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Chery signs purchasing contract with central government

The Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. signed a comprehensive sales contract with the Central Government’s purchasing department to provide vehicle sales, service and remodeling for government business use, according to a company press release. The agreement involves all five of Chery’s models: the Oriental Son, Wind & Cloud, Banner Cloud, Tiggo,

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Citroën reportedly suing Shanghai Maple

Citroën and Dongfeng-Peugeot-Citroën Automobile Co., Ltd. (DPCA) reportedly filed a lawsuit recently via the Wuhan Municipal Intermediate People’s Court charging that Shanghai Maple has infringed Citroën’s intellectual property rights, according to a report in Oriental Morning Post.   The dispute is reportedly centered on Shanghai Maple’s chassis technology, which may have imitated

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Chang’an applies for 543 patents

The Chang’an Automobile Group applied for 543 patents in the first 10 months of 2005, six times more than that of 2004, according to statistics from the State Intellectual Property Rights Office (SIPO).   Chang’an’s R&D capability has reportedly reached the National S5 level, one level behind the highest level of S6,

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BYD to launch gasoline/CNG powered F3

The BYD Automobile Co., Ltd. plans to launch a gasoline/CNG dual powered version of the F3 sedan, according to a report on sina.com.cn. The model recently received the production approval certificate from the State Development and Reform Commission (SDRC). BYD Automobile spokesman Wang Jianjun told CAR that the company is

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Shanghai-GM launches Buick Royaum

Shanghai-GM launched the 3.6L Luxury Sports and 2.8L Comfort versions of its flagship Buick model, the Buick Royaum, on November 11. The models retail at ¥498,000 ($62,250) and ¥369,000 ($46,125) respectively. The 3.6L Luxury Sports is powered by an Alloytec V6 engine with maximum power of 190 kW. It features all

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Beijing Benz launches 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Beijing Benz-Daimler-Chrysler Automobile Co., Ltd. launched the 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander equipped with all-new MIVEC engine on November 11, according to a company news release. The 2.4MT FWD, 2.4AT FWD, 2.4MT AWD and 2.4AT AWD versions of the model retail at ¥179,800  ($22,375), ¥199,800 ($24,875), ¥199,800 and ¥229,800 ($28,625), respectively.

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Dongfeng-Nissan to launch new models

The Dongfeng-Nissan Passenger Vehicle Co., Ltd. plans to launch one to two new models every year starting from 2008 and sell 200,000 units of cars next year, according to a report in National Business Daily citing president Mamoru Yoshida. Dongfeng-Nissan announced in 2003 that it would launch six new models

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Shanghai-GM launches 2006 GL8 2.5L MPV

Shanghai-GM launched the 2006 GL8 2.5L MPV on November 10. The CT1 Comfort (7-Seat) and CT2 Comfort (8-Seat) versions both retail at ¥218,000 ($27,250), while the LT Luxury (7-Seat) version retails at ¥238,000 ($29,750).   The model is powered by a Euro III V6 engine with maximum power of 112 kW

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Dongfeng-Nissan rolls off 300,000th car

The Dongfeng-Nissan Passenger Vehicle Co., Ltd. rolled off its 300,000th car on November 8 at its Huadu plant in Guangzhou.   The com­pany, previously known as Fengshen Automobile Co., Ltd. before Dongfeng and Nissan tied up in 2002, rolled off the first car in June of 2000.   It only took Dongfeng-Nissan

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DYK starts construction of second plant

Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia (DYK) began to construct its second manufacturing plant in Yancheng of Jiangsu Province on October 28 of last year.   The second plant has a total investment of about $800 million and covers land area of 364,792 square meters.   Construction of the new plant, which consists of welding, painting, general

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