After selling 120 cars in China in January, Reuters reports that Elon Musk has sent an e-mail to Tesla managers in China threatening firings and demotions if they can't show "a clear path to positive long-term cash flow."
Toyota is making more money than ever and is potentially on track to have the most profitable fiscal year in the company's history. Much of that success is due to the weak yen compared to other currencies.
The R-Class may be produced in the US, but though it's not available here any more, it hasn't been killed off entirely. It's still available in China, but now Mercedes has awarded the manufacturing contract to AM General in South Bend, IN.
Subaru has decided not to open a joint venture factory in China with Chery, even if the Chinese government gave it permission. The Japanese brand looked at the numbers and decided that it would have to double its sales just to maintain the same profits from exporting from Japan. Growth in the Chinese market may also be slowing.
This year's Shanghai Motor Show has not ruled out banning promotional models that normally accompany cars on show stands, after models' racy attire at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show was chastised for having "a negative social impact."
Four years ago we posted on the three-wheeled foam car that made it to the round-of-four in X-Prize competition. Its inventor, Lon Ballard, created the vehicle for the sole purpose of lowering the number of road fatalities and has spent the intervening years refining the idea, and beginning pilot production of electric and gas-powered variants.
Volvo Cars may have been acquired by a Chinese automaker, but over at its former parent company, the tide of ownership has gone in the opposite direction as the Volvo Group has acquired 45 percent of Dongfeng's truck operations.
Reuters reports that BMW has agreed to pay its Chinese dealers 5.1 billion yuan ($820 million) to help them overcome huge inventories and poor profits last year. Audi and Daimler have are also subsidizing Chinese dealers with hundreds of millions of dollars as the local auto market slows down.
Chinese dealers have long submitted to the power of foreign automakers, but with inventories out of control and only 30 percent of dealers operating at a profit, the situation has gotten so bad that the country's largest dealer body has complained to the government.
China's GAC Group is making the trek back to the Detroit Auto Show in 2015 for the global debut of its GS4 crossover and two range-extended concepts. The CUV boasts a coupe-like roofline and a choice of either a 1.3- or 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.
The next-gen Ford Taurus has been spotted testing in China. It's covered in camouflage, but that doesn't hide the massive, hexagonal chrome grille at the front. The look seems to take the style of the Fusion and just make everything a little bit bigger.
The FAW-Toyota joint venture is struggling in China. Around 10 percent of dealers might have to shut their doors and 95 percent are reportedly operating at a loss this year. The sellers are complaining that their lots are packed with cars that can't be sold, and they're asking for money from Toyota to deal with the problem.
Tesla wants to keep growing sales in China. The company's latest offer in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou helps buyers get rid of their used car and then apply the money towards the purchase of a new Model S.