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PSA to lease China assembly plant to Nissan, report says

June 22, 2018 10:49 CET
PSA, which operates well below production capacity in China, will lease one of its vehicle assembly plants in Wuhan to Nissan starting this year, according to a Chinese media report.

Daimler cuts 2018 profit outlook as tariffs strike U.S.-made SUVs

5:59 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2018
Daimler said profit would fall in 2018 as new import tariffs on light vehicles exported from the United States to China would hurt sales of high-margin Mercedes-Benz SUVs.

China to act 'forcefully' on Trump's $200 billion tariff threat

10:41 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
Trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies intensified, with China vowing to retaliate "forcefully" against President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports.

Automakers burned as U.S.-China spat flares

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Fears of a full-blown global trade war moved closer to reality last week as the United States delivered on a threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports,

Magna forms JVs to make electric cars in China

8:23 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Canadian auto parts supplier Magna said it would set up two joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle to build cars in China.

Cars in crosshairs as U.S.-China trade war erupts

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2018
President Trump pushed ahead with hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, including cars and auto parts, and a smoldering trade war between the world's largest economies ignited as Beijing replied with tariffs on 659 American imports, including light vehicles.

A Buick crossover may cost an extra $8,000 after tariffs

2:52 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2018
Some Buick buyers may be in for some sticker shock after President Donald Trump's tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports.

Trump sets $50 billion in China tariffs with Beijing ready to strike back

9:07 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2018
President Trump announced hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports as Beijing threatened to respond in kind, in a move that looks set to ignite a trade war between the world's two largest economies.

BMW sales fell 2% in May on China tariffs, German diesel bans

June 12, 2018 10:57 CET
BMW Group said its global vehicle sales fell 2 percent in May, weighed down by China tariffs and a steep drop in German registrations as cities such as Hamburg started banning older diesel vehicles from key streets.

China in control as industry enters new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
China has been the world's biggest auto market since 2009, when it eclipsed the United States. But only recently has it reached a long-anticipated, and in many quarters, long-feared, tipping point.

Tariff tussles may threaten GAC's U.S. launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
GAC Motor, angling to become the first homegrown Chinese automaker to export light vehicles to the United States, is re-evaluating those plans after President Donald Trump's threat to level tariffs on imported vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler bets on market-specific models to get traction in China

June 8, 2018 06:01 CET
Fiat Chrysler will offer more vehicles tailored to China and speed up electrification to relaunch the group in the world's largest car market.

Daimler, BYD to recapitalize China EV partnership

June 5, 2018 16:14 CET
Daimler and its China partner BYD will each invest 400 million yuan ($62.5 million) to help speed a turnaround at their unprofitable EV joint venture.

GM China accelerates electrification plans to 20 models by 2023

7:05 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2018
General Motors is accelerating the pace of electric vehicle launches in China as policymakers in the world's biggest auto market continue to promote EVs as an alternative to gasoline cars.

Ford's 2-wheel concept gets Chinese electric makeover

7:09 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2018
Engineer Zhu Lingyun believes this two-wheeler, inspired by a Ford concept from 1961, will be on public roads within two years.

LUCA CIFERRI

Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2018
Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, performance, fit and finish and overall quality.

Germany's Grammer in talks with Chinese 'white knight' over takeover bid

May 29, 2018 10:33 CET
Grammer is in talks over a deal that would allow its takeover by Jifeng Auto, a former "white knight" that helped to defend the German seat maker against aggressive intervention by the Bosnian billionaire Hastor family.

Qoros owner Baoneng eyes tech center in Germany

May 29, 2018 15:43 CET
Baoneng, a private Chinese business conglomerate that acquired the Qoros brand last year, plans to set up a tech center in Germany to help its auto manufacturing unit access and upgrade technology.

VW begins production of Sol electric crossover in China

May 29, 2018 11:41 CET
VW has started production of the Sol-badged E20X full-electric crossover at a new China plant with partner JAC.

VW will open 3 new China plants on SUV, EV demand

May 28, 2018 14:39 CET
VW will open three new factories in China with local partner FAW as it steps up efforts to maintain leadership in the world's biggest auto market.

Bosch opens China infotainment, component plant

May 25, 2018 10:39 CET
Bosch opened a second plant in the east China city of Wuhu this week to expand output of infotainment and other connectivity systems for vehicles produced in China.

China said to back private investment in state automakers

May 25, 2018 10:26 CET
China is considering encouraging state-owned automakers to bring in private car manufacturers as investors as it seeks to create an industrial champion to compete with global companies such as Toyota and Volkswagen, Bloomberg reported.

Novelis expands in China amid trade friction

10:52 pm U.S. ET | May 24, 2018
Novelis is investing about $180 million to double its automotive aluminum body sheet capacity in China, as it seeks to tap demand from the country's growing electric vehicle market.

China sees potential in AI, self-driving, digitalization cooperation with Germany

May 24, 2018 09:46 CET
China's commerce ministry said it sees good potential in cooperation with Germany in sectors such as digitalization, new energy cars, artificial intelligence and driverless cars.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Donald Trump does a favor for BMW and Mercedes

May 23, 2018 09:26 CET
The biggest beneficiaries of President Donald Trump's drive to get China to "play fair" on trade are automakers such as BMW and Mercedes, which export expensive sedans and SUVs from Germany and the U.S. to wealthy customers in the world's biggest market.

 
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

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12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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