Dongfeng Unipres Hot Stamping Corporation, which is a 50/50 joint venture between Dongfeng (Wuhan) Industrial Co., Ltd. and Unipres (China) Corporation, held a ceremony to celebrate its opening in Huadu, Guangzhou, on May 28, 2019. The total registered capital in the new company is CNY 150 million. The new company develops, designs, produces and sells stamping parts for Dongfeng Nissan "Sylphy". (From a press release on May 31, 2019)
Bluebird Sylphy/Sylphy (Nissan)
Reported on May 20, 2019, RHB Research seems optimistic on Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd’s improvement in its IndoChina operations in Q1/2019 with the introduction of several new models in the domestic market.
The research house said in Q1/2019, Tan Chong’s IndoChina business registered higher sales volume year-on-year with Vietnam sales growing 1% thanks to consistent sales of the Nissan Sunny. Laos and Cambodia sales volumes also grew 56% and 64% to 218 units and 176 units after the introduction of the Nissan Terra and Nissan Navara Premium Plus at the end of 2018, while Myanmar sold 432 units in the first quarter of 2019.
RHB Research said Tan Chong’s potential new contract assembly at its Vietnam plant in Danang would also support future growth. Besides, Tan Chong is in the midst of increasing its capacity in Myanmar as production there is operating at a full run-rate of 1,300-1,400 units per annum. The first phase of expansion to increase capacity to 5,000 units pa should be completed in H2/2019.
Furthermore, Tan Chong has been studying the viability of bringing new Nissan Almera, Nissan Kicks crossover and new Nissan Sylphy to Malaysia, expected to start from 2020 onwards.
(From an article of New Straits Times on May 20, 2019)
On April 16, an opening ceremony was held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai for the 2019 Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (SIAIE). Press days are from April 16 to April 17 for domestic and overseas media only, professional audience days are from April 18 to April 19, and general public days are from April 20 to April 25.
Over 1,000 companies from twenty countries and regions exhibited at the show. More than 1,400 models were displayed including over 100 global debuts.
For American manufacturers, SAIC GM showcased the debuting next-generation Buick Encore family, Buick GL8 Avenir concept vehicle, all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV, next-generation Tracker, Asia-debuting Cadillac XT6, and Buick VELITE 6 electric MAV launched on April 15. Ford debuted the all-new Escape ST-Line, new Edge ST and ST-Line, and F-150 LTD American luxury pickup at the show.
For Japanese manufacturers, Toyota made world debuts of the C-HR and the EV version of the Izoa. It made Chinese debuts of the all-new RAV4, Alphard MPV, and HEV version of the Vellfire. Nissan globally debuted the 14th-generation Sylphy small sedan. Dongfeng Honda made the world debut of the X-NV CONCEPT, the second EV model of the SPORT EV-series. GAC Honda unveiled the hybrid version of the Odyssey.
For European manufacturers, VW showcased the I.D. ROOMZZ full-size electric SUV, Teramont X coupe SUV, next-generation Sagitar, and T-Cross SUV at the show. The next-generation Polo also made its Chinese debut. VW showcased the globally debuting Audi Q2L e-tron compact electric SUV, e-tron electric SUV, and Q3 compact SUV at the show. Benz debuted the GLE SUV for Chinese markets and showcased the EQC electric SUV produced in China. BMW debuted the all-new long-wheelbase version of the 3-series and debuted of the all-new Z4 for Asian markets. Dongfeng Renault globally debuted the Renault City K-ZE mass-produced EV. Dongfeng Peugeot showcased the all-new 508L PHEV.
Models debuted in China also include Dongfeng Yueda Kia’s all-new K3 and K3 PHV as well as Hyundai’s 10th-generation Sonata.
For Chinese manufacturers, BYD Song Pro, Dongfeng Fengshen D53, and SAIC MAXUS V90, Chery Ruihu e, Hongqi HS5, and Changan CS75 PLUS made their debuts at the show. Geely showcased the Xing Yue, JiaJi, Emgrand GL PHEV, and Geometry A, the brand’s first EV.
Cross-border enterprises and NEV makers also showcased vehicles at the show. The Xiaopeng P7, Tianji ME7, Weltmeister EX5 Pro, and NIO ET Preview were unveiled in Shanghai.