A spokesman confirms the automaker plans a product portfolio for North America and has hired a consultant to help it find a more palatable corporate and brand name. The aim is to describe a product with quality, vigor and a long future....More
First-year output at the plant will be about 2,000 units, mainly of the British MG brand owned by SAIC since 2005. The JV is withholding details of investment in a second factory until the first reaches full production....More
Skoda sold only locally made cars after launching production in 2007. The auto maker this spring began importing two vehicles from Czech Republic to China, where it has identified a market segment that favors imported cars....More
Domestic brands are being outsold by joint-venture vehicles manufactured in China. But industry representative Dong Yang believes markets below the top tier of cities may offer local makes a second chance....More
GM’s Chinese auto maker partner recently opened its U.S. headquarters in an upscale suburb north of Detroit, tasked by its parent in Shanghai to grow the company’s reputation in industry circles....More
The $254 million Guangde Proving Ground has 37.3 miles of roads and facilities for vehicle testing under 67 different driving conditions. It supports the design and development of vehicles by the JV’s Pan Asia Automotive Technical Center....More
Under Wale’s leadership, GM’s annual sales in China quadrupled from 560,000 units in 2005 to 2.5 million in 2011. In 2009 he received the Shanghai government’s Magnolia Award, its highest honor for members of the foreign community....More
Much of the growth in the month’s first half was fueled by fears of coming tax increases. But auto makers’ promotions and attractive features on their vehicles also provided significant incentives to buyers....More
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
The Chinese auto maker announces at the Melbourne Truck Trailer and Equipment Show it will partner with Australian vehicle-importer WMC Group to release its lineup of European-designed, Chinese-built Maxus vans and people movers....More
For the 23rd year in a row, top powertrain engineers from around the world gathered to celebrate the winners of the Wards 10 Best Engines competition. Trophies were awarded at a ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.