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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! While the full year numbers are not yet out for the heavy-duty truck and bus markets as of the date of publication of this issue, we can be certain that 2017 was yet another banner year for both segments. This issue features highlights from a few business conferences 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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November new energy bus sales and battery electric bus production jump over October

BEIJING – Sales of new energy buses topped 10,000 units again in November while production of battery electric buses nearly tripled over the October tally, according to the latest data from chinabus.info and production certification data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).   November new energy bus

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

It’s late December and that means heavy-duty truck manufacturers’ annual business conferences are in session. Following are highlights from business conferences held by FAW Jiefang, CNHTC, Shaanxi Auto and Beiben. – Editor   FAW Jiefang targeting sales of 264,000 medium and heavy-duty trucks in 2018, 304,000 in total CHENGDU –

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Anticipating negative growth, heavy-duty truck makers still “bullish” about 2018

China’s heavy-duty truck sales in 2017 will top a record 1.1 million units. But they will definitely retreat to below 1 million units in 2018. These are the industry consensus. But how far below 1 million units? Well, that is up to debate. The recent slew of 2018 business conferences

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China automobile sales up 0.65 percent in November 2017

BEIJING – China’s automobile sales in November increased 0.65 percent from the same period of the previous year to 2.96 million units, according to data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on December 11. Passenger vehicle sales reached 2,589,500 units, down 0.03 percent, while commercial vehicle sales reached

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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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