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Will Americans Buy Cars Made In China? Geely Is About To Find Out With The Volvo S60 Inscription
Will Americans Buy Cars Made In China? Geely Is About To Find Out With The Volvo S60 Inscription

For most of our lives, the words "Made in China" have suggested products of poor quality -- cheap, disposable things that weren't meant to last. As The Detroit News reports, Chinese automaker Geely is anxious to see how Americans react to "Made in China" labels on cars when it ships over the...Read More»

Chen Mingqiao, designer of China's first 3D printed car (unveiled March 24, 2015)
3D-Printed Car Hits The Road In China, At A Cost Of $1,770: Video

3D printing began as the geekiest, moonshot-iest of activities. As scale and quality have improved, though, people and businesses in the mainstream have become excited by the very real possibilities offered by 3D printers. ALSO SEE: Dodge Challenger Vs. Ford Mustang: Compare Cars The auto industry...Read More»

Elon Musk
Elon Musk May Clean House In China Following Tesla's Terrible January Sales

The Chinese government dreams of highways and byways filled with zero-emission electric cars. Chinese drivers, however, don't share that vision -- at least not if Tesla Motors' January sales stats are any indication. According to numerous reports, Tesla's poor performance in China has made CEO Elon...Read More»

2016 Volvo S60 Inscription
Your Volvo, Like Your iPhone, May Soon Be Chinese-Made: Does It Matter?

It’s a done deal. Chinese-built cars will soon arrive to the U.S. market this summer, and they will bear what to some will be a very unlikely badge: Volvo. In its press conference at the Detroit Auto Show, Volvo confirmed that it will sell the 2016 S60 Inscription, an extended-length...Read More»

2014 Volvo S60L production in China
Can Volvo Be Saved?

Once upon a time, Volvo was a force to be reckoned with. Can it rise from the ashes, or is it speeding irrevocably toward irrelevance? Even at the height of its popularity, Volvo never achieved the high-end luxury status of other European marques like BMW or Mercedes-Benz, but that seemed to be a...Read More»

Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S Shows How Tough It'll Be For China To Meet Green Car Goals

Tesla's acclaimed, all-electric Model S sedan will soon go on sale in China, and this week, the company announced how much it'll cost the country's green car fans: 734,000 yuan, or just over $121,000. In America, the same vehicle would run closer to $81,000. And that 50 percent premium helps...Read More»

San Francisco Bay cargo ship, by Flickr user Bernard Garon
U.S. Auto Exports Hit Record High

A few years ago, economists lamented the death of the U.S. manufacturing sector. They lay the blame on several factors, including the high cost of U.S. labor compared to elsewhere on the planet, stringent government regulations, an unskilled workforce, and a general trend toward sales and service...Read More»

Beijing smog
U.S. Partners With China To Put Auto Emissions In Check

Once upon a time, when people thought about "smog", they thought of Los Angeles. Then China opened its doors a little wider, and we got a good look at Beijing. The pollution problem is only getting worse. As China makes its long, slow crawl toward something resembling capitalism, its middle class...Read More»

Geely Maple
Geely Coming To U.S. In 2016: Are Americans Ready For Chinese Cars?

China's auto market is booming. Despite some signs of a slowdown, sales remain very, very strong, showing double-digit gains. One of the big dogs in China's marketplace is Geely, best known to Westerners as the owner of Volvo. In fact, according to AutoNews, Geely is getting so big that it plans to...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
Autonomous Cars Will Probably Hit China First -- And That's Okay

Here's what we know about autonomous cars: A. They're coming. B. They'll wreak havoc among automakers, with upstarts like Google emerging as viable competitors. C. They'll have an effect on related sectors, too -- like auto insurance. What we don't know about autonomous cars is when they'll arrive...Read More»

China's Spring Airlines (photo by Shimin Gu via Wikimedia)
China's Next Big Thing: Buying Cars From SkyMall

SkyMall is the Hammacher Schlemmer of the skies: a catalog of the utterly useless and completely extravagant that we may pull out of the seat pocket in front of us when we're cruising at 36,000 feet, but we typically don't take too seriously. But what if there were more to SkyMall? What if, instead...Read More»

Chinese safety belt t-shirt
Fashion To Fool The Fuzz: Chinese T-Shirts Look Like Seatbelt Straps

Sometimes, inventions are revolutionary. When the iPhone debuted in 2007, the world let out a collective gasp, as if to say, "Yes, that's just what I've been wanting!" Sometimes, inventions are dull. Ginsu knives and the ShamWow do things that other products do, they just claim to do them better...Read More»

2012 Saab 9-3
Saab's New Owners Set Goal:120,000 Vehicles A Year By 2016

The rumors about Saab's death have been greatly exaggerated -- at least, that's what the brand's new owners say. According to Bloomberg news, Saab's long-quiet assembly lines will return to action this summer, and the company hopes to meet some pretty lofty production goals within three years. A...Read More»

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee  -  2013 Detroit Auto Show
Chrysler Inks Deal With Guangzhou To Produce Chinese Jeeps In China

Back in October, there was a lot of discussion about Chrysler and news that the company might begin producing Jeeps in China again. Some pundits screamed bloody murder, fearing that Chrysler's new Italian owner -- Fiat -- planned to shutter Jeep facilities in the U.S. and headquarter the...Read More»

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
So, Is Jeep Really Moving To China, Or What?

Update: See below Last week, Bloomberg News ran a story with this headline: "Fiat Says Jeep Output May Return to China as Demand Rises". There are three ways you could look at that. 1. You could cock your head to the side like Nipper the RCA dog and wonder what the heck it means. 2. You could...Read More»

25 years of the airbag
Phony Airbags: What To Do If You Have Them On Your Car

As we mentioned yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an alert to U.S. car owners, warning them that their car could be carrying counterfeit airbags. Although NHTSA says that no deaths or injuries have been associated with the recently discovered glut of fake...Read More»

Barack Obama
U.S. Accuses China Of Illegal Auto & Parts Subsidies

China's auto industry is booming: car sales are strong, and the country's suppliers are doing bang-up business on the export front. But the U.S. claims that China has given its auto industry unfair advantages through heavy import tariffs, artificially devalued currency, and $1 billion in shady...Read More»

Traffic in China
Americans Own Fewer Cars Than Europeans, More Than Chinese

We live in exciting times. Cell phones and jet planes have made the world vastly smaller. The internet has radically changed the way we communicate and do business. And although poverty and disease remain huge problems around the globe, entrepreneurs, agencies, and governments are developing new...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-4X
If The Saab Sale Goes Through, Will It Still Be Called Saab?

By now, you probably know two things about Saab: It's not dead (yet). If it survives, it's going to be an electric car company (maybe). But if item #2 comes to pass, will Saab continue to be called "Saab"? An article in Detroit News raises some doubts. A family history Saab is a big company. The...Read More»

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