The Truth About Cars » China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:00:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com 2015 Cadillac ATS-L Is “Coming With Length” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2015-cadillac-ats-l-is-coming-with-length/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2015-cadillac-ats-l-is-coming-with-length/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:18:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=875137 Our most recent review of the Cadillac ATS determined that Cadillac had finally made a sports sedan worthy of besting the F30 BMW 3-Series. But the ATS was also docked points for providing E36 3-Series-esque rear passenger space. Cadillac’s Chinese division appears to have remedied the problem, with a rather unfortunate English marketing slogan. For […]

The post 2015 Cadillac ATS-L Is “Coming With Length” appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
cadillac-releases-first-official-photos-of-the-china-only-ats-l-photo-gallery_6

Our most recent review of the Cadillac ATS determined that Cadillac had finally made a sports sedan worthy of besting the F30 BMW 3-Series. But the ATS was also docked points for providing E36 3-Series-esque rear passenger space. Cadillac’s Chinese division appears to have remedied the problem, with a rather unfortunate English marketing slogan.

For the Cadillac ATS-L’s launch, Cadillac has decided to go with the rather unfortunate slogan “I’m Coming With Length”. We’ll leave it at that.

The ATS-L really is packing more size. With an additional 3 inches of wheelbase, .79 inches of width and a .25 inch lower ride height, the ATS-L is the car that we should have gotten all along. From the photos, it doesn’t look like the car’s proportions were compromised either. Powertrains are the same as well, but only the 2.0T and 3.6L engines are available.

We now return to your regularly scheduled, less juvenile programming.

 

cadillac-releases-first-official-photos-of-the-china-only-ats-l-photo-gallery_1 cadillac-releases-first-official-photos-of-the-china-only-ats-l-photo-gallery_2 cadillac-releases-first-official-photos-of-the-china-only-ats-l-photo-gallery_3 cadillac-releases-first-official-photos-of-the-china-only-ats-l-photo-gallery_4 cadillac-releases-first-official-photos-of-the-china-only-ats-l-photo-gallery_5 cadillac-releases-first-official-photos-of-the-china-only-ats-l-photo-gallery_6 cadillac-releases-first-official-photos-of-the-china-only-ats-l-photo-gallery_7 cadillac-releases-first-official-photos-of-the-china-only-ats-l-photo-gallery_9

The post 2015 Cadillac ATS-L Is “Coming With Length” appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2015-cadillac-ats-l-is-coming-with-length/feed/ 54
Buick Envision Photos Leaked http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/buick-envision-photos-leaked/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/buick-envision-photos-leaked/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:27:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=874801 The first photos of the Buick Envision have leaked, with prices said to be ranging from $26,000-$32,000 USD. Car News China is reporting that the Envison will be unveiled at the Chengdu Auto Show, with sales starting in Q4 of this year. The Envision is also said to be based on the Delta compact car […]

The post Buick Envision Photos Leaked appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
buick-envision-china-3-660x296

The first photos of the Buick Envision have leaked, with prices said to be ranging from $26,000-$32,000 USD.

Car News China is reporting that the Envison will be unveiled at the Chengdu Auto Show, with sales starting in Q4 of this year. The Envision is also said to be based on the Delta compact car platform, rather than the Theta CUV platform that underpins the Chevrolet Terrain and GMC Equinox.

buick-envision-china-1-660x405 buick-envision-china-1a-660x304 buick-envision-china-2-660x286 buick-envision-china-3-660x296 buick-envision-china-4-660x381

The post Buick Envision Photos Leaked appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/buick-envision-photos-leaked/feed/ 44
2016 Buick Envision Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2016-buick-envision-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2016-buick-envision-revealed/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:31:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=871634   Buick took the wraps of the front end of their new mid-sized crossover, dubbed the Envision – or Ang Ke Wei, in China. Powered by the corporate 2.0L turbo-four making 256 horsepower and 260 lb-ft, the engine will feature a 6-speed automatic transmission, stop-start and all-wheel drive. The Envision is likely based on the […]

The post 2016 Buick Envision Revealed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
envision1

 

Buick took the wraps of the front end of their new mid-sized crossover, dubbed the Envision – or Ang Ke Wei, in China.

Powered by the corporate 2.0L turbo-four making 256 horsepower and 260 lb-ft, the engine will feature a 6-speed automatic transmission, stop-start and all-wheel drive. The Envision is likely based on the Theta platform that underpins the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.

The post 2016 Buick Envision Revealed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2016-buick-envision-revealed/feed/ 68
Exporters Caught In Crossfire Over US Auto Exports To Chinese Customers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/exporters-caught-in-crossfire-over-us-auto-exports-to-chinese-customers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/exporters-caught-in-crossfire-over-us-auto-exports-to-chinese-customers/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=871418 Though most automakers prohibit sales of their wares to exporters, and though the government can sometimes block an export despite such exportation being legal, exporters in the United States are finding themselves in the crossfire over premium vehicle exports to Chinese consumers who prefer to pay lower U.S. prices over higher local prices. Automotive News […]

The post Exporters Caught In Crossfire Over US Auto Exports To Chinese Customers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
2015-BMW-X4-06-550x366

Though most automakers prohibit sales of their wares to exporters, and though the government can sometimes block an export despite such exportation being legal, exporters in the United States are finding themselves in the crossfire over premium vehicle exports to Chinese consumers who prefer to pay lower U.S. prices over higher local prices.

Automotive News reports automakers are seeking help from the Secret Service and Customs to prevent any vehicle sold to a straw buyer from leaving port to the real customer residing in China, even though the exports are legal under current law.

Further, as the dealerships are paid in full for premium vehicles like the Land Rover Evoque or Tesla Model S, one federal judge in Ohio dismissed the alleged victimization of the dealer and automaker in her decision to make the federal government return two premium vehicles and $1.2 million in cash to an exporter.

Meanwhile, dealers must tread carefully around exporters, lest their automakers penalize such transaction, from chargebacks to being stripped of their franchise agreements. BMW, Porsche, Land Rover and Mercedes conducted the former to the tune of $30.4 million between 2008 and 2013.

