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Auto export of the first 10 months 2007

Auto exports gloom in boom
By Hao Zhou (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2007-12-04 16:52

The Ministry of Commerce released a comprehensive report on Chinese auto exports in the first 10 months this year. The report takes the good with the bad basically a mixed bag, taking the good with the bad, the Beijing Morning Post said today.
In the first three quarters, China exported a total of 413,500 complete finished vehicles, up 64 percent from the same period of last year. From exporting these vehicles, China gained exported vehicle sales totalled US$4.8 billion, an increase of 117 percent year-on-year.
Of the total export revenues, commercial vehicles contributed accounted for US$1.75 billion, or 36.5 percent, while and passenger cars export only accounted for US$694 million.
Regarding the In terms of export volume, trucks took up almost half of the total and sedans 30 percent. The Commerce Ministry of Commerce's hopeful estimate ford the whole year is auto export would record a hopeful 600,000 exported units exported.
In the meantime, the average unit prices price of the exported vehicles surged 32 percent from last year to US$11,600 in the first 10 months, which suggested China was exporting higher quality vehicles.
However, due to the unhealthy competition in the passenger cars market, the passenger cars export prices goes are going against the grain due to unhealthy competition in the passenger car market. The total export revenue only rose 174.3 percent between January and October, despite the export volume roaring 211.4 percent from the same period of last year.
Export numbers for of sedans and off-road vehicles jumped 250.63 percent and 258.96 percent respectively in the first 10 months, but while the average unit prices tumbled 19.6 percent and 10.19 percent respectively.
The newspaper attributed such phenomenon the problem to the malicious competition amongst Chinese auto manufacturers to hoping to boost sales volumes in overseas markets via lowering the prices.
Additionally, among the total 1,242 accounted Chinese automakers that exported vehicles in the first 10 ten months, some 718 ones, or 57.8 percent, exported even less than under 10 vehicles, thus the after-sale service was unpromising, which badly damage and not contributing to the "made-in-China" profile.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-12/04/content_6297983.htm
 

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this is also a 30% increase from last year

Shanghai. December 6 (Gasgoo.com) – In the first ten months this year, China exported $13.25 billion worth of auto parts products, up 30 percent year-on-year, China’s Ministry of Commerce said.

"The total auto parts exports in the first nine months have surpassed the total exports last year," said Wang Qinhua, deputy director of State Imports and Exports office of Mechanical and Electricity Products.

"China-made auto parts are increasingly recognized by global automakers and entering global OEMs sourcing lists,” Wang added.

"China’s total automobile output is expected to reach 9 million units this year and the country is likely to become the second largest automaker in the world,” said Huo Guangyi, chairman of the Automobile and Motorcycle Parts Division of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce.

Huo said that China has 4,712 major auto parts suppliers, which yields a total output value of 550 billion yuan ($74.40 billion).

Last year, China exported a total value of $11.5 billion of auto parts, up 35 percent from one year earlier.

"All global auto parts giants listed in world top 500 have business operations in China,” Huo said. “They have established either joint ventures or wholly owned businesses in China.”

Despite its rapid growth in recent years, China’s auto parts industry are still plagued by many problems, such as low industry concentration, lack of widely recognized brands and weakness in high technology, Huo said.

Furthermore, auto parts business in China is becoming less profitable due to intensifying competition and fast growing operation costs, Huo added.
 

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Chinese Cars are being percieved good in Venezuela

CARACAS, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- "It only cost me 23 million bolivares (almost 10,000 U.S. dollars) to buy a Chinese-made small car. I think it's a good buy," Rafael Cordoba, a 34-year-old electronic engineer, told Xinhua.

In recent years, the Chinese automobile industry has emerged in the annual Caracas "Autoshow." Chinese businesses did extremely well in the 2006 and 2007 automobile expos because the Chinese brands offer consumers economical and high quality options and Venezuelan consumers were strongly attracted by these cars.

The Chinese-made automobiles, including Geely, Great Wall Motorand Chery, have won recognition from Venezuela and other countries.

Chinese merchandise, from earrings to high-tech products, has further improved in quality but remained at low prices, local residents said, adding that the diversification of goods is of greater value, durability and quality.

Alejandro Madero, 25, a university student, told reporters that the Chinese goods are very cheap, modern and abundant.
source:news.xinhuanet.com
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Chinese to drive wedge in cheaper end of car market

June 4, 2008 - CHINESE car makers are poised to replace their South Korean counterparts in bringing the cheapest bangers into Australia.

