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Overcapacity worries rising in China’s auto industry

November 3, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Starting in 2011, China’s automotive industry will say goodbye to the era of extremely rapid development, said Wang Xia, the executive chairman of the Global Automotive Forum 2011, which was held recently.

China’s automotive market has suddenly entered an adjustment period and almost all the automotive enterprises of China were caught unprepared. Since April 2011, the automotive output and sales volume have both been declining for three successive months.

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Kia Motors to Build Third Plant in China

November 3, 2011 by Joey Wang

Kia Motors will build its third automobile manufacturing plant with an annual production capacity of 300,000 cars in China, the world’s largest car market. This will increase the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group’s total production capacity in China to 1.73 million vehicles, ranking the group third after Volkswagen and GM.

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New MG5 to debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show

November 3, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The production version of the new MG5 hatchback will debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show later this month. The MG5 is a sporty hatchback based on the same platform as the Roewe 350 sedan.

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Spy Shots: new Volkswagen Sagitar for China

November 3, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Volkswagen Sagitar is based on the American Jetta. The Sagitar is made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. The new car will debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show at the end of this month.

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The interesting Story of a Jiefang Tin Toy Truck

November 3, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Except for editing this website I am also a fanatic collector of Chinese tin toys, most made in the 1960′s and 1970′s. A few weeks ago I bought this very beautiful ‘Liberation Truck’, or Jiefang Kache (解放卡车), Jiefang is a brandname under First Auto Works.

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Spy Shots: facelift Chery Cowin 1

November 3, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Chery Cowin 1 will get a facelift, the new car will likely debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show later this month. The Cowin 1 gets a new front with a chrome grille and new bumper, new rear lights and an updated interior.

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Spy Shot: New Honda CR-V testing in China

November 3, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Honda CR-V leaked to international press in late October and will debut at the L.A. Auto Show later this month. The new CR-V will also be made in China by the Dongfeng-Honda joint venture, it will debut at the April 2012 Beijing Auto Show. Engines for the Chinese market: 2.0 and 2.4, the new 2.5 won’t be available. Via: Autohome.

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Lotus Evora listed & priced in China

November 3, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Lotus Evora has been officially listed on the China car market. Price starts at 1.248.000 yuan for the standard Evora 2+0 and ends at a whopping 3.600.000 yuan for the super souped up Evora GTE with 444hp and 420nm.

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Spy Shots: Dongfeng-Honda Ciimo DHW7181

November 3, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Dongfeng-Honda Ciimo

Ciimo is a new sub-brand from the Dongfeng-Honda joint venture. Their first car is based on the outgoing Honda Civic made in China by Dongfeng-Honda. We don’t know the name yet so for now we use the internal code name DHW7181.

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Nissan may build Infiniti brand cars in China

November 2, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Nissan Motor Co said it may build Infiniti cars in China and will locate its global headquarters for the luxury brand in Hong Kong as it targets wealthy consumers in burgeoning markets in Asia and elsewhere.

Nissan, is considering a factory in Hubei province, owned by its joint venture Dongfeng Motor Co, the Nikkei business daily reported Wednesday.

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