Rising dragon? How SAIC could emerge as a global powerhouse

When it comes to hidden potential, few can hold a candle to the sheer amounts of it wielded by the Chinese automotive industry. Once a purely domestic curiosity, some of the country’s biggest automakers are now seeking to rapidly expand their presence, and perhaps be able to market their wares in other markets including the U.S. However, are some of these Chinese firms ready to make the proper investments and moves needed to transform into global players? Or are these hurdles still too much of a challenge for them to overcome? We take a deep dive and try to discover …

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Geneva Debuts – 2016 SAIC Volkswagen PHIDEON – China-Only Super-Passat

VW just revealed its next-gen flagship  super-Passat: the Phideon. Riding on a next-gen premium platform, the Phideon is a long-wheelbase sedan the size of the S-Class, but with a lower roof that VW refers to as a four-door coupe. On that note, one of the Phideon’s best initial impressions is its premium proportions.  A long-looking hood, improved dash-to-axle length and fairly short front overhang all send the right signals loud and clear.  That being said, it is not as rear-drive in appearance as even the Hyundai Genesis. The design itself is familiar, if a bit angle-sensitive as shown on these preview images. …

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