Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Space Industry and Business News .




CAR TECH
Chinese prefer gas-guzzling vehicles?
by Staff Writers
Shanghai, China (UPI) Apr 23, 2013


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Although exhaust fumes are considered a major contributor to China's worsening air pollution problem, Chinese drivers are increasingly opting for midsized cars and sport utility vehicles, industry executives at the Shanghai Auto show said.

General Motors announced at the show that it would launch nine new or restyled SUV models in China over the next five years and revealed it plans to build four more factories, adding 6,000 jobs, The New York Times reports.

"Our focus is on luxury vehicles and SUV's going forward," said Bob Socia, president of GM China. "Not long ago, both were considered niche segments. Both are now mainstream and growing rapidly," he said of the Chinese market.

Socia predicts SUV sales in China would double by 2015, to 4 million vehicles.

China surpassed the United States in 2009 as the world's largest market for new vehicles.

China's overall auto sales rose 13 percent in March and sales are on course to reach nearly 21 million vehicles this year. That compares with forecasts in the United States for sales of vehicles to total about 15 million.

A Chrysler executive disclosed that, by the end of next year, it would begin making Jeep Cherokees in Changsha, China.

In an interview with China Daily on the sidelines of the show, Daimler Greater China's new chairman and chief executive, Hubertus Troska, a 25-year veteran of Daimler AG -- whose divisions include Mercedes-Benz -- said that China will be the most important premium car market "very soon."

Daimler in 2010 worked with China's BYD Auto to create the first electric vehicle joint venture in China.

"Since then, both partners put in their joint efforts and experiences to develop the safest and most reliable electric vehicle from China, for China," Troska said.

Yet there are challenges for electric vehicles to catch on in China, as in other markets.

"The customers' willingness to pay for the still expensive technology as well as the infrastructure for charging is an issue," Troska said, adding that more subsidies and incentives would be needed to boost the market.

At last year's show, Honda launched three hybrid vehicles. But of the more than 600,000 Hondas sold in China in 2012, only slightly more than 500 were hybrids, the Financial Post reports. None of the four of Honda's new concept and production vehicles unveiled by Honda at this year's show were hybrids or electric.

"We think there are still more Chinese consumers who want to simply buy a car that fits their needs rather than buy a hybrid," Honda Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Takanobu Ito said at the Shanghai show.

.


Related Links
Car Technology at SpaceMart.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





CAR TECH
SUV popularity in China casts cloud over green-energy cars
Shanghai (AFP) April 20, 2013
Chinese carmaker BYD gave pride of place to its new S7 SUV at the Shanghai auto show Saturday while another of its models, a fully-electric vehicle, languished in a corner with only a handful of visitors. The contrast is indicative of the battle in the auto sector with gas-guzzling SUVs blazing past green-energy cars despite state incentives to promote cleaner vehicles in a bid to tackle the ... read more


CAR TECH
US eases export rules on aerospace parts

MEADS Low Frequency Sensor Cues Multifunction Fire Control Radar in Test

Ontario Air Cadets Take Flight in Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D Simulation Software

Softening steel problem expands computer model applications

CAR TECH
Gilat to Equip IDF with SatTrooper-1000 Military Manpack

General Dynamics' WIN-T Increment 2, Soldiers' "On-the-Move" Network, Advances as 10th Mountain Division Trains for Deployment

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract to Modernize U.S. Joint Theater Air Operations System

Boeing Delivers FAB-T Test Units to US Air Force

CAR TECH
Vega's three-satellite payload is integrated and ready for launch

NASA Seeks Innovative Suborbital Flight Technology Proposals

Stephane Israel named Chairman and CEO of Arianespace

Launch pad problem scrubs launch of Antares rocket for NASA

CAR TECH
Sat-nav warns London lorry drivers of cyclists

TomTom says sales fall, turning from navigation market

Northrop Grumman's Astro Aerospace Receives Follow-On Order for 48 More JIB Antennas for GPS III Satellites

Altus Introduces New GNSS Survey Receiver With 10-cm Terrastar-D

CAR TECH
China welcomes French president with Airbus deal

Multifunction Advanced Data Link Flight Tested For F-35 Program

Brazil drops plan to build AgustaWestland helicopter

China Airlines in landmark Taiwan-Russia tie-up

CAR TECH
Physicists find right (and left) solution for on-chip optics

Chip specialist Gemalto posts 7.0% rise in Q1 sales

Quantum computing taps nucleus of single atom

EU launches probe into suspected chipmaker cartel

CAR TECH
NASA's HyspIRI: Seeing the Forest and the Trees and More

Satrec Initiative of South Korea Continues Collaboration with UAE for DubaiSat-3 Program

Google says Street View data now take in 50 countries

DMCii increases downlink capacity with Svalbard ground station facilities

CAR TECH
Research Harnesses Solar-Powered Proteins to Filter Harmful Antibiotics from Water

European lawmakers tighten rules on ship-breaking industry

Albania to hold referendum on waste imports

Smog-eating pavement on greenest street in America




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement