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  1. Car sales slip again in world's top market

    Posted Dec 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Neil Gough neil.gough@scmp.com Mainland passenger car sales fell last month for the second time this year, according to preliminary figures. Wholesale shipments of passenger cars from manufacturers to dealers declined 0.3 per cent from a year ago to 1.34 million units, unofficial data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) shows. That marked the second contraction this year ...

  2. A driving force for creativity

    Posted Dec 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... are dreaming a little bit bigger. Anthony Lo, 47 and vice-president of exterior design at Renault, travelled around the world to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a car designer, after completing an industrial design course at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Lo obtained a master's degree in transportation design from the Royal College of Art in London before stepping into the car ...

  3. VW can start work on 2b yuan plant in Xinjiang, regulator says

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Neil Gough neil.gough@scmp.com Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive has received approval to start work on a two billion yuan (HK$2.4 billion) passenger car plant in northwestern Xinjiang, ... and Reform Commission for a planned facility in Urumqi's economic-development zone, with an initial annual capacity of 50,000 sub-compact passenger cars per year, a statement posted this week ...

  4. What comes around

    Posted Jul 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... but for the world's leading car and tyre manufacturers, the variety of corners and road conditions made the Nordschleife a perfect test track. It has made it also the ideal venue for perhaps the most ... an intense affair for this writer, who has had the privilege of driving both this new car and the original to which it pays homage. In May, on the shores of Lake Como, Aston Martin and design ...

  5. No ugly duckling

    Posted Jul 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... gearbox or automated CVT. But, like the Zagato, the Cygnet has been rebodied by a styling specialist. Aston Martin takes Toyota's iQ city car and changes every body panel except the roof. Then the same people at Gaydon who stitch the leather interiors for the sports cars put together a luxury cabin- to the customer's exact requirements. It carries Aston design details ...

  6. The fast and the curious

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... also capped a trio of car-related events in the enclave. It followed the previous weekend's 58th annual grand prix and came less than a month after the China Macau International Automobile ... not have been complete without the appearance of the fastest road car, or at least the fastest convertible. So the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, the latest Veyron variant, was a welcome ...

  7. Volvo to build factory in Chengdu as it aims for sevenfold rise in mainland sales

    Posted Feb 26th 2011, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun in Beijing Volvo Car Corporation, the Swedish carmaker acquired by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, aims to take a fifth of China's luxury car market by 2015 and boost annual sales to 200,000 cars, from 30,000 cars last year. The company said yesterday it would invest in a new plant in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. It is also considering setting up another ...

  8. Pleasure rides

    Posted Jan 29th 2011, 12:00am by William Wadsworth

    ... William Wadsworth Hong Kong's motor enthusiasts don't always want the biggest, fastest car on the block. Over the years they have got to know their marques, and the cars that suit their lifestyles. In this second of a two-part series, we see how the world's top marques are shipping cars that can make life in Hong Kong easier or more enjoyable, from the whizz ...

  9. Market driven

    Posted Apr 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... with its direct-injection, 1.5-litre turbo engine and six-speed dual-clutch transmission- both firsts for a Chinese manufacturer. With the e6 electric car- on display in the guise of a taxi- ... minor regional players. A small car from Guangxi, though, promises to change everything for the Chinese manufacturers. The Baojun 630 produced by a General Motors joint venture is the first ...

  10. Battleground for US car wars shifts to China

    Posted May 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... and dramatically downsized their portfolios of car brands. This contrasts with the scenario on the mainland, where GM has announced plans to double its sales by 2015 to five million cars and microvans, up ... five years after GM, and now sells about a third as many passenger cars in China as GM. 'It's fair to say we could've and should've gone faster, but over the last 18 months ...




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