant, which cost $50 million, was officially opened Monday by Prime Minister Raila Odinga and a visiting Chinese delegation led by Liu Qi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.
The Great Wall Motor Company will become the first Chinese car brand to start volume sales in the UK market when the Steed double-cab pick-up truck goes on sale in April, priced from just £13,998. Pictured above, the Great Wall Steed gets its debut at the 2012 Commercial Vehicle Show (Birmingham NEC, 24-26 April), and is playing the value card hard.