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Lotus can thrive under Geely
Nick Gibbs | 2017/5/30

The decision by China's Geely Auto to take a majority stake in Lotus Cars is great news for the unprofitable British sports-car maker.  Geely already is making positive noises about revitalizing the underfunded company.  Geely said it "aimed to unleash the full potential of Lotus Cars and bring it into a new phase of development by expanding and accelerating the rolling out of new products and technologies."  Pictured: Nick Gibbs is U.K. correspondent for Automotive News Europe.
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  Ford taps veteran manager to lead Changan JV sales
Automotive News China | 2017/5/30

Ford Motor Co. appointed veteran manager Steve Hood vice president of sales and marketing for Changan Ford Automobile Co., its joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co.  The appointment will take effect July 1. Hood succeeds Joseph Liu, who was named Ford's sales chief for the Asia region.
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LeEco, on a short leash, may ditch EV project in U.S.
Yang Jian | 2017/5/26

SHANGHAI -- Early last year, LeEco formed a U.S. subsidiary, Faraday Future, to build a $1 billion electric vehicle plant in Nevada.  Despite a subsequent cash crunch, company founder Jia Yueting has repeatedly pledged to move forward with the factory. Until now.  In the wake of a recent financial bailout, LeEco is rapidly approaching the point at which it will have to abandon the U.S. project.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Uber better watch out -- China's Didi is coming
Michael Dunne | 2017/5/23

Didi means "beep-beep" in Chinese.  Originally, the name was intended to convey the sound of a friendly hello.  For Uber these days, Didi might sound more like: "Move out of the way, I'm going to blow past you."  Didi Chuxing, China's fast-growing ride-hailing service, is quietly amassing the money, expertise and allies that it will need if it decides to enter the U.S. market. Here's why Uber should be worried.  Pictured: Michael Dunne is president of Dunne Automotive.
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Foreign automakers shouldn't fear Beijing's 2025 edicts
Yang Jian | 2017/5/19

SHANGHAI -- Beijing has been busy issuing edicts to automakers ever since it opened China to foreign investment.  The latest is a blueprint -- published just last month -- which is supposed to guide automakers through 2025.  It sets goals for EV sales, fuel economy and r&d expenditures, among other things. It even indicates which Chinese automakers should rank among the top 10 of global powerhouses.  Should foreign automakers take this stuff seriously? If history is any guide, they should keep an eye on the policies, but not worry themselves sick about them.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Will Beijing have to pay balky consumers to buy EVs?
Yang Jian | 2017/5/12

SHANGHAI -- Beijing has big dreams for electric vehicle sales in China.  The government expects China's annual EV sales will reach 2 million units by 2020 -- nearly four times the tally in 2016, according to a blueprint published last month for the country's domestic automakers.  But there's scant evidence that consumers want these vehicles -- despite big sales in recent years.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why Beijing is in no hurry to free foreign automakers from joint ventures
Yang Jian | 2017/4/28

SHANGHAI -- Foreign automakers in China have dreamed for decades to be free of the joint ventures that the Chinese government has imposed on them.  This week, a document released by three government agencies appeared to signal that wish would soon come true. But a close look at the document's wording -- not to mention the shaky financial condition of China's state-owned automakers -- suggests the opposite.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why electric crossovers, SUVs will dominate China's roads
Yang Jian | 2017/4/21

SHANGHAI -- Never before have automakers launched so many crossovers and SUVs at the Shanghai auto show.    Those vehicles account for more than half of the new models exhibited at the show this week. And in deference to China's increasingly tough fuel economy standards, many of those crossovers and SUVs are electric.  The automakers' message: The crossover-SUV segment is sizzling, and these products target both consumers' desires and China's standards.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Automakers bet on big SUVs after Beijing eases one-child rule
Yang Jian | 2017/4/14

SHANGHAI -- Beijing relaxed its one-child-only policy last year to allow each married couple to have two kids -- a decision that could bring an influx of big crossovers and SUVs to Chinese streets.  Anticipating families' need for bigger vehicles, global automakers and their local peers are launching a new wave of full-size light trucks. Several models arrived in March, and more will debut next week at the Shanghai auto show.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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Meet China's Future Tigers: Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba
Michael Dunne | 2017/4/11

The Shanghai auto show promises to be a fascinating clash between China's Old Tigers and Future Tigers.   Think of Detroit vs. Silicon Valley. The Old Tigers are state-owned enterprises such as Shanghai Auto or First Auto Works.  They employ hundreds of thousands, and they manufacture millions of cars in joint ventures with GM, Toyota, Mercedes and others.  And the Future Tigers? They are the fast-moving private companies -- Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba -- that dominate China's Internet industry.  Pictured: Michael Dunne is president of Dunne Automotive.
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
LeEco, on a short leash, may ditch EV project in U.S.

Geely to buy stakes in Malaysia's Proton, U.K. automaker Lotus

Ford names new China CEO as Schoch retires

Germany reports progress with China over EV quotas

Faraday Future plans to raise $1 billion in new funding as chief backer struggles

Investors bet against Great Wall's growth plans

Continental supplies control system for Great Wall gearbox

Mahle to produce air conditioner compressors in Changshu

Uber better watch out -- China's Didi is coming

Audi resolves distribution dispute with dealers

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