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Ford May Build Battery Cars in China

Maker may also add Lincoln to its Chinese line-up.

by on Sep.26, 2011

Ford may produce battery cars, like the C-Max Energi plug-in, in China, suggests CEO Alan Mulally.

Ford Motor Co. may try to tap into the potentially huge market for electric vehicles in China, echoing the strategy of its rival General Motors.

Ford has already committed to producing at least five battery-electric vehicles, like the Ford Focus Electric, and plug-in hybrids, like the C-Max Energi, for the U.S. and Europe.  But some analysts believe the market for battery cars could be even bigger in China as the Asian nation takes steps to reduce pollution and minimize its dependence upon foreign oil.

Building vehicles in China would sidestep hefty import duties and qualify Ford for significant incentives the Beijing government has authorized for domestically-produced battery cars.

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“As we move to more electrification, you’re going to see more hybrids, plug-in hybrids and all-electric” cars,” Ford CEO Alan Mulally said during an interview with Bloomberg TV during a visit to Chongqing, China to mark the groundbreaking of the automaker’s new transmission plant.


China Rules U.S. Carmakers Guilty of Dumping

Beijing decides not to issue penalties.

by on May.10, 2011

A Chevy Volt at the Shanghai Expo. While GM is accused of dumping, new Chinese rules will likely restrict Volt's appeal in that market.

U.S. automakers are receiving unfair subsidies that amount to illegally dumping cars on the Chinese market, Beijing regulators have ruled.

Chinese authorities have decided they will not levy penalties against the American makers cited by the complaint – ostensibly to avoid triggering a new trade dispute between the two countries.  But the timing of the action raises concerns in that American makers have been sounding alarm over new rules they feel might impact their ability to market products in China by unfairly protecting domestic carmakers and suppliers.

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“China’s domestic car industry … has suffered substantial damage,” said a statement from China’s Commerce Ministry, following the completion of an investigation that began in November 2009.

The investigation was launched on behalf of Chinese domestic automakers who complained about U.S. imports – which tripled in value to $3.4 billion between 2009 and 2010.