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Old March 3rd, 2006, 01:37 AM   #1
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The growing Chinese Automobile Industry.

This will be a thread dedicated to the growing Chinese Automobile Industry, it will contain the most up to date information and pictures of this booming sector. All comments (good or bad) are welcomed, and so is the addition of news and photos.

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Chery ambitious about its new models
UPDATED: 16:58, February 13, 2006

The A520 carrying the 2.0L engine independently developed by Chery was officially released in Beijing on Jan.10. Price at 88,888 yuan, it for the first time reduced the price of 2.0L cars below 100,000 yuan. So it is quite surprising that Chery's planned sale of the product is only 30,000 units.

"We want to change our past practice. The marketing of A520 might take our planned marketing rhythm rather than the market demand as guidance". Li Feng, general manager of the Chery Sales, said the purpose is to build up confidence among the consumers. A520 is a very competitive product, Li Feng believed, but of course about thirteen or so domestic mid-market models are sharing the same market segment with it.

Chery will release six new models – A5, S21, A18, V3, S22 and S12 in 2006. Meanwhile, it will launch the upgraded QQ, setting the target of annual sale at 281,000 units. Obviously, QQ which has made distinct contributions to Chery, will still shoulder the task of driving sales in 2006. "Without QQ's annual sale of over 100,000 units there would not have been the second and third model which can top annual sale of 100,000 units". Li Feng believed the second model to catch up with QQ in sale might be Qiyun and the next is A5 series.

Tiggo and Orient Son are the high-end products among Chery's existing models. However, sales of the two models were no quite satisfactory last year. Li Feng believed the world auto industry has its labor of division and it is hard for the growing proprietary brands to make eye-catching performance on the high-end auto market. All the same, it is hard for Benz and BMW to enter the market segments of less than 300,000 yuan. Chery will fortify its brand building and marketing of Tiggo and Orient Son in 2006. In the meantime, engines of existing models as a whole will no longer rely on outsourcing.

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Another car that was recently released is LG1 from Geely Automobile, Geely is already considering exporting LG1 to Malaysia in partnership with Alado.



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another Chinese car brand, Zhonghua


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Old March 3rd, 2006, 05:22 AM   #6
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The A250 reminds me of a shrunken down Nissan Altima, while the Geely appears to have shades of the new Proton Saavy. The Zhoinghua seems like the most interesting vehicle of the whole bunch.

I really can't wait to see what will happen when China enters the US car market.

BTW if those pics are any indication then China's auto industry is really improving its quality of workmanship at a significant rate.
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Triumphant Horse Launched by China Brilliance
Date posted: 02-21-2006

SHENYANG, China — China Brilliance has just released the first product of its new car plant in Zhonghua, which was set up with technical assistance from BMW. This is China Brilliance's second passenger car, and it is named the Jinjue (which can be translated either as "Triumphant Horse," or "Winning Gold").

Whatever you call it, it is a sporty sedan designed by Pininfarina in Italy. China Brilliance hopes that it will help raise sales levels from last year's 17,500 to 30,000 units this year. Sedans have higher profit margins than minibuses, which are still the key products of the company.

The Jinjue is 183 inches long, built on a shortened version of its bigger brother's platform. That car, called the Grandeur, is already being distributed in Europe. The Jinjue has four powertrain options from 1.6 to 2.0 liters, most of which are supplied by Shenyang-Mitsubishi.
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China Jan car production capacity 521,600 units, up 28.24 pct yr-on-yr -Xinhua
02.21.2006, 11:12 PM

BEIJING (AFX) - China's car production capacity reached 521,600 units in January, up 28.24 pct year-on-year, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing figures from the Ministry of Commerce.

Car sales reached 530,100 units in January, up 44.62 pct from a year earlier.

Passenger car sales surged 72.63 pct to 418,900 units, while commercial vehicles sales were down 10.27 pct from a year earlier at 111,100 units.

Passenger car capacity rose 51.95 pct to 391,600 units, while commercial vehicle output dropped 12.76 pct to 130,000 units, Xinhua said.
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wow, this one is really impressive
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Chinese cars are the unsafest of the whole world!!!


Crash test at 62 km/h!!!

Everyone in the car would be dead!!!
There weren't badder cars tested since the seventies!!!
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that's old news. cars entering US market have to meet U.S. safety and environmental standards.

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China's Chery will be next Toyota, U.S. importer says


By Chang-Ran Kim / Reuters


SHANGHAI - It's the last thing the U.S. auto industry needs: another Toyota Motor Corp.

But that's exactly what Malcolm Bricklin, the energetic 66-year-old founder and CEO of Visionary Vehicles, is predicting will become of China's Chery Automobile Co., whose cars he plans to begin selling in the United States in January 2007.

"We're going to make billions from this business," Bricklin said in an interview at Chery's booth at the bustling Shanghai auto show, which opened to the public on Friday.

"Chery is going to be the next Toyota," he told Reuters.

