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Italdesign’s Vulcanus Is A Super Lux Mercedes V-Class For China’s Elite

Italdesign has teamed up with Xingchi, a Chinese company specialized in modifying Mercedes and Volkswagen vans, for their latest project, which builds upon the Mercedes-Benz V260L. Christened the Vulcanus, it has special exterior graphics, LED-shaped DRLs and some chrome trim to further differentiate it from the stock version of the long wheelbase van. Sliding the …

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China’s Qiantu Motors Will Build Its Electric Sports Car In The US

China’s Qiantu Motors has teamed up with California’s Mullen Technologies to announce plans to begin building in the K50 sports car in the United States. In a press release first spotted by Automotive News, the two companies revealed their intention to homologate the K50 to meet US standards and then begin selling the car in …

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536 HP Nio ES6 Midsize Electric SUV Launches With 317-Mile Range

Shanghai-based Nio has lifted the veils off their second production electric vehicle, the ES6 midsize all-electric SUV. Following in the footsteps of the larger ES8, the ES6 marks Nio’s entry into a more affordable market segment, something that theoretically should give a strong boost to the brand’s sales. Nio, often referred to as China’s Tesla, …

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China Officially Suspends Additional Tariffs On US-Made Vehicles For Three Months

The Chinese Finance Ministry announced that they will suspend additional tariffs on US-made vehicles and car parts for three months, starting from January 1, 2019. The move follows a truce in the trade war between USA and China, as the two countries are set to negotiate a new trade deal. China will suspend its 25 …

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China Hands Trump a Win by Temporarily Slashing Tariffs on American-Made Cars

A Hongqi E-Jing GT electric concept car at this year’s Beijing Auto Show. AP Photo. The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn’t your time more important?    Tariffs are down to a cool 15 percent from 40, Tesla workers are fighting the good fight, and Luxembourg just made America look …

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How Leeks Convinced Japanese Automakers to Build Cars In China

A Chinese-market Guangqi-Honda with photos of Chinese farmers with stockpiles of leeks from the 2001 trade dispute. Photo Credits: Honda, Getty Images I have straight up no idea how I came across this story that had sat in my bookmarks folder for, I think, years, but it discusses international tariffs, automobiles, and leeks, three of …

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Tesla’s Chinese Sales Plummeted By 70 Per Cent In October

Sales of Tesla vehicles in China plummeted in October, falling by 70 percent compared to the same period in 2017, CNBC reports. According to an official from the China Passenger Car Association, the electric carmaker sold just 211 vehicles in the country in October, a measly figure for a market that’s as EV-hungry as China. …

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Ford Is Speeding Up Plan To Build Lincolns In China To Avoid Tariffs

Ford is accelerating its plan to start producing Lincoln models locally in China in order to avoid tariffs. The company was originally planning to start production of Lincoln models in China in late 2019 along with a local partner but is currently trying to speed things up, even by the slightest, to help avoid the …

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Jaguar Land Rover’s Chinese Arm Investing $1 Billion In EVs

Chery Jaguar Land Rover, the British automaker’s Chinese arm, will invest the equivalent of $1 billion into the development of electric vehicles after reaching an agreement with the Changshu Economic and Technological Development Zone in China. The massive investment will lead to the creation of a new factory dedicated to producing electric powertrains as well …

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FedEx Expands Zero Emissions Fleet With 1,000 New Chanje Electric Vans

In much the same way that pornography has influenced humanity’s choice of VHS over Betamax and later BluRay over HD DVD, it is possible that the shipping industry’s slow move to electric propulsion will be the impetus behind a larger shift of society at large. It’s Last week FedEx announced that it would add electric …