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It always seems like big things are ahead but does it ever seem like it really gets here? We can hear product counts for years and years and those product onslaughts never seem to arrive.
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Ford China Takes Important Steps Toward Strengthening Its Position
- Aaron Brzozowski - APR 25, 2018

Ford China today announced the completion of some very important steps to streamlining and improving sales in the country, which is the world’s largest auto market. These include the establishment of a single, nationwide distribution network and the hiring of two new executives in key roles.

Until now, purchasing a Ford in the Chinese market could be a complicated matter, as the automaker operates multiple joint ventures in the country, each of which had its own dealer network. That changes with the new Ford National Distribution Services Division, which enables Ford to sell its full lineup of vehicles at each and every dealership in the country, regardless of where it was built or which joint venture it originated from. The new distribution division will also allow Ford to become more fit by reducing duplication of efforts and driving greater efficiency, while improving the customer experience.

At the same time, Ford China is “reshaping [its] business… and adding new talent that will help us compete and win now and in the future in the world’s largest auto market,” Ford Motor Company President and CEO Jim Hackett said in a release. The automaker announced that it is appointing Henry Li to the role of Vice President of Marketing and Sales in Greater China, effective May 7th, where he’ll lead Ford’s transition to the National Distribution Services Division in China. Meanwhile, Richard Chen will be made Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships in Greater China effective May 16th, in which role he’ll be responsible for Ford’s overall business strategic planning in the Chinese market, and the management of external partnerships.

Henry Li, 50, comes from Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service Company, where he helped make China the single largest global market for the German automaker. Largely thanks to his leadership, Mercedes experienced 59 consecutive months of year-over-year sales growth in China. Li has 26 years of experience in auto marketing and sales.

Richard Chen, 49, formerly served as Vice President, Managing Director, and Board Director for Yangfeng KSS Automotive Safety Systems – Key Safety Systems’ Chinese-market joint venture with Yangfeng Automotive Trim Systems Company. He was responsible for the company’s sales, technology center, and four manufacturing plants. Prior to working with Key Safety Systems’ Chinese business unit, he held multiple positions with Magna Powertrain Asia Pacific and Chrysler North America.

“The addition of Henry Li and Richard Chen, two proven executives with deep experience in China, will help us accelerate our China 2025 growth plan and connect with customers in new ways,” says Ford Asia Pacific President Peter Fleet. “Henry will play a significant role in launching a single distribution channel for all Ford products and services in China, delivering improvements for marketing effectiveness, as well as operational efficiencies, with considerable benefits to our brand, partners, dealers and customers. Richard will advance our ‘In China, For China’ vision as he leads overall business strategic planning and management of external partnerships.”

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new Platforms, electrifrying, mobility-instead-of-owning, tariffs, even autonoy

Ford to launch new all-electric vehicles for ride-hailing services in China
- Fred Lambert- May. 2nd 2018

China is getting all the good stuff when it comes to all-electric vehicles these days.

Now, Ford is setting up a new joint-venture to sell all-electric vehicles for ride-hailing services in the country.

Ford’s offering is extremely limited when it comes to all-electric vehicles, but it has been making a lot of announcements about them.

In the US, it should start to materialize into actual products starting in 2020 and in China, it will mean dozens of new vehicles.

Last year, they set up a new joint-venture with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co to launch a new brand for EVs in the country on top of plans to launch 15 new EVs under its own current brands in China.

Now, they are adding to those electrification plans by setting up another joint-venture with Zotye.

The new company will offer “a range of stylish and affordable all-electric vehicles under a new indigenous brand” that will be focused on “customized all-electric vehicle solutions to fleet operators and drivers in China’s fast-growing ride-hailing market.”

Fast-growing indeed. According to Boston Consulting Group, the local ride-hailing market will grow by 19 percent annually through 2022, with an overall fleet size potentially reaching up to 26 million units.

Didi, the leader in ride-hailing in China, already claims to be the ‘world’s largest EV fleet operator’ with 260,000 EVs and plans to reach a million by the end of the decade.

Ford’s new venture plans to offer “all-electric vehicle leasing services, data-driven fleet management solutions, in-vehicle digital services, connectivity and vehicle customization,” in order to help achieve that goal as well as the electrification of other ride-hailing services.

The American automaker and Zotye have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture and they will be investing US$20 million to get it started.

They haven’t released a timeline for bringing those new EVs to market.

Electrek’s Take
I think using electric vehicles in ride-hailing services is a smart way to deploy more electric vehicles.

Chevy is doing this with the Bolt EV through GM’s Maven Gig service now with hundreds of Bolt EVs available for Lyft and Uber drivers in the US.

We also recently reported on Youngo, a Paris-based ride-hailing service using exclusively electric vehicles.

