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Q1 Update: Mixed Results For Vehicle Sales In China

While vehicle sales in January and February are always problematic due to the timing of Spring Festival in China, a number of additional cross currents were at work this year.

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Bicycles Are Back In China

More than three million shared bikes can now be seen in over 40 Chinese cities. From a standing start at the beginning of 2016, there were an estimated 18.9 million bike-sharing app users in China at year-end, a number that is expected to triple in 2017.

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An Inflection Point In The Global Electric Vehicle Industry?

By any definition, the global electric vehicle (EV) industry appears to be at an inflection point. UBS, a large securities firm, believes that significant change is on the way and predicts that a growing global electric vehicle fleet will be disruptive to gasoline demand by 2031.

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China Autos: 2016 Wrap and 2017 Prospects

2016 turned out surprisingly well for China’s automakers. Among other factors, auto sales benefitted from the cut in the purchase tax on small cars initiated by the Chinese government in the final quarter of 2015 to boost flagging demand. The resulting surge in sales carried over into 2016, and when rumors surfaced later in the […]

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Managing The Dragon’s 2017 China Predictions

Ever since MTD began making China predictions in 2009, the state of China’s economy has been a major question mark. For that reason, I have felt compelled to throw my hat into the ring and make my own prediction for the growth of China’s gross domestic product (“GDP”).

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MTD’s 2016 Predictions: How Did We Do?

As in past years, MTD made its predictions for 2016 last January, and it is now time to grade our paper.

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Tesla, Trump, and China

After nearly quadrupling in 2015, sales of New Energy Vehicles (NEVs), which includes plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and pure electric vehicles (EVs), surged by 82.2 percent to 337,000 units in China during the first 10 months of 2016. This does not include the 700,000 low-speed electric vehicles which were sold during the same period and which are […]

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Auto Sales Soar in China

Unit sales of trucks, buses, and passenger cars in China soared 26.3 percent in August, and a further 29 percent in August — racking up double-digit rates of growth that haven’t been seen in a few years. In fact, September’s jump in car sales was the largest monthly gain since January 2013. Strong sales performance […]

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China’s Charging Ahead!

Electric Vehicle (EV) makers the world over face a classic “chicken and egg” problem. Concerned with the range of EVs and the availability of charging stations, consumers are reluctant to forsake their cars powered by internal combustion engines in favor of those powered by batteries. Yet, building a charging infrastructure is expensive, and investors are […]

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Strong Demand Drives China Vehicle Sales in 1H2016

Demand for all types of vehicle transportation in China has been surprisingly strong so far in 2016.

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