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VW Tops China Car Sales

Posted: January 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Auto Maker, Auto News, Volkswagen | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on VW Tops China Car Sales

GRILLED.VOLKSWAGENVW are now the biggest automotive manufacturer in the world’s biggest automotive market, quite a contrast to their US operations where they skirt around the middle of the pack.

Volkswagen were once much-loved in the US for their quality, but have since seriously fallen out of favor.

Over in the Middle Kingdom VW’s pull on the Chinese public is immense, the German auto-makers offer stretches from the cheapest $US12,000 hatch to the $US175,000 Phaeton übersedan.

And it seems that anything with a VW badge riveted to the front and back panels seems to simply drive out the showroom doors.

Volkswagen sold 3.27 million vehicles in China last year, it’s closest rival, GM, sold 3.16 million cars, now the race is on for VW to become the world’s biggest automotive manufacturer, but for them to achieve that result they will need to improve the way the US market views them :: Read the full article »»»»


China Tests Unmanned STEALTH Drone ‘Sharp Sword’

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: China, Fly Your Kite | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on China Tests Unmanned STEALTH Drone ‘Sharp Sword’

China Tests Unmanned STEALTH Drone 'Sharp Sword'China’s first stealth combat drone has reportedly made a successful maiden flight, with state media hailing the move as evidence Beijing is closing the gap with major Western powers, the drone is the nations third unmanned weapon.

The test flight of the “Sharp Sword” unmanned aircraft is another step in China’s years-long military build-up, with its defence spending now the second highest in the world and growing by double-digit percentages each year.

This latest weapon from the worlds most populated nation is thought to be based on a Skunk Works – Lockheed Martin – Concept, the UCLASS – Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike – drone :: Read the full article »»»»


The Lithia: China’s Almost Original Electric Sportscar

Posted: May 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: China | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on The Lithia: China’s Almost Original Electric Sportscar

The Lithia - China's Almost Original Electric Sportscar

It’s an ease to forget that China’s rapid rise to super-power status occured on the back of the ability to copy. This ability was practised on everything from tin toys to jet fighter planes.

A couple of years back  – Auto China 2010 Exposition – Chinese automaker CH Auto made a quite a splash showing of it’s Ferrari 599 copy named the Aculeus. Now the budding automaker has hit the expo floor with an electric sportscar, the Lithia :: Read the full article »»»»


General Motors Australia Developing Cars With China

Posted: April 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Holden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on General Motors Australia Developing Cars With China

GENERAL MOTORS AUSTRALIA - HOLDENGeneral Motors Austalian Subsidiary – Holden – has struck a deal with two Chinese companies to design and engineer two cars at its Port Melbourne site. The deal with Shanghai General Motors and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Centre PATAC – doesn’t include the manufacturing of the vehicles. The agreement will involve a team of Melbourne-based engineers and designers tailoring vehicles for the Chinese market based on GM global platforms.

Holden says it cannot provide details of the cars for commercial reasons. In striking this latest deal, GM Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux said Holden was a valued source of expertise within GM’s international operations and was one of only seven fully integrated design, engineering and manufacturing operations in the GM group. Read the full article »»»»


SAAB Files For Bankruptcy

Posted: December 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Grilled | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on SAAB Files For Bankruptcy

SAAB Files For Bankruptcy - 1958 SAAB 92B

The stalwart Swedish car maker Saab has filed for bankruptcy, bringing to an end two years of efforts to rescue the iconic brand. Final desperate efforts to organise help from China were obstructed by General Motors over licences.

“They were here this morning and submitted the documents requesting bankruptcy,” a clerk at the Vaenersborg district court told AFP, adding that the court was currently examining the request.

A statement on the court’s website said three Saab companies had filed for bankruptcy: SAAB Automobile Aktiebolag, Saab Automobile Tools AB and Saab Automobile Powertrain. Read the full article »»»»


Wiki: Chengdu J-20 F-22 Raptor Replica

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Buster Cookson, China, Fast, Faster, Fastest, Fly Your Kite, Wiki | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Wiki: Chengdu J-20 F-22 Raptor Replica

The Chengdu J-20 [Jian-20 literally Annihilator-Twenty] is a purported fifth generation, stealth, twin-engine fighter aircraft prototype developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force [PLAAF] In late 2010, the J-20 underwent high speed taxiing tests. The J-20 made its first flight on 11 January 2011. General He Weirong, Deputy Commander of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force said in November 2009 that he expected the J-20 to be operational in 2017–2019 :: Read the full article »»»»


General Motors China

Posted: May 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, China | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on General Motors China

Is General Motors Chinese business likely to produce more sales than it’s U.S based parent?

GM China registered sales of around 685,000 in Q1 with a growth rate of 10% from same period last year. This growth will likely accelerate GM’s share in China despite the expiration of government incentives and subsidies. The automaker is consolidating its position in China and plans to double its sales in the next five years with its multi-brand strategy and focus on electric vehicles, though increased competition from other global automakers like Ford, Daimler AG, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Nissan could challenge these goals. General Motors has opened a second plant in Shanghai last year and added three new Chevrolet models in 2005, the Sail compact car, Epica intermediate sedan and Aveo hatchback. That pushed China sales for the brand past the 100,000 mark for the first time, establishing China as Chevrolet’s fourth-largest global market. Read the full article »»»»