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BYD and Geely Hit Potholes

BYD and Geely have been the darlings of China’s auto industry. BYD, which its Chairman, Wang Chuanfu, says stands for “Beyond Your Dreams,” has received a great deal of media attention due to the large investment in the company made by billionaire Warren Buffet and its leadership position in electric vehicles. And, Geely broke the [...]

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Central Planning Versus Market Capitalism

As the dawn of the new century, a new technology promised to fundamentally change global economics. Government leaders in the United States and China, the two largest economies in the world, believed that companies from their respective countries should lead in the development of this new technology. By 2010, two national champions, one from each [...]

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China’s Industrial Policies: Are They Effective?

Periodically, China announces a new industrial policy directed at one or another of its industries. During the past year, the government announced plans to consolidate both steel and automotive. The reason: too many players and too much fragmentation. The announcement of these policies typically triggers a stream of questions about what this means for competitors [...]

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A Newsworthy Week in China

A Newsworthy Week in China

Last week was particularly newsworthy in China, with an important milestone being reached and the release of positive economic data. The production of the 10 millionth vehicle by China’s auto industry this year represents a key milestone in the country’s development. Many government and industry officials gathered in Changchun, home to First Auto Works, to [...]

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2009: The Year Global Autos Shifted to China

When we look back 20 years from now, the year 2009 is likely to be viewed as the year in which the baton of leadership in the global auto industry passed from the United States to China. For the last 100 years, the American car market and American carmakers set the pace in the global [...]

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China’s Car Makers Optimistic for 2009

Somebody forgot to tell China’s carmakers about the global economic crisis. Nearly all are targeting big sales increases in 2009. In a roundup of strategies for 2009, the April edition of China Automotive Review, available only by subscription, noted the aggressive plans of the local assemblers compared to their more conservative, foreign-invested rivals. Here are [...]

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China’s Natural Market for Vehicles and Other Things

China’s Natural Market for Vehicles and Other Things

  In response to my recent post on China’s vehicle exports,  Dan posed a question that I am asked frequently: “How long before we start seeing Chinese cars in the United States?” My answer is always the same: “It’s only a matter of time.”  If the Japanese and Korean car companies have been able to [...]

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BYD: The Global Leader in Battery Technology

With fuel prices higher than ever, energy policy has become one of the key issues in the U.S. presidential campaign. Although it has taken a backseat lately to the economy as the country struggles to deal with the meltdown on Wall Street, everyone realizes that new solutions — and alternatives to the current sources of [...]

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