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Toyota China sales up 51.3% in February

March 3, 2012 by Joey Wang

Toyota China Sales

China sales by Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. and its two local joint venture partners grew 51.3% in February to about 66,800 vehicles, according to a company spokesman.

For the first two months of this year, Toyota sold a total of about 125,500 vehicles, up 1.5% from a year earlier, said the spokesman, Takanori Yokoi.

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Beiqi Foton’s 2011 profits down 30%

March 3, 2012 by Joey Wang

Beiqi Foton China

Beiqi Foton Motor Co, one of China’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers and part of BAIC, said Friday that its profits slumped nearly 30 percent year-on-year in 2011 due to falling sales.

The company’s profits decreased to 1.15 billion yuan ($182.54 million), while revenues slid 3.45 percent to 51.65 billion yuan, according to a statement filed to the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

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Audi’s 2011 profit up 60%, thanks to China

March 2, 2012 by Joey Wang

Audi China

Audi, which outsold Mercedes Benz for the first time last year to become the world’s second largest luxury carmaker by selling more than 1.3 million cars, bets on China, which is now its largest market ahead of Germany.

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Apple looking for automotive professionals in China, iCar in the works?

March 1, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Apple looking for automotive professionals in China

Apple China seems to be looking for automotive professionals. An HR company claiming to work for Apple posted a post in the Linkedin ‘China Automotive Professional Group’, looking for a:

SQE/NPI with over 4 years Mechanical engineering background familiar with CNC/die casting/stamping/plastic injection, can use APQP/ PPAP/SPC to control product quality.

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Chang’an E30 electric taxi in Beijing

March 1, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chang'an E30 electric taxi in Beijing

A new electric taxi demonstration project in Beijing. One hundred Chang’an E30 electric taxi’s will roam the streets of faraway Fangshan District where Chang’an has a new factory. I saw this new Chinese electric car up close last weekend at a ‘Clean Energy Expo’ here in town.

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Production Chang’an CD101 starts in September

March 1, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Production of the new Chang’an CD101 will start in September in Chang’an’s new plant in Beijing. The CD101 will be powered by a 2.0, a 1.8 or a new 1.8 turbo, it will be listed on the Chinese car market in November. The Chang’an CD101 will officially debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April.

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BYD creates largest all-electric vehicle fleet in the World

February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD K9 bus

Some good news for BYD. The company has won a contract to deliver 1500 pure electric K9 buses and e6 taxis to the public transportation fleet from the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. Shenzhen is BYD’s hometown and has the largest all-electric vehicle fleet in a single city in the world. The contract consists of 1000 K9 buses and 500 e6 taxi’s.

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China starts trial with methanol-fueled cars

February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

China gas station

China is looking for alternatives for gasoline. The country will spend 1.59 trillion U.S. dollars over the next five years looking for ‘green’ solutions. One possibility is methanol, China starts a 3-year trial in 3 different provinces. If the results are good the trial will extended in time and scope. From People’s Daily:

China’s industrial authority said Tuesday that it will introduce trials for methanol-fueled cars in three provincial level regions starting this month, signalling the world’s second largest economy’s resolution to boost greener economic growth.

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Ford faces hurdles in China

February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Ford China

Ford Motor is facing stiff industry wide regulatory obstacles to future growth in China, even as the auto maker launches a $490 million plant to boost its presence there.

The plant opened Friday in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing—its third passenger-car plant and fourth overall assembly plant in China—will give it much-needed capacity to help propel sales. Ford lags far behind General Motors Co. and other global rivals in penetrating China’s market, the world’s biggest in the number of vehicles sold.

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China auto recalls up 55% in 2011

February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

China auto recalls up 55% in 2011

China conducted a total of 85 auto recalls, covering 1.83 million flawed vehicles in 2011, up 55 percent from a year earlier, the country’s quality watchdog said Tuesday.

China-made vehicles took the lion’s share, making up 93.7 percent of all recalls, while imported cars accounted for 6.3 percent, Li Yuanping, spokesman of the General Administration of Quality Supervision (AQSIQ), Inspection and Quarantine, said at a press conference.

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