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Dongfeng Honda recalls 2,270 Civic sedans

Published on December 18, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

China’s consumer quality watchdog said Thursday that Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co has decided to recall 2,270 Civic sedans manufactured between Sept 26 and Nov 17. Dongfeng Honda said workers forgot to install self-locking nuts in the steering boxes of some vehicles.

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Brilliance Greater China to see Production in 2013

Published on December 16, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Brilliance Greater China

The Brilliance Greater China sedan debuted as a concept at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. Brilliance has decided to build it and that is good news because this indeed is a beautiful car. Production will start in 2013 and the Greater China will be listed in late 2013 or early 2014.

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New Volkswagen Jetta to be listed in China in 2013

Published on December 15, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The good old Volkswagen Jetta has been on the China car market for the best of 20 years and it still sells very well. Everything ends however and a new Jetta will be listed in February 2012, production will start in October 2012.

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BMW and Brilliance to Create EV sub-brand in China

Published on December 15, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW is set to create a new electric vehicle sub-brand in China, together with local partner Brilliance Jinbei Automobile, according to a report. The creation of the brand is coming about in order to meet China’s joint-venture rules. Read more »

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US lawmakers urge action on China car duties

Published on December 15, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

New Chinese duties on U.S. cars are “unjustifiable,” four senior U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesday in a joint statement urging President Barack Obama’s administration to challenge the measures. “We are extremely concerned by China’s announcement today that it will impose new duties on U.S. auto exports,” the lawmakers said.

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China to Impose Anti-Dumping Duties on U.S. Cars

Published on December 15, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

China announced plans to impose anti-dumping duties on some vehicles imported from the U.S. after failing to block a U.S. tariff on Chinese tires.

Punitive duties will be as high as 12.9 percent for autos from General Motors Co. and 8.8 percent for Chrysler Group LLC, China’s commerce ministry said today on its website. The U.S. units of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and Daimler AG will face duties of 2 percent and 2.7 percent respectively, it said.

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New Dongfeng-Renault joint venture to make Renaults in China

Published on December 14, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Dongfeng and Renault are talking joint venture again. They once tried in 2009 but then all came to nothing. This time though things seem much more serious. According to Chinese media both parties will sign an MoU sometime around Spring Festival, that is late January next year. Read more »

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A Miracle indeed; Saab gets Payment from China’s Youngman

Published on December 13, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Ailing carmaker Saab has received a first payment from China’s Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile as it struggles to stay in business and faces a crucial court hearing on its future this week.

A court is due to decide on Friday whether to keep Saab in a scheme which grants it protection from creditors while it secures itself a stable future. The administrator overseeing the scheme for the court has applied to have it ended.

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Dongfeng to triple own-brand vehicle sales

Published on December 13, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

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Dongfeng Motor Corporation, a major Chinese automaker, said on Dec 10 that it aims to triple sales of its own-brand vehicles to 3 million units by 2016. Zhu Fushou, president of Dongfeng Motor, revealed the mid-term target at a ceremony that marked the production of the millionth own-brand vehicle this year.

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Chery exports up 80% in Jan-Nov period

Published on December 12, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

China’s private carmaker Chery Automobile Co Thursday said its overseas sales in the first 11 months of the year hit a new record with a robust 79.7 percent growth.

The eastern Anhui province-based carmaker sold 149,462 cars overseas in the January-November period, said Jin Gebo, Chery’s spokesman. The annual figure was the highest in the company’s 15-year history.

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