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News : Chinese-made Discovery debuts in Chengdu

News : Chinese-made Discovery debuts in Chengdu

Jaguar Land Rover’s unending march to world domination continues with the arrival of the first Chinese-made Land Rover Discovery Sport at the Chengdu Auto Show. The new car appeared in prototype form, and China News Daily reports that it will go on sale in its home market in October with a price starting around 450,000 yuan (£46,300).

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News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

Craig Cheetham   It may not be a name steeped in glamour, but as one of the stalwarts of the former BMC/BL empire, LDV was one of the hardiest survivors. Now it’s back – well, in a sense. In the past few weeks, LDV has relaunched in Ireland, with talk of a return to the UK […]

News : Yema F12 takes Maestro platform further…

News : Yema F12 takes Maestro platform further…

Yema, the current owner of the long-lived Maestro/Montego platform and tooling in China, has released its third SUV model, the F12. It’s a facelift of a facelift of a facelift, and features body styling redolent of the early 2000s Subaru Forester, with a new nose that’s clearly inspired by the Kia Sportage. Currently, only one […]

Features : Motor insurance – getting to know you

Features : Motor insurance – getting to know you

AROnline’s very own insurance expert and man in the industry, Mark Mastrototaro, explains how insurance works, and why it sometimes seems unfair when your policy renewal comes in and it’s not as little as you’d expect. He joins the team to answer your insurance questions. Read, digest and get ready with your questions! Frequently asked […]

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China Watch : Yema revises Maestro into Audi

China Watch : Yema revises Maestro into Audi

Ash Sutcliffe This is a long story, so we are going to make it as short as possible. Back when MG Rover was a solvent company it was looking to offload as much of its IPR without selling its core models’ designs, going through its portfolio it was found that it had the Austin Maestro […]

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Auto Shanghai 2011 : The girls

Auto Shanghai 2011 : The girls

Words: Keith Adams Photographs: Headline Auto No motor show is complete without a glamorous line-up of girls on Press Day. Hope you enjoy – but do keep checking in for updates…

China Watch : SAIC Motor to start building plug-in hybrid in 2012

China Watch : SAIC Motor to start building plug-in hybrid in 2012

Automotive News China, 12 April 2011 SHANGHAI – SAIC Motor Co. says it will start mass production of its first alternative energy vehicle, a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid,  in 2012 to expand its lineup of electric vehicles. The plug-in, to be displayed at this month’s Auto Shanghai, is developed on the platform of its Roewe 55 […]

China Watch : Roewe 750 replacement spied on test

China Watch : Roewe 750 replacement spied on test

Keith Adams  These images posted on auto.sina should leave AROnline readers in no doubt that SAIC Motor’s rapid development of the MG and Roewe  marques shows no sign of slowing. Despite the warmed over Rover 75 only being four years old, its replacement looks to be in the latter stages of development – and it’s clearly […]

China Watch : MG5 Concept sketches emerge ahead of Auto Shanghai

China Watch : MG5 Concept sketches emerge ahead of Auto Shanghai

Adam Sloman These official SAIC Design MG5 Concept sketches have emerged online ahead of the car’s unveiling at Auto Shanghai 2011 later this month. The sketches show a small five door hatch, similar in size to the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf, blending elements from the larger MG6 and the recently launched MG3 supermini. Camoflaged developement […]

China Watch :  SAIC Motor to buy parts and EV businesses for $4.4bn

China Watch : SAIC Motor to buy parts and EV businesses for $4.4bn

Automotive News China/Bloomberg, 8 April 2011 SAIC Motor Corp. has agreed to buy auto parts and electric vehicle businesses from its parent, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC Group), for 28.6 billion yuan ($4.4 billion) to extend its lead as China’s largest automaker. SAIC Motor, of Shanghai, a partner of Volkswagen AG and General Motors, will issue 1.7 […]

