Chery’s latest Alpha Concept sedan comes as the company is taking a long hard look at the cars they are currently making and understanding what consumers really want both in China and internationally. Chery have worked hard over the past few months to attract some of the best talent in the auto industry over to their team and it seems that their investments…

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Chery unveiled their Beta 5 concept, a compact SUV expect to be positioned above the current Tiggo. According to the official statement, the Beta 5 will ride on Chery’s new iAUTO platform when it sees production. From the looks of the concept, this might happen fairly soon.

The interior appears to be an upgraded version of the interior seen in the…

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Geely held a press conference on April 19th, just before the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show officially begins on the 20th. The Zhejiang-based maker announced it will bring 23 models to the Shanghai Auto Show, including concepts and production ready vehicles. It will also showcase their new developments in engine and transmission technology, including their…

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The Shanghai Auto Show is practically upon us with doors opening on April 20th for a single one day press event before the public are allowed in, but Icona are looking to beat the crowds by revealing the roof of their new Vulcano ahead of time.

The Vulcano promises a 0-200km/h time in under ten seconds thanks to a V12 engine that was developed by…

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The BYD Qin Hybrid is an entirely new hybrid from the makers of the original BYD F3 DM, the Qin was aired in concept form at the Beijing Auto Show in April where it was well received by media and consumers, however the real focus of that auto show was on the Su Rui sedan, the donor vehicle for the Qin’s electric hybrid engine. The F3DM was criticized…

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The Youngman-Proton tie up is producing some interesting cars, not interesting in a ‘wow‘ factor but more interesting in the ‘What were they thinking?‘ aspect. Youngman bases its cars off the Proton RCR, a car that was originally sold in China but has since given away to two self developed models from Youngman, neither products are…

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The Honda NSX aired for the first time in China at the Guangzhou Auto Show, although Japanese brands were suffering from political fall out from the Sino-Japanese island spat back in September Acura did not fail in their mission to draw crowds to their stand. Whilst the rest of the Acura range could be considered questionable, the NSX Concept is clearly…

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Earlier this year at the Beijing Auto Show Haima showed off a concept named ‘Yao’, after months of seeing the ‘Yao’ road testing around China getting acclimatized to different weather conditions we can say the car is ready to hit the production lines. A pre-production model was recently spotted outside a hotel in…

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Ironman was a popular flick in the People’s Republic, and with all popular automotive slanted flicks that air in China the cars are ultimately the star, just ask GM about the halo effect of Bumblebee. Ironman’s then concept Acura NSX is going to be turned into a production car at the Detroit Auto Show in January and should be on the market in China…

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This piece was written by long term China Car Times commentator August Schwartz who has been following the Chinese auto industry closely and from affair for the past decade.

The last week or so I have had a burning desire to do something I have not done in a very long time. It has been nearly five years since I wrote my last piece on Lifan,…

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With the Chinese traffic situation getting worse and worse, along with the emissions situation the Chinese government is giving some serious thought to Smart Networks that will allow cars to interact with their surroundings. The majority of Chinese traffic jams are due to driver error, people being too eager to jump lanes as soon as one lane starts…

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GM unveiled the Chevrolet Code 130R Concept in Beijing earlier today, it seems that companies like GM are trying to diversify beyond their usual sedan line up. The Code 130R was revealed to a Detroit Auto Show fan base where GM showed its plans for a compact rear wheel drive sedan that was built for modern day drivers, GM promised the muscle of a muscle…

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The Beijing Auto Show starts tomorrow, and cars have started arriving at Beijing. One of them is the Youngman-Lotus still unnamed SUV, similar in size to the Honda CRV. It looks like it’s based on the APX concept shown by Lotus back in the 2006 Geneva Auto Show.

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I got a text message at 5pm from a friend at auto.sohu.com, “Ive got a cool thing to share” he said “get on QQ ASAP“. Nursing a suspected cracked rib and sitting on the train, I was clearly in no rush to open my laptop and get online to look over a concept car from any company, but it seems the error was totally mine. The cool thing…

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Geely are a great company with plenty of foresight when it comes to concept model developments, the Moca has been shown before at the last Shanghai Auto Show where Chinese and foreign media were both taken back by the crazy idea of putting two forms of transport into one. Foreign media, who will go unnamed, were buy sending in test drive requests to…

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As mentioned in our earlier article on Chinese car designers, Chinese designed and made is nearly always synonymous with low quality and low cost, but of course that is changing. World class products such as Apple products,…

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The words ‘Chinese car designer‘ for too long have been synonymous with Xerox machines, for a while it seemed the Chinese manufacturers skipped the design and R&D stages and went straight to the nearest foreign auto manufacturers dealership to buy a best selling model and then put it into production themselves under their own brand, see…

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What is happening at SouEast? The Fujian based company seems to have been on a slow march over the past few years despite the market going from cool to warm to red hot and back to cool again, despite the firey sales record for all Chinese companies over the past three years nothing much seems to have changed at Fujian.

SouEast…

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The Chinese patent office seemingly has more holes than the Titanic, this time the Smart ForSpeed concept has been leaked ahead of a possible launch. However, let’s think about this in real times – the Chinese market is now the world’s biggest market and also the world’s most notorious market for having your car ripped off by a local manufacturer, thus…

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BYD has received a lot of press attention this year and last, largely due to their rapid fall in sales which practically mirrored their massive increase in sales in 2009, but this has not put BYD off the car making game. BYD entered the car business in a similar way to Hyundai in the late 60′s, they had the car making passion but they did not have the…

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Alfa Romeo never made an SUV, but when Guangzhou Auto took control of the Alfa 159 platform one of their missions at the top of their to do list was to transform the capable platform in to a crossover that could sell, Actually, it appears that the Chinese media are in a tizzy over the X-Power’s platform,…

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The current Roewe 750 is a little long in the tooth, as it is based on the Rover 75 which itself debuted in 1998 but saw production in China under the Roewe brand in 2006 – 14 years on the market is a long time for a car even in China. The next generation of 750 is under development and is likely to be shown at the Guangzhou Auto Show next month in…

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Zotye have long been the subject to take over rumors, as soon as the yearly automotive mergers and acquisitions rumor mill starts going Zotye are placed somewhere at the top of the list, but the plucky company has so far avoided overtures from major state owned companies they are rumored to be close to be setting up a partnership with Mitsubishi owing…

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From China Economic Net:

In the showroom of BMW Individual, Munich, we saw the fruit of this cross-industry cooperation. A silver”piano line” outlines its elegant waist; the seat pillows and cushions are sewn with Steinway’s golden harