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Geely to launch in UK this year

March 19, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Geely Emgrand EC7 UK

Geely will start sales of its Emgrand EC7 compact car at the end of 2012 through a new distribution company called Geely Auto UK. Manganese Bronze Holdings, which partners Geely in building London black cabs in England and China, will set up the distribution company and a UK dealer network.

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China’s Maxus & JAC vans heading to Australia

March 19, 2012 by Joey Wang

Maxus V80 Australia

China’s largest vehicle manufacturer, Shanghai Automotive Industry Company (SAIC), will arrive in Australia later this year when it launches a range of new people movers and cargo vans.

SAIC’s Maxus V80 vans will go on sale in the final quarter of 2012, with the initial line-up set to comprise four passenger models and three cargo variants.

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Volkswagen urged to probe DSG defects in China, recall possible

March 16, 2012 by Joey Wang

Volkswagen China DSG recall

China’s quality watchdog said it is in contact with auto giant Volkswagen (China) after many customers complained about defects in the direct-shift gearbox (DSG) of the company’s vehicles.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement on its website that it had received complaints about unusual noises, vibrations and transmission problems in the DSG of Volkswagen vehicles.

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Dongfeng-Honda recalls 460.000 cars in China

March 16, 2012 by Joey Wang

Honda China

Dongfeng-Honda Automobile Co will recall nearly 460,000 multi-purpose passenger cars and sedans due to horn defects, China’s top quality watchdog said Wednesday.

The joint-venture company will start the recall on April 30, according to a statement posted on the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

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Beijing to tighten car emission regulations

March 14, 2012 by Joey Wang

Beijing traffic

The Chinese capital is likely to adopt new vehicle emission permits which could be as strict as those in Europe, in response to concerns over the city’s air pollution.

The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau has released a draft of new standard which specifies strict limits for a variety of vehicle emissions, including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitric oxide and particulate matter.

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NBA star Jeremy Lin in talks to endorse Volvo in China

March 14, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Jeremy Lin Volvo China

Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks basketball player who surged in popularity this year, is in talks on an endorsement deal with Volvo Cars, three people familiar with the matter said.

The symbolism of such a deal would be rich. Volvo is now owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Corporation. The company is trying to boost Volvo sales in China as part of a strategy to double the brand’s global sales to 800,000 vehicles by 2020. Geely plans to invest up to $11 billion in the effort.

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Queues for Chery Cars in Venezuela

March 14, 2012 by Joey Wang

Chery Venezuala

Just weeks after the opening of four Chery dealerships in Venezuela, dozens of people are lining up every day to buy the first Chinese cars being sold in the Latin American nation.

Unlike competing Japanese and American cars, import preferences granted by the Venezuelan government mean the Chinese cars are cheaper, which has attracted a steady stream of interested customers.

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Coda Automotive begins car production in California

March 14, 2012 by Joey Wang

Coda USA

The first Chinese car that you buy may actually be American. California startup automaker Coda Automotive began production of its all-electric sedan on Monday at a facility in Benicia, outside of San Francisco. The battery-powered four-door is assembled from a glider” — basically a complete car without a drivetrain — that’s built by Coda in China under license from local automaker ChangAn Hafei.

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Toyota China sales up 51.3% in February

March 13, 2012 by Joey Wang

Toyota China

In February 2012, Toyota and its two local joint venture partners managed to sell in China about 66,800 vehicles, up 51.3%.

In January and February the sales totaled about 125,500 units, up 1.5% from last year. Although sales were quite weak in January, the Lunar New Year holiday from the end of the month brought a surge in the February sales. In January this year the company sold about 58,700 units, down 26.2% compared to the same period last year.

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Jaguar Land Rover and Chery agree on new joint venture in China

March 12, 2012 by Joey Wang

Land Rover China

British off-road icon Land Rover plans to join the ranks of global automakers making vehicles in China by partnering with Chery Automobile Co Ltd in a joint venture. Local media reports said the partnership will be based in the Changshu Economic and Technological Development Area in Jiangsu province.

Both sides have reached agreement on the new venture and are now awaiting approval from the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, sources familiar with the issue told reporters.

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