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China’s Auto Slump: When Will It End?

Vehicle sales in China slumped for the 12th consecutive month in June, with unit sales of passenger cars and commercial vehicles declining by 9.6 percent in the month, and 12.4 percent for the first six months of the year. With the exception of electric vehicles (“EVs”), which increased by 80 percent in June and 49.6 percent year to date, all other categories of cars, trucks, and buses registered declines. The continuing, unprecedented — and double-digit — drop in auto sales has industry observers stumped, begging the question: When will it end?

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Who Pays For Tariffs?

The Trump Administration’s tariff strategy begs the question as to who actually pays for these duties. Does the American consumer pay through higher prices and efficiency losses caused by disruptions in the global supply chain as Liberty Street Economics argues in a recent article?

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Electric Commercial Vehicles in the U.S.

Despite the trade war, JFP Holdings is building a substantial business working with ADOMANI, Inc., a California company, to source electric drive trains, neighborhood electric vehicles, trucks, delivery and passenger vans, and buses from Chinese manufacturers for sale to fleet owners in the United States. China is, by far, the global leader in the manufacture […]

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Encouraging Signs in China’s Sluggish Auto Industry

China’s vehicle sales declined for the 10th month in a row in March and fell by double digits during the first three months of the year. Despite this gloomy performance, however, encouraging signs are providing hope that the worst may be over for China autos. After slowing throughout 2018, China’s economy has responded to recent […]

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The Road Ahead For China’s Automobile Industry

For the first time in memory, China’s unit vehicle sales declined in 2018, registering a 2.8 percent year over year decline.

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The Trade War Truce — Who Benefits?

The answer might surprise you. Two of Germany’s largest car makers stand to be immediate beneficiaries of a reduction in trade tensions between the United States and China. Currently, the United States exports more cars to China than China exports to the United States, and BMW AG and Daimler AG lead the way with their […]

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2018: A Transition Year for China Autos?

2018 may be shaping up to be a transition year for China automobiles. It may be the year that marks the end of the industry’s nearly 20-year growth phase, and the beginning of a mature phase where vehicle sales grow in line with overall economic factors. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), […]

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The Future of Auto JVs in China

In June, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and its Ministry of Commerce (MOC) announced that, as of July 28, the country’s “Negative List” of industries where foreign ownership is prohibited or restricted would be reduced from 63 to 48. Despite the fact that China formally opened to the outside world in 1978, foreign investors and […]

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China’s Heavy-Duty Truck Market

In what is turning out to be a very difficult year for China’s motor vehicle industry, one bright spot is the country’s truck industry.

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2018: A Tough Year For China Autos

2018 is shaping up to be a tough year for the automobile industry in China.

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