Chery, a Chinese Government-owned car maker, has already announced it will begin selling cars in Australia early next year, and now a second has aired plans to compete at the cheap end of the market.

Great Wall Motors is expected to become the second Chinese brand to launch in Australia next year.

The largest privately owned Chinese maker plans to have its cars in Australian showrooms within 12 months. It brought some cars here this year for evaluation.

Chery has said it will sell its cars through Ateco, the same Australian importing and distribution network that handles sports car brands including Maserati and Ferrari.

It is believed Great Wall, too, is in talks with Ateco as its preferred distributor in Australia.

A problem Chinese brands face is concerns over their crashworthiness. A mid-size passenger sedan built by Brilliance and sold in Europe was tested in Germany several years ago and scored only one star out of five. An improved version later got a three-star rating.

Korean-built cars still have problems too. The Holden Barina, a rebadged Korean-built Daewoo, scored two stars when tested several years ago. The more expensive European-sourced version it replaced had a three-star rating.

Hyundai Australia spokeswoman Tiffanny Junee said she would expect the Chinese makers to improve quality over time. "As with any company, you go through a life cycle," she said. "If you spoke about some of the Japanese car manufacturers 10 or 15 years ago as the top cars to buy, people would have sniggered at you."


source: theage.com.au
 

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China's auto export up 69.46% to 71,000 units in April

Updated: 2008-06-06 Source:ChinaKnowledge




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China's automobile export was up 69.46% from a year earlier to 71,000 units in April, hitting an all-time high of exporting over 70,000 vehicles within a month, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

The figure was up 6.56% compared to the previous month. In April, China totally imported 37,700 units, down 7.19% month-on-month but up 58.68% over the corresponding period last year.

The total import and export value amounted to US$5.1 billion and US$15.78 billion respectively in the first fourth months of 2008, up 88.29% and 41.26% from the same period of 2007.

With respect to different categories, mini passenger cars made prominent performance in both import and export in April, and vans also took an important role in the import.


http://www.marketavenue.cn/upload/NEWS_39129.htm
 

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Small Chinese automakers to join hands for exports

July 09, 2008 - An Indonesian company will sign contracts with a group of small Chinese automakers on July 10 to assemble right-hand-drive vehicles for the automakers and export the vehicles to Southeast Asia from 2010.

The cars will be distributed in a unified dealership network under a "China Motor" brand.

The contracts will be signed by Intiland Tbk, an Indonesian company whose core business is property development, and five Chinese automakers -- Hebei Zhongxing Automobile Co., Chongqing Lifan Holdings Co., Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co., Zhejiang Gonow Auto Co. and Baoding Dadi Auto Industry Co.

Under the contracts, Intiland's China subsidiary -- Darma China -- and the Chinese automakers will jointly build a plant in Guilin city of Southwest China's Guangxi province to assemble right-hand-drive cars based on the current left-hand-drive models supplied by the automakers, says Darma China's chief executive officer Lucas Kwan.

In the plant, the stamping, welding and painting processes will be conducted collectively. To protect their technologies, the five automakers will each set up an assembly line inside the plant to assemble its cars.

Mass production is scheduled to start in mid-2010. The plant will have an output capacity of 100,000 units per year in the beginning. Kwan estimates the plant's initial output will be 50,000 to 60,000 units per year.

All companies involved will also set up a joint marketing company to build a distribution network and provide after-sales services in Southeast Asian countries.

The cars will carry both their own badges. They will also carry a unified "China Motor" badge in a "prominent" place, says Kwan.

Of the five small Chinese automakers, only Lifan makes sedans. The other four mainly make SUVs and pickups. In 2007, Lifan sold some 30,000 sedans. Sales of the other four companies were either about or below 10,000 units.

Kwan says the joint project will mainly produce SUVs initially. It will add other types of family cars to its product line-up in the future.

To improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions of the adapted right-hand-drive vehicles, Kwan says they will re-engineer the engines of the cars so they can burn either gasoline or natural gas.

Kwan also says Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia will be the main target markets for the right-hand-drive cars to be assembled in the Guilin plant.

He also confirms Darma China is currently seeking to involve more small Chinese auto manufacturers in the joint assembly and export project.
source: Automotive News China
 

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China vehicles gain 5.9% market share in Chile

August 14, 2008

Shanghai, August 14 (Gasgoo.com) In the first seven months of this year, China exported 9,895 vehicles to Chile, soaring by 438.9% year on year(y/y) and gaining 5.9% market share of the Chilean auto market, reported Shihua Financial Information today.

