Aston Martin Gets Dissed By Chinese Counterfeit Plastic Company

Aston Martin is currently recalling two-thirds of all of their cars it's made in the last six years over 'counterfeit plastic' in their throttle pedals. The general manager of the company Aston blamed is now all like 'say whaaaaaat? Oh no you didn't." » 2/17/14 4:40pm 2/17/14 4:40pm

What Chinese Carmakers Can Learn From Dumb Starbucks

Right around the corner from my house, Dumb Starbucks opened up. And it's practically all I've heard about all weekend. This was a bit alarming to me, as I'm accustomed to being the subject whenever "dumb" was discussed in my neighborhood. Like most people, I think there's a lesson here for Chinese carmakers. » 2/10/14 4:20pm 2/10/14 4:20pm

China's Cultural Revolution is the reason why we have Chinese Copycats…

As a prelude to A Brief History of Asian Stealth, Part 2 (which will focus on the People's Republic of China and its People's Liberation Air Force), one needs to understand the history of the PRC's aerospace industry. In order to understand that, one needs to understand the motivations of the Chinese Cultural… » 1/25/14 9:44am 1/25/14 9:44am

The Inelegant Elegance Of China's Wedding Cars

Up until quite recently, there just weren't all that many truly fancy cars in China. I'm talking about cars that make an ordinary day into an actual event. And while most people had minimal need for such cars, they did have weddings, and weddings need cars like this, badly. So China made them. From pickup trucks. » 12/27/13 10:00am 12/27/13 10:00am

The Chinese Are About To Build A Car You'd Actually Drive

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:30 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 12/27/13 9:30am 12/27/13 9:30am

Chinese Automaker Builds A Terrible Clone Of Cadillac Escalade EXT

China has a long history of making knockoffs, so much so that it's got its own traditions for it under the term "shanzhai." But this mutated attempt at a Cadillac Escalade EXT is so blatantly aspirational that it's wrong. It's as if the Cadillac had a kid with a Ford Ranger, and they named the result "Sloth." » 12/22/13 10:41am 12/22/13 10:41am

Chinese Teen Runs Away To Keep Parents From Buying Japanese Car

Thanks largely to their Grade A dickery during World War II, Japan is not terribly popular in China, and Japanese automakers there continually feel that sting. It's not a sentiment only expressed by the older generation like you might expect — even the kids think it's cool to hate on Japan. » 12/10/13 1:20pm 12/10/13 1:20pm

Beijing Car Buyers Pick Odd Ways To Avoid License Plate Lottery

China has tried to control its booming car population in very different, often strange ways. Part of the reason is to control pollution, which large Chinese provinces are quickly becoming known for. Others, like license plate lotteries, are to restrict the number of cars. But there's still a huge demand. » 12/04/13 1:40pm 12/04/13 1:40pm