Promoting environmentally friendly products and technologies will be a core focus of Toyota's future development in China, according to its new strategy.
Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor Co Ltd opened its first European factory on Feb 21 as part of its strategy to lift sales in the region.
Dongfeng Xiao Kang, a well-known minitruck model of China, has been put into mass production in Thailand to address rising local demand.
Italian luxury car-maker Maserati will recall 222 vehicles imported to the Chinese mainland due to defective rear lamps.
Chinese group Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile has made a fresh bid for Swedish carmaker Saab, which went bust in December, according to media reports.
Chinese automakers Chery and Great Wall could be jostling for New Zealand market share with Japanese giants like Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi in 10 to 15 years, a senior New Zealand motor industry official said.
China's Pang Da Automobile Trade said on Dec 20 it would halt its attempt to acquire Swedish carmaker Saab in light of Saab's bankruptcy.
Construction has begun on Lifan Motor's second automobile production plant. The factory, which has a designed annual capability of 150,000 units, will begin production in 2013.
China's carmaker MG Motor and Birmingham Airport signed a formal corporate partnership agreement on Dec 6, highlighting their long-term commitment to the development of trade between the Britain's second largest city and China.
Zhengzhou Nissan has begun construction work on its brand new 280 million yuan ($44.17m) research and development center. The center will be ready for work by 2013.
Volvo Car Corp has started recruiting employees for its planned manufacturing plant in Daqing in China, according to Lars Danielsson, the company's head of production in China.
Despite tough automobile market conditions this year, foreign manufacturers such as Honda cannot ignore the importance of the country.
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