He intends to help the Chinese maker join the ranks of General Motors Corp. Ford Motor Co. and Toyota to sell at least 2 million cars in the world's biggest auto market.

If Bricklin's calculations go to plan, the day when Chery emulates the world's second-largest and most profitable car maker could come as early as in several years.

The man best known for importing the cheap Yugo hatchback into the United States in the 1980s wants to sell 250,000 Chery cars in the first year through 250 dealerships nationwide.

By 2010, the Visionary/Chery partnership would have 18 models including two-door, four-door and sport-utility vehicles, to help sales to 1 million units. The line-up will not include the QQ minicar, which General Motor Corp. claims is a copy of its Chevrolet Spark and for which it is suing Chery.

"The problem is going to be that we're not going to be able to build enough cars to satisfy demand," he said.

Chery, China's eighth-largest car maker, sold 90,000 vehicles last year including 8,000 exports, mostly to Malaysia and Iran.

To hear Bricklin tell it, his business model of "redefining the price of luxury" is fool-proof.

"We're bringing Chinese cars that are beautiful, luxurious, built in state-of-the-art facilities, and we're going to sell them for far less than the competition," he said.

"Our SUV is going to compete with the BMW X3 and sell for less than a Subaru. It will compare to a $35,000 car and we will sell it for $19,000."

PERFECT MATCH

The entrepreneur says he searched all over the world for the right partner, travelling to Romania, Poland, India and England, among other countries, before ending up at Chery, based in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui.

"They are so head-and-shoulders above anybody who ever broke into the car business," he said. "They know what they're doing, they're sophisticated, they're intelligent, they're hard-working and ambitious -- every good quality you'd ever want to have."

Despite having ambitions to broaden its exports, including to Europe, it was Chery that stalled, following Chinese tradition of taking its time to gauge a potential business partner's personal character before signing any deals.

When Chery management insisted they needed to get to know him better before offering a contract on Bricklin's second visit to China, the charismatic entrepreneur volunteered to bare all.

"He took off his shirt down to his skin and said to them, 'This is me! This is who I am!'," his son Jonathan, a filmmaker who is working on a documentary of the partnership, said.

Chery eventually gave Bricklin the deal of his dreams.

It's a prospect that frightens Detroit's heavyweights, both of which are already losing market share to Asian brands, to the point where Ford hinted that trade barriers might be in order.

"How long will the U.S. be an open market for whatever comes in? It won't be forever," said Ford President Jim Padilla.

"Unlimited growth of imports is something that has to be balanced over time," he told reporters in Shanghai.

Balancing imports is exactly what Bricklin intends to do.

After the first million cars sold, Visionary/Chery would build a manufacturing base in the U.S. to avoid any political backlash -- "just like Toyota does", he said.

"What we're saying to the world is, 'Don't worry about us. We're not coming in and taking over everybody.'"

Bricklin warned, however, that other Chinese makers would probably follow in his footsteps, bringing more unwanted competition to a saturated market.

"They'd be crazy not to," he says. "I'd expect two to two-and-a-half million cars a year to be imported from China."
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Triumphant Horse Launched by China Brilliance
Date posted: 02-21-2006

SHENYANG, China — China Brilliance has just released the first product of its new car plant in Zhonghua, which was set up with technical assistance from BMW. This is China Brilliance's second passenger car, and it is named the Jinjue (which can be translated either as "Triumphant Horse," or "Winning Gold").

Whatever you call it, it is a sporty sedan designed by Pininfarina in Italy. China Brilliance hopes that it will help raise sales levels from last year's 17,500 to 30,000 units this year. Sedans have higher profit margins than minibuses, which are still the key products of the company.

The Jinjue is 183 inches long, built on a shortened version of its bigger brother's platform. That car, called the Grandeur, is already being distributed in Europe. The Jinjue has four powertrain options from 1.6 to 2.0 liters, most of which are supplied by Shenyang-Mitsubishi.
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China's Chery will be next Toyota, U.S. importer says


By Chang-Ran Kim / Reuters


SHANGHAI - It's the last thing the U.S. auto industry needs: another Toyota Motor Corp.

But that's exactly what Malcolm Bricklin, the energetic 66-year-old founder and CEO of Visionary Vehicles, is predicting will become of China's Chery Automobile Co., whose cars he plans to begin selling in the United States in January 2007.

"We're going to make billions from this business," Bricklin said in an interview at Chery's booth at the bustling Shanghai auto show, which opened to the public on Friday.

"Chery is going to be the next Toyota," he told Reuters.

He intends to help the Chinese maker join the ranks of General Motors Corp. Ford Motor Co. and Toyota to sell at least 2 million cars in the world's biggest auto market.

If Bricklin's calculations go to plan, the day when Chery emulates the world's second-largest and most profitable car maker could come as early as in several years.

The man best known for importing the cheap Yugo hatchback into the United States in the 1980s wants to sell 250,000 Chery cars in the first year through 250 dealerships nationwide.

