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What's French for hoonage? I don't know for two reasons: I don't speak French, and PSA Peugeot Citroën hasn't sold cars here since the early 1990s. But they're considering coming back to America, the land of freedom, so we can enjoy their offerings again! Maybe. If other things work out.
Times are tough over at PSA Peugeot Citroën. They've been burning through billions of Euros in cash over the last few years and have struggled to sell cars in the weak European economy and have stumbled abroad. But a new savior appears to be in the form of Chinese automaker Dongfeng.
Members of the NATO states, have no fear, the Chinese won't take over anytime soon after President Xi Jinping ordered the military to buy locally made vehicles.
Now that Christmas is over, the Chinese can get back to making things you won't find at Wal-Mart — like an armored attack vehicle with a turret based on a reverse-engineered Army HMMWV (Hummer H1 to us civvies).
So the Shanghai Motor Show continues in China and, I gotta say, it's probably more fun than New York. For instance, most traces of Hummer have vanished from the U.S. but the Dongfeng Crazy Soldier* is still proudly on display.
Now that Hummer is dead, Chinese automaker Dongfeng's ripoff version needs to amp up the masculine sales pitch. The male model doing his thing works, but the whitewall tires and sunny paint job just end up sending a mixed message.
The Dongfeng Crazy Soldier is China's answer to the Hummer. And by "answer" we mean, of course, direct copy. True to its military roots the truck is referred to as the "crazy solider," which we'e been told is meant to be "crazy fearless" not "crazy insane."
We sometimes wonder if the people at Dongfeng, worried about being made fun of their first name, decided to make an impenetrable alphanumeric name for their ugly coupe. Or maybe they just screwed up and let their TV division name the car. Either way, nothing rolls off the tongue like the EQ7240BP. [The Tycho]
Dongfeng Nissan will debut the China-market Qashqai and X-Trail at the Guangzhou Auto Show, then plans to sell them both next year. We just love the names "Dongfeng" and "Qashqai." [The AutoChannel]
I can't in truth call my Shanghai trip a comedy of errors, although there were errors, one of which resulted in my flying home first class. And while some of the Engrish I encountered was laugh-out-loud gut-busting. I can't quite refer to it as a tragedy, either. What it was, however, was a slightly nebulous,…
One of our favorite bits about the Shanghai show is the sheer volume of heavy trucks parked in the outdoor courtyard. Dongfeng, China's second-largest automaker (founded at the behest of Mao hisowndamnself back in '68), had a googolplex of heavy truckage on display. It also featured spokesmodels wearing what appeared…
Boy howdy, all this M&A stuff in the auto industry sure can make a man sweat. So Volvo sells off its automaking division to Ford. Ford's tangled up with Mazda. Meanwhile, Nissan, controlled by Renault, has sold 13% of its diesel division to Volvo AB, which besides building Volvo and Mack-brand trucks, also builds…
The Chinese pay-to-play model for foreign automakers seems to be working out swimmingly for Dongfeng Motor Corp. Their 50/50 joint venture with Nissan has resulted in a 41-million-dollar tech center in the southern city of Guangzhou. Dongfeng Motor Co. Ltd., the joint venture's official name, will used to develop…
Whoa...we thought the Five Year Plan went out with Stalin, but well, that just goes to show how ignorant we are of ChiCom politics. Part of the 11th FYP is to get more homebrewed hybrids on the road, and Renault's part-time lover, Dongfeng is in on the deal, and they hope to have hybrids as a main vehicle class by…