Most of the legal trouble for exporters comes via tax evasion and identity faith, though those are ancillary to the civil lawsuits related to exporting premium vehicles to Chinese customers, who would otherwise be forced to pay two to three times the U.S. price at home. Said prices include heavy taxation and a 25 percent tariff on imported vehicles.

The post Exporters Caught In Crossfire Over US Auto Exports To Chinese Customers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/exporters-caught-in-crossfire-over-us-auto-exports-to-chinese-customers/feed/ 32
2016 Cadillac SRX May See Local Production In China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2016-cadillac-srx-may-see-local-production-in-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2016-cadillac-srx-may-see-local-production-in-china/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=862161 On the strength of rising SUV sales in China, General Motors will likely add production of its next-generation Cadillac SRX in the emerging market in order to better capitalize on said sales. The Wall Street Journal reports Cadillac as a whole is doing well in China, sales rising 72 percent from January through May 2014 […]

The post 2016 Cadillac SRX May See Local Production In China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
01-2013-cadillac-srx-ny

On the strength of rising SUV sales in China, General Motors will likely add production of its next-generation Cadillac SRX in the emerging market in order to better capitalize on said sales.

The Wall Street Journal reports Cadillac as a whole is doing well in China, sales rising 72 percent from January through May 2014 to 33,760 units with the SRX making up the bulk of those sales at 14,496 units, a rise of 23 percent for the crossover in the same five-month period compared to 2013. The current model goes for ¥420,000 ($67,770 USD), and has been on sale in China since 2009.

The new SRX would likely arrive as a 2016 model, with the hope Chinese production would help the automaker avoid tariffs on imported models; the crossover is only assembled in Mexico at the present. GM itself has big plans for its premium brand, including a $1.3 billion plant in Shanghai, and a goal of 300,000 units sold/10 percent share of China’s premium market by 2020.

The post 2016 Cadillac SRX May See Local Production In China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2016-cadillac-srx-may-see-local-production-in-china/feed/ 8
2015 Ford Escort Goes Sunbathing Months Before Showroom Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2015-ford-escort-goes-sunbathing-months-before-showroom-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2015-ford-escort-goes-sunbathing-months-before-showroom-debut/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=860817 The last time the Chinese-market Ford Escort was seen, it had made its world debut during the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. Over the weekend, however, new official photos had surfaced. CarNewsChina reports the Escort, originally due in showrooms Q4 2014, will instead arrive in January 2015. The new compact will retail between ¥90,000 and ¥120,000 […]

The post 2015 Ford Escort Goes Sunbathing Months Before Showroom Debut appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
ford-escort-china-1

The last time the Chinese-market Ford Escort was seen, it had made its world debut during the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. Over the weekend, however, new official photos had surfaced.

CarNewsChina reports the Escort, originally due in showrooms Q4 2014, will instead arrive in January 2015. The new compact will retail between ¥90,000 and ¥120,000 ($14,510 – $19,347 USD), and will come with a 1.5-liter I4 driving 110 horsepower and 81 ft-lb of torque to the front through either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

The Escort is underpinned by the current China-made Focus Classic, which in turn is based upon the second-gen Focus riding on the C1 platform. It will replace the Focus Classic, and slot under the current third-gen Focus.

ford-escort-china-1 ford-escort-china-2 ford-escort-china-3

The post 2015 Ford Escort Goes Sunbathing Months Before Showroom Debut appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/2015-ford-escort-goes-sunbathing-months-before-showroom-debut/feed/ 17
Buick Gets Another Crossover – What Took So Long? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/buick-gets-another-crossover-what-took-so-long/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/buick-gets-another-crossover-what-took-so-long/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:10:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=856833   Buick will launch a new mid-size crossover, dubbed “Envision” in China first, then presumably in other markets. All we can say is “hurry up”. Given the sales strength of the Enclave and Encore, it’s amazing that Buick isn’t busting their hump to get this thing on sale tomorrow. Then again, China is Buick’s most […]

The post Buick Gets Another Crossover – What Took So Long? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
All-new high-end midsize SUV, the Buick Envision, will make its

 

Buick will launch a new mid-size crossover, dubbed “Envision” in China first, then presumably in other markets. All we can say is “hurry up”.

Given the sales strength of the Enclave and Encore, it’s amazing that Buick isn’t busting their hump to get this thing on sale tomorrow. Then again, China is Buick’s most important market, and their thirst for CUVs seems nearly impossible to satiate. No word on what platform this new CUV will ride on, but the Theta chassis that underpins the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain is a good bet.

The post Buick Gets Another Crossover – What Took So Long? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/buick-gets-another-crossover-what-took-so-long/feed/ 51
Ford Will Market Long-Wheelbase Edge In China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/ford-will-market-long-wheelbase-edge-in-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/ford-will-market-long-wheelbase-edge-in-china/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:34:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=853057 Our friends at Autos.ca are reporting that China will get a long-wheelbase version of the 2015 Ford Edge. According to the site, the Edge will get longer rear doors, while retaining much of the same sheetmetal. The Edge will be built in Oakville, Ontario for global markets, but due to China’s restrictive tariffs on imported […]

The post Ford Will Market Long-Wheelbase Edge In China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our friends at Autos.ca are reporting that China will get a long-wheelbase version of the 2015 Ford Edge.

According to the site, the Edge will get longer rear doors, while retaining much of the same sheetmetal. The Edge will be built in Oakville, Ontario for global markets, but due to China’s restrictive tariffs on imported cars, there will presumably be a Chinese assembly site as well.

Long-wheelbase versions of sedans are highly popular with Chinese consumers, who value rear passenger space as an attribute of luxury vehicles. Being driven by a chauffeur is also a sign of wealth among affluent Chinese consumers, and a long-wheelbase crossover neatly capitalizes on these trends.

