Chinese Automakers Move to Marginalize Joint Partners
Last August, TTAC predicted the Chinese auto makers would start taking steps to edge their joint venture partners out of their market. And so today's International Herald Tribune reports that the Chinese government has "asked automakers to combine to compete with overseas rivals like Toyota and Volkswagen." To that end, China's largest auto maker has just announced that they're buying Nanjing Automotive Group's automotive assembly and parts-making businesses. Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) currently has joint ventures with GM and VW. Nanjing owns the rights to the MG Rover brand– and is busy dumping their current joint venture with Fiat. There are no known plans to terminate any other joint ventures, but as SAIC strengthens its position in the Chinese auto market, they'll be looking to cut loose their foreign "partners." Count on it.