About the author  ⁄ FrankF

Frank entered the automotive industry via his father's instructions. He grew up with cars around him, especially as his father was a major auto restorer, Frank's childhood was spent passing beers, tools and coffee to his father whilst he explained the ins and outs of engines. Frank now works in the Chinese car industry at a specific manufacturer.

The Volvo XC60 will become the next Volvo to be produced in China via the Volvo-Geely partnership. The XC60 will become one of the northernly produced cars when it goes into production at Volvo’s new Daqing facility later this year.

Chinese media reports are also stating that the model will gain a stretched wheelbase taking it from 4644mm on the…

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Imagine you are a farmer barely getting buy in the Chinese countryside, the fertilizer costs money, the price of grain is increasing, the cost of goods at the market are increasing, including your own produce but your income is falling. What else is falling? A helicopter straight into your fields whilst your standing nearby.

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Geely’s reaction to the introduction of turbo engines from the rest of its competitors has been slow, despite the usually fast flowing company bringing popular models such as the GX7 SUV and Emgrand sedan/hatch range to the market they haven’t quite caught up with the small displacement turbo craze.

Enter the 1.3T. Geely has often aired its turbo…

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The Chinese rumor mill went into overdrive early yesterday when reports surfaced that Wanxiang and Tesla were prepping a partnership which could have potentially lead to Chinese production of the Tesla range of vehicles.

Wanxiang stock surged 20% on the rumors over a three day period before Wanxiang denied the reports, however Wanxiang has been…

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The MG5 Sedan is shaping up to be an interesting looking vehicle that should join the MG range over the course of 2014. The MG5 nameplate hasn’t been a succesful one for MG whom have been churning out MG3′s and 6′s to eager Chinese consumers for the past few months which is a shame as the MG5′s interior is arguably the best of the bunch, its just let…

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BYD’s addiction to making existing cars in its own design trend is not exactly a secret, you only have to look at the BYD S6 and BYD M6 models to see Toyota’s with BYD characteristics.

The next model from BYD is thought to be the new BYD M3 which will sit below the aforementioned M6, the M3 will be powered by a 1.5L and a 2.0L engine with the potential…

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Geely announced yesterday that their vehicles would be the official vehicles for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings which are set to be held in Ningbo on February 24th. Geely will deliver 45 of its Emgrand vehicles to the meeting organizers which will also be supported by its London TX4 taxis.

Hong Jiaxiang, deputy mayor of Ningbo,…

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Buick’s Encore has been a hit in China but its a bit on the small side whilst the imported Enclave is at the opposite side of the spectrum and costs several times more than the petite Encore. The Buick Anthem and its forthcoming Chevrolet counterpart will neatly slot into the middle to give Chinese families something to upgrade towards once they outgrow…

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The North American market only Toyota Avalon is set to land at Guangzhou-Toyota’s production plants in the coming months according to Chinese media reports. The full size sedan will likely make use of 3.5L V6 engines with CVT gearboxes, although keen readers will note that the Avalon is closely related to the Lexus ES which comes with a 2.5L 4 cylinder…

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1. The VW Santana Vista is a teenager that is ready to grow up, the Vista first came down the line in 1995 whic makes it 19 years old today. Originally launched as a mid level luxury vehicle for the Chinese market it was eventually pressed into service as a fleet vehicle for low level civil servants and taxi operators alike that appreciated the abundent…

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SAIC’s stewardship of the MG brand and their own Roewe brand seems to have been shaky at best, the Roewe brand has suffered from a lack of fresh metal over the past few years whilst MG hasn’t been the MG that most would expect of a 100 year old British sports car brand. That is going to change with the introduction of more turbo assisted engines as…

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The Fiat Ottimo will officially launch on March 1st 2014 but Chinese media have been busy testing the car in Southern China ahead of the launch. Whilst enjoying the warmer climes in the more tropical southern half of the nation, Chinese journalist seemed to enjoy the Ottimo and noted the improved power and braking over the sedan brother, the Viaggio.

