• Possible sketch of China-only Tesla city car

    Tesla posted an ad in China announcing an R&D center and looking for car designers for Chinese-style vehicles.

  • 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
    Court sides with Jaguar Land Rover in Chinese Evoque copycat case

    Jaguar Land Rover scored a rare victory for intellectual property patents in China.

  • Byton M-Byte and K-Byte
    If track day is important, Byton wants you to buy a different electric car

    Tesla vehicles have earned a reputation, boosted by YouTube reaction videos, for their blistering, dragstrip-worthy, straight-line acceleration. Porsche is getting into the electric performance game with even more fervor. The German luxury marque aims for the pedigree of Nürburgring times and...

  • Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge
    China opens world's longest sea-crossing bridge

    The world's longest sea-crossing bridge is now open to traffic. Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the marvel of infrastructure, officially called the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge, on Tuesday during a ceremony in the southern city of Zhuhai. CNN reported the bridge cost $20 billion to construct...

  • BMW production
    BMW, VW will receive early lead in gaining control of Chinese joint ventures

    Come 2022, China will officially scrap ownership limits on foreign automakers and the joint-venture agreements those limits require. However, the country has given BMW and Volkswagen an early lead on removing the limits. Both German automakers signed agreements with their joint-venture partners in...

  • Zotye T800 is a clone of the Range Rover Sport
    Zoyte preps a Range Rover Sport clone for the Chinese market

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating for western automakers when Chinese brands rip off their designs. The latest copycat car maker? Zotye, which is prepping a vehicle called the T800. It's an SUV that looks an awful lot like Land Rover's own...

  • Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess

    Volkswagen has joined numerous other automakers by offering a China-only brand dedicated to electric cars. On Tuesday, VW introduced the SOL brand for electric vehicles at the 2018 Beijing auto show. The first vehicle from SOL is (shocker) an SUV called the E20X. SOL was born from VW's joint venture with China's Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp (JAC). In fact, the E20X is almost identical to another JAC product underneath the unique sheet metal. JAC currently offers the iEV7S, itself an electric SUV model already available in China. VW did not provide any details on the E20X's...

  • McLaren 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection
    McLaren turns to Chinese fashion line Cabbeen for a limited-run 570GT

    McLaren have teamed up with Chinese fashion house Cabbeen to introduce a special limited-run variant of the 570GT. The idea behind the car is to showcase the philosophy "Designed in China, built in the United Kingdom." Just five examples will be built, and the car is being shown to the public at...

  • 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid
    Charging ahead: Volvo wants 50 percent of its cars sold to be electric by 2025

    Volvo said Wednesday that it wants half of its cars to be fully electric by 2025, the next step in its plans for a fully electrified future. The Swedish automaker made its dedication clear at the Beijing auto show this week, where every single car on display was a plug-in hybrid model. Volvo said...

  • Traffic in China
    China will scrap ownership limits on foreign automakers by 2022

    Since 1994, China has mandated foreign automakers to create joint-ventures with domestic companies to regulate ownership limits. The foreign companies have been limited to no more than 50 percent ownership. It's led to numerous tie-ups between established Western automakers and budding Chinese...

  • Mini Electric Concept rendering, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Mini plans to build electric vehicles in China

    BMW Group, Mini's parent automaker, has signed a letter of intent to initiate a joint venture with China's Great Wall to produce battery-electric Minis in the country. Currently, the Mini plant in Oxford, England, is set to produce an electric Mini in 2019. The German automaker said production...

  • Chinese company copies BMW Isetta
    Iconic BMW Isetta returns as a Chinese knockoff

    Chinese companies have a track record for copying other automakers. Porsches, Hondas, and even tires often have knockoff alter egos in the country. The latest digs deeper into the past, however. Eagle, a Chinese carmaker, has blatantly copied the iconic BMW Isetta, Cars News China reported Tuesday...

