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  1. Start your engines

    Posted Feb 12th 2005, 12:00am by William Wadsworth

    ... years at McGill, Yale or Oxford. They return with a car as hot as their degree and a diploma in come-hither looks you'll only learn on the streets of a real-world city. But if a Mini ... they may actually be. Some of the less sophisticated younger males will even deliberately honk their horns to draw attention to their vehicles and themselves.' That's nothing new in Hong ...

  2. Ride with pride

    Posted Aug 06th 2010, 12:00am by William Wadsworth

    ... it was not an overt foot-down country. It was non-U to blow a horn in town, but it was okay to blast your Baby Austin along country roads when nobody was looking. So the British developed a taste for cars ... William Wadsworth Look at a car from a distance and you might learn something about its owner. Run your fingers along its brightwork and you may sense the culture of the people who built ...

  3. BYD cuts car sales target by a quarter

    Posted Aug 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Neil Gough BYD has slashed its car sales forecast for the year by 25 per cent, becoming one of the first major carmakers on the mainland to hit the brakes in reaction to slowing sales growth and rising inventories in the world's biggest car market. BYD, which counts Warren Buffett as a major backer with a 9.9 per cent stake, is targeting annual sales of 600,000 vehicles, ...

  4. Bumper crop

    Posted Apr 27th 2010, 12:00am by Paul Moon, Paul Mooney

    ... auto shows in the world. China is rapidly developing an obsession with cars. On the first two days of the show, reserved for the media and industry representatives, hundreds gathered outside ... no surprise, then, that major manufacturers arrived with their best and most expensive models, as well as cars designed specifically for local buyers with increasingly deep pockets. Of the 89 new ...

  5. McLaren revs up super car for Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 14th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Neil Gough McLaren Automotive, the retail sports car arm of the Formula One racing group, is gearing up to challenge Ferrari and Lamborghini in Hong Kong's lucrative market for top-end performance cars. McLaren is targeting Hong Kong sales of about 40 units this year for its MP4-12C, a carbon-chassis super car, making its worldwide debut in Britain this spring ...

  6. Mainland-only models put car sales war into top gear

    Posted Dec 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Neil Gough in Guangzhou Foreign carmakers and their local partners are increasingly turning to new 'China-only' car brands to grab a bigger share of the lower end ... Automobile Group and Japan's Honda Motor, the Li Nian S1 is based on a Honda small car platform and is set to begin nationwide sales in the first half of next year. 'As our very first ...

  7. Chery throws down gauntlet on electric cars

    Posted Nov 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... all-electric cars to market. State-owned Chery, based in Wuhu, Anhui province, officially launched retail sales of its M1-EV battery powered minicar at an electric car show in Shenzhen this weekend. 'Most major Chinese carmakers are in various stages of researching and launching fully electric cars, but this takes time,' Chery New Energy vice-president Zeng Lingpeng said yesterday. ...

  8. Buffett bullish on BYD's electric cars and buses

    Posted Oct 01st 2010, 12:00am by Kandy Wong

    ... Kandy Wong in Changsha Warren Buffett yesterday said he was bullish on the potential for zero-emission buses and cars on the mainland and that his investment in green-car producer BYD would pay. The confidence of the world's most successful investor comes despite continuing delays in the commercial launch of the Shenzhen company's much-touted pure electric E6 car ...

  9. Long road ahead for electric cars on mainland

    Posted Sep 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Neil Gough in Tianjin The mainland's plans to promote electric cars to help counter widespread environmental degradation face a number of 'great challenges', according ... to 60,000 yuan (HK$68,500) for 'green' car purchases. But to date, there are no pure electric cars available on the mainland market. BYD, widely regarded as the leading home-grown pioneer ...

  10. FAW Car invests 1.79b yuan to revive struggling Red Flag brand

    Posted Aug 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Neil Gough State-owned FAW Car is betting 1.79 billion yuan (HK$2.04 billion) that it can raise high the Red Flag once again. The Changchun-based carmaker said yesterday it is investing that sum in a plant with an annual capacity of 30,000 cars. It will be dedicated to resurrecting the historic but struggling Hongqi, or Red Flag, brand of high-end passenger cars. FAW Car said ...




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