From January to July, Chile’s vehicle exports totalled 168,000 units, up 30.9% year on year (y/y), and the export revenue reached $1.87 billion, up 42.1% y/y.

Earlier data showed that the first-half exports of Chinese-made vehicles had reached 5,160 units, taking 4.8% of the Chilean auto market. Chinese auto brands sold in Chile include Changan, Chery, Great Wall, Hafei, Lifan and Dongfeng.

http://www.gasgoo.com/auto-news/7427/China-vehicles-gain-5-9-market-share-in-Chile.html
 

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Chinese cars come to Ghanaian market

August 19, 2008


GHANAIANS WITHIN the lower income bracket will soon begin enjoying quality first-hand Chinese cars at affordable prices.

This is in spite of the influx on the Ghanaian automobile market of second-hand imported cars, which recorded 25,000 last year.

Terence Darko, Managing Director of Mechanical Lloyd Company (MLC) Limited, who disclosed this in Accra recently when the company presented its "Facts Behind the Figures," to the Ghana Stock Exchange, said the decision was in response to demands from customers.

Mr Darko indicated that his outfit would not go for any poor quality cars as people might suspect but rather import robustly-manufactured Chinese vehicles guided by the reputation and performance of its BMW and Ford vehicles.

The Ghanaian auto importer and dealer announced also that it was giving up its franchise with British car maker Land Rover at the end of November this year due to low return on investment and competition from cheaper vehicles.

He said the Land Rover, a premium and expensive vehicle, was very difficult to sell, hence the decision, which had been communicated to MLC’s customers as well as shareholders.

MLC registered a 33 percent increase in profit-before-tax in the first half of 2008 from GH¢900,000 to GH¢1.2 million while its total assets recorded a 40 percent increase to GH¢22 million, from GH¢15 million. ($1=GH¢0.97)

Records from the automobile market, he continued, showed that there was growing sales of new and cheaper vehicle brands from China and India. Last year, as many as 8000 were sold.

http://www.gasgoo.com/auto-news/7460/Chinese-cars-to-flood-Ghanaian-market.html
 

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MOSCOW SHOW: Five newbies from China
27 August 2008

No fewer than five new kids on the block from China are sharing Moscow show space with the more well-known brands although quality still appears to be some way behind the exacting high standards of the big sellers.

Brilliance, one of the better known players, boasted the biggest display area of all the Chinese firms and already has a foothold in Russia.

Its range includes the Focus-sized FRV and elegant-looking M2 saloon although it was the M3 coupe which drew the crowds.

Great Wall is another brand with big ambitions. The Hover is a tough-looking full-size SUV but one of its most interesting machines is the Gwperi supermini - almost a carbon copy of the Fiat Panda.

Quality, fashion and technology were the words above the Chery stand but the firm's models were more on a par with what's being produced by the traditional Russian brands than a threat to anything from Europe or Japan.

It was a similar story with BYD (Build Your Dreams) with a range that's more likely to give you nightmares due to substandard interior quality standards.

And then there's Lifan - a credible alternative to a new Lada certainly but nowhere near credible enough to appeal to the cash-rich new Russian generation.

Perhaps the most likely Chinese company to succeed is FAW who have bought the tooling to produce the first generation Toyota Yaris [aka Echo] - still one of the most desirable superminis around.

http://www.just-auto.com/article.aspx?id=95811&lk=s
 

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Chinese mini-car makers seek growth by export

August 29, 2008


Shanghai, August 29 (Gasgoo.com) China's leading makers of mini-cars are all looking to overseas markets for further growth, because the global market demands for Chinese mini vehicles are growing annually by more than 80,000 units, said China Business News today.

As China's largest maker of mini vehicles, SAIC-GM-Wuling set up an overseas sales division in 2007 as the warm-up for its global growth. In July 2008, the joint venture began exporting the Chevrolet N200 minivan to Peru. SAIC-GM-Wuling manufactures a range of Wuling brand mini-trucks and minivans as well as the Chevrolet Spark mini-car.

Changan Motor began to export its mini-cars to other countries in 1991 and since then it has never stopped exploring the global markets. The Chinese carmaker aims to built eight overseas production bases and sell 200,000 mini vehicles outside China by 2010. This global growth plan also includes launching eight major mini models, including four commercial car models.

Hafei Auto is another pioneer in exporting mini vehicles to global markets. In 2001 the company sold about 200 mini-cars overseas and the annual export volume has risen exponentially to about 40,000 units now. In the next few years, Hafei Auto's exports are expected to make up 35% of its overall sales.

