Recently, several auto enterprises have released their sales data. In
1st quarter of 2014, the sales volume of Shanghai Volkswagen has
exceeded 510,000 and leads 1st in the passenger car market, ahead of
Shanghai General Motor and FAW-Volkswagen. For a long time, there has
been little difference among Shanghai General Motor, Shanghai Volkswagen
and FAW-Volkswagen. But from second half year of 2013, Shanghai
Volkswagen began to show its advantage in A-level market with production
layout of familization. In the whole passenger market, German cars have
exceeded Japanese cars in shares, ranking 1st place. This situation has
put more pressure on American cars and many experts predicted the
competition between German and American cars will be upgraded along with
more brand new cars.
Ford Motor Co said on Monday it would recall about 434,700 vehicles
mainly in North America due to two separate and unrelated issues.
The total volume of Regal, Lacrosse and Malibu from Shanghai General
Motor in 1st quarter was 77,000. The sales volume of Passat was 75,000
and together with 6,000 of Skoda, Shanghai Volkswagen shares the same
sales data with Shanghai General Motor in B level market. In SUV market,
the sales data of Shanghai General Motor in 1stquarter was totally
37,000 and the data of Tiguan from Shanghai Volkswagen in first 2 months
was more than 45,000. Many experts think the biggest difference between
Shanghai Volkswagen and Shanghai General Motor is in A level market.
The company is recalling about 385,750 Escape compact SUVs as rust could
cause the vehicle’s subframe and lower control arm to separate,
potentially diminishing steering control, it said in an e-mail.