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Tesla halts most output at Shanghai plant, April sales dive

Posted in REVIEWS on May 10, 2022
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SHANGHAI — Tesla has halted most of its production at its Shanghai plant due to problems securing parts for its electric vehicles, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters, the latest in a series of difficulties for the factory. The automaker's sales in China had already slumped by 98% in April from a month earlier, data released by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) showed on Tuesday, underscoring the hit from China's hard COVID-19 Read More »

Chevrolet Seeker is mysterious crossover spotted in Michigan last month

Posted in REVIEWS on April 19, 2022
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Remember the camouflaged Chevrolet crossover spotted in Michigan a month ago? It's had all its camouflaged removed in the country where it will go on sale first: China. The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology again got ahead of automaker plans, dishing out specs on the joint-venture offering that GM and local partner SAIC call the Chevrolet Seeker, those specs outed on Chinese site Autohome. Starting with the dimensions, the Seeker is 178.6 inches Read More »

Tesla looks to resume production at Shanghai plant on April 18, sources say

Posted in REVIEWS on April 15, 2022
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SHANGHAI — Tesla is preparing to resume production at its Shanghai plant on Monday following a three-week stoppage, having received the go-ahead from local authorities, two people familiar with the matter said. The Shanghai factory, located in the Pudong district east of the city's Huangpu River, suspended production on March 28 after the city started rolling out lockdown measures to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases that were later implemented city-wide. The plan for resuming Read More »

Tesla extends Shanghai plant suspension amid lockdown

Posted in REVIEWS on March 31, 2022
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SHANGHAI — Tesla has cancelled plans to resume production at its Shanghai factory on Friday and Saturday, an internal notice seen by Reuters showed, further delaying reopening of the manufacturing hub for its Model 3 and Model Y cars. The Shanghai factory, located in the Pudong district east of the city's Huangpu River, suspended production from Monday to Thursday after the city launched a two-stage lockdown to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases. The lockdown Read More »

GM maintains Shanghai output as workers sleep on factory floor

Posted in REVIEWS on March 29, 2022
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SHANGHAI — General Motors' joint venture in Shanghai has maintained production amid the city's lockdown by asking workers to sleep on factory floors and getting passes for trucks to continue deliveries, two people familiar with the matter said. Such measures equate to a "closed-loop" management process, which China's financial hub has asked companies to adopt to stay open during a two-stage lockdown to battle its COVID outbreak. In the bubble-like arrangement, which workers sleep, live Read More »

Inside China's electric drive for swappable car batteries

Posted in REVIEWS on March 27, 2022
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DETROIT/BEIJING — A year ago Tesla dismissed the alternative path of electric car battery swapping as "riddled with problems and not suitable for widescale use." It seems Beijing disagrees. In fact, China is pushing hard for swappable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) as a supplement to regular vehicle charging, with the government throwing its weight behind several companies advancing the technology. Four companies — automakers Nio and Geely, battery swap developer Aulton and state-owned oil Read More »

Mercedes opens new R&D center in Shanghai

Posted in REVIEWS on March 19, 2022
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SHANGHAI — Germany's Mercedes-Benz Group AG said on Friday it has opened a research and development (R&D) center in Shanghai that will focus on mobility technology. The center, its second R&D facility in China, will work in tech fields such as connectivity, automated driving and big data, the company said in a statement. Mercedes-Benz did not elaborate on the size of its investment in the new tech center, nor how many engineers it plans to Read More »

Tesla halts work at Shanghai factory amid China COVID curbs

Posted in REVIEWS on March 16, 2022
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SHANGHAI — Electric vehicle giant Tesla is suspending production at its Shanghai factory for two days, according to a notice sent internally and to suppliers, as China tightens COVID restrictions to curb the country's latest outbreak. The Shanghai factory runs around the clock, and suppliers and Tesla staff were told on Wednesday in the notice, reviewed by Reuters, that production would be suspended for Wednesday and Thursday. It did not give a reason for the Read More »

Fifth-generation Ford Mondeo arrives at dealers in China

Posted in REVIEWS on March 2, 2022
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A decade ago, the second-generation Ford Fusion debuted at the North American International Auto Show to great fanfare. The sharp-looking sedan turned out to be a sharp handler too, and was seen as a renaissance for Ford, giving the Big Three a well-designed volume seller that could take on stalwarts like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Then the sedan-pocalypse happened, and Ford abandoned cars. The Fusion was based on the beloved fourth-generation European-market Mondeo, Read More »

Tesla plans new Shanghai plant to more than double China capacity

Posted in REVIEWS on February 24, 2022
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SHANGHAI – Tesla plans to start work on a new plant in Shanghai as soon as next month as part of a plan to more than double production capacity in China to meet growing demand for its cars in the country and export markets, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Once the new plant is fully operational, Tesla will have the capacity to produce up to 2 million cars per year at its Read More »

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