automobile industry

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...

License Plate Auctions Hurt Domestic Car Companies

Shanghai is one of four municipalities (along with Beijing, Guangzhou, and Guiyang) to have implemented license plate quotas in effort to curb traffic congestion and air pollution. Shanghai, who pioneered the license plate...

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...

Parking Space Race Too Costly for China's Car Owners

China Daily reports that parking provision has failed to keep pace with the explosion in car ownership, driving prices for parking spaces to surreal heights: The price for a parking space has hit a record 400,000 yuan...

China Attacks “Vicious Smearing” in Renault Case

China’s Commerce Ministry has described as “vicious smearing” accusations of industrial espionage, which surfaced in January before being dismissed by the French Finance Minister later that month. French...

French Finance Minister: No China Angle to Renault Case

The minister, Christine Lagarde, denies suggestions of Chinese involvement in the alleged industrial espionage described by her Industry counterpart as “economic warfare”. Three men were fired from car manufacturer...

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...

Audi Looks to China for Sales Records as Price War Brews

From The Local: Audi is targeting sales of “more than 200,000 units in 2010” in China and “around 300,000 in 2012,” sales chief Peter Schwarzenbauer told a telephone news conference. Last year, Audi sold...

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...

Production at Toyota Plant in China Halted Through Weekend

While their labor disputes are reportedly “almost resolved,” assembly lines at a Toyota Motor Corp. factory in southern China will remain idle till at least Monday. From the Wall Street Journal: Toyota Motor Corp....

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...

Chinese Car Market Overtakes that of United States

According to J.D. Power and Associates, China’s car market has overtaken the U.S. car market in sales. From Elaine Kurtenbach and Dee-Ann Durbin for the Associated Press: China has overtaken the U.S. as the world’s...

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