The post Ford Will Market Long-Wheelbase Edge In China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/ford-will-market-long-wheelbase-edge-in-china/feed/ 17
A Look Inside The Next Chevrolet Cruze http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/a-look-inside-the-next-chevrolet-cruze/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/a-look-inside-the-next-chevrolet-cruze/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:38:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=850874 The next Chevrolet Cruze – at least the one sold in China – will be getting a snazzy new interior. Along with new Ecotec engines and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the Cruze will get a heavily revised cabin, which looks miles ahead of the interior in our current Cruze. From the looks of it, […]

The post A Look Inside The Next Chevrolet Cruze appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
chevrolet-cruze-china-interior-001-1

The next Chevrolet Cruze – at least the one sold in China – will be getting a snazzy new interior.

Along with new Ecotec engines and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the Cruze will get a heavily revised cabin, which looks miles ahead of the interior in our current Cruze. From the looks of it, this is one Chinese car that would be a welcome addition to the GM lineup in the United States.

chevrolet-cruze-china-interior-003-1 Interior photos of the new Chevrolet Cruze chevrolet-cruze-china-interior-001-1

The post A Look Inside The Next Chevrolet Cruze appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/a-look-inside-the-next-chevrolet-cruze/feed/ 30
Volvo Will Export Chinese-Made Cars To America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/volvo-will-export-chinese-made-cars-to-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/volvo-will-export-chinese-made-cars-to-america/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:42:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=845897 Honda may have been the first OEM to bring Chinese-made cars to North America, but their Made-In-China Fit never arrived in the United States. Now, it looks like Volvo will be the first brand to import Chinese-made cars to America. Reuters is reporting that Volvo will import the S60L (for long wheelbase) sedan to the […]

The post Volvo Will Export Chinese-Made Cars To America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
volvo-s60l-guangzhou-c

Honda may have been the first OEM to bring Chinese-made cars to North America, but their Made-In-China Fit never arrived in the United States. Now, it looks like Volvo will be the first brand to import Chinese-made cars to America.

Reuters is reporting that Volvo will import the S60L (for long wheelbase) sedan to the United States, with volumes of around 10,000 units per year. The S60L is identical to the S60, save for a 3.1 inch longer wheelbase, for enhanced rear seat comfort. Volvo did not confirm which models will actually come to the United States, but a Volvo spokesman confirmed to Reuters that exports from China are indeed planned for Volvo.

The post Volvo Will Export Chinese-Made Cars To America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/volvo-will-export-chinese-made-cars-to-america/feed/ 100
2015 Infiniti ESQ Caught In The Wet In Spy Photos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/2015-infiniti-esq-caught-in-the-wet-in-spy-photos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/2015-infiniti-esq-caught-in-the-wet-in-spy-photos/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=843345 Yesterday, we received word of the China-only Infiniti ESQ crossover, which is really the Nissan Juke minus the Nissan. Today, we have some spy shots and some information on the ESQ. CarNewsChina reports the ESQ will enter the market by the end of the year, and will have few differences in appearance with the Juke, […]

The post 2015 Infiniti ESQ Caught In The Wet In Spy Photos appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
infiniti esq 1

Yesterday, we received word of the China-only Infiniti ESQ crossover, which is really the Nissan Juke minus the Nissan. Today, we have some spy shots and some information on the ESQ.

CarNewsChina reports the ESQ will enter the market by the end of the year, and will have few differences in appearance with the Juke, though most consumers won’t likely know about the badge-engineering exercise on the showroom floor; the Juke is not sold at all either as an import or as a locally made product.

Infiniti’s crossover will be assembled by the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture, and will have the same 1.6-liter turbo delivering 200 horsepower and 184 ft-lb of torque to all four corners via CVT as the Juke Nismo. No price of admission has been given thus far.

infiniti esq 1 infiniti esq 2 infiniti esq 3 infiniti-esq-china-4

The post 2015 Infiniti ESQ Caught In The Wet In Spy Photos appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/2015-infiniti-esq-caught-in-the-wet-in-spy-photos/feed/ 15
Infiniti ESQ: Infiniti Gets A Small Crossover, But Only For China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/infiniti-esq-infiniti-gets-a-small-crossover-but-only-for-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/infiniti-esq-infiniti-gets-a-small-crossover-but-only-for-china/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:41:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=842514 That Infiniti-badged Nissan Juke that seemed so outlandish? It’s coming – but only for China. A Nissan spokesman confirmed to Jalopnik that the Infiniti ESQ, pictured here, is indeed a Chinese-only Infiniti product. Essentially a rebadged Nismo Juke, the ESQ makes next to no attempt to disguise its origins – it’s literally a rebadge job […]

The post Infiniti ESQ: Infiniti Gets A Small Crossover, But Only For China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
kcp6xowebol7ndrn3wfy

That Infiniti-badged Nissan Juke that seemed so outlandish? It’s coming – but only for China.

A Nissan spokesman confirmed to Jalopnik that the Infiniti ESQ, pictured here, is indeed a Chinese-only Infiniti product. Essentially a rebadged Nismo Juke, the ESQ makes next to no attempt to disguise its origins – it’s literally a rebadge job that only the least discerning consumers would ever confuse for a distinct Infiniti product. But it does give Infiniti a toehold in the red-hot compact crossover segment.

620x0_1_2014061018370927268 620x0_1_2014061018371267349 0_1_2014061018371277668

The post Infiniti ESQ: Infiniti Gets A Small Crossover, But Only For China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/infiniti-esq-infiniti-gets-a-small-crossover-but-only-for-china/feed/ 21
Kia Building First Mexican Plant To Alleviate Strained U.S. Production http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/kia-building-first-mexican-plant-to-alleviate-strained-u-s-production/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/kia-building-first-mexican-plant-to-alleviate-strained-u-s-production/#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=840426 In light of high demand in the United States for its offerings, Kia will build its first Mexican plant in Monterrey to help bring additional capacity to North America. Reuters reports the factory will open 21 months after groundbreaking, supplying a total of 300,000 vehicles annually to the United States. Production will focus on Kia’s […]

The post Kia Building First Mexican Plant To Alleviate Strained U.S. Production appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
2014-kia-forte-5-door-rear-left-view

In light of high demand in the United States for its offerings, Kia will build its first Mexican plant in Monterrey to help bring additional capacity to North America.

