In a move surprising just about nobody who reads WorldChanging, another one of China's big carmakers has announced (PDF) that it will start producing hybrid cars of its own design. Geely Motors, China's biggest privately-owned carmaker, says that commercially-available hybrid cars will be available by the Beijing Olympics in 2008. They claim to expect hybrids eventually to account for half of its annual sales.
Earlier this year, state-supported automaker Chery announced plans to bring hybrids to market by 2006.
(Via Green Car Congress)