2007 Auto Shanghai (English site here) opened over the weekend and is exhibiting all this week. There were over 100,000 people on the first day. The theme of the show is “Technology and Nature in Harmony.” Kind of different! I know that Shanghai planners are serious, and aware, of the issues related to car ownership in the city. With a government that can create the necessary infrastructure for energy efficient and alternative fuel vehicles, as well its super high population density and environmental pollution problems, China could in fact be a leader in creating new forms of public and private transportation.
Local Chinese automakers continue to be white-hot. Ten years ago, Chery
didn’t exist—today it’s one of the top five producers in China, with a
hefty contract from Chrysler to export small cars to the USA. Geely, Brilliance, Great Wall, Roewe
to name a few—the list of local names is long and keeps growing.
Beijing’s long-term goal is for Chinese companies to produce the
majority of cars in China. It’s a matter of when, not if.