Reuters reports the factory will open 21 months after groundbreaking, supplying a total of 300,000 vehicles annually to the United States. Production will focus on Kia’s compacts — the Forte and Rio — at first before taking on work from the brand’s sole U.S. factory in Georgia, where the Optima, Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe are assembled, and from Hyundai’s Alabama plant, where the Sonata and Elantra are built. No word was given on when the first shovels would break the earth.

Aside from supply-and-demand issues in the U.S., Kia is likely building the Monterrey plant — to go with Hyundai’s production expansion into Chongqing, China — in order to maintain its market share around the globe. The duo together hold fifth place in the global auto sales race, a position it could lose by 2016 if no more capacity is added, according to Korea Investment & Securities auto analyst Suh Sung-moon.

The capacity limit was unofficially put in place by Hyundai/Kia chair Chung Mong-koo over two years ago, fearing his two brands would end up like Toyota in the 2000s if they expanded as aggressively as had the Japanese automaker.

The post Kia Building First Mexican Plant To Alleviate Strained U.S. Production appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/kia-building-first-mexican-plant-to-alleviate-strained-u-s-production/feed/ 24
BMW: China To Be Largest EV Global Market By 2019 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/bmw-china-to-be-largest-ev-global-market-by-2019/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/bmw-china-to-be-largest-ev-global-market-by-2019/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=834009 Though Chinese consumers have been slow to adopt electric vehicles thus far, BMW believes China will become the largest global market for EVs by 2019 at the earliest. Bloomberg reports the automaker entered into a joint venture with municipal power company State Grid Shanghai, installing public charging infrastructure at the city’s former World Expo site […]

The post BMW: China To Be Largest EV Global Market By 2019 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
2014 BMW i3 01

Though Chinese consumers have been slow to adopt electric vehicles thus far, BMW believes China will become the largest global market for EVs by 2019 at the earliest.

Bloomberg reports the automaker entered into a joint venture with municipal power company State Grid Shanghai, installing public charging infrastructure at the city’s former World Expo site as one of 46 such sites around the city to be installed by the end of 2014. The charging equipment will be compatible with products made by BMW, SAIC and BYD et al, while Tesla owners will have to use Supercharger stations instead.

Meanwhile, BMW will begin deliveries of the i3 in China this September, being sold in showrooms alongside the i8. BMW China CEO Karsten Engel says he expects only 1,000 will arrive in showrooms this year due to lack of supply, while BMW overall will sell over 400,000. The Bavarians join fellow Germans Volkswagen and Daimler in producing EVs for the Chinese market to help boost adoption among consumers. Currently, 70,000 total EVs are on the road in the nation, far behind the Chinese government’s goal of 500,000 by next year.

The post BMW: China To Be Largest EV Global Market By 2019 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/bmw-china-to-be-largest-ev-global-market-by-2019/feed/ 9
China To Scrap 5.33M Non-Compliant Vehicles In 2014 To Improve Air Quality http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/china-to-scrap-5-33m-non-compliant-vehicles-in-2014-to-improve-air-quality/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/china-to-scrap-5-33m-non-compliant-vehicles-in-2014-to-improve-air-quality/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 10:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=833953 In its ongoing effort to clear the air in its major cities, the Chinese government has plans to throw 5.33 million non-compliant vehicles into the crusher by the end of 2014. Reuters reports the vehicles targeted are those in possession of yellow label stickers. The marked vehicles are restricted in where they can travel due […]

The post China To Scrap 5.33M Non-Compliant Vehicles In 2014 To Improve Air Quality appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
China Air Pollution

In its ongoing effort to clear the air in its major cities, the Chinese government has plans to throw 5.33 million non-compliant vehicles into the crusher by the end of 2014.

Reuters reports the vehicles targeted are those in possession of yellow label stickers. The marked vehicles are restricted in where they can travel due to their failure to meet current fuel standards. In Beijing, 330,000 such vehicles are still on the road, while the surrounding province of Hebei — which holds seven of China’s most smoggy cities — will have 660,000 yellow label vehicles to scrap.

Though previous compliance programs offered those who volunteered to scrap their cars between $400 and $2,300 in subsidies, none have covered yellow label vehicles as far as compensation is concerned, and no word has been given on how owners of said vehicles will be compensated, if at all. Officials also state enforcement of the rules is lacking at best, and owners have found ways to go around the restrictions.

The new policy also includes plans to close coal-fired heating systems, as well as installation of anti-pollution equipment at power plants, steel mills and cement factories.

The post China To Scrap 5.33M Non-Compliant Vehicles In 2014 To Improve Air Quality appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/china-to-scrap-5-33m-non-compliant-vehicles-in-2014-to-improve-air-quality/feed/ 15
Study: 51 Percent Of Chinese Consumers Snub Japanese Vehicles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/study-51-percent-of-chinese-consumers-snub-japanese-vehicles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/study-51-percent-of-chinese-consumers-snub-japanese-vehicles/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=829337 Though Japanese automakers are doing all they can to win over Chinese consumers, a study led by Bernstein Research found anti-Japanese sentiments among 51 percent of 40,000 surveyed may be a barrier to further success in the growing market. The Wall Street Journal reports the nationalistic attitude toward Japan is highest in developing cities such […]

The post Study: 51 Percent Of Chinese Consumers Snub Japanese Vehicles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Nissan Teana

Though Japanese automakers are doing all they can to win over Chinese consumers, a study led by Bernstein Research found anti-Japanese sentiments among 51 percent of 40,000 surveyed may be a barrier to further success in the growing market.

The Wall Street Journal reports the nationalistic attitude toward Japan is highest in developing cities such as Changsha, Dongguan and Xian, where automakers hope to strike it rich in the future. Bernstein analyst Max Warburton adds that while the Japanese and their joint-venture parnters will do well in the near future, “the one thing that comes out most clearly is that most Chinese really want a German car… ultimately the market will belong to the Germans.”

In the near term, those surveyed found Japanese vehicles to be less expensive to own and more comfortable than German and American offerings, and superior to vehicles manufactured by South Korean automakers. Nissan, the nation’s largest Japanese brand, was described as being for older consumers with families who have lower incomes than other brands, as well.

