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For luxury brands, 2017 will be another good year after fabulous 2016
Yang Jian | 2017/1/13

SHANGHAI -- Luxury brands had a fabulous year in China last year. Entering 2017, they have a good chance to maintain robust sales despite an expected slowdown in the growth of China's light-vehicle market.  Every major luxury brand except Audi and Infiniti achieved more than 10 percent sales growth in China last year.  Interestingly, the two best performers in the luxury market were both American brands.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why Beijing won't punish U.S. automakers for Trump's sins
Yang Jian | 2016/12/23

SHANGHAI -- This month, President-elect Donald Trump stirred a hornets' nest when he disputed the assumption that Taiwan is part of China -- a decades-old policy that has allowed the region to prosper.  Two days later,  China Daily  reported that the government's antitrust agency may penalize General Motors for monopolistic behavior. Coincidence?  Some observers fear this could become a pattern: that Beijing will vent its anger on U.S. companies whenever Trump annoys it. Well, such fears are not totally groundless, but there are three reasons why U.S. automakers aren't likely to be singled out. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Beijing should let state-owned automakers sink or swim
Yang Jian | 2016/12/16

SHANGHAI -- When China joined the World Trade Organization 15 years ago, it had two big goals: attract foreign investment and help domestic companies gain access to foreign technology.  China's auto industry attracted plenty of investment, but domestic automakers never got the technology. Now Beijing is giving up the fight.  Last week, the government announced that foreign automakers can produce electric vehicles and batteries in China without sharing technology with their Chinese partners.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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The party is over for China's automakers; a hangover awaits in 2017
Yang Jian | 2016/12/9

SHANGHAI -- Automakers in China should enjoy their booming sales this year because the party will be over all too soon.  After unexpectedly high sales growth this year, the automakers likely will confront two big headaches in 2017: Stagnating vehicle sales, and pressure from Beijing to boost electric vehicle production -- with or without consumer demand.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Beijing's EV battery policy loses touch with reality
Yang Jian | 2016/12/2

SHANGHAI -- In recent years, Beijing has offered big incentives to encourage the sale of electric vehicles, despite scant interest among consumers.  Now Beijing wants to force-feed the growth of EV battery makers, too.  And like previous EV policies, Beijing's proposed battery rules have little basis in reality.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Three reasons why LeEco's electric car project will fail
Yang Jian | 2016/11/25

SHANGHAI -- Chinese entrepreneurs often look to their peers in the United States for inspiration.  Their latest role model is Elon Musk and his creation, Tesla Motors, which is upending America's once-staid EV market.  Jia Yueding is one of Musk's admirers and he is trying to follow in the Tesla founder's footsteps with EV upstart LeEco.  But Jia's EV project has three big challenges, so it is less likely to succeed than other startups backed by Chinese money.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why Beijing will regret its big bet on electric cars
Yang Jian | 2016/11/18

SHANGHAI -- If Donald Trump waters down U.S. support for electric vehicles, how will Beijing respond?   Will China's central government reconsider its single-minded bet on EVs? Yes and no. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely
Yang Jian | 2016/11/11

SHANGHAI -- Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo Car Corp. in 2010, he pledged to maintain Volvo's independence so that the Swedish brand's image would not be tarnished.  But in private, he soon started pushing Volvo and Geely to work together.  Six years later, Li finally has revealed his plan to build a global business empire on the foundation of the two car companies. And the key to that plan is the integration of Volvo and Geely.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Beijing should extend tax cut for small vehicles right now
Yang Jian | 2016/11/4

SHANGHAI -- A year ago, the Chinese government halved the purchase tax for light vehicles with engine sizes of 1.6 liters and below.  Sales subsequently jumped, as expected, but now the government faces a problem of its own making.  When the tax incentive expires on Dec. 31, vehicle sales are expected to stagnate. That could be a big problem for automakers that have invested heavily to expand production.  To ease high-flying auto sales into a more stable growth pattern, the government should gradually phase out the incentive, rather than end it abruptly in December.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Geely's Lynk brand isn't ready to brawl in overseas markets
Yang Jian | 2016/10/28

SHANGHAI -- Last week, Geely Automobile unveiled Lynk & CO, a brand that will target consumers in Europe and the United States.  To stress Lynk's international cachet, Geely introduced the brand at a press conference in Germany, not China.  While Geely's ambition is admirable, the company is getting ahead of itself. It would be much more logical to establish a foothold in its home market before venturing overseas.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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