  • Artist’s impression of the Polestar plant under construction in Chengdu, China

    Polestar, formerly Volvo's in-house tuner, will forge ahead as a standalone brand within Volvo Cars Group. On Monday, the brand announced it broke ground on its first manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China. It will be the assembly plant for all future Polestar models. Volvo already has a plant in Chengdu and the new plant will follow typical Chinese government regulations for vehicle production. Polestar and Volvo Cars Group will build the vehicles in a joint-venture between two Zhejiang Geely Holding Group companies. Geely owns Volvo Cars Group as well. Polestar said in the announcement...

  • Audi On Demand+ launches in Beijing, China
    Audi launches car sharing for high-end customers

    Automakers and brands have begun to look outside the traditional ownership model to expand their business opportunities, and one of the more popular areas of expansion include car sharing services. Audi had previously waded into car sharing with its Audi On Demand service, and now, it's launched a...

  • Cadillac XT5 Hybrid China
    Cadillac XT5 mild hybrid launches in China

    Cadillac may be branded as an underdog in North America, but in China the luxury division is a big player. In fact, China is Cadillac's top market these days. Combine Cadillac's success in China with a growing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, and we have the Cadillac XT5 Hybrid. The XT5 Hybrid...

  • 2018 Ford Fusion Energi
    Ford exploring potential joint venture with Chinese company to build electric cars

    China is the world's number one automotive market, and adding fuel to booming auto sales is the fact that electric cars are expected to grow exponentially. With this in mind, Ford has signed a memorandum of understanding to potentially build a line of future electric cars in conjunction with a...

  • 2017 Jeep New Compass Trailhawk
    Report: China's Great Wall wants to acquire Jeep

    A Chinese automaker named after the country's most iconic structure says it wants to own the most quintessentially American of automakers: Jeep. One week ago, a report claimed an unnamed Chinese automaker had placed a bid to buyout Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, a move that would fulfill CEO Sergio...

  • Jay Leno drives a 1978 Hongqi CA770
    Jay Leno hits the road in a vintage Chinese limo

    With his massive car collection, Jay Leno isn't quite a member of the proletariat, but he's still not the kind of person who would demand to be driven in a limo, especially not a Chinese limo like the Honqi CA770. Don't know what the CA770 is? Neither did Jay, and that is really saying something...

  • 2014 Porsche Macan spy shots

    The 2015 Porsche Macan is set to debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

  • Audi S5 crushed by shipping container
    Unbelievable Survival Story Of The Week: Audi S5 Flattened By Shipping Container

    Remarkably, two people survived the flattening of this Audi without life-threatening injuries.

  • Cadillac's XTS sedan, now built in China for the Chinese market - image: GM Corp
    Cadillac Building XTS Sedans In China - For The Chinese Market

    China is the world’s largest market for automotive sales, and General Motors’ [NYSE:GM] luxury brand, Cadillac, is a well-established player in the Chinese market. Cadillac’s Chinese dealer network now includes some 150 stores, which is roughly twice as many as the brand had in...

  • 2012 Fisker Karma
    Chinese Automakers Geely And Dongfeng Competing For Stake In Fisker

    Struggling extended-range electric automaker Fisker had a difficult year in 2012. Shortly after its Karma sedan hit the market, it was plagued by a series of recalls for battery, software and cooling issues. Fisker lost access to previously-committed Department of Energy loans for failing to meet...

  • Daimler's Dr. Dieter Zetsche and BAIC's Xu Heyi shake hands on a new joint venture - image: Daimler
    Daimler Buys Into China's BAIC

    The relationship between Mercedes’ parent Daimler and China’s Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) isn’t a new one. Beijing Benz Automotive Company (BBAC) has been building Mercedes-Benz passenger cars since 2006, while another Beijing subsidiary began producing Auman-branded Mercedes...

  • A123 Systems Prismatic Cell
    Chinese Firm Buys Fisker Battery Supplier A123 Systems

    When lithium-ion battery manufacturer A123 systems declared bankruptcy last October, the move left Fisker Automotive without a battery supplier for its Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan. Fisker downplayed the drama, insisting that it had sufficient inventory for the near future, and that the sale...

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