The…

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Eighteen Volkswagen and Audi models met their demise on their way to delivery in Guanxi province yesterday, a mixture of Volkswagen Magotan, Audi A4L and Audi A6L’s went up in smoke along with the truck that they were being carried on. The truck set off from FAW-VW’s joint venture factory in Changchun on a 3,400km journey to Guanxi in Southern China…

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2011 and 2012 ushered in the era of ‘micro -growth‘ for the Chinese auto market where auto sales slipped from the 30-40% range as seen in the previous decade to to 2.5% and 4.3%, respectively. It was widely thought, and accepted, that micro growth would be the norm rather than the exception for the Chinese automotive market. However, 2013 saw…

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Ford’s Chinese joint venture, Chang’an-Ford, announced a major recall of its popular Ford Kuga SUV due to safety concerns regarding the steering knuckles on both sides of the car to migrate any potential safety risk. ?All Kuga models produced between Sept 21st 2013 to November 13 2013 will be recalled from February 21st after the Chinese New Year, but…

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Jeep’s pricing for the New Cherokee was revealed earlier today, the base 2.4L model starts at 375,900RMB and rises to 459,900RMB for the top of the line 2.4L model, the flagship 3.2L pricing hasn’t yet been announced but it is expected to be in the 500,000RMB and rising area.

Jeep were among the first brands to enter the Chinese market in 1984 as…

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2013 has been a mixed year for auto brands in China, Ford for example have had an amazing year in which they overtook Toyota in terms of total sales and Volkswagen remains an untouchable juggernaut in Chinese eyes, with them becoming the largest car maker in terms of sales in the Chinese market, furthermore Volkswagen believe they are restricted by…

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The Haval range is expanding at a rapid rate at both ends of the price scale, the range topping Haval H8 has only just launched with a price tag that touches 236,800RMB, and a Haval H9 is expected to hit the market at a starting point of 250,000RMB – serious money for a Chinese car. At the other end of the spectrum this mini Haval H2 is thought to be…

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Haima’s models are certainly looking like they are Buick inspired these days. The recent ‘big grill’ from Buick seems to have won some admirers on Hainan island where Haima are based, but let’s not let them stop them.

Overall the yet to be released Haima M5 seems to be a tidy vehicle both inside and out. Power plants will come in the form of naturally…

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Recent Chinese media reports indicate that the Nissan Leaf will soon be launched in China under the Venucia sub brand name from Dongfeng-Nissan. As we have learned a long time ago, the Leaf will be renamed for the Chinese market where it will be named the Venucia E30, or ‘Qi Chen’ in Chinese.

What is surprising is that the Leaf/e30 is exceptionally…

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Hangzhou based Geely Auto have signed a joint venture with the French bank, BNP Paribas Personal Finance which will see the two partners establish a joint venture for vehicle financing in China, Geely said Tuesday in a released statement.

The two will invest 147 million US dollars (900 million RMB), with 80% coming from Geely…

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Via Xinhua:

China’s Standardization Administration announced on Wednesday a stricter quality standard for gasoline to reduce vehicle emissions.

The higher standard marks a step forward in the use of greener fuel in the world’s largest auto market, where vehicle exhausts are a major factor in worsening air conditions.

The new standard,…

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“Dont look at me” “Dont Look at me” “Dont Photograph me and put me on the internet!”

Of course, that’s exactly what Tianjin Xiali what you to do. So here’s the new Xiali T012 hatchback in fetching tiger print camo. Under the hood there is a 1.5T engine which will hopefully be a little more powerful than the MG5′s 129 turbo supplied horses.

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BYD is continuing with its Chinese dynasty themes with the introduction of the Tang SUV after creating the Qin plugin hybrid sedan which will launch in the next few months.

The Tang is thought to be heavily based on the original BYD S6 SUV which BYD have already updated with the introduction of a more comprehensive BYD S7 SUV at the Guangzhou Auto…

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Chery’s latest SUV, the Tiggo5, is quite possibly the Anhui outfits best looking vehicle to date. The Tiggo5 is part of Chery’s reformation plan to revitalize what once was a thriving little enterprise that lost its way by expanding too fast.

Pricing for the 2.0L DVVT powered Tiggo5 is quite competitive and onpar with its domestic rivals, a range…

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For the past few years small displacement vehicles of less than 1.6L or less have been the major driving force behind the Chinese market, especially since 2008 when the cost of gas at the pump moved from being subsidized and fell more in line with global sales and sales tax on sub 1.6L was lowered to an all time low of 5% in 2009 before rising to 7%…

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The Volkswagen Bora nameplate might be a distant memory for most Europeans, but it lives on in the PRC where the Bora has morphed into a compact three box sedan that lacks the rear end bulk of the original model. The Bora is made by FAW-VW and rivals the Shanghai-VW made Lavida sedan, both of which share the same platform and engine/gearbox range, but…

