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The eastward migration of automotive designers bearing European pedigrees continues with Chery Automobile reportedly hiring former Porsche stylist Hakan Saracoglu. The move comes almost a year after Chery hired James Hope from the General Motors Exterior Design Studio in Russelsheim, Germany to be its corporate director of design.

One of the most well-known Chinese clones, the Chery QQ3, has been often been the target of retirement rumors. However, just like practically everywhere else, the Chinese auto market is getting help from the government, help that might help the QQ3 survive. One of the measures the Chinese government is applying is a tax reduction on certain vehicle niches, including vehicles mated to sequential gearboxes. Well, for the Chinese New Year, Chery is launching a new QQ3 model that, hey, uses a sequen

Chery QQ: 4-door hatchback. China. $4,781.

If any car salesmen out there are wondering where in the world it might be easiest to sell a lot of low-emission vehicles right this second, let me be the first to say China. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) told the China Daily that in the first four months of 2006, 1.72 million vehicles were sold in China, and over 600,000 of those were low-emission vehicles.  A spokesperson for the CAAM said the increased sales were, "due to soaring oil prices, the government's re