Chinese Technology Firms Eye Autos

The global automotive market, which has always been one of the most competitive in the world, is likely to become even more crowded in the years ahead. Although the level of technology required to produce the modern car is considerable, many industry analysts refer to passenger cars as mere “differentiated commodities” because the way in [...]

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Q1 2015: A Watershed For China Autos?

Inevitably, price becomes a major factor in every industry in China. The vast numbers of Chinese whose per capita incomes remain well below what is considered to be middle class puts downward pressure on pricing. At the same time, intense competition among a large universe of local and international players eager to gain their fair [...]

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China’s Other Electric Vehicle Industry

While the global automotive giants struggle to find a winning formula for electric vehicles (“EVs”), approximately 100 manufacturers in China have already identified a large potential market undiscovered by the traditional players. The common problems faced by EV automakers — high cost, driving range, and the availability of charging stations — are not issues for [...]

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China’s M&A Market In Review

China’s M&A Market In Review

Many thanks to the team at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for their report, M&A 2014 Review and 2015 Outlook, which provides a comprehensive summary of mergers and acquisition activity in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The PwC review illustrates why Institutional Investor, the pre-eminent investor magazine, has called Chinese companies “The New Force In Global M&A.” [...]

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Tesla Overestimates The China Market

Wanted: Head of China for Tesla, a $25 billion Wall Street darling whose “disruptive technology” provides Chinese auto buyers with an attractive, environmentally friendly product. This position offers the right candidate the opportunity to develop Tesla’s business in the China market, the size of which is expected to rival that of the United States in [...]

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Managing The Dragon’s China Predictions For 2015

The year of the goat may go down as the year of the capital markets in China. In the closing months of 2014, China announced two major reforms that promise to have a far-reaching impact on the deployment of capital flows in and out of the country. As a result, three of my predictions this [...]

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2014 Predictions: How Did We Do?

It’s that time of the year again — time to look back on the previous 12 months and assess how we did in terms of predicting the course of events in China. But first, let’s set the stage. At this time last year, China had just announced a 60-point reform plan that was described as [...]

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Electric Cars: A Review of 2014

Electric Cars: A Review of 2014

Every year, approximately 88 million trucks, buses and passenger cars are produced worldwide. While the vast majority of these vehicles are powered by an internal combustion engine, the power source of choice for autos for the past 100 years, there has been much speculation about the role that electric vehicles might play over the next [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving to All MTD Readers

Having lived in China for the past 21 years, one question I’m frequently asked is: “What about the United States do you miss most?” For my wife and me, the answer to that question is easy—the holidays. On the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day, when everyone in the States is taking a [...]

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Health Care: A Trillion Dollar Industry In The Making

How many times is a trillion dollar industry created? Not very often. After all, a trillion of anything is a very large number. To put it in perspective, only the largest 15 countries in the world had a Gross Domestic Product greater than $1 trillion in 2013. However, no less an authority than McKinsey & [...]

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