Global sales at luxury-car maker Bentley are up almost 50 per cent so far this year. The Crewe-based firm said it delivered 894 cars to customers all over the world during the first two months of 2012 – up 47 per cent compared with the same period last year.
China and the U.S. are battling to become the company’s biggest market. So far this year Bentley has delivered 324 cars to customers across China, up 66 per cent, while deliveries to U.S. customers rose 29 per cent to 251.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.