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1Takata airbag recall spreads to China with 42k Mazda sedans

The scope of the problem with the faulty airbag inflators from Takata continues to broaden and is now reaching China, as well. Mazda is recalling 42,732 Mazda6 units there, produced by its local joint venture partner China FAW Car Company, to replace the front passenger airbags. It comes as part of Mazda's recall of nearly 160,000 vehicles worldwide, including about 34,600 in the US, according to Reuters.

3China's FAW now building all three Mazda6 generations

The Chinese auto market is one of the most interesting in the world to look at. Its automakers appear to still be figuring things out and remain open to experimentation. For example, at this moment, you can buy new copies of all three generations of the Mazda6 from showrooms there.

98First production Hongqi L-Series sells at Beijing Motor Show for $800,000

The Hongqi has arrived, and with it the greater hopes that powerful Chinese will ride in symbols of Chinese power. The Honqi L5 sedan produced by China's FAW Group, first unveiled last year (and called the L9 at the time), is - in some circles - intended to be among the homegrown replacements for the millions of foreign luxury cars the Chinese government purchases for important officials. Shown at this year's Beijing Motor Show in production guise and now available to civilians as well, a Chines

2Audi and FAW to launch A6 E-Tron in China

Audi and its Chinese joint-venture partner FAW have announced that they'll be building a production version of the Audi A6 E-Tron Concept, shown at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Based on the China-only long-wheelbase A6, the plug-in-hybrid model is being targeted specifically at the People's Republic.

70Hongqi L9 offers retro-weird style for Chinese bigwigs

Hongqi means "Red Flag," and the sub-brand of Chinese automaker FAW was created in the 1950s to build cars for leaders of the nation known by its red flag. In those early days Hongqi designers took inspiration from what looks to be fifties Chevrolets; these days they've kept a little of the Chevrolet but look more the way of England. The L9 executive sedan about the length of a Rolls-Royce Phantom – on Mercedes S-Class-like wheels – and not much cheaper than the Rolls, to boot.

3China BAK delivering lithium-ion batteries for FAW-Volkswagen

FAW-Volkswagen, the China joint-venture that includes the giant German automaker, will begin testing lithium-ion batteries made by China BAK for use in upcoming electric vehicles.

9China's FAW Group's new plug-in hybrid is a bit Volt-like

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the Chevrolet Volt can start to blush.

1China's FAW rolls out first batch of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles

Last week, major Chinese automaker First Automobile Works (FAW) rolled out its first batch of independently-developed alternative energy vehicles.

24Besturn B30 looks remarkably current for a 30-year-old VW Jetta

From the outside, China's upcoming Besturn B30 looks like an appropriately modern, cheap, and cheerful econocar. Under the modern skin, though, lurks the skeleton of the second-generation Volkswagen Jetta. That's right, China's newest widely-affordable small sedan is little more than a rebodied 30-year-old German sedan.

2Report: Toyota to produce plug-in hybrids in China by 2012

2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery

53Beijing 2010: First Auto Works Red Flag limo is fit for government work

FAW Red Flag – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddBYD does deal to supply major Chinese auto group with batteries

BYD F3DM - Click above for high-res image gallery

11Fiat back in the mix as Bertone manufacturing unit goes up for sale

Bertone Mantide - Click above for a high-res image gallery

AddChinese automaker FAW announces new-energy (read: hybrid) vehicle factory

Despite the lackluster sales from rival company BYD, Chinese automaker FAW has announced a new manufacturing plant that will specialize in building hybrid vehicles. Set to be completed in 2012, the automaker expects to build about 1,000 hybrid buses and 11,000 hybrid sedans per year at the new plant, which seems like a bit of a stretch for a company that had previously announced a steady plan to build hybrid in much smaller numbers (100 hybrid buses and 20 hybrid sedans in 2009, 200 hybrid buses

13Another new (old) Passat: Shanghai VW Lingyu

Click above for a gallery of the Chinese market VW Lingyu

AddAttention Wal-Mart shoppers: Electric cars marked down on aisle 6

Might your next (first?) electric vehicle purchase be transacted at Wal-Mart? It's not out of realm of possibility. Mexican company, GS Motors, is already selling 3 different models from China's First Auto Works (FAW) at a so-called "big box" retail chain in Mexico and has plans to replicate the strategy north of their border. Company CEO Kathleen Ligocki says, "I think the product will be ready for the U.S. market within five years." Starting next year, the Chinese designs are expected to be as

65REPORT: Chinese expect to build cars in Mexico in 2010, may sell cars at big-box retailers

There seems to be little doubt that Chinese cars will hit the U.S. market some soon – the big question is when. At least one automaker is suggesting that Chinese cars will enter America by way of Mexico, with production starting in 2010 and sales in the United States by 2015 after first making the rounds in Latin America and Canada. That date may have been sooner had we not hit such a nasty global economic crisis.

AddBeijing 2008: Haima Fushida Fstar EV

Courtesy of our colleagues at Autoblog Chinese, here's the Fstar H1, by Haima. Haima is a joint venutre of automakers FAW and Mazda, although some people see this car as a bad copy of the Chevrolet/Daewoo Spark/Matiz. Next to the different gasoline versions on display at the Beijing Autoshow was this electric version.

40Beijing 2008: HongQi SUV concept doesn't look like a photochopped MKT

Click image for a high-res gallery of the HonQi SUV

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