Tag Archives: autos

How Electric Vehicles Are Changing The Auto Landscape

“If the policymakers and the capital providers are both telling you to do it (i.e. build EVs)…then you’d better get on and just do it.”

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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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China Car Sales Slow in February

While car sales in the United States increased by a sizzling 27 percent in February, China’s auto industry managed to eke out only a single-digit increase, a rare occurrence in China’s auto industry. According to Kate Zhu, auto analyst for Morgan Stanley Asia Ltd., passenger vehicle sales totaled 772,441 units in February, up 7.4 percent […]

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Don’t Leave China — Just Go Inland

One of the bigger news items this year has been the rising level of wages in China. Higher labor costs, in combination with well publicized strikes and incidents of labor unrest at several foreign-owned factories, have prompted many companies to think the unthinkable — moving manufacturing from China to seemingly greener pastures in countries like […]

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Global Auto Forum 2010

The team at JFP Holdings had the honor of working with Wang Xia, Chairman of the Automotive Committee of the China Council for the Promotion of Trade, over the past year to organize the inaugural Global Auto Forum (“GAF”), which was held in the city of Chengdu in the People’s Republic of China last Thursday […]

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Central Planning Versus Market Capitalism

As the dawn of the new century, a new technology promised to fundamentally change global economics. Government leaders in the United States and China, the two largest economies in the world, believed that companies from their respective countries should lead in the development of this new technology. By 2010, two national champions, one from each […]

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The Rise of Local Competition in China

While researching China’s wind turbine market, Liam Denning, who writes for the Wall Street Journal’s Heard on the Street column, noticed that Chinese companies have been gaining market share at the expense of their foreign counterparts. According to Denning’s findings, foreign companies’ share of the wind turbines sold in China dropped to 13 percent in […]

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Winners and Losers in China’s Passenger Car Market

President John F. Kennedy is credited with coining the phrase that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” With sales up by 45 percent during the first seven months of 2010, there are no losers in China’s passenger car market — at least not yet. This year’s growth is due to an economy that is still […]

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Auto Sales as a Key Economic Indicator

In countries like the United States, trends in auto sales tend to tell a great deal about where the economy is headed. As large-ticket purchases, car sales are dependent upon consumer confidence. If consumers are not optimistic, they will hold off on spending such large amounts of money. If they are confident regarding their jobs […]

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