China’s standard of living, at least in the cities, has improved dramatically. Households are enjoying cars and other modern amenities as incomes rise. But traffic, stress and inflation detract from the quality of life....More
“We have learned a lot from joint ventures, but China must be able to develop its own core technologies,” Guo Konghui, a Jilin University professor, says as Changchun hosts its auto show and VTI technology conference here....More
The 9th Changchun International Automobile Expo began Sunday, July 15, and the nine exhibit halls were quickly jammed with an emerging middle class eager to buy cars, SUVs, cross/utility vehicles and minivans.
The power and prestige of senior Chinese officials and their taste in cars may prove the new restrictions on imports to be a paper tiger. Previous attempts to curb government spending on expensive foreign makes have failed....More
China may be the world’s largest automotive market, but heavy reliance on foreign technology and weak R&D capability among local producers makes it a mere “factory” for global car makers, one analyst says....More
Model-year changeovers in the truck business these days bring with them more updates than in the recent past. Competitive pressures are too intense to let a product go untouched, GM marketers say....More
Next year, GM expects to have 14 core platforms and 12 regional architectures in play. That will decrease to 11 core and two regional platforms, plus two flexible architectures in 2020, before going solely to four component-set platforms in 2025....More
Should the government publicize vehicle-performance data reported by manufacturers and used to identify potential safety defects? Are thousands of scattered eyes necessarily better than a single trained eye?...More