English Press / Presse anglaise
Honda sales are showing strong signs of rebounding with the company selling 40,858 units via its two joint ventures in February, an increase of 27.6% over the same period in 2013.
The February sales jump is part of a larger trend which started in December with a 60.4% surge in year on year sales and also a 33.6% sales jump in January 2014. Sales in the first two months of 2014 reached 104,095 cars, an increase of 31.3% from the same period a year earlier. Honda’s sales goal for 2014 is set at 900,000 units.
Wuling’s extremely popular Hong Guang is about to gain an automatic gearbox for those that don’t wish to row their own. The minivan, which is part car, part van, is considered a luxury version amongst its mian bao che brethren thanks to its car like nose and considerably upgraded interior.
The 1.5L engine will soon gain an automatic gearbox of unknown nature to help push the Hong Guang along – this model has already been exported to international markets under the Chevrolet name, so expect this slush box variant to be slinging on its Chevrolet clothes in the next few months in Egypt and South America.
Nissan’s February 2014 sales have sky rocketed to 71,900 units according to a report by Reuters, sales jumped by 55.6 percent over the same time last year which comes after a tiny drop of 0.4% in January which came after a 70.4% jump in December 2013.
This year Dongfeng Nissan and its subsidary Zhengzhou-Nissan are aiming to sell 1.4 million cars in China, with the first two months of 2014 already clocking up over 160
Nissan Motor Co Ltd and its local joint venture sold about 71,900 automobiles in China in February, up 55.6 percent from a year earlier, the Japanese automaker said on Tuesday.
That follows a 0.4 percent year-on-year drop in January and a 70.4 percent jump in December. Sales of Japanese cars have been slowly recovering after taking a heavy beating from a surge anti-Japan sentiment following a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo in late 2012.
The company’s sales in the first two months of the year came to about 167,100 cars, up 17.8 percent from the same period a year earlier.
Imagine you are a farmer barely getting buy in the Chinese countryside, the fertilizer costs money, the price of grain is increasing, the cost of goods at the market are increasing, including your own produce but your income is falling. What else is falling? A helicopter straight into your fields whilst your standing nearby.
One farmer in the suburbs of Weinan City in Shanxi province got the shock of his life when a CAIZ Z-10 attack chopper fell from the sky into his fields. Both of the crew on board were injured but rescued and sent to hospital where they are thought to be in a none critical condition.
The CAIC Z-10 was developed by Changhe Aircraft (which until recently owned Changhe Auto) and first flew in 2003. The development of the fast flying machine came about in the early 1990′s when China realized that its civilian converted to military use helicopters were effectively useless against large armor formations and required a dedicated flying tank killer should the PLA ever find itself face to face with a super power.
So far China has a rumored 60 of these birds (possibly 59 after today) with more on order, no other countries operate them as of yet but expect it to be on the export list once domestic demand is complete.
When I woke early this morning at circa 6am I had a quick flick through my emails, and some websites, and noted that Jalopnik.com was running with pictures of the new Jeep Renegade which aired today. Personally speaking, this new Fiat based Jeep is just the model that Jeep really needs to kick start its Chinese sales.
That’s not to say that Jeep need any help in China, the Compass and Patriot duo along with the larger Grand Cherokee are really pushing Jeep sales along, the new Cherokee was launched a few weeks back but it seems that not all of the American made vehicles have made it to Chinese shores just yet, so its hard to gauge their impact. The Renegade, if produced in China, will likely send Jeep sales far and beyond, especially if its priced on par or slightly higher than rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai ix35 or even the MINI Countryman.
But – I cant help but think I’ve seen that boxy design elsewhere before. And that’s when I realized the Renegade is very similar to the already existing ZX Auto. The Renegade may boast 9 speeds, a diesel engine and possibly multi air injection turbo engines, the simple C3 made in Baoding has a 1.5L Mitsubishi engine which doesn’t produce much or send much through the 5 speed gearbox – but for just over 57,000RMB or just under 10,000USD it’s not bad.
It’s a shame that the Chinese public cannot share our enthusiasm for the C3, ZX Auto averaged just over a 1000 cars per month over the last four months with an unknown amount of C3′s sold. Never mind.
In other news, the new Jeep is reportedly called the Zi You Xia in China which could (but not) be translated to FREEDOM SUPERHERO as Xia is often used with super hero names such as Batman etc etc.
China’s Austerity drive seems to be slowing down super luxury auto sales according to the below report which cites Ferrari etc’s sales decline in the Chinese market. With Xi’s crackdown on corruption it has become common place to not wave your wealth around, demure luxury is now in chic whilst a screaming Ferrari or Lamborghini is certainly out.
The super-luxury automobile segment endured a tough period in the once-heated Chinese sector last year as the country’s most affluent hesitated to spend extravagantly amid slowing economic growth in the world’s largest car market.
Major high-end automobile makers including Bentley, Ferrari and Lamborghini all posted shrinking sales last year despite their increased promotional effort, the Beijing News reported.
Bentley delivered a total of 2,191 cars to the Chinese market in 2013, a drop of 3 per cent year-on-year and bucking the company’s 19 per cent rise globally.
Likewise, Ferrari sold 554 cars in China, marking almost a one-third decline, while Lamborghini’s sales fell 16.7 per cent from the figure of 2012 to 267 units.
Via Economic Times
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