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China’s Qoros Aiming Up-Market with New Concept

Export market is a target.

by on Jun.23, 2014

The Qoros 9 Concept suggests what the maker's flagship might look like in 2020.

While it hasn’t been around all that long, its short history hasn’t stopped Qoros from trying to imagine what it could be like in the not-too-distant future.  And if the maker’s new Qoros 9 Concept is any indication, it expects to be targeting the fast-growing Chinese luxury car market.

Qoros debuted barely a year ago as a joint venture between China’s Chery Automobile and the conglomerate Israel Corp.  The two partners have made it clear that they view Qoros as a global manufacturer, and one that won’t follow the typical pattern for emerging Asian makers, targeting the low end with cheap econoboxes.

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The Qoros 9 is billed as a possible flagship sedan that could come to market by 2020 and, at least visually, it has all the right cues, such as the long nose and coupe-like roofline that flows into a tall, short deck, as well as a high beltline and Xenon lamps framed by LED accent lights. The tail, meanwhile, features a semi-circular LED lamp assembly that focuses the eye on an oversized “Q” logo.

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Ford May Begin Exporting Products from China

US maker races to catch up in booming Asian market.

by on Jun.25, 2013

The 7 Millionth Ford Transit Van rolls off an assembly line in China. The factory will soon expand.

With rare exception, what happens in China stays in China – at least when it comes to the booming Asian nation’s automotive market. Domestic demand has been more than strong enough, so far, to absorb production and still leave manufacturers racing to add more capacity.

But the situation may soon change. While a number of makers have been considering export opportunities, Ford appears to have that clearly in mind as it prepares to significantly expand production under a variety of different Chinese joint ventures.

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“I think it’s just a matter of time,” Ford President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally today said during an interview on Bloomberg TV. “Over time, all of our facilities are positioned so we can support all the markets around the world from any location.”

After a late state that has left it lagging key rivals like Volkswagen AG and General Motors Corp., Ford is racing to add new capacity in the world’s largest automotive market. Exporting from China could give the maker an opportunity to keep its new plants running if it can’t gain more of a foothold in China.

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