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http://www.autoindustry.co.uk/news/07-06-07_12

China’s May new car market rose 23%; on target for 8.35m this year
7th June 2007

New car registrations in China rose 23% in May to last month to 488,500, partly as manufacturers such as Toyota and Hyundai offered discounts. The figures issued by the country’s trade association CAAM today were reported by China Daily, which added that CAAM had forecast a full year 2007 market of up to 8.35m units, which would represent a 15% annual increase.

In the year to May, China’s car sales rose 21% to 2.57 million units.
 

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Best selling mid-size sedean in China, May/2007

1/ Camry 凯美瑞 12186
2/ Accord 雅阁 10510
3/ Audi A6 6707
4/ Passat 6300
5/ Buick 君越 4765
6/ Mazda M6 3777
8/ Crown 皇冠 3742
9/ 轩逸Sylphy 3632
10/ 蒙迪欧 3610
11/ 锐志 3445
12/ 凯旋 2546
13/ Altima 天籁 2453
14/ 景程 2324
15/ 荣威750 2019
16/ 东方之子 1823
17/ Sonata 索纳塔 1787
 

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in the "mid size segment", the only non Japanese competitor is Passat and Buick, BMW 3 and Audi A4 are the same size but they are not in the same segment because they are luxury marques, it would be funny if Camry and Accord are not leading because no one is competiting with them, but as far as profit and total sales go VW trumps everybody else.
I hope VW AG can maintain its leading position in China, all their products from Skoda Fabia to Audi A4 to Bugatti Veryon are wonderful pieces of engineering.

 

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J.D. Power's Dunne says explosive growth of these exports in emerging markets may signal the industry's arrival as a global player

by Timothy Dunne

While the explosive growth of China's automotive market has global automakers and suppliers scrambling to set up or expand their operations inside the Middle Kingdom, the expected deluge of low-priced Chinese passenger car exports in the next few years has distributors and dealers from around the world lining up for the right to sell China-made cars in their home countries. Those companies that are fortunate enough to sign import and distribution agreements with leading Chinese automakers could be sitting on gold mines.

China sold approximately 4.3 million passenger vehicles (both locally produced and imported) in 2006, up an astounding 1.1 million vehicles from the previous year. Counting all vehicles sold in China in 2006—passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses—sales jump to 7.3 million overall, up from 5.8 million vehicles the previous year.

This makes China the second-largest vehicle market in the world, surpassing Japan and Germany, and trailing only the U.S. (The U.S. has been, and continues to be, the largest automotive market in the world, averaging about 16.1 million vehicle sales over the past decade.)

The Buzz About Exports

Moreover, for the first three months of 2007, overall vehicle sales in China are up again 22%, a pace which, if it continues, would mean total industry sales will reach just under 9 million units in 2007. This is a breathtaking achievement, considering China only sold about 2.3 million vehicles in 2000.

While China's domestic automotive industry is making all the headlines—and deservedly so—the potential for the country's nascent vehicle-export enterprise has importers, distributors, and dealers buzzing, from North America to South America, Europe to Africa, the Middle East to Australia, and beyond.

Exports of all vehicles from China exceeded 340,000 units in 2006, according to official Ministry of Commerce figures, making China only the fourth-largest vehicle exporter in Asia, behind Japan and Korea, and perhaps surprisingly, Thailand.

Loads of Potential

By comparison, Japan exported some 5.96 million vehicles in 2006, and Korea exported a record 2.7 million vehicles—with locally branded passenger cars accounting for more than 90% of each country's export volume. Thailand's exports topped 586,000 units in 2006, with Japanese-branded pickup trucks and passenger cars accounting for almost all of its export activity.

While China's vehicle exports account for a relatively small slice of Asia's overall export pie, the accelerated pace of China's export growth and the potential for further growth have both its competitors and its export cooperation partners sitting up and paying attention.

Since 2004, China's vehicle exports have doubled annually, from 78,000 units in 2004 to 173,000 units in 2005, and then to 340,000 units in 2006. And exports in 2007's first quarter are up again, nearly 100% compared with the same period in 2006. If this rate continues, it would put China on a pace to reach 700,000 vehicle exports in 2007. Moreover, the majority of these exports are of Chinese-branded vehicles such as FAW, Dongfeng, Liuzhou, JAC, BAIC, Chery, Geely, and others.

A "Pillar" Industry

If the Chinese government gets its way, this growth will gather speed in both volume and value over the next decade. Official industry estimates put the value of China's 340,000 vehicle exports in 2006 at about $3.2 billion, or $9,400 per vehicle. This compares with 2005 exports of 173,000 vehicles worth $1.58 billion, or an average of $9,100 per vehicle. By comparison, the value of Korea's 2.7 million exports in 2006 was estimated at $33 billion, or an average of $12,200 per vehicle, or 33% higher than China.

This would appear to give China's vehicles a significant advantage because of their ability to compete with other industrializing countries that still maintain low-cost positions. Though to be fair, this comparison is not completely "apples-to-apples," as most of Korea's exports are of passenger cars being sent to developed markets, while the majority of China's exports are a wide-range of commercial vehicles—varying in price from $3,000 for a one-liter "mini-truck" to $10,000-$12,000 for six-wheeled trucks or buses—sold to developing markets.

While China today is still a bit player in the global vehicle export game, the Chinese government has designated autos one of the "pillar" industries on which the country's economy is based. Hence, it's taking concrete action to support exports in the automotive sector.

Setting Limits to Support Pricing

China's leadership has said that it expects to increase the combined value of its vehicle and auto parts exports to a remarkable $120 billion by 2015, or about 10% of the world's total vehicle trading volume. This is an increase from only about $15 billion in exports in 2006 (for both vehicles and auto parts).

To support its ambitions, the government's first move was to establish favored automotive export zones in a half-dozen areas around China, providing favorable tax treatment and other perks to companies in the area—mostly Chinese-controlled—that are export-competitive. Its second move, announced in January, 2007, was that it would limit the number of exporter licenses issued to automotive-related companies in China, hoping to avoid the downward spiral in pricing experienced by other Chinese export industries when too many companies were allowed to compete.

The bulk of China's vehicle exports in the past have been of commercial vehicles—low-priced and relatively low-tech trucks and buses—mostly destined for countries with developing economies. In 2006, about 70% of the 340,000 vehicles exported from China fit into this commercial vehicle category, while the remaining 30% (about 101,000 vehicles) were passenger cars, SUVs, or vans intended mostly for personal transportation. While passenger vehicles account for the smaller portion of overseas vehicle sales today, the government, as well as Chinese OEMs and foreign importers, expect that Chinese passenger cars will eventually lead China's export ambitions.

Just Getting Started

Exports of passenger vehicles reached only 32,000 units in 2005, but tripled to more than 100,000 units in 2006. Furthermore, after the first three months of 2007, they're on pace to exceed 200,000 units for the full year.

For now, Chinese passenger vehicle exporters are cutting their teeth on developing markets in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, and Central and South America. There they're learning to refine their products to meet local tastes by improving their business processes and discovering how to market to, sell to, and service customers in foreign lands.

After they have had a chance to improve themselves in smaller markets, it will be only a matter of time before China's upstart automakers make their way to North America, Europe, Korea, and Japan, to take on the world's top competition and most demanding consumers.

http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/jun2007/gb20070604_816866.htm
 

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1. Most cars are mid-size cars
2. Most people buy mid-size cars

in the "mid size segment", the only non Japanese competitor is Passat and Buick, BMW 3 and Audi A4 are the same size but they are not in the same segment because they are luxury marques, it would be funny if Camry and Accord are not leading because no one is competiting with them, but as far as profit and total sales go VW trumps everybody else.
I hope VW AG can maintain its leading position in China, all their products from Skoda Fabia to Audi A4 to Bugatti Veryon are wonderful pieces of engineering.

 

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Yeah,Lifan is one of the largest motorcycle companies of China and entered the car market several years ago.it's already exporting its car now,but unlike its motorcycles,the car exportation is still very small scaled.



Chana is one of the oldest carmakers of China(140 years old)and is one the largest R&D investors in this sector.Chana has more than 1000 engineers(still growing fast every year)working in its R&D department spreading from Chongqing,Shanghai to Italy and Germany with 24/24h continous work hence very innovative.

I never heard of Yu feng.Let's take a look at a concept car of Chana shown publicly recently.



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Auto sales keep roaring

China, the second-largest auto market in the world, continues to see an upswing in auto sales and production this year, with both sales and production reporting more than 20 percent growth in the first four months, according to an industry association.
Automakers produced over three million automobiles in China from January to April, of which 2,934,000 units were sold, a year-on-year growth of 21.36 and 21.46 percent respectively, as shown in statistics from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

In the first four months, over 2.1 million passenger cars, including sedans, sport utility vehicles, multi-purpose vehicles and minibuses, were manufactured, and over two million units were sold.

In April, China-made autos topped 815,200 units and sales hit 808,700, an increase of 18.48 and 19.78 percent respectively, compared to the same period last year. Passenger car production climbed 12.29 percent year-on-year to 544,600, while sales soared 15.98 percent to 545,800.

The top three automakers in terms of sales in the same period were Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC), First Automotive Works Corp (FAW) and Dongfeng Motor Corp. In April, FAW topped sales, followed by SAIC and Dongfeng.

Domestic-owned brands were led by Chery, and Geely had a stronger presence than foreign brands this year. In the first four months of this year, sales of domestic autos reached 449,700 units, accounting for 29.31 percent of all passenger vehicles sold in China and ranking number one, up from second place last year.

In April, 116,200 domestic autos were sold, making up 28.22 percent of total car sales. China-made cars were trailed by Japanese, German and South Korean brands, with a market share of 26.88, 20.44 and 14.07 percents respectively.

Analysts said the growth in the auto sector in the first four months was mainly due to new model releases and price cut incentives by automakers.

Apart from the boom in the domestic market, automakers are penetrating further into the overseas market.

China exported 99,800 vehicles in the first quarter of this year, up 5.32 percent from the same period of last year, according to figures from the General Administration of Customs. The export of sedans soared up 49 percent from last year to 25,000 units.

In the first quarter of this year, China imported 59,100 vehicles, up 16.72 percent from the same period last year, according to the auto association. Among them, 28,000 were sedans, an increase of 30.93 percent.

China's top 16 auto groups reported a 70 percent increase in first-quarter profits boosted by brisk sales.

Post-tax profits totaled 12.8 billion yuan in the first three months of 2007, up 69.9 percent from a year ago, according to CAAM figures. SAIC Motor Corp Ltd, the biggest manufacturer by sales, posted a profit growth of 71.9 percent, while profits from FAW, the number two domestic carmarker, increased by one-third.
 

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Chongqing, China _ A Chinese motorcycle company that began making cars last year says it will buy a BMW engine factory in Brazil if the equipment can be moved to China. ''We dropped the plan last year after the Brazil government said we could not shift the factory,'' said Yin Mingshan, the president of Chongqing Lifan Holdings. ''We're still interested in buying ... if the government changes its mind.''

Chongqing Lifan is seeking acquisitions outside China to spur sales. The company, which will have 18 overseas plants by December, generated two-thirds of its profit outside China last year, he said, without giving figures.

BMW and rival DaimlerChrysler jointly set up the engine plant in Campo Largo, Brazil in 1999 to make 1.6- and 1.4-litre gasoline engines. They export all the engines to global customers that include China's Chery Automobile Co.

Chongqing Lifan, China's largest motorbike exporter, plans an IPO in Shanghai later this year. BLOOMBERG NEWS
 

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Russians made a crash-test of Cherry Amulet at 64 km/h, and here is what they got. The article is in Russian but it's pretty self-explanatory. At the end the article compares Amulet with Russian (Ukrainian) vehicles.

Roughly, I can translate the title "В ХЛАМ" as "TOTAL" :lol:






Here is what happened when Brits tested the vehicle at 56 km/h. As you can see, the damages are much lesser than those received at 64 km/h.



Although I myself am a great fan of small economy cars, I would never buy Amulet. Once I hit a stationary vehicle at 64 km/h and came out with minor injuries. My good old Ford Escort passed the test :) Should have I driven Cherry Amulet instead, I am not sure if I would be here to tell you the story.
 

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I think so.
well your escort is from 2000, the chery amulet is based on some outdated 80's seat model, the difference should be obvious. It is already being phased out in China now, I hope Russian customers will get the same treatment.
 

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昨天中午12点07分,我国自主研制的第一台氢内燃发动机,在长安集团点火成功,标志着我国氢内燃机技术取得了突破性进展。

国家唯一立项863重点项目
  氢内燃机是一种新型内燃机,目前尚属全球汽车新能源的前沿科技领域。氢内燃机就是采用氢气作为燃料的发动机。因氢气从水中提取,燃烧后又产生水,而且燃烧值极高,是一种能够循环利用的环保资源。氢气被称为解决汽车燃料问题的终极方案。据悉,目前国外仅德国宝马研发了氢内燃发动机,用于宝马7系上(尚未正式上市)。日本、美国、印度等国也在氢内燃机上进行了深入研究。
  长安氢内燃机排量2.0升。据介绍,长安氢内燃机研究是国家唯一立项的863氢燃料重点项目,2005年9月正式启动。
  氢燃料汽车类似双燃料车
  “下一步就该进行整车匹配试验和生产整车了。”长安汽车专家称,氢气作为汽车燃料,它的动力比汽油还好,但诸多差别决定了氢内燃机不能直接放在汽车上就了事,还要对发动机车和汽车进行匹配试验,才能制造出完美的氢燃料汽车。
  未来的氢燃料汽车是什么样子?类似重庆双燃料出租车!德国宝马氢能7系给出了一个答案。据悉,宝马氢能7系汽车采用6.0升氢气和汽油双燃料发动机。车上除配备一个普通油箱外,还装备一个氢气罐。据悉,宝马氢能7系加一罐氢气和一箱汽油,能够跑上700公里。
  氢气成本比天然气还低
  尽管制造氢燃料车在技术上比天然气汽车难得多,但在使用上两者具有一定相似性。
  现实的问题是,加氢站还是空白。据专家介绍,目前氢气的来源途径有两个:电解水生成氢气和工业副产品(氢气)。有消息称,现在上海工业产生的副产品氢气,每年能够满足15万辆以上的氢燃料汽车行驶。
  可以描绘这样一幅蓝图:建一个或数个大型制氢厂,然后铺设输氢管道到现在的各个加气站,汽车开到加气站就可补充氢气。
  目前,汽车使用天然气比汽油便宜2/3左右。长安人士称,氢气的动力强于天然气,但生产氢气的成本远比开采天然气低。因此,氢燃料汽车的前景非常广阔。



昨日,长安集团,长安氢内燃机点火成功 记者 徐元宾 摄
 

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It basically about China's first independently developed hydrogen internal combustion engine.And it says currently only Germany possesses this technology. America, Japan and India are still at experimental stage.


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Isn't this supposed to be 2006 news ?? Or is it recent news ??
 
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