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Long-Wheelbase Mercedes-Benz GLC Ready For China Debut 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in china, mercedes, Mercedes GLC, new cars on 01 19th, 2018


The China-only Mercedes GLC-L will reportedly soon enter the market, with a premium of roughly 15,000 yuan ($2,300) over the regular model.
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China’s Baidu Search Engine Engages In Making HD Maps For Autonomous Cars 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, china, Reports, Tech on 01 19th, 2018


China's largest search company, Baidu, believes that, in the long term, HD maps will represent a "much bigger business" than their current online commercial activities.
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China’s Baidu Search Engine Engages In Making HD Maps For Autonomous Cars 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, china, Reports, Tech on 01 19th, 2018


China's largest search company, Baidu, believes that, in the long term, HD maps will represent a "much bigger business" than their current online commercial activities.
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China’s Baidu Search Engine Engages In Making HD Maps For Autonomous Cars 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, china, Reports, Tech on 01 19th, 2018


China's largest search company, Baidu, believes that, in the long term, HD maps will represent a "much bigger business" than their current online commercial activities.
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Citroen To Replace C5 And C6 With New Large Saloon By 2020 18
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in china, Citroen, Citroen C5, Citroen C6, Reports on 01 18th, 2018


Citroen believes that in order to succeed in today's market, it needs to cover most mainstream vehicle segments, and as a result, it's now plotting a new flagship saloon.
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Great Wall Starts A New EV Brand In China Called Ora 17
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Beijing Auto Show, china, Electric Vehicles, Great Wall, Reports on 01 17th, 2018


Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors is making a leap into the world of New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) in its home country, lifting the veil on an all-new brand that will produce electrified vehicles.
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Chinese Demand Drives Cadillac Sales To Second Best Year Ever 9
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Cadillac, china, Reports on 01 9th, 2018


Cadillac has just reported the second-highest sales year in its history, thanks largely to skyrocketing demand in China.

A total of 356,467 vehicles were delivered by Cadillac in 2017, a 15.5 per cent sales increase over the previous year. Despite this increase, sales of the brand’s vehicles actually fell by 8 per cent in the United States from 170,006 in 2016 to 156,440 last year.

However, China more than made up for this. In fact, Cadillac reports a 50.8 per cent increase in sales in China, soaring from 116,406 in 2016 to 175,489 deliveries by the time the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2017. In a timespan much quicker than Cadillac predicted, China has become the brand’s largest market.

The most popular Cadillac currently on sale is the XT5 crossover with 143,905 examples delivered to customers throughout 2017. Additionally, ATS sales rose 17.2 per cent and the average sales price of a Cadillac in the United States continues to increase, currently sitting at “well above $54,000.”

“The resurgence of the brand is underscored by our attaining the second-highest total sales figure in Cadillac’s 115-year history,” said Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen.

“Our objective of rapidly establishing a second volume hub for the brand to complement our U.S. operations has been attained, as our Chinese business grew exponentially, leaving us well-positioned for sustained growth going forward.”

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China Wants Half Of Its New Cars To Have AI By 2020 8
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Electric Vehicles, NRDC, Reports, Tech on 01 8th, 2018


China wants to introduce artificial intelligence technology to at least 50 per cent of all its new cars by 2020, Reuters reports.

According to the country’s top state planner, China intends on becoming a world leader in artificial intelligence by 2025 and believes smart cars will be an important part of this project. In fact, the country also wants to cover 90 per cent of its big cities and highways with a wireless network that can support smart vehicles by 2020 as well.

In a statement, the National Development and Reform Commission (NRDC) said it wants to seek public feedback on its artificial intelligence goals.

The NRDC also revealed that it wants to build a national team with officials from the State Council to guide smart car innovation, hoping that China will gain a global reputation for producing quality smart cars by 2035.

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Byton Premieres Crossover Concept At CES With Ambitious Production Goals 8
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, china, Electric Vehicles, new cars, Reports, SUV on 01 8th, 2018


Electric carmaker startup Byton has just premiered its Crossover Concept at CES 2018 in Las Vegas and if the vehicle reaches production, it could be a very tantalizing prospect.

