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  1. Open-top alternative

    Posted May 08th 2004, 12:00am by Roger Boschman

    ... Car of the Year, ahead of Mazda's RX-8. Now, it's brought out a convertible version for the summer. And while several of the marque's fans have experimented with the 3.2-litre ... smooth-lined exterior is a blend of hi-tech and sports car tradition. Its roof is unbelievably low, yet I find its headroom is adequate- and I'm pretty tall. The cabrio's front quarters ...

  2. National tragedy

    Posted Aug 08th 2003, 12:00am by B.J. Lee

    ... The suicide of Hyundai Asan chairman Chung Mong-hun on Monday came as a tremendous shock to South Korea's political and business establishment. The 55-year-old tycoon was a son of the late Chung Ju-yung, founder of the Hyundai business empire. Since ...

  3. SAIC plans 3.6b yuan plant for Rover-style cars

    Posted Jul 29th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill in Shanghai Shanghai Auto Industry Corp yesterday announced it would spend 3.68 billion yuan on a new plant to make cars using technology from Rover and Ssangyong. ... a plan to invest the money in a new company, Shanghai Luwei Auto, with an initial annual manufacturing capacity of 120,000 vehicles and 170,000 engines. The plan puts SAIC in direct competition ...

  4. Toyota secures approval for $2b car engine plant

    Posted Nov 17th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... per cent stake in the venture, and Guangzhou Auto the remainder. The venture will be Toyota's first in China to manufacture engines for its popular Camry cars. Annual output is expected ... billion yen (HK$2.2 billion) car engine joint venture in Guangzhou, mayor Zhang Guangning said over the weekend. The joint venture between Toyota Motor and Guangzhou Automobile Group ...

  5. Car parts firm drives the future

    Posted Nov 06th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... enterprises, according to the China Association of Auto Manufacturers. More than 800 are Sino-foreign joint ventures. China exported US$5.7 billion worth of cars and car parts in the first nine months ... Andrew K. Collier in Beijing A company with a handful of employees in Shanghai could become a model for the future for China's car parts industry. The company, Shanghai Kowin ...

  6. Urban jumble

    Posted Oct 18th 2003, 12:00am by Calum Gordon

    ... renewed attention to build quality. Notably, this car is manufactured in Ford's hi-tech plant in Cologne, Germany. The Fusion's transmission is perhaps my only bugbear during the short ... of Ford's great success stories, having prospered in the small car sector for more than a quarter of a century. Having developed the immensely popular Ka from the Fiesta platform, Ford has now ...

  7. Blue Star faces strike over Ssangyong deal

    Posted Jan 27th 2004, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... core business, assets of 20 billion yuan and annual revenue of 10 billion yuan. It has no experience in car manufacturing but owns the mainland's biggest chain of car-repair shops. ... or specialists in car manufacturing. ...

  8. Shanghai VW posts first-ever sales drop

    Posted Jan 05th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... billion yuan worth- are in delinquency. In expectation of rising demand, global and domestic manufacturers are spending billions of dollars on additional capacity, just as China is slashing car tariffs and eliminating import quotas. The result is a price war and swelling inventories of new cars. The biggest victim has been VW, the first global manufacturer to make a major investment ...

  9. BMW's 120pc rise in mainland sales reflects growing affluence

    Posted Jul 21st 2003, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Business in the first half of this year beats that for the whole of 2002 China's car love affair shows no sign of abating with newly rich consumers buying 120 per cent more BMW's in the first half of this year than the whole of last year. Despite talk of looming industry overcapacity the German car giant is betting on continued mainland sales growth to buttress weak buying ...

  10. Motorola looks to develop telematics system for mainland drivers

    Posted May 25th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the world's top car brands are manufacturing vehicles. The OnStar telematics system, which Motorola helped develop for General Motors in 1998, integrates on-board vehicle electronics ... Bien Perez With an eye on the mainland's fast-growing car market, Motorola plans to rev up demand for telematics gear by developing China's equivalent to the OnStar system ...




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