Jack Perkowski On the U.S. Trade Dispute With China

Last week, the United States and China announced that they would put their trade dispute on hold while further negotiations take place over the coming weeks.

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BYD Bears The Brunt of China’s New EV Playbook

Fueled by large consumer and manufacturer subsidies, China has emerged as the global leader in electric vehicles (EVs) by a wide margin. Recognizing the importance of reducing air pollution in its densely populated cities, China began heavily subsidizing the manufacture of electric buses in 2010. At the same time, the Chinese government has been offering […]

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China’s Auto Brands Are Coming To America

If successful, GAC Motor would be the first Chinese automaker to penetrate the U.S. market, following in the footsteps of German, Japanese, and Korean carmakers that have made the jump from their home markets to the world’s most demanding auto market over the past 70 years.

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Automakers Respond To China’s Changing EV Rules

Last September, China announced that automakers selling more than 30,000 vehicles annually in the country would be required to produce fleets with a corporate average fuel economy of 42 miles per gallon (“mpg”) by 2020, and 54.5 mpg by 2025. The combination of credits and disincentives in the new regulations are designed to improve the fuel […]

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China Autos: 2017 In Review

After nearly 15 years of remarkable growth, China’s auto industry began to transition in 2017 from its high growth phase to a maturity phase of development where growth is likely to be steady but much slower in percentage terms. From 2002 to 2016, annual sales of trucks, buses and passenger cars in China grew at […]

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Managing The Dragon’s 2018 China Predictions

From the point of view of U.S. companies and investors, the direction of China’s currency; the level of overseas investment by Chinese companies; and the extent to which China might help to solve the North Korea problem are key questions going into 2018. MTD believes that 2018 will be another strong year for U.S. exports and that this strength will heavily influence China’s actions on other fronts, just as they seemed to do in 2017. If MTD is right, we may just run the table with our 2018 predictions. If we are wrong, we are likely to strike out on most of them.

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2017 Predictions: How Did We Do?

Given the importance of the Sino-American relationship, three of the predictions by Managing The Dragon (MTD) for 2017 dealt directly or indirectly with the relationship between the two countries, and two dealt with issues specific to China. In general, MTD did well on the former, and not as well on the latter.

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Where Have All The Start-Ups Gone?

When Google announced in May 2014 that it planned to build driverless cars, two of the largest industries in the world — the internet and the auto — began to converge. Even when Apple, the other American internet giant, followed with its own plans to build cars, the reaction was somewhat measured in the U.S. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving to MTD’s Readers

Having lived in China for most of the past 24 years, one question I’m frequently asked is: “What about the United States do you miss most?” For my wife and me, the answer to that question is easy—the holidays. On the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day, when everyone in the States is […]

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Vehicle Sales in China: First Nine Months of 2017

For the first nine months of 2017, total sales of trucks, buses, and passenger cars in China were up 4.5 percent to 20.2 million units, close to the 5 percent increase that most auto analysts are predicting for the full year. China is on track to be the world’s largest car market for the eighth consecutive year.

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