Aside from nationalism, the Japanese may also have a hard time breaking into the premium market, with only 41 percent surveyed willing to pay over 300,000 yuan ($48,000) for a Japanese premium vehicle.

The post Study: 51 Percent Of Chinese Consumers Snub Japanese Vehicles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/study-51-percent-of-chinese-consumers-snub-japanese-vehicles/feed/ 20
Volkswagen’s Cervone Returns To GM As Global Communications VP http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/volkswagens-cervone-returns-to-gm-as-global-communications-vp/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/volkswagens-cervone-returns-to-gm-as-global-communications-vp/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 10:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=826618 Autoblog reports Volkswagen Group of America executive vice president of group communications Tony Cervone is returning to the GM fold as the automaker’s senior vice president of global communications. According to CEO Mary Barra, Cervone “brings an ideal mix of outside perspective and experience that compliments a deep background in GM and today’s global auto […]

The post Volkswagen’s Cervone Returns To GM As Global Communications VP appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
GM Next

Autoblog reports Volkswagen Group of America executive vice president of group communications Tony Cervone is returning to the GM fold as the automaker’s senior vice president of global communications. According to CEO Mary Barra, Cervone “brings an ideal mix of outside perspective and experience that compliments a deep background in GM and today’s global auto industry.” Prior to his return, he also served as the vice president of communications for United Airlines and Chrysler Group, where he spent 14 years before his decade-long previous service to GM. Cervone succeeds Selim Bingol — who resigned from the company in April “to pursue other interests,” and will report directly to Barra.

Speaking of “outside perspectives,” Automotive News chronicles the story of how a trio of Southern gentlemen helped to bring the spotlight upon the out-of-spec ignition switch at the heart of the February 2014 GM recall. Leading the charge, attorney Lance Cooper had sought answers into the death of Brooke Melton at the wheel of her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Cooper retained a number of experts in his case, including auto shop owner Charlie Miller and materials engineer Mark Hood, both of whom discovered the switches in Melton’s Cobalt and related vehicles performed differently than those found in 2007 and later models. The evidence gathered would help cement the settlement for his client’s family, as well as pave the way for the recall.

Moving toward the present, victim compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg may end up sorting through a mountain of data as he works out the details for a compensation package between GM and the 35 families affected by the switch. Between the time the first vehicles left for showrooms in late 2002 through 2012, 1,752 individuals died in accidents involving the vehicles under the February 2014 recall. Though the link may be tenuous in most of the cases, each one may open an opportunity for affected groups to lay some of the blame at the door of GM’s comptroller.

Looking toward the future, GM and AT&T will offer a number of 4G LTE connected-car packages beginning next month to consumers, ranging from $5 for a few hours of streaming music to $50 for several showings of “Frozen” for the little ones in the back. However, demand for the service may not be what the automaker expects, as consumers who don’t have company on the road often may wonder why they need a connected car with 4G. The concern isn’t helped by the delay of an app suite — featuring offerings from NPR and The Weather Channel — which would allow owners access without using their smartphones; the delay is over quality concerns, according to GM.

In brand news, GMC is doing very well for itself as of late, being the healthiest among GM’s four brands left standing after the 2009 bankruptcy. The “professional-grade” line of trucks, SUVs and crossovers are leaving their bow-tied brethren behind for the premium market, bumping into Cadillac more often than may be comfortable for some within GM’s hallowed halls. That said, GMC’s demographic prefers to remain low-key in opposition to the flash that brings the celebs to Escalade’s yard, even if the Yukon XL Denali is within spitting distance of the Caddy’s $72,690 base price.

Leading the charge is Buick-GMC boss Duncan Aldred, who is looking forward to where GMC will go while shaking off the shadow of Buick’s “senior citizen” image within the United States. The former Vauxhall managing director sees similarities between Buick and Vauxhall/Opel, and aims to rehabilitate its image through a marketing strategy that may use “shocking and polarizing” messaging to prove his point. As for GMC, Aldred says he sees its future “as really exciting in an Audi-esque kind of way,” with plans to push the Denali line further up the mountain toward the summit.

Finally, CarNewsChina has the first official photos of the facelifted Chinese-market Chevrolet Aveo, which takes its looks from the upcoming Cruze. The Aveo will be priced between 81,800 yuan and 114,800 yuan ($13,113 to $22,732 USD), with power from 1.4- and 1.6-liter engines under the bonnet. Made by the GM Shanghai joint-venture between GM and SAIC Motor, the newly styled compact will arrive in showrooms in June for the sedan, July for the hatchback.

The post Volkswagen’s Cervone Returns To GM As Global Communications VP appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/volkswagens-cervone-returns-to-gm-as-global-communications-vp/feed/ 3
Volkswagen Dials Back On 2018 Milestone http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/volkswagen-dials-back-on-2018-milestone/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/volkswagen-dials-back-on-2018-milestone/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=826242 Though Volkswagen had plans to move 800,000 units annually out of U.S. showrooms by 2018, the automaker may now opt to dial back its ambitious plan in light of slow growth and falling sales. The Detroit Bureau reports VW’s U.S. chief Michael Horn said his goal with the company for now is to focus on […]

The post Volkswagen Dials Back On 2018 Milestone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Volkswagen-CrossBlue-Concept

Though Volkswagen had plans to move 800,000 units annually out of U.S. showrooms by 2018, the automaker may now opt to dial back its ambitious plan in light of slow growth and falling sales.

The Detroit Bureau reports VW’s U.S. chief Michael Horn said his goal with the company for now is to focus on “realistic targets,” especially as sales fell against the harsh winter weather earlier this year, and though the main goal is still there, it will be reached in the long-term.

According to industry insiders, the automaker wants to be sure it builds the kind of vehicles the U.S. market desires — such as the upcoming CrossBlue Concept-based full-size SUV — even if it means holding back on products until they are ready for production. Another diversion from the 800,000/year road is China: financing meant for the U.S. market was diverted across the Pacific in VW’s fight to dominate the emerging market, which it hopes will happen by decade’s end.

