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New regulations on auto investment to tighten industry supervision, replace 14-year-old AIDP

BEIJING – The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has issued a draft of regulations that aims to tighten supervision and raise investment thresholds in the auto industry. The Administrative Regulations on Automotive Industry Investment (ARAII) (draft to solicit public opinion), a copy of which CBU/CAR has obtained, is expected to

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Electrification race heats up as new industry policy arrives

Bye bye Automotive Industry Development Policy (AIDP). Hello Administrative Regulations on Automotive Industry Investment (ARAII)! The AIDP that has been the overarching document governing development principles of China’s auto industry over the last 14 years will soon be replaced by ARAII (see New regulations on auto investment to tighten industry supervision, replace

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FAST and Eaton form JV to produce manual transmissions for LCVs

XI’AN, Shaanxi – Leading Chinese commercial vehicle transmission manufacturer Shaanxi Fast Gear (SFGW) and international power management company Eaton signed an agreement here on May 10 to establish a joint venture to manufacture manual transmissions for light-duty commercial vehicles. The JV will be based in the High Tech Zone of Baoji,

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SOL, here it is: JAC-Volkswagen begins production of E20X electric SUV, eyes Q3 launch

HEFEI, Anhui – The SOL E20X, the first model from JAC-Volkswagen – Volkswagen Group’s third joint venture in China dedicated purely to the production of electric vehicles – began rolling off the production line on May 25. The start of production comes a month after the indigenous brand and its first

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BMW Brilliance’s new high-voltage battery plant to supply batteries for upcoming iX3

SHENYANG, Liaoning – BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) broke ground on May 28 for Phase II expansion of its high-voltage battery center, just seven months after Phase I opened. At the “High-Voltage Battery Center Phase II,” BBA will produce the new, more powerful batteries of the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology for the

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Qingdao facility part of three new factories Volkswagen to open in China to strengthen SUV offensive and e-mobility

QINGDAO, Shandong – FAW-Volkswagen opened its new production facility in Qingdao, Shandong Province on May 28 and began production of the all new Bora based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform. The Qingdao plant is one of the three new facilities the joint venture will have opened before the end of Q3 2018,

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Speed is key: HELLA working with Chinese Enterprises to be faster in China

BEIJING – Lighting and electronics expert HELLA is working with a number of Chinese startup companies combining HELLA’s know-how and their good ideas into products to meet fast changing demand in the Chinese market driven by electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving, according to Mr. Frank Petznick, Executive Vice President of

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BMW first int’l automaker to receive autonomous vehicle road test permit in China, opens China R&D Center in Beijing

SHANGHAI/BEIJING – BMW Group has officially become the first international automaker to receive an open road test permit for autonomous vehicles in China when it received the Shanghai Intelligent Connected Autonomous Driving Test License on May 14 issued by the Intelligent Connected Vehicle Road Test Promotion Team – consisting of

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