I think we are going to see more of these services going electric in the coming years – leading to the ‘holy grail’ of personal mobility: ride-hailing with all-electric and autonomous vehicles.

Featured Image (left to right): Chen Jing, vice president of Zotye Auto; Jin Zheyong, chairman of Zotye Auto; Marcy Klevorn, executive vice president and president of mobility, Ford Motor Company; Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific.
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Ford's cars being held up in Chinese ports in trade tensions with U.S.
‘Customs pretends there are technical non-conformities of some nature’
- Norihiko Shirouzu & Michael Martina - May 9th 2018

BEIJING — Ford Motor Co's imported vehicles are being held up at Chinese ports, three people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, underscoring how U.S. goods are facing increased customs scrutiny in China amid a tense trade standoff.

The three people said Ford and Lincoln vehicles were facing unusual delays at customs, with officials asking for extra technical checks. Two of the people said U.S.-made models of some German carmakers, mainly SUVs, being brought into China, were also affected.

Ford was being asked to do extra checks on emission components, said a China-based Ford executive familiar with the matter, asking not be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.

China's customs agency did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The holdups add to a growing list of American products facing issues at China's borders, as officials try to avert a full-blown trade war. Some trade experts said they believe Beijing is sending a defiant warning to Washington in response to sweeping U.S. trade demands made on China last week.

Reuters reported Tuesday that China had ramped up inspections of pork shipped from the United States, after the country's customs agency said it would step up quarantine checks on American apples and logs.

The second person, a China-based industry official with knowledge of the matter, said the delays for Ford — as well as some U.S.-made cars from BMW and Mercedes-Benz — had been going on for the last two weeks.

"Customs pretends there are technical non-conformities of some nature that won't allow them to clear these U.S.-made cars through customs, but the U.S.-China trade frictions must be the background to this," he said. "Although no one will officially admit it."

Responding to a request for comment from Reuters, a BMW spokesman said that "U.S.-made BMW cars have not been delayed at the ports as of last week and before."

A Daimler spokeswoman said it was "monitoring the situation closely" regarding ongoing trade talks between China and the United States, but that she could not speculate further on other matters.

The third person said the Ford issue, which had been noted by the United States government, and other holdups facing American goods, were clearly related to the trade dispute.

A Ford spokeswoman in Shanghai when asked about the matter said: "We are closely monitoring our situation at the port." She declined to comment further. Imported Ford cars normally enter China via the eastern ports of Shanghai and Tianjin, she said.

Japanese and German carmakers that Reuters spoke with said they were not facing similar delays at China customs with imported vehicles made outside the United States.

It wasn't immediately clear if General Motors cars imported to China from the United States were being impacted by the delays. GM plans to import only a total of about 150 vehicles to China from North America this year.

"Virtually all products we sell in China are built in China," said a Shanghai-based GM spokesperson.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened tariffs on up to $150 billion of Chinese goods. The United States alleges that Beijing misappropriates U.S. technology through joint-venture requirements, unfair licensing practices, outright theft and state-backed acquisitions of American technology firms.

Beijing denies those accusations.

China's top economic official, Liu He, will visit Washington next week to resume trade talks, the White House said Monday, after a U.S. delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin came away from a visit to Beijing last week with no agreement over a long list of U.S. trade demands.

China is the world's largest auto market but has been the focus of criticism from Trump over a 25 percent import tariff and foreign ownership caps on local auto ventures. China has pledged to remove the ownership limits and lower import levies.

Ford has much to lose if the war of words over trade between China and Trump escalates into a full-blown tariff war. Last year, it shipped about 80,000 vehicles to China from North America, more than half of them Lincolns — including the Lincoln Continental sedan and the Lincoln MKX crossover SUV.

All Lincoln vehicles that Ford now sells in China are brought in from North America. Last year the brand sold 54,124 vehicles in China, the world's largest auto market, up 66 percent from 2016.

James Chao, Shanghai-based Asia-Pacific head of the IHS Markit consultancy, said delays of a few weeks would not likely cause sales disruptions since automakers keep on average 60 days of inventory. Longer delays, though, could have a bigger impact.

Julia Coym, a Shanghai-based senior analyst at the consultancy Control Risks, said the move was as much about sending a message to the White House as directly hurting Ford.

"China has started using these types of tools pressuring companies over political or trade disputes a lot more in the last couple of years," Coym said. She called the increased customs checks China's "intense quarantine method".

She pointed to a political standoff last year between China and South Korea. South Korean firms who relied on Chinese consumers in sectors from retail to tourism were hit by increased inspections and a ban on tour group travel.

"This is part of China's play-book now," said Coym. "We would definitely expect to see more of this as the trade dispute intensifies further," she added, referring to the U.S.-China standoff.


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