U.S. denies tariff exemption for China-made Buick Envision crossover SUV

5 Jun
2019 Buick EnvisionAs they make the journey across the Pacific Ocean from China to the U.S., Buick Envision crossover SUVs pick up more than just a passport stamp. For nearly a year, they have also been subject to a hefty 25-percent import tariff levied by the Trump Administration as part of an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. Buick requested an...

China to begin exporting used cars

8 May
Traffic in ChinaThe Chinese government has approved the exportation of used cars for the first time as it seeks to jumpstart its new-car market. Reuters reported Monday on China's decision to begin export in an effort to drive global trade and domestic auto sales. China's auto market saw a decline last year for the first time since the government loosened rules...

Chinese automaker Zotye plans to sell a crossover SUV in U.S.

3 May
2018 Zotye T600When Chinese automaker Zotye opens up its dealers in the U.S., the first car it plans to sell may be well-aligned with American consumer tastes. The automaker's sales chief said Thursday that a version of the T600 will be its launch product when it expands in the U.S., but he didn't say when it will go on sale. Automotive News reported that Bob...

Detroit-built self-driving delivery vehicles put to the test in China

14 Feb
Quadrobot self-driving package delivery vehicleDetroit-based Quadrobot is ready to take its self-driving mail delivery vehicle on the road. The startup company told The Detroit Free Press Sunday that it has plans to begin tests in China, and locally in Michigan, later this year with its Quadrobot U1. The tiny vehicle boasts an all-wheel-drive system, four-wheel steering, and sits on a...

Chinese auto brand Zotye details its US-market push

28 Jan
2018 Zotye T600Chinese automaker Zotye last week named its first U.S. dealerships as it prepares to launch in 2020, and it's not following in the tire tracks of other new brands by sticking to coastal areas to start. Automotive News reported from the National Automobile Dealers Association conference last week that the Chinese brand named 19 stores that will be...

Chinese automaker GAC to open U.S. in HQ, targets U.S. launch for 2020 or later

16 Jan
GAC Entranze concept, 2019 Detroit auto showChinese automaker GAC said at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that it plans to establish a regional headquarters in California as it prepares to launch its cars in the U.S. as soon as 2020. GAC said it registered its North American sales operations in Irvine, California, Automotive News (subscription required) reported...

China to temporarily cut on tariffs for US-made cars

17 Dec
Ford Mustang in ChinaChina confirmed it will cut tariffs on American-built cars as part of a ceasefire temporary agreement in the ongoing trade war between the two countries. The country's Ministry of Finance said Friday that the temporary reductions will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. China will slice the tariff from its current level of 40 percent to the 15 percent it...

Trump: China will cut tariffs on cars exported from US

3 Dec
Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump announced via Twitter Monday that China has agreed to cut tariffs it imposes on American-made vehicles exported into the Asian country. The tariff reduction appears part of an agreement to halt any new taxes in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, Reuters reported. The president said in his tweet, "China has agreed to reduce...

Chinese Ford partner Zotye gears up to sell crossover SUV in U.S.

15 Nov
2018 Zotye T600For years, the Chinese have promised to break into the U.S. market, and a second automaker has revealed its plans to finally do just that. Zotye, which works with Ford to build cars in China, detailed plans on Tuesday to begin selling a crossover SUV in the U.S. in 2020. The new company, called Zotye USA, is headquartered in Lake Forest...

Global trade war prompts Volvo to put brakes on its IPO

10 Sep
2019 Volvo XC60Volvo said Monday that the global trade war spurred by U.S. President Donald Trump has forced it to delay its plans for an initial public offering. “The issues around trade are hard for us because they impact cars shipped between China and the U.S. It’s a huge drawback,” Volvo Chief Executive Officer Hakan Samuelsson told...