Foreign auto makers are facing new and unexpected challenges in China. “The Chinese brands making the biggest impact in China today are not produced by Shanghai Automotive (Industry Corp.) or First Automotive Works (Group) but by upstarts,” says Ashvin Chotai, director of Asian Automotive Industry Research at Global Insight. “These companies are much more successful, much more entrepreneurial and don’t have joint-venture partners.” Adds Tim Dunne, director, Asia-Pacific Market ...

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