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MTD’s 2014 Beijing Auto Show Preview

In a few weeks, auto makers, suppliers and consumers from all over the world will travel to China’s capital city to see the latest auto technology on display at the 13th Beijing International Automobile Exhibition (“Auto China”). The first edition of Auto China was held almost twenty-five years ago in 1990, and every year since [...]

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What’s It Like to Buy a Tesla in China?

China figures big in the future plans of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), the Palo Alto, California-based electric car company that has captured the imagination of so many car enthusiasts — and investors. To illustrate how important China is to the company, Veronica Wu, Vice President of Tesla’s China operations, said earlier this year that she expects China [...]

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Podcast: Chinese Investment in the United States

In the latest in our new series of podcasts, MTD‘s Jack Perkowski talks with Wade Taylor, Host of wsRadio.com’s China America Business and Lifestyle Show, about Chinese investment in the United States. Click here to listen to the full show.

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MTD’s Jack Perkowski Interviewed on “Autoline”

I was pleased to be a recent guest on Autoline, hosted by John McElroy, during the show’s recent visit to China. The resulting episode, “Working Behind the Great Wall: Westerners in the Chinese Auto Industry,” features me, along with James Hope of Chery Motors, and Daniel Kirchert of Infiniti China. Our topic of course is [...]

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Can Tesla Outsell Porsche in China?

Over the past few weeks, there have been several announcements regarding the activities of Tesla Motors, Inc. (NasdaqGS:TSLA) in China. In late January, Tesla announced that a version of its Model S, which sells for $81,070 in the United States, would retail for 734,000 yuan ($121,300) in China after shipping costs and import duty and [...]

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China Cross-Border M&A Continues

In one of the larger overseas industrial acquisitions ever by a Chinese State-Owned Enterprise (“SOE”), Shanghai listed (600458.SS) Times New Material Technology Co., Ltd. (“TMT”) announced last week that it agreed to acquire the Rubber and Plastics Business Unit of ZF Friedrichshafen AG (“ZF”) for $399.3 million. While a number of billion-dollar plus overseas deals [...]

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The Global Auto Forum 2013: Let Volvo Be Volvo

The fourth annual Global Auto Forum (“GAF”) was held in Wuhan last week, and by all measures, it was the most successful ever. Building upon the success of the first three conferences, all of which were held in Chengdu, the GAF has become the leading automotive conference in China. Over 1,000 representatives from the Chinese [...]

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The Changing Landscape Of Global Autos

What a difference twenty years makes. In 1993, China’s auto industry was producing less than one million vehicles per year and there were no Chinese passenger car makers. In 2013 China will produce over twenty million vehicles, and Chinese companies account for 35 percent of the total passenger car market. In 1993 the likes of [...]

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Chinese Carmakers Go Global

You may not see Chinese cars in showrooms in the United States, Germany or Italy anytime soon, but you’re liable to see them everywhere else you travel. While emissions, safety and quality requirements in the most developed countries of the world may be too difficult for China’s local car makers to overcome in the near [...]

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China Autos Speeding Ahead

China’s overall economy may be growing slower than expected, but don’t tell that to China’s auto makers. Unit sales for the first six months of 2013 grew by an amazing 17 percent to 7.8 million. That’s more than twice the rate of overall economic growth projected for China in 2013. The World Bank’s latest forecast [...]

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