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Faraday's future in doubt as Chinese court freezes founder's assets
Faraday's future in doubt as Chinese court freezes founder's assets

With every passing day, Faraday Future's name seems increasingly ironic. Troubles have been brewing at the U.S.-based, Chinese-backed electric car start-up for more than a year, with very little good news to break up the bad. The latest headline involves the company's founder, Jia Yueting, who's...Read More»

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Another Chinese electric car startup hits snags

When you hear the phrase "Chinese electric car startup", you probably think of Faraday Future, an ironically named enterprise with no past and diminished future prospects. But Faraday is far from the only Chinese company that's set its sights on the electric car market. At last count, there were at...Read More»

Teaser for Trumpchi GS7 debuting at 2017 Detroit auto show
Chinese automaker to show three cars at 2018 Detroit auto show

A government-owned Chinese car company will take to the main show floor at next week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit with three new cars. No, you can't buy one—at least not yet. GAC, the automaker exhibiting in Detroit, isn't currently allowed to sell cars here and it's...Read More»

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China fines General Motors $29 million for price-fixing

Here in America, the president-elect has spent plenty of time talking about his plans for de-regulation. Across the Pacific, however, there's no sign that China has any such intention of scaling back government oversight. In fact, Beijing regulators are now gearing up to fine General Motors 201...Read More»

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Tesla edits Chinese website, scrubs talk of Autopilot in wake of Beijing crash [UPDATE]

Update: see below Over the weekend, Tesla Motors tidied up its Chinese-language website. Although the company says that the edits have been in the works for a while, the timing is a bit suspicious. That's because the changes appear to come in response to a recent fender-bender in Beijing that...Read More»

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Tesla Autopilot involved in another crash--this time, in China

The past several months have been a roller coaster for Tesla, full of ups (e.g. the debut of the upcoming Model 3) and downs (e.g. ho-hum responses to CEO Elon Musk's "Master Plan Part Deux"). Unfortunately for Tesla fans, it's time for another down moment: the automaker has confirmed another crash...Read More»

Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)
World auto market hits new heights; 100 million sales by 2020?

Most automakers have seen moderate U.S. sales growth in 2016. The stats are even better in other countries, and there's no slowdown in sight. That raises a number of questions, including: how long until the global auto industry reaches the magic number of 100 million sales per year? The answer...Read More»

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Uber merges with Chinese rival, Didi Chuxing

Tesla isn't the only company with an urge to merge today: ride-sharing powerhouse Uber plans to merge its operations in China with the market-dominating Didi Chuxing. Details of the plan came from Didi Chuxing, which will own Uber's brand and data in China. Under the terms of the merger, Uber China...Read More»

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Cars are so yesterday: try boat, balloon sharing, Uber says

Uber is on a quest to take over the world of transportation. Phase one of the company's efforts let car owners double as taxi drivers, using Uber's popular ride-hailing app. In China, the company is now moving on to phase two, where, quite literally, the sky's the limit. Before the end of the year...Read More»

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7 Chinese companies that want to dominate the electric car market

If you've seen photos of Shanghai or Beijing engulfed in smog, you know that China has room for improvement on the environmental front. But change is coming quickly to the world's most populous country, and nowhere is that more visible than in the auto industry. Roughly 40 years ago, China began to...Read More»

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Apple gambles on ride-sharing with $1b investment in Didi Chuxing, China's Uber

Most of the recent talk around Apple and automobiles has centered on the company's highly secretive (but not especially secret) work on autonomous electric cars. When and if those vehicles will roll into showrooms is still anyone's guess, but one thing's certain: Apple is increasingly interested in...Read More»

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China, UAE shift to autonomous cars, leaving the U.S. behind

The United States has a mature car culture. For decades, private individuals have bought vehicles, automakers have analyzed trends, and regulators have set guidelines for development of new models. Sounds good, right? But there's another way of looking at America's long history with cars: we've...Read More»

Promotional poster for 'The Brain That Wouldn't Die' (1962)
Chinese Scientists Are Developing A Mind-Controlled Car

If you saw Carrie and immediately thought, "Man, telekinesis is cool!", you'll be happy to know that scientists in China have been working on a device that grants similar powers. It can't control fire hoses or skewer annoying gym teachers in the gut, but it does allow users to control a car using...Read More»

Teaser for Le Supercar debuting at 2016 Beijing Auto Show - Image via Letv
Tesla Competitor From China Ponies Up $1 Billion To Launch U.S. Operations

Back in August, we told you about Jia Yueting, a Chinese entrepreneur who created LeTV (China's answer to Netflix). The billionaire techie had announced his intention to take on Tesla in the luxury electric car arena. Since then, we've learned a bit more about Yueting's plans -- and according to...Read More»

2014 Volvo S60L production in China
'Made In China' May Be Fine For Volvo, But Not Lexus -- Or Chinese Shoppers

Lexus is one of the few luxury automakers that hasn't set up shop in China. That's undoubtedly lost the company plenty of sales, because vehicles imported to China carry high tariffs and cost around 30 percent more than cars made domestically. But Lexus is sticking to its guns -- at least for the...Read More»

2015 Buick Envision (Chinese spec)
Would You Buy A Chinese-Made Car? Buick May Want To Know

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been hearing rumors about a new, sporty electric car that's intended to turn the heads of Tesla fans. Sounds feasible, right? After all, Tesla is beloved and adored by many motorists, so why shouldn't it draw a few competitors? Then we hear that this new car is...Read More»

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China's Auto Market May Not Be As Strong As Everyone Thought

Some pundits have predicted that China's auto market is unstoppable. To prove their point, they often point to the country's booming middle class, who aspire to own the same luxuries as their counterparts in the West. On the face of it, the numbers make sense. China is massive -- with nearly 1.4...Read More»

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BMW & Baidu Could Release An Autonomous Car Before Google, But Does It Matter?

When we think of autonomous cars, we tend to think of Google. Though other companies have developed self-driving technologies -- Audi and Tesla among them -- Google has turned heads because (a) it's a newbie in the auto market, (b) it has a wealth of tech resources at its fingertips, including...Read More»

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From Chengdu To Charleston: Volvo Sets Up Shop In South Carolina

Last month, we talked about an interesting trend in auto manufacturing -- namely, the fact that many foreign car companies are building factories in the American South. Today, we can add another automaker to the list: Volvo, which is setting up shop in South Carolina. According to a press release...Read More»

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