Byton has revealed that its crossover will be able to travel approximately 250 miles in base specification and feature a battery that can be charged with 150 miles of range in a mere 20 minutes. Additionally, it’ll take just 30 minutes to top the battery up to 80 per cent of its capacity.

Beyond its powertrain, Byton says the Crossover Concept will have Level 3 autonomous functionality by the time it hits the production launch and be capable of achieving Level 4 autonomy at a later date. Byton has also ditched traditional wing mirrors for the crossover and instead uses two small cameras that direct vision to the vehicle’s cabin.

The exterior design of the vehicle is intriguing but it is the cabin where things get really interesting. The concept features a huge 49-inch display that stretches the whole width of the dashboard which Byton says will make its way into the production vehicle. Furthermore, the Crossover Concept adopts a large display in the center of the steering wheel but we don’t think that’ll make it to production due to the lack of space for an airbag.

Other intriguing features of the vehicle include a customized version of Amazon Alexa and the ability for the car to monitor the heart rate and blood pressure of occupants.

The founders of Byton say the crossover will reach production in 2019 and start at around $45,000 with the Chinese, U.S., and European markets all being targeted. If the vehicle proves successful, it could be joined by an electric sedan and electric MPV.

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Faraday Future Founder Defies Beijing’s Return Order To China, Remains In U.S. 3
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in china, Electric Vehicles, Faraday Future, Reports on 01 3rd, 2018


The founder of LeEco and Faraday Future Jia Yueting has defied a recent order from China’s regulators to return to the country by the end of 2017, saying his presence was required in the United States as FF’s fundraising was making progress.

Jia released a statement on his official WeChat account which said that he asked his brother, Jia Yuemin, to meet with the regulator and provide a report.

“I am deeply sorry and blame myself for the negative impact of LeEco’s debt crisis,” he said. “The fundraising for Faraday Future in the United States is making significant progress and there are many tasks I need to push forward in order to ensure the production and timely delivery of the FF91.”

LeEco is currently struggling to pay its debts, following a rapid expansion that caused a cash crunch, leading to the company owing creditors 10 billion yuan ($1.54 billion) at its peak, Reuters reports.

Jia claimed in a Faraday Future that the EV startup company has managed to raise more than $1 billion, without announcing the name of its investors, while a Chinese court seized his assets in the country.

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Byton Continues To Tease Its First Crossover Ahead Of CES 2
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, china, Electric Vehicles on 01 2nd, 2018


Byton has released new details about its upcoming crossover.

Set to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 7th, the model is described as a “smart intuitive vehicle” which has been designed for the “coming era of truly shared, smart mobility and autonomous driving.”

The teaser images don’t reveal much but the company says the crossover will have LED lighting units and an intuitive access system which uses facial recognition technology to identify the driver and unlock the doors.

Speaking of technology, the model have a massive “Shared Experience Display” which spans the width of the dashboard. The display can be divided into multiple different sections and can show everything from directions to people in your contact list.

Byton also says the crossover will have voice recognition technology, touch controls, and biometric identification. There will also be “Air Touch” sensors which enable passengers to control the Shared Experience Display with hand gestures.

The crossover will have an electric powertrain and reports suggest the model will have a range of approximately 310 miles (500 km).

The crossover will be built in Nanjing, China and it is scheduled to go on sale in the country in 2019. One year later, the model will be offered in Europe and the United States.

Following the launch of the crossover, Byton has plans to offer a sedan and an MPV. Both will be based on the same platform that underpins the crossover.

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Porsche Has Opened Its 100th Showroom In China 2
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in china, Dealers, porsche, Reports on 01 2nd, 2018


If you had to guess which country is Porsche’s biggest market, what would it be? Germany? The United States? Guess again: it’s China – which makes sense, as it’s also the world’s number one car market.

The German automaker has just opened its 100th showroom in the Asian country, but it’s not a traditional dealership. Billed as a “Porsche Studio,” the location is situated within an upscale shopping mall in Guangzhou, a city whose metropolitan area is more than twice as populous as Beijing.

“In recent years, China has become Porsche’s largest single market”, says the company’s global sales and marketing chief Detlev von Platen. “Our four-door sports cars are especially popular in Asia, but demand for our two-seater models is also increasing rapidly.” Porsche delivered over 5,000 Boxsters and Caymans from the 718 line in China over over the course of the past year, more than any other country in the world.

