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Faster consumer acceptance and regulatory decision making give China competitive edge, says Continental CEO Degenhart

HANNOVER, Germany – China has a competitive edge on the commercialization of autonomous driving and roll out of mobility services because Chinese consumers have the tendency to accept and adopt new technologies faster and regulators can make decisions quicker than in developed countries, according to Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman and

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China’s heavy-duty truck market in 2016: key highlights (III)

China’s heavy-duty truck market is winding down to be a year of surprising growth, with sales expected to rise more than 30 percent to over 700,000 units (actual sales reported by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers were 733,000 units, up 33 percent). What were some of the key highlights? Commercial

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Scania-Higer: a unique cooperative business model that can work elsewhere

I recently caught up with Henrik Henriksson, president and CEO of Swedish truck and coach maker Scania, in Suzhou, of all places, for an exclusive one-on-one interview. Henriksson was in town on November 9 for the inauguration of a new luxury bus and coach assembly shop at the premises of

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Industry reacts positively to GB1589

Industry reactions toward the GB1589-2016 national standards on dimensions, weights and axle loads of commercial vehicles since its release on July 26 and especially since the start of a new round of government clamp down on oversize and overloading on September 21 has mostly been positive. That is at

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Together with partner Foton, Daimler looks to expand truck business in China

HANNOVER, Germany – The fact that the Auman 430 EST super truck from Daimler’s joint venture with Foton was the only Chinese truck on display at the entire IAA Commercial Vehicles in September and part of the “Trucks and Buses for the World” showcase at Daimler’s stand reflects the importance

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China factor in Hannover

The 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles, the world’s largest commercial vehicle show, concluded today after a seven-day run. While traditional European truck and bus makers as well as suppliers dominated the headlines, China was again a significant factor. In fact, German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which organizes the biennial

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Mercedes-Benz: putting emphasis on Chinese customer needs during development

SHANGHAI – The key element of Mercedes-Benz’s sustainable growth in China is to put major emphasis on the needs, preferences and tastes of its Chinese customers during the development of its cars, according to Hans-Georg Engel, head of Mercedes-Benz R&D China and senior vice president of Daimler Greater China Ltd.

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IAA 2015: Borgward returns with the BX7, LeTV’s Ding Lei talks Super Car

FRANKFURT – Unlike two years ago when China’s Chang’an Auto exhibited here for the first time, this year’s IAA Cars or the Frankfurt Motor Show did not feature any Chinese automakers. But nevertheless the China factor still resonated throughout the show as it opened to the press on September 15.

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IAA China Day discusses future trends of China’s CV market and keys to success

Hosted by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Auto Committee (CCPIT-Auto) and German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the IAA China Day was held on September 26 during this year’s IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover. Executives, consultants and government officials from both China and Germany shared

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