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The Fiat Viaggo looked like a great car, on paper at least. It’s a Alfa Romeo platform, its designed to be the biggest roomiest car in the segment and it has a Fiat 1.4T engine in two output flavors (120bhp/150bhp). Sadly the interior appeals more to the Chinese sense of luxury, especially in the seats where plumped up leather is found rather than stiffer…

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Mercedes are extremely good at selling cars in the Chinese market, the downside is that they are extremely good at selling their imported wares rather than their domestically made cars. In the luxury compact segment in the Chinese market Benz is taking an utter thrashing, akin to letting Mike Tyson at his peak fight your elderly grandmother, BMW and…

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In most unusual news, the 2014/15 facelift Chevrolet Cruze – or possibly the shell of the next generation Chevrolet Cruze was spotted on the back of a wood carrying truck in the city of Wenzhou. The Cruze is produced in the northern city of Shenyang, so its unclear as to why the facelift or next gen model would have been spotted so far south, especially…

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Small displacement is now in vogue and the race to the smallest is well underway, Hyundai are planning to throw their hat into the ring with the introduction of their first 1.0T engine which will premiere in the forthcoming ix25 SUV.

This new chunky SUV will be introduced into the Beijing-Hyundai joint venture later this year and should see local…

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When it comes to unforunate automotive names it seems the Chinese are right there at the top of the list with a list of car names which are strange or mildly rude. The BJ moniker is a throw back to the BJ’s of old such as the classic BJ2020 SUV which spawned a thousand or even a million replicas from different factories around China due to the demand…

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Hawtai are a plucky little company that never seem to give up despite their sedan offerings basically diving since Hyundai pulled out of their SUV making JV several years ago. Hawtai created two sedans specifically for hte Chinese market along with some remarkably decent diesel engines and gearboxes that were developed on IPR bought from Italy’s VM…

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Qoros – the Shanghai based automaker which doesn’t wish to be called a Chinese automaker but an international automaker are planning to put a seven seater MPV and also a mid size sedan into production soon.

Qoros have already released concept images of what the car might look like in the near future, the sedan is of particular interest as it will…

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Ford’s Chinese sales are on fire right now, the Mondeo itself garnered just under 10,000 sales in September in its first month on sale and could well see sales of 15,000 at its peak per month once more cars get out onto the road. One thing: The Mondeo is a sedan only in China with no hatchback offering as of yet consumers are forced into the Kuga SUV,…

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Lifan’s car range to date has been a little bit underwhelming, with designs that fail to resonate but keen pricing Lifan has become a popular brand in overseas developing markets but has remained a minnow swimming  with sharks in its own domestic market. The X60 SUV was one of the best looking vehicles to date from Lifan but it will probably be outshone…

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It would be an understatement to say that the Cruze has been a big hit for Chevrolet China and GM, the compact sedan has driven sales for the Chevrolet brand considerably with a strong showing month after month, tied only with Chevrolet’s Sail sedan for total sales volume.

The Cruze however is no spring chicken, it has been on the market for a while…

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Volkswagen’s Southern Strategy is officially underway with the new Foshan facility opened earlier today. The new facility is at the heart of the lucrative Guangdong province and will allow Volkswagen to speed up deliveries of cars to fast growing Southern Chinese markets. The new facility will give FAW-VW additional capacity of 300,000 vehicles per…

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Although the Australian car industry has faltered recently, it seems as though one entity that may be coming out ahead are Chinese automakers. As recently as last year, Chinese cars were selling like hotcakes, setting new records. At the tail end of 2012, they were outselling name brands like Renault, Lexus, Volvo, and Peugeot. Because some Chinese…

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The Chinese Government announced its second round of incentives for green vehicles late yesterday where buyers of electric cars can receive up to 60,000RMB in subsidies for their new vehicles whilst buyers of gasoline-electric hybrids will receive subsidies of up to 35,000RMB according to China’s Finance Ministry. The new subsides will be put into action…

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The Viaggio has not been a major success for GAC Fiat as of yet, but the company is still young at just three years old and has a small dealership network – just 150 at the current count but aiming for 200 at the years end, furthermore Fiat’s line up is made up of 3 products and only one of which is made in China which makes the Journey and Fiat 500…

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The forthcoming Dongfeng Xiao Kang Feng Guang (a mouthful, I know) may look like a bland minivan with a car like nose attached to it, and it maybe a little late to the market considering GM’s Wuling pioneered the design style and Chang’an cloned it with their own offerings. But as they say, if you’re going to come late to a party you better bring a…

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After launching the Cruze sedan several years ago the Cruze hatchback has finally hit the market in China with 1.6L naturally aspirated and 1.6T engines.

