Wang Jiangwei recalls spending last summer sweating through a month of military drills conducted by Chinese People’s Liberation Army instructors. Wang isn’t a soldier; he’s a researcher at Great Wall Motor Co.
The Jeep store in south Beijing near the Timberland and London Fog outlets carries the season’s latest offerings of branded shirts, shoes, belts and backpacks. Not for sale here: Jeep sport-utility vehicles.
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG’s failure to win government approval to expand a factory in China is fueling concern global carmakers could find it increasingly hard to get projects approved by regulators in the country.
It took Wang Chongwei almost a year to rebuild his Toyota Motor Corp. dealership in Qingdao, China, after a mob protesting against Japan’s purchase of a group of disputed islands burnt down the showroom.
After protests erupted across China last year over Japan’s nationalization of disputed islands, sales of Japanese-branded cars there plummeted. Nissan Motor Co.’s prescription for winning back Chinese drivers: a quieter ride and better gas mileage.