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. »
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]
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, inchoate… »
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… »