China Continues to Restrict Auto Sales to Curb Smog Levels

Tim Dunne

In order to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, China has been curbing new passenger-vehicle sales in mainly Tier I cities—Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Guiyang—by limiting the number of license plates issued and selling them to consumers through auctions and lotteries.

Recently, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said it hopes to . . . Continue Reading China Continues to Restrict Auto Sales to Curb Smog Levels

Microblogs in China a Popular Auto Marketing Tool

 

Jeremy Detgen

In China, a microblog site called Sina Weibo has become one of the most popular social media platforms in the country, according to Yuong Su, editor-in-chief of the Auto Channel, which is the host site for Weibo on China’s major Chinese-language portal Sina.com. The microblog site has 200 million registered users.

During the recent 2011 Automotive Internet Roundtable in Las Vegas, NV, Yuong Su talked about the benefits and value of Weibo—which is similar to Twitter, but with Chinese characteristics—to the country’s passenger-vehicle buyers in addition to automakers and dealers who want to promote and market new vehicles in this burgeoning market. Continue reading ›

China’s More Moderate Growth Impacted by Credit Policy Changes

Tim Dunne

After the first quarter ended, the media reported that China’s auto market is returning to “more rational growth” of about 10% above the same period in 2010. Some news reports have indicated that the market in China is cooler partly because of the elimination of most government policy incentives at the . . . Continue Reading China’s More Moderate Growth Impacted by Credit Policy Changes