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Car Horns Used 40x More Often Than in Europe

As the Chinese auto market continues to expand, foreign automakers are tailoring their designs to Chinese tastes. At South China Morning Post, Patrick Boehler reports that frequent use of car horns in China, 40 times more...

China Tightens Fuel Economy Standards

Amid heightened environmental concerns and slowing car sales, China has introduced the latest in a series of incrementally stricter fuel economy regulations. But smaller domestic car manufacturers are likely to struggle to keep...

Chinese Up to Speed With Life in the Fast Lane

At The Los Angeles Times, Barbara Demick explains the surging consumption of luxury goods by China’s wealthy—illustrated by their world-leading purchases of Rolls Royces and Lamborghinis—and the political inconvenience it...

France Suspects China Behind Industrial Espionage

French intelligence services are investigating possible Chinese involvement in what Industry Minister Eric Besson described as a case of “economic warfare”: the leaking from car manufacturer Renault of technologies...

Chinese Carmaker Completes Purchase of Volvo

Chinese car manufacturer Geely has completed its purchase of Volvo. From the New York Times: The Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group said Monday that it had completed the purchase of Volvo Car Corp. from Ford Motor and...

Supplier Strike Halts Toyota Plant in China

A Tianjin Toyota plant has been idled after a strike at one of its supplier factories. From the Wall Street Journal: Toyota Motor Corp. suspended production at an assembly plant in China on Friday because of a strike at a...

China’s Auto Makers Look Homeward For M&A

From Wall Street Journal: Despite major steps for Chinese auto makers in overseas expansion during the past year, companies are now expected to be more cautious in overseas acquisitions while accelerating their pace in domestic...

American Engineer Detained for Year in China

Hu Zhicheng, an American automotive engineer, has been held for over one year in China on charges of violating trade secrets. From David Barboza of the New York Times: Hu Zhicheng, a Chinese-born American citizen who won awards...

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