That said, VW will likely turn more of its focus back on the U.S. in order to shore up its stake in the fight to take the top podium in global sales, such as the impending announcement of where the aforementioned SUV will be built. There, the plants in Chattanooga, Tenn. and Puebla, Mexico are in the running, though the former may be out due to the fallout surrounding the February 2014 battle between the UAW and anti-union forces over organization of the plant.

The post Volkswagen Dials Back On 2018 Milestone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/volkswagen-dials-back-on-2018-milestone/feed/ 44
Great Wall’s Descent A Sign Local Industry Not Ready For Primetime http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/great-walls-descent-a-sign-local-industry-not-ready-for-primetime/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/great-walls-descent-a-sign-local-industry-not-ready-for-primetime/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=819681 Once the darling of investors amid ambitions of taking on foreign automakers such as Jeep with its line of SUVs, Great Wall Motors’ recent fall from grace on the back of the upscale Haval H8 may be a sign Chinese automakers are not yet ready to move from production of cheap transportation. Bloomberg reports production […]

The post Great Wall’s Descent A Sign Local Industry Not Ready For Primetime appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Great Wall Haval H8

Once the darling of investors amid ambitions of taking on foreign automakers such as Jeep with its line of SUVs, Great Wall Motors’ recent fall from grace on the back of the upscale Haval H8 may be a sign Chinese automakers are not yet ready to move from production of cheap transportation.

Bloomberg reports production of the 200,000 yuan ($32,100 USD) SUV, aimed at the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Ford Kuga, was suspended indefinitely earlier this month amid quality concerns regarding “knocking noises” from the six-speed automatic transmission at high speeds. The second delay of the H8 — the first occurring earlier this year after local press panned the SUV in test drives — sent Great Wall’s stock price down 17 percent, while seven analysts cut their ratings of the automaker due to perceived weaknesses in the overall local industry from the suspension. Oriental Patron Financial Group analyst Vivien Chen, one of the seven, explains:

We believe the event indicates domestic automakers haven’t met requirements to upgrade to be a high-end vehicle maker. The event definitely hurt customers’ perception of H8, and hurt company image.

The suspension is the latest stumbling block for Great Wall, having faced a recall with Chery of 23,000 units from Australia in 2012 when banned asbestos parts were found in some models. In addition, 2013 exports fell 22 percent to nearly 75,000 units due to currency challenges in Japan and South Korea. Locally, the automaker is faring better, having moved almost 112,000 SUVs over its competitors so far in 2014, though the market overall fell 2.5 percent in April to 37.1 percent for local automakers, the eight consecutive month this has occurred.

Despite the setbacks, Macquarie Group analyst Janet Lewis believes Great Wall and the rest of the Chinese automakers may be able to learn from the experience as they move forward toward selling their wares to developed markets such as the United States, though they all still have a long road ahead of them, as Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Max Warburton points out with Great Wall:

The company faces monumental challenges in trying to move up a league in the automotive world, and the problems faced by the H8 confirm Great Wall is struggling with technology. Serious questions will now be asked about Great Wall’s growth potential.

The post Great Wall’s Descent A Sign Local Industry Not Ready For Primetime appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/great-walls-descent-a-sign-local-industry-not-ready-for-primetime/feed/ 18
QOTD: Why There Will Be No “Made In China” Lexus Products http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/qotd-why-there-will-be-no-made-in-china-lexus-products/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/qotd-why-there-will-be-no-made-in-china-lexus-products/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 14:02:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=815530 Currently, there is only one Lexus plant outside of Japan. A Toyota factory in Cambridge, Ontario makes the Lexus RX crossover, while Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant will come online in 2015. Like other Japanese auto makers, Toyota is moving towards a localization of its production facilities, but one thing they won’t be doing is producing […]

The post QOTD: Why There Will Be No “Made In China” Lexus Products appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
01-lexus-nx-concept-1

Currently, there is only one Lexus plant outside of Japan. A Toyota factory in Cambridge, Ontario makes the Lexus RX crossover, while Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant will come online in 2015. Like other Japanese auto makers, Toyota is moving towards a localization of its production facilities, but one thing they won’t be doing is producing Lexus vehicles in China.

Speaking at the Beijing Auto Show, Lexus head Tokuo Fukuichi said

“We are often asked whether we plan to manufacture Lexus cars in China. But the question is whether our brand has earned the trust of customers. If a brand is really trusted, it can sell its products wherever they are manufactured. But Lexus has not yet achieved such a status.” 

Building an automotive luxury brand is a decades long process. Audi is an overnight success nearly 40 years in the making, while Infiniti is now on the slow, long road to lifting themselves up out of the doldrums of Tier 2 luxury. Lexus has arguably been the most successful Japanese effort at a Tier 1 luxury brand, but they still have work to do. In world markets (specifically Western Europe), Lexus does not enjoy the same footing as it does in the United States, and has only been on sale in Japan since 2005.

In Fukuichi’s estimation, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz (not to mention, Cadillac and Infiniti) can all do what Lexus cannot: build cars in China without harming brand perception. This is a big problem for Lexus – it must import its cars from Japan (and the NAFTA zone) and sell them at a higher price thanks to import tariffs and other duties. But it’s also a deliberate calculation on the part of Lexus.

If any of the German brands suffered quality problems from Chinese made cars, their customers would likely forgive them, due to the burning desire to have four rings, a three pointed star or two blue triangles on the hood of their car. But nobody feels the same pull for the stylized “L”.

The post QOTD: Why There Will Be No “Made In China” Lexus Products appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/qotd-why-there-will-be-no-made-in-china-lexus-products/feed/ 21
China Auto Market Pulled By Weakening Economy, Purchasing Restrictions http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/china-auto-market-pulled-by-weakening-economy-purchasing-restrictions/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/china-auto-market-pulled-by-weakening-economy-purchasing-restrictions/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=814017 A weakening local economy and increasing purchasing restrictions could put a hamper on automotive sales in China according to the analysts at LMC Automotive. Just-Auto reports light vehicle sales in March 2014 — totalling 2.03 million — were lower than those in January and February, prompting a 10 percent decline in growth during Q1 2014 […]

The post China Auto Market Pulled By Weakening Economy, Purchasing Restrictions appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
2014 Chery Tiggo 5

A weakening local economy and increasing purchasing restrictions could put a hamper on automotive sales in China according to the analysts at LMC Automotive.