The turbocharged engine boasts maximum power of 135 kW and peak torque of 235 Nm in the 2,000-5,600 rpm range. The engine’s output is 84.4 kW/L, which ensures steady power through all stages…

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The MG CS concept SUV has already been outed at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year and the road testing version has already been spotted once or twice where it was seen to be a Ssangyong Korando with an MG badge. Real MG fans are hoping that any mention of Ssangyong DNA is just a terrible rumor as were rumors of the MG3 being Fiat based.

Chinese…

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Fiat’s Viaggio has been a failure and a success for the fledgling Guangzhou Fiat JV, in just two years they built a factory from a green field site and developed a new car especially for the Chinese market, on the downside that car is not just selling. Despite Fiat developing a network of 150 dealerships across major Chinese cities the Viaggio is selling…

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Having a super car seems to be a dangerous business in China, when they are now plowing into concrete fence posts or armco barriers it seems they are suffering from spontaneous combustion on the side of highways. This unlucky Lambo owner had his white supercar burn to a crisp whilst onlooker snapped photos with their cellphones last night in Beijing….

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There is no lack of imagination at Sichuan Yema, the company yesterday showed off its brand new F18 SUV which merges styles from multiple different vehicles and today it aired its brand new M72 hybrid sports coupe.

Will Elon Musk, the Tesla CEO, be knocking on Yema’s door anytime soon? We don’t think so. We think this model is probably based on…

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Either BMW read the hallowed pages of CCT and realized that we must be right about a severe lack of wagons in the Chinese market, or perhaps they have a very good product development team that are continually raking the BMW product portfolio for something the Chinese consumers might be interested in. Perhaps both, but we prefer the former idea.

BMW…

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The MG6 has been on the market for a few years now and sales are starting to slide a little as the competition catches up and exceeds the 6′s offerings. MG are not sitting back, at the Chengdu Auto Show MG have given the 6 a considerable update with some modern features such as an electronic handbrake giving the center console some much needed space…

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Plucky Sichuan based auto upstart, Sichuan Yema, which is trying to became the 2nd tier solution to Tesla is often mocked for its weird looking products that are built on the back of the 1980′s Austin Maestro that has changed more hands than a Beijing taxi cabs steering wheel.

Chinese auto website, auto.163.com, have rendered the forthcoming BMW-Brilliance…

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A lovers quarrel in Chongqing spilled out of hand earlier today when the female owner of a Porsche Cayenne SUV rammed into the back of her boyfriends Maserati Quattraporte.

Chinese media reports indicated that the two had just come out of the civil marriage registration office, indicating they had either just gotten married (and someone pulled out)…

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Dodge has always been the poor brother to Chrysler in the Chinese market which puts it in an extremely poor standing right now considering that Chrysler sells just two models in China (the 300C and the Town and Country) whilst Dodge sells just the JCUV.

At its peak in the Chinese market Dodge sold the JCUV (Journey), Avenger and the Dodge Caravan,…

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Despite Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne’s recent posturing on the Jeep-China issue, it seems that Fiat Chrysler are going to land their latest Cherokee into the current GAC Fiat joint venture.

Chinese media reports indicate that Fiat China CEO, Franco Amadei, appeared in Hong Kong along with Guangzhou Auto and Hunan Government representatives…

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Ford and their Chinese partner JMC opened a new production center in Nanchang city yesterday with Ford CEO Alan Mulally commenting that Ford China could potentially move to export its produce to international markets soon, but in the meantime Ford China are going to focus on the Chinese market.

From Bloomberg

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Fiat’s re-entry into the Chinese car market seems startling on paper, in just a three year period they have developed a new partnership with Guangzhou Auto, built their own ‘World Class Manufacturing facility’ in Changsha, developed a car specifically for the Chinese market and built and expanded their dealership network to 134 dealers with the…

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Detroit Electric is an age old automotive brand, albeit one that slipped into the history books but has returned as a self proclaimed leader in the production and development of EV vehicles. Detroit Electric is headed by Albert Lam, Lam previously took Lotus Engineering into new markets such as China, India and the USA and and at one served as the Managing…

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