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Welcome to the new, “smarter” CBU-Auto!

Welcome to the new and “smarter” CBU-Auto!

This latest issue of our weekly e-newsletter you are reading has a fresh new look: a more streamlined and continuous reading format that includes at least two feature articles (usually three), my usual editorial now on the front page and short news pieces, along with headline styled news bits and “flashbacks” – historical news related to current feature reports for reader reference. We have also added links throughout the issue such as on headlines that you can click to directly go to the article page, or at end of articles where you can click to go back “home” (the cover page), helping you to navigate within the issue more conveniently.

In addition to these changes, the new CBU-Auto will offer more feature articles and news reports on the development of connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles in order to provide our readers the most up-to-date, in-depth views and reviews on this largest emerging market in China.

Why have we done this?

The automobile is becoming more connected, autonomous, shared and electric (Daimler coins this as “CASE”). The auto industry as we know it is merging with the IT and other industries at a breakneck speed. It is transforming into a new industry that we cannot yet categorize, as automakers invest huge amount of capital to become mobility service providers.

China as the world’s largest new vehicle and IT market is at the forefront of this revolution.

This is evidenced by innovations coming out of the mobility space such as Didi Chuxing and shared biking platforms such as Mobike and ofo, as well as hundreds of independent or OEM-invested car sharing platforms available throughout China. There are equally countless numbers of startups in autonomous driving. Dozens of the so-called internet carmakers backed by venture capital have emerged trying to disrupt the incumbents. There is not a week or even a day that goes by without some breaking new developments in these areas. Just yesterday, FMC launched BYTON, yet another smart EV brand from China with global ambitions.

Decision makers in China have drafted key policies, regulations and guidelines promoting a clear roadmap for the country to help it lead this revolution. China has an obvious competitive edge because of a faster consumer acceptance to new technologies and regulatory decisions.

Automotive news and events, as they happen in China today, almost always involve “CASE.” Therefore, we have decided to put more focus on “CASE” in our longest-running publication, CBU-Auto.

We will continue to provide the “wheels behind the wheels” of China’s auto industry in each issue of our new CBU-Auto like we have always done but with a much more modern and dynamic look.

We hope you like the change. I welcome your suggestions and comments on how we can do better. You can email me directly at

Thank you for your continued support!

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