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

2014 Tesla Model S in China
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»

2016 BMW 7-Series with M Sport Package
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»

2015 Volvo S60
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»

Accenture Automotive Survey: What Digital Drivers Want
Survey: 76% Of Shoppers Would Consider Bypassing Dealerships & Buy Cars Online

If you're like many folks, you have an aversion to conventional car dealerships. (Honestly, no one likes haggling.) Also, if you're like many folks, you buy a lot of things online. So, you might not be surprised to hear about a new survey, which shows that 76 percent of consumers around the globe...Read More»

2016 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»

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