Just-Auto reports light vehicle sales in March 2014 — totalling 2.03 million — were lower than those in January and February, prompting a 10 percent decline in growth during Q1 2014 over the same period last year. In addition, momentum from Q4 2013 failed to carry over into the next quarter, as the selling rate peak of 23.3 million in the last two months of the previous year fell to an average of 23.1 million.

The cause of the peak, however, could throw sales into a roller coaster. Purchasing restrictions in cities such as Beijing, Tianjin and Hangzhou — enacted to help combat air pollution by selling a set number of license plates per year — stirred a wave of panic-buying during Q4 2013, and with the potential for more to come — especially if new restrictions come quickly — another wave of panic-buying could precede a sales slump, followed by another sales spike.

Amplifying this effect, China’s economy has been in a slump as of late, with yearly GDP growth dropping to 7.4 percent YoY Q1 2014 from 7.7 percent in the previous quarter. Manufacutring, sales and exports all declined, along with property prices in smaller cities. In response, the government plans to boost stimulus measures, though they may only be effective in the near-term as the nation’s investment-driven economy model approaches its limits.

The post China Auto Market Pulled By Weakening Economy, Purchasing Restrictions appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/china-auto-market-pulled-by-weakening-economy-purchasing-restrictions/feed/ 15
U.S. Treasury Loses $11.2 Billion In Accounting Of GM Bailout http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/u-s-treasury-loses-11-2-billion-in-accounting-of-gm-bailout/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/u-s-treasury-loses-11-2-billion-in-accounting-of-gm-bailout/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 10:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=813385 Detroit Free Press reports the U.S. Treasury lost $11.2 billion in taxpayer money from the rescue of General Motors back in 2008, up from the $10.3 billion estimated after the agency sold its remaining shares back in early December 2013. Part of the final figure came as a write-off of an $826 million “administrative claim,” […]

The post U.S. Treasury Loses $11.2 Billion In Accounting Of GM Bailout appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit

Detroit Free Press reports the U.S. Treasury lost $11.2 billion in taxpayer money from the rescue of General Motors back in 2008, up from the $10.3 billion estimated after the agency sold its remaining shares back in early December 2013. Part of the final figure came as a write-off of an $826 million “administrative claim,” which was found in a report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. The overall figure pales in comparison to the $50.2 billion given by both Bush and Obama administrations between 2008 and 2009 to GM as the automaker struggled through its financial crisis at the onset of the Great Recession.

In other financial news, Automotive News reports the automaker’s new financial arm, GM Financial, has launched a pilot program for prime-risk consumers in preparation for an expansion into the market later this summer. In addition, the auto lender proclaimed last week that it began GM-backed lending in the near-prime market during Q1 2014 alongside its subvented subprime loans. Finally, GM Financial reported a net income of $145 million during the same period — acquiring the majority of former GM lender Ally Financial’s International Operations, as well — with loan and lease originations totally $2.1 billion in the United States and Canada, $4.2 globally.

Another former GM subsidiary is looking into “improper payments” made by employees in China. As Reuters reports, Delphi found a number of these payments by manufacturing facility employees, which could be in violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The supplier is working closely with both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as contacted outside counsel to assist. Delphi warned that if what they found was true, the violations “could result in criminal and/or civil liabilities and other forms of penalties or sanctions.”

The Detroit News says GM has begun construction on a new motorsport engine design and production facility set to open in 2016 within its Global Powerplant headquarters in Pontiac, Mich. One hundred engineers and technicians are expected to transfer from their posts in Wixom, Mich. to 138,000-square-foot Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac by the middle of 2015, where they will work alongside the production engine team in sharing technology gathered from the track. The center, part of a $200 million investment into GM’s Pontiac facility, will offer an electric motor lab and a gear center to aid in the development of advanced electric motors and transmissions.

Finally, Forbes posits that GM’s lack of thorough engagement with its customers could once again give some loyalists pause before giving their favorite brand the benefit of a doubt. In one example, the automaker — which already had fewer engaged consumers pre-recall than the likes of Ford, Hyundai and Toyota with their respective recalls — posted the largest post-recall decline while Toyota and Hyundai lost the least after their recalls. The low engagement figures for GM could be a sign of things to come as it works its way through its many issues beyond the original recall in February 2014.

The post U.S. Treasury Loses $11.2 Billion In Accounting Of GM Bailout appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/u-s-treasury-loses-11-2-billion-in-accounting-of-gm-bailout/feed/ 74
Detroit Three Lead The Charge In Chinese SUV Boom http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/detroit-three-lead-the-charge-in-chinese-suv-boom/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/detroit-three-lead-the-charge-in-chinese-suv-boom/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=812234 Long after the first SUV gold rush in the United States, the Detroit Three are gearing up for a second gold rush, this time in China. Automotive News reports SUVs and crossovers have snagged 19 percent of the local market in 2013 as the once-dominant luxury sedan market fell from 47 percent in 2000 to […]

The post Detroit Three Lead The Charge In Chinese SUV Boom appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
2014 Lincoln MKX Concept

Long after the first SUV gold rush in the United States, the Detroit Three are gearing up for a second gold rush, this time in China.

Automotive News reports SUVs and crossovers have snagged 19 percent of the local market in 2013 as the once-dominant luxury sedan market fell from 47 percent in 2000 to 15 percent. General Motors forecasts as many as 7 million SUVs will leave the showroom by 2020, with president Dan Ammann noting that 60 percent of first-time buyers in China bought an SUV last year. Further, Ford credits crossovers for a sales surge of 49 percent in 2013, pushing Toyota out of the No. 5 slot in a local market that views SUVs and crossovers as being, in the words of Chevrolet dealer He Sei, “sportier, more fashionable and more youthful” than other vehicles.

