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In China, The Chevy Cruze T Plays A Giant Game Of Pac-Man
In China, The Chevy Cruze T Plays A Giant Game Of Pac-Man

It's no secret that China is the world's biggest auto market. Thanks to Beijing's more capitalist-friendly ways, a strong national economy, and a growing middle class, car ownership in China is on the rise. (Cash-for-Clunkers-esque government subsidies haven't hurt, either.) The problem is, despite...Read More»

BYD e6 electric crossover, Electric Avenue, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
China Predicts Five Million Electric Cars on Its Roads by 2020

Five million electric cars on the road in China by 2020? That's the plan from the Chinese central government. According to the China Car Times, it is not a difficult project at all. Five million cars in the next ten years works out to about 200,000 vehicles a year, and it gives the Chinese...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet New Sail hatchback, sold in China
Chinese-Made Cars Edge Closer to the United States, Via GM

The U.S. auto industry has long feared an onslaught of cheap cars from Chinese brands like Chery, Geely, and BYD. But it's more likely that established global automakers will be the first ones to bring Chinese-made cars to the Americas. The United States market poses tricky political problems for...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Today in Car News: American Resurgence, Car Chargers and David Byrne

Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Jeep Grand Cherokee: America's automakers may have won back their place in the consideration queue. [New York Times] Electric cars might be the hot topic this week, but automakers still have low expectations for sales. [CNet] Ecotality and Coulomb Technologies say...Read More»

2011 Coda Sedan, final production version
Today in Car News: Electric Car Adopters, China and Survolt

Americans are ready to buy electric cars--but that pesky pricetag gets in the way. [NielsenWire] Should you pay attention to these automotive brands? There are only ten of them--but aren't there only 38 brands total anyway? [CNNMoney] Longtime Jaguar managing director Mike O'Driscoll will retire...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60
What's On the Horizon for Volvo?

Now that it's owned by Geely and not by Ford, what's in the future for Swedish automaker Volvo? One thing is certain--change is coming, now that the automaker is no longer owned by Ford. After acquisition this past summer by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group of China, it’s no longer a given what...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus ST
Alan Mulally: Lincoln Is Going Global

Ford Motor Company and its CEO Alan Mulally have had plenty of news to share with the folks at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. The biggest attention-getter so far may have been the unveiling of the stunning 2012 Ford Focus ST, but Mulally himself is causing a stir with his talk of broadening Lincoln's...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
General Motors Makes Campaign Donations As IPO Nears

During its bankruptcy and restructuring last year, General Motors suspended all giving to political campaigns. It was the right thing to do for a number of reasons, but perhaps most importantly, it was a PR move: GM needed to show the world that it was using every dollar at its disposal to improve...Read More»

Audi TT RS
Today in Car News: Audi TT RS, Honda CR-Z, and Saturn Redux

We've told you it's coming--now Audi confirms the TT RS is coming to America. [PRNewswire] Toyota thinks the 2011 Honda CR-Z is on to something, and might want a sporty hybrid coupe of its own. [AutoblogGreen] While it deals with recall aftermath, Toyota now says its "black boxes" may not indicate...Read More»

2010 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150
Today in Car News: Ford F-150 Safety, Mazda Pickup, and Volt

The Feds want to know if gas-tank straps on the popular Ford F-150 show cause for concern. So do we. We imagine, so does Ford. [New York Times] Mazda's sent out illustrations that preview its next-generation small pickup truck. Only as with the Ford Ranger, it's built overseas and no, you can't...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Today in Car News: Leaf and Lance, McLaren and Car Czars

Lance Armstrong could be in for a world of legal nightmares with new doping allegations, but Nissan thinks he's still the guy to front some 2011 Leaf marketing. [AutoblogGreen] With Volt and Leaf set to launch, sales of gas-dependent hybrids are falling fast--with the Toyota Prius falling more than...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell
Consumer Concern: Air-Conditioning Refrigerant From China

You may recall the sad case of the contaminated Chinese drywall that erupted last year in Florida, rendering houses uninhabitable. Or the previous year's scandal over melamine-adulterated milk that sickened hundreds of thousands of Chinese children. Now a potential concern over another Chinese...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
Today at High Gear Media: Kia Sportage, China Wins Volvo and LOLcars

Happy Monday from the gang here at High Gear Media--okay, that's enough, get past your unbridled enthusiasm for work and take a tour with us around the HGM empire for the latest car news, reviews, and opinions, starting with TCC's review of the 2011 Kia Sportage. Is it the cute-ute with enough...Read More»

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General Motors Adds A Brand, Launches No-Frills Sedan In China

Here in the U.S., General Motors and its chairman/CEO Ed Whitacre have sold off brands -- or at least tried to --  like they were going out of business. In China, however, where the economy is robust and the auto market remains strong, GM has launched a new car brand to lure lower-income and...Read More»

Traffic in China
Nielsen: Chinese Car Buyers Are Feeling A Little Hungover

2009 was a year that many would like to forget, and that goes double for the auto industry. In China, however, 2009 was a boom time for car makers -- a year of steep government subsidies, an auto market that saw 45% growth, and a frenzied population of buyers, many of whom still find owning a car a...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
GM Sells More Cars in China Than in the U.S.

GM is celebrating this week--along with the Independence Day holiday here, it's celebrating some huge sales numbers in Asia. Behind the power of its Buick brand, General Motors sold 1.21 million cars in China in the first six months of this year--which means the automaker is now selling more cars...Read More»

The Great Wall of China
Beijing Lowers The Great Wall, But Will Detroit Invade?

Over the weekend, China did something fairly extraordinary: the country's central bank allowed China's currency, the yuan, to increase in value against the U.S. dollar. That could open some important doors for Detroit automakers, who've all been working overtime to grab a slice of China's robust...Read More»

Brilliance BS6 crash test, before modifications, 2007
BMW's Chinese Partner Isn't So Brilliant, Pulls Out Of Europe

Yes, China is on track to become the world's largest single car market. And yes, one or more native Chinese carmakers will likely become fully competitive in the global market within 10 or 20 years--as Hyundai, Honda, and Toyota have done over time. But there will be fits and starts along the way...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60
Hmmm: Volvo's New Owner Promises To 'Liberate This Tiger'

Ford's sale of Volvo to Chinese automaker Geely has been a case of good news/bad news for Volvo enthusiasts. Unfortunately, recent comments from Geely's founder, Li Shufu, aren't soothing the nerves of those worried that Geely might misguidedly "improve" the brand into an early grave. Case in...Read More»

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