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The China factor for Daimler: No. 1 in customer experience rather than sales

I was in Stuttgart on February 1 attending Daimler’s Annual Press Conference, and the importance of China was fully on display for the German automaker and its Mercedes-Benz luxury marque. And it was more evident this year than two years ago when I attended the same event. Nearly two dozen journalists from

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Recap of heavy-duty truck manufacturers’ annual business conferences (II)

The last two weeks of December 2017 saw a bunch of heavy-duty truck manufacturers holding their annual business conferences. Following are highlights from those held by SAIC-IVECO-Hongyan and C&C Trucks. – Editor   SAIC-IVECO-Hongyan launches internet dream truck, aims to sell 60,000 HDTs in 2018 BOAO, Hainan – SAIC-IVECO-Hongyan launched

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Up 0.19 percent: China PV end-user sales return to positive growth in January-September 2017

According to data from CBU Analytics, China’s registration volume of passenger cars, MPVs and SUVs in the first three quarters of 2017 reached 16.3 million units, up 0.19 percent year-on-year, finally returning to positive growth territory after cumulative sales growth had decreased through to August. Passenger vehicles with engine displacement

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Smart EVs, new JVs, Chinese and luxury brands, heavy-duty trucks highlight 2017 market

It looks like 30 million units and 5 percent growth are going down the drains. Based on the latest data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on December 11, China’s auto sales over the first 11 months of 2017 reached 25.85 million units, up 3.6 percent year-on-year. Despite

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PV end-user sales increase 3.73 percent to 1.80 million units in May 2017

According to data from CBU Analytics, China’s registration volume of passenger cars, MPVs and SUVs in May 2017 reached 1.80 million units, up 3.73 percent year-on-year. Passenger vehicles with engine displacement of 1.6L and below took up 65.13 percent of the total PV registration volume in May. In the first

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Rising Opportunities in China’s Automotive Independent Aftermarket

Introduction China’s automotive industry has entered a new phase where new car sales growth decelerates, while the car population expands and the average car age increases. This brings enormous opportunities for expansion of the independent aftermarket. In this article, we examine the complexity of China’s independent aftermarket including the distribution

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Rising Opportunities in China’s Automotive Independent Aftermarket (II)

Introduction China’s automotive industry has entered a new phase where new car sales growth decelerates, while the car population expands and the average car age increases. This brings enormous opportunities for expansion of the independent aftermarket. In this paper, we examine the complexity of China’s independent aftermarket including the distribution

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Rising Opportunities in China’s Automotive Independent Aftermarket (I)

Introduction China’s automotive industry has entered a new phase where new car sales growth decelerates, while the car population expands and the average car age increases. This brings enormous opportunities for expansion of the independent aftermarket. In this paper, we examine the complexity of China’s independent aftermarket including the distribution

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Bright prospects for Chinese new energy buses in the overseas market

China produced and sold 547,000 and 543,000 buses in 2016, down 7.4 and 8.7 percent respectively, according to data from China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). New energy bus sales, on the other hand, increased 24.41 percent to 129,000 units, reversing the negative growth trend of the overall bus industry.

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PV end-user sales drop slightly, brand performance mixed in February 2017

According to data from CBU Analytics, China’s registration volume of passenger cars, MPVs and SUVs in February 2017 totaled 1.15 million units, down 4.58 percent year-on-year. Passenger vehicles with engine displacement of 1.6L and below took up 64.28 percent of the total PV registration volume in the month, slightly better

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