China Watch : MG3 prices revealed

China Watch : MG3 prices revealed

Keith Adams The MG3 finally goes on sale in China and has been priced competitively in order to make a big impact in a crowded marketplace. The 1.5-litre hatchback is offered in several trim levels and is priced between £6800 and £9600. More information to follow… [Source: PC Auto]

China Watch : SAIC Motor doubled its profit in 2010

China Watch : SAIC Motor doubled its profit in 2010

Automotive News China, 5 April 2011 SHANGHAI – SAIC Motor Co. says its profit in 2010 surged 125 percent year-on-year to 13.7 billion yuan ($2.1 billion) as the company enjoyed strong vehicle sales growth. SAIC Motor and its joint ventures produced 3.4 million units last year, up 31 percent from a year earlier, according to […]

China Watch : SAIC Motor’s electric car to be based on E1 Concept?

China Watch : SAIC Motor’s electric car to be based on E1 Concept?

Miranda Shek, Global Times, 8th March, 2011     China’s largest automaker, Shanghai-based SAIC Motor, plans to roll out its pure-electric car by late 2012, although industry analysts have raised concerns about the lack of government initiatives and infrastructure for private electric vehicles in the city.   SAIC Motor President Chen Hong told Labor Daily in Beijing […]

China Watch : SAIC Motor to launch an electric car in October 2012

China Watch : SAIC Motor to launch an electric car in October 2012

Automotive News China, 10th March, 2011 BEIJING  – SAIC Motor Corp. plans to start selling its first electric car in October 2012, the Xinhua news agency reported. The three-door small car will be powered by an 18kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 47kW electric motor. It will take six hours for the car to get […]

China Watch : Chinese MG3 launch draws closer

China Watch : Chinese MG3 launch draws closer

Adam Sloman The MG3’s launch is looming in China as the media get to grips with the follow up to the MG ZR. The build up to the Chinese launch of the MG3 continues with the car coming under the scrutiny of the local motoring press. Small MGs have always been popular, with the Metro […]

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China Watch : SAIC Motor aims to triple MG and Roewe sales by 2015

China Watch : SAIC Motor aims to triple MG and Roewe sales by 2015

Automotive News Europe, 23rd February, 2011 SAIC Motor Corp. aims to more than triple the annual sales of its proprietary MG and Roewe models to 700,000 units by 2015, a Chinese newspaper reported on Wednesday. The target, unveiled by SAIC Motor President Chen Hong at a recent meeting with its dealers, was 100,000 units more […]

China Watch : JLR explores potential JV with Great Wall Motors

China Watch : JLR explores potential JV with Great Wall Motors

Automotive News Europe, 21st February, 2011 BEIJING (Reuters) – Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with top Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motor Company Limited (GWM) about a potential China partnership, two executives told Reuters on Monday. JLR, a unit of India’s Tata Motors Limited, is among a very few top-line global brands that do not […]

China Watch : Are all SAIC Group’s assets to be listed?

China Daily, 14th February, 2011 China’s top carmaker SAIC Motor Corp. announced last week that it will suspend share trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange from today as its parent company SAIC Group formulates restructuring plans. The company did not disclose details about the plan in the statement. It said it will make an announcement […]

China Watch : SAIC Motor plans ‘major’ news, suspends shares

China Watch : SAIC Motor plans ‘major’ news, suspends shares

Soo Ai Peng, Reuters, 11th February, 2011 Trading in the shares of China’s top carmaker SAIC Motor Corp. will be suspended from the 14th February, 2011 pending a material corporate announcement, SAIC Motor said on Friday. SAIC Motor, the Chinese partner of General Motors and Volkswagen Group and operator of the MG Motor plant in Britain, said […]

China Watch : SAIC Motor’s estimated net profit doubles in 2010

China Watch : SAIC Motor’s estimated net profit doubles in 2010

Automotive News China, 10th February, 2011 SHANGHAI – SAIC Motor Corp. estimates its 2010 net profit doubled from 6.6 billion yuan ($997 million), the Shanghai Daily reported, citing a company statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Last year, SAIC Motor and its various joint ventures sold 3.4 million units in China, enough for a 20 […]