Little wonder, then, that the automaker is so keen to cater to the Chinese market with the opening of the new Porsche Studio Guangzhou. The space covers nearly 5,000 square feet, and includes the display of all five model lines Porsche offers, along with iPad-based configurators. Though the location – run by the manufacturer – is not a dealership, per se, it does have sales representatives on site from a nearby dealer.

To further accommodate local buyers, the company is also opening another of its Porsche Experience Centres in Shanghai. Similar to those it runs in Atlanta, LA, Leipzig, Silverstone, and Le Mans, the latest facility will allow customers to drive on track and even off-road.

“Although we live in a digital age, the ability to offer a true driving experience has not lost any of its significance for Porsche – quite the opposite in fact,” said von Platen. “Our experience centres in Europe and America are an important part of our sales landscape. Opening another site in Asia is a logical step given the increasing importance of this market region.”

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Chinese Businessman Uses $11,000 In Coins For BMW Down Payment 29
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Film, Offbeat News, Reports, video on 12 29th, 2017


A businessman in China has used almost $11,000 in coins as a down payment for a new BMW.

In a scenario which we desperately wish we could replicate, the unnamed businessman reportedly purchased the BMW on December 18 with the unusual down payment, forcing workers at the dealership to count the coins for hours, The Daily Mail reports.

The coins used were each worth five mao (5p) and had been saved up by the buyer for a number of years.

Video from the bizarre purchase shows dozens of dealership employees counting all the coins in a scene that both amuses and upsets us.

On one hand, it’s always quite funny to make any purchase with loose change you have lying around, particularly if it’s a rather expensive item. On the other hand, the businessman could have simply gone to a bank and deposited the thousands of coins, saving the BMW staff from doing the laborious work themselves.

Thankfully, the remaining balance of around $50,000 was paid in a more conventional way.

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China To Ban Production Of 533 Vehicles Starting Next Month 28
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Chevrolet, china, mercedes, Reports on 12 28th, 2017


China is getting serious about its efforts to reduce pollution as the country will reportedly require automakers stop production of 553 passenger vehicles by January 1st.

Bloomberg reports the production halt will affect models that don’t meet the country’s fuel-consumption limits and these reportedly include vehicles from Audi, Chevrolet, and Mercedes-Benz. While 553 vehicles sounds like a lot, the secretary general of the China Passenger Car Association told the publication it’s actually a “very small” percentage of passenger cars that are produced in China.

The list was compiled by the China Vehicle Technology Service Center and an analyst for China Merchants Securities noted it is the first time the country has created an official list of offending vehicles. Wang Liusheng went on to say “Such documents will surface frequently in the future” and he believes it’s “an essential move to ensure the healthy development of the industry in the long run.”

China is one of the largest markets for electric vehicles and the country has been considering banning the sale of vehicles powered by petrol and diesel engines. However, the plan has faced some opposition including from GM CEO Mary Barra who stated “We’ve encouraged the Chinese government to work with us and work with the industry to make sure we’re creating the excitement and demand for electric vehicles as opposed to it just being mandated.”

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Court Seizes Faraday Future Founder’s Assets In China 28
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in china, Faraday Future, LeEco, Reports on 12 28th, 2017


Faraday Future Jia Yueting’s troubles with the law keep pilling as a court has seized all of his assets it could find in China.

The Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court has seized more than $200,000 in bank deposits and is currently eyeing Jia’s shares in the publicly listed Leshi Internet, as well as two Beijing properties, Bloomberg reports.

The court said that it seized Jia’s assets after agreeing to a demand from a securities firm that claims Faraday Future and LeEco boss owes them more than $30 million.

Jia Yueting has no other bank deposits, housing registration records or automobile registration records that the court can execute upon,” the Beijing court said in its statement. The court didn’t share any details of the securities firm’s complaint except to say it involved an alleged failure to honor obligations.

It’s not clear where Jia is at the moment, with the last report saying that he announced during a Faraday Future meeting that they managed to raise more than $1 billion in financing without giving out the names of the investors.

China’s authorities have ordered Jia to return to the country and sort out his huge debts accrued by his various companies.

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