After it began to make mini vehicles in 2005, Dongfeng Yu'an exported 5,000 units the next year and over 10,000 units in 2007. And the exports in the first half this year topped 10,000 units. The company aims to become China's second largest exporter of mini vehicles in five years.

Although the global markets have great potentials for China's mini-car makers, the overseas competition between Chinese mini-cars is getting as fierce as in the home market. Many mini-cars for export are of similar quality, features, and prices, and several Chinese carmakers would swarm the same market.

http://www.gasgoo.com/auto-news/1007575/Chinese-mini-car-makers-seek-growth-by-export.html
 

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Chinese carmakers to tap Bolivia market further

September 09, 2008


Shanghai, September 9 (Gasgoo.com) A new store of Bolivia China Motors Import-Export Company was inaugurated in Bolivian capital La Paz on September 5. Officials from the Chinese embassy in La Paz attended the ceremony and visited the company, said xinhuanet.com today.

In recent years, the Bolivian company has successfully introduced China's own-brand vehicles into Bolivia's auto market. This new dealership of imported Chinese vehicles will help China's carmaker tap further into the Bolivian market.

The vehicles of Great Wall Motor, Jinbei, Dongfeng and Lifan have gained growing market shares in Bolivia and have won the excellent "Made in China" reputation. The Great Wall cars, based on the global publicity of the historic Chinese monument Great Wall, are particularly well received by Bolivian customers.

At the ceremony, Zhao Wuyi, Chinese ambassador to Bolivia, recalled that he enviously saw cars made in Europe, Japan and the U.S. running on the Bolivian streets when he came to work in Bolivia more the ten years ago. And now the ambassador feels proud of the China-made cars everywhere in the Bolivian cities and countryside.

http://www.gasgoo.com/auto-news/1007692/Chinese-carmakers-to-tap-Bolivia-market-further.html
 

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Commerce ministry set to support auto exports

December 15, 2008
Shanghai, December 15 (Gasgoo.com)The Ministry of Commerce will support auto exports in seven aspects, including credit and incentives, said Zhi Luxun, vice director of Department of Machinery and Electronics, China Ministry of Commerce, reported Market Daily today.

At the recent 2008 Chinese auto parts industry annual forum, Zhi Luxun introduced the specific auto export measures that will be taken by the Ministry of Commerce. He said that the department was studying seven ways to keep a stable growth of auto exports.

First, probably providing dozens of billion yuan to stimulate auto exports;

Second, encouraging medium- and small-sized enterprises to go international through training, certification, and expo attendance;

Third, encouraging enterprises to build the brand image by offering incentives for auto companies that get certificated outside and introduce foreign technology;

Fourth, granting credits to the export-oriented auto companies;

Fifth, encouraging auto companies to reduce export risks by taking advantage of commercial banks, insurance companies from China and abroad;

Sixth, continuing to support the national export bases for both automobiles and auto parts;

Seventh, offering both free and paid information for auto companies, such as export destination information, industry policies, tax policies and some other important market information.


http://www.gasgoo.com/auto-news/1008725/Commerce-ministry-set-to-support-auto-exports.html
 

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Chinese imports to South Africa canned

19/12/2008 - The new year will prove anything but prosperous for the motor industry.

After November, the slowest month this year, with sales down 30% year on year, the proverbial writing was on the wall.

Factory production was scaled down, dealers closed their doors - and they now face another body blow. The weaker rand and falling demand are forcing importers to withdraw products from the market.

McCarthy Motor Holdings recently decided to stop importing the Meiya brand, a range of Chinese bakkies and wagons.

Chairperson Brand Pretorius says there is no question at this stage, however, of halting imports of the two other brands, Chery and Foton.

But he anticipates that many importers will follow McCarthy's lead in the new year.

Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) has, for instance, already announced it will largely scale down its Mandarin Motors operation.

The Meiya competed in the market for less expensive bakkies. "With the weak rand it's impossible to sell bakkies in that category," reckons Pretorius.

He says customers would much rather buy a second-hand Japanese bakkie, such as a three-year-old Hilux or Isuzu, than buy a cheap, new Chinese model.

Pretorius says his group had also been dissatisfied with the quality of the product.

McCarthy is also the busy closing down certain value-service sales points, where about 300 workers will lose their jobs.
http://www.wheels24.co.za/Content/N...941eca7d59d75bafa829b//Chinese_imports_canned
 

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^^ Hopefully Chery will not be affected, a lesson learnt right there, quality problem won't sell.
 
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