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Big switch: Electric cars put China on automobile map

The rise of electric cars heralds not only a major technology switch but also promises massive disruption to today’s auto giants as Tesla and a group of powerful Chinese rivals take over the fast lane. The diesel scandal in 2015 in which Volkswagen admitted manipulating 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide to fool pollution tests only […]

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BMW plans electric Mini production in China

German auto giant BMW said Friday it plans to build an electric version of its compact Mini in China, in a possible joint venture with local partner Great Wall. The Munich-based group is in “advanced discussions” aimed at “a new joint venture in China”, it said in a statement, adding that the two firms had […]

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12-year-old Chinese boy steals bus for a 40-minute joyride

A twelve-year-old from China got to live the dream of most boys his age: the dream of driving their own vehicle. However, his feat proved to have legal consequences. The youngster caused quite a commotion at the streets of Guangzhou last week, when he stole a public utility bus and drove it for 10 kilometers […]

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Smart bus with virtual tracks gets rolling in China

The world’s first smart bus that runs on virtual tracks was unveiled last June 2, in the city of Zhuzhou, within central China’s Hunan Province. Xinhuanet reports that the technology is called the Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART). It was developed by the research arm of CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd., the same company that […]

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China to lessen pollution by replacing taxis with electric cars

China has taken a step forward towards finding a solution to the country’s perennial pollution issue. According to National Business Daily, gasoline-operated taxis from the capital city of Beijing will now be phased out and replaced with electric vehicles. The replacement project, which is expected to cost taxi operators around ¥9 billion, have slowly started […]

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Chinese man buys Land Cruiser with sacks of loose change

Most people dream of buying their own car someday, but one man from northern China got his brand-new vehicle in the oddest way. Using only sacks of small change and tiny denomination notes, the unidentified Chinese national bought a new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado valued at 400,000 yuan (P2,894,491). According to local news outlet China Youth Daily, the […]

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Volkswagen, China’s JAC in talks to make electric cars

FRANKFURT, Germany  — German automaker Volkswagen says it’s in talks about forming a joint venture to develop electric vehicles with China’s Anhui Jianghuai Automobile, or JAC. Volkswagen said Wednesday that the two companies had signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday to evaluate the possibility of joining forces to make zero-emission cars. Volkswagen is making a […]

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Mazda launches CX-4 SUV at Beijing auto show


Mazda Motor Corporation has unveiled a new crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-4, at the Beijing Motor Show (Auto China 2016). The latest edition to Mazda’s new-generation lineup adopts SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO―Soul of Motion design throughout and goes on sale in China in June. Here’s the news from Mazda:

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Beijing bans half of registered cars as it raises smog red alert

BEIJING — Unhealthy smog hovered over downtown Beijing as limits on cars, factories and construction sites kept pollution from spiking even higher Wednesday, on the second of three days of restrictions triggered by the city’s first red alert for smog. Cars with even-numbered license plates were kept off roads, and schools and constructions sites remained […]

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Ford to invest $1.8 billion in China vehicles research

BEIJING—Ford Motor Co. is investing $1.8 billion to develop technologies aimed at attracting Chinese car buyers, underlining China’s importance to automakers despite slowing sales growth. The American automaker said on Monday it will expand its research and development center in the eastern city of Nanjing and work on autonomous driving, smartphone connectivity, more efficient powertrains, and […]

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Mar 21, 2018

There’s a lot to like about Audis in general: handsome design both inside and out, an airy cabin, comfortable

Mar 21, 2018

How does one really decide on what tire to buy, all being round, black, and made of rubber.

Mar 07, 2018

A reader recently asked why we weren’t going deep into the technical as much lately. He was referring to