By 2010, the Visionary/Chery partnership would have 18 models including two-door, four-door and sport-utility vehicles, to help sales to 1 million units. The line-up will not include the QQ minicar, which General Motor Corp. claims is a copy of its Chevrolet Spark and for which it is suing Chery.

"The problem is going to be that we're not going to be able to build enough cars to satisfy demand," he said.

Chery, China's eighth-largest car maker, sold 90,000 vehicles last year including 8,000 exports, mostly to Malaysia and Iran.

To hear Bricklin tell it, his business model of "redefining the price of luxury" is fool-proof.

"We're bringing Chinese cars that are beautiful, luxurious, built in state-of-the-art facilities, and we're going to sell them for far less than the competition," he said.

"Our SUV is going to compete with the BMW X3 and sell for less than a Subaru. It will compare to a $35,000 car and we will sell it for $19,000."

PERFECT MATCH

The entrepreneur says he searched all over the world for the right partner, travelling to Romania, Poland, India and England, among other countries, before ending up at Chery, based in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui.

"They are so head-and-shoulders above anybody who ever broke into the car business," he said. "They know what they're doing, they're sophisticated, they're intelligent, they're hard-working and ambitious -- every good quality you'd ever want to have."

Despite having ambitions to broaden its exports, including to Europe, it was Chery that stalled, following Chinese tradition of taking its time to gauge a potential business partner's personal character before signing any deals.

When Chery management insisted they needed to get to know him better before offering a contract on Bricklin's second visit to China, the charismatic entrepreneur volunteered to bare all.

"He took off his shirt down to his skin and said to them, 'This is me! This is who I am!'," his son Jonathan, a filmmaker who is working on a documentary of the partnership, said.

Chery eventually gave Bricklin the deal of his dreams.

It's a prospect that frightens Detroit's heavyweights, both of which are already losing market share to Asian brands, to the point where Ford hinted that trade barriers might be in order.

"How long will the U.S. be an open market for whatever comes in? It won't be forever," said Ford President Jim Padilla.

"Unlimited growth of imports is something that has to be balanced over time," he told reporters in Shanghai.

Balancing imports is exactly what Bricklin intends to do.

After the first million cars sold, Visionary/Chery would build a manufacturing base in the U.S. to avoid any political backlash -- "just like Toyota does", he said.

"What we're saying to the world is, 'Don't worry about us. We're not coming in and taking over everybody.'"

Bricklin warned, however, that other Chinese makers would probably follow in his footsteps, bringing more unwanted competition to a saturated market.

"They'd be crazy not to," he says. "I'd expect two to two-and-a-half million cars a year to be imported from China."
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Chinese cars are the unsafest of the whole world!!!


Crash test at 62 km/h!!!

Everyone in the car would be dead!!!
There weren't badder cars tested since the seventies!!!
Chinese car passes new crash test in Germany
2005-10-07 00:34:44 Xinhua English

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 7 (Xinhuanet)-- The Chinese"Landwind", the first car entering European market three months ago, proved itself as a safe car after passing a recent crash test in Germany.

"The result of this crash test is very encouraging," Peter Bijvelds, the Dutch importer of this Chinese sport utility vehicle, told a press conference on Thursday in the Hague, the Netherlands.

"The crash test measurements for both driver and passenger confirm that this vehicle is fully compliant with current EU regulations," said Bijvelds.

The positive results of the crash test, organized by German inspection agency TUV in Frankfurt, was in total contradictory with another crash test by another German car club ADAC in middle September.

The ADAC said its crash test indicated that the driver would not survive a head-on collision at speeds of 64 kilometers per hour or more.

The front of the SUV would crumple and crush the driver, the unofficial organization said.

Bijvelds, however, question the validity of the crash test and even doubted that the ADAC were manipulated by the powerful German automotive industry which perhaps found a way to keep the Chinese competitor from entering the market.

Bijvelds said that it was"a great coincidence" that the results of the ADAC crash tests were published on the eve of the Frankfurt car show, where the economically priced Chinese SUV was to be officially unveiled.

He also called it strange that the manufacturer was not informed of the test results, as is usually the case to help manufacturers learn and improve their vehicles.

"We as the official importer had not been informed before and we were not invited to be present when the tests were performed. Upon our request for further information, there was only silence," he said.

In response to the ADAC's warning, Landwind's maker, China's Jiangling Group, asked the German agency TUV to test the vehicle for compliance to European safety standards.

"We have been hit hard(by ADAC test), and we think that not all has been fair," Jiangling and its importer Bijvelds said in a statement.

"We will meet any safety or emission standard that is required to sell our cars in the European Union markets. The customer will prove us right," it added. Enditem
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The more crappy American cars we get off the street, the better.

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I hate it when one of the big 3 mentions trade barriers to protect their crappy products. It means that Canada will inveriable follow suite and most of the country (except Ontario again) will get screwed. If only domestics would put some effort into design and quality, we could have cars that look like the JinJue...omgsh, so nice...:>
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