To capitalize upon the upcoming boom, GM brought the Chevrolet Trax to last week’s Beijing Motor Show with plans to add 10 SUVs during the next five years, while Ford introduced concept versions of the body-on-frame Everest and Lincoln MKX crossover, both of which will soon see production. Finally, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will resume Jeep production in China through a joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Company, with three models due in 2015.

Meanwhile, Lexus, Audi, Hyundai, Volkswagen and Citroen are following the Detroit Three’s lead into the Chinese SUV/crossover market, bringing a number of concepts and production-ready vehicles to Beijing. That said, they will have a hard battle against the three U.S. automakers, as SUVs and crossovers have been their bread and butter since the first rush in the early 1990s through the late 2000s.

The post Detroit Three Lead The Charge In Chinese SUV Boom appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/detroit-three-lead-the-charge-in-chinese-suv-boom/feed/ 30
Get in the Back, Hongqi Cat – Civilian Version of Red Flag L5 Introduced at $800K http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/get-in-the-back-hongqi-cat-civilian-version-of-red-flag-l5-introduced-at-800k/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/get-in-the-back-hongqi-cat-civilian-version-of-red-flag-l5-introduced-at-800k/#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:16:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=810274 It’s not just Panthers that get some love around these parts. TTAC contributors Murilee Martin and Tycho de Feyter have both expressed admiration for the Hongqi CA770 “Red Flag” limousines made by China’s FAW (formerly First Automotive Works) and used as state automobiles from the mid 1960s into the 1980s. A few years back, FAW introduced […]

The post Get in the Back, Hongqi Cat – Civilian Version of Red Flag L5 Introduced at $800K appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
hongqi-l5-bejijing-1-660x501

It’s not just Panthers that get some love around these parts. TTAC contributors Murilee Martin and Tycho de Feyter have both expressed admiration for the Hongqi CA770 “Red Flag” limousines made by China’s FAW (formerly First Automotive Works) and used as state automobiles from the mid 1960s into the 1980s. A few years back, FAW introduced the massive, 21 ft long Hongqi L9 (aka CA7600L), with styling heavily influenced by the vintage Red Flag limos. Since then, a slightly shorter version, the L7, has been used for foreign heads of state when visiting China. Last year the L7 went on sale to the public for the first time when a Red Flag dealership opened in Beijing’s elite  Jinbao shopping district. Now, even a greater number of wealthy Chinese will be able to show up government officials in their mere Audi A6s. At the recent Beijing auto show FAW introduced yet a smaller version of the limousine, the L5, to the retail market and businessman Wang Zhonghua, who owns a chain of furniture malls in China, paid $4.9 million yuan, about 800,000 U.S. dollars, for the first one.

hongqi-l5-bejijing-4-660x414

The L5 is still a large car,  5,555 mm (218.7″) long with a 3,435 mm (135.2″) wheelbase. It’s powered by the same 408 hp six liter V12 engine as in the bigger Red Flag cars. The V12 is backed by a six speed automatic transmission. Inside is white leather, aluminum, and wood, along with multiple flatscreens and reclining seats for the buyers, who will likely be riding in the back.hongqi-l5-bejijing-6-660x550

Tycho, who graciously let us use these photos from Car News China, says that the target customer is a patriotic Chinese businessman who is bored with Rolls-Royce Phantoms and Bentley Mulsannes. If you’re one of those folks, or if you want something impressive to have when you’re at your pied a terre in Beijing (there are no export plans at the moment), you can expect to wait about three months for delivery, since the cars are handmade.

hongqi-l5-bejijing-3-660x556

The expansion of the Hongqi Red Flag lineup is to be expected. FAW invested over $300 million to overhaul the brand. Since the 2009 revival of the brand, Hongqi has delivered over 500 Red Flag limos to government bodies in China. Whether patriotism will overcome the stigma that domestic brands seem to carry in the retail Chinese market remains to be seen.

Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic perspective on cars & car culture and the original 3D car site. If you found this post worthwhile, you can get a parallax view at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks you out, don’t worry, all the photo and video players in use at the site have mono options. Thanks for reading – RJS

hongqi-l5-bejijing-1-660x501 hongqi-l5-bejijing-4-660x414 hongqi-l5-bejijing-6-660x550 hongqi-l5-bejijing-8-660x505 hongqi-l5-bejijing-5-660x454 hongqi-l5-bejijing-2-660x513 hongqi-l5-bejijing-3-660x556

The post Get in the Back, Hongqi Cat – Civilian Version of Red Flag L5 Introduced at $800K appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/get-in-the-back-hongqi-cat-civilian-version-of-red-flag-l5-introduced-at-800k/feed/ 49
BAIC, Siemens Team Up For Green Joint Venture In Beijing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/baic-siemens-team-up-for-green-joint-venture-in-beijing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/baic-siemens-team-up-for-green-joint-venture-in-beijing/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=809266 Though Siemens won’t be putting their name upon the body of BAIC C70G for a DTM entry anytime soon, the Chinese automaker and German industrial giant will come together for an green vehicle-related joint venture in Beijing. Automotive News Europe reports the joint venture — Beijing Siemens Automotive E-Drive System Company — will mass produce […]

The post BAIC, Siemens Team Up For Green Joint Venture In Beijing appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Siemens Audi A4 DTM

Though Siemens won’t be putting their name upon the body of BAIC C70G for a DTM entry anytime soon, the Chinese automaker and German industrial giant will come together for an green vehicle-related joint venture in Beijing.

Automotive News Europe reports the joint venture — Beijing Siemens Automotive E-Drive System Company — will mass produce motors and inverters for hybrid and electric vehicles beginning in 2015, with small-batch and prototype production coming online sometime this year.

Once underway in full, the joint venture will push 100,000 inverters out the door annually, with BAIC being the first recipients of the Sino-German technology. There, the inverters will find a home in the automaker’s S, C and L series vehicles, and projected power output for each model will range from 45 to 200 kW (60 to 268 horsepower).

The post BAIC, Siemens Team Up For Green Joint Venture In Beijing appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/baic-siemens-team-up-for-green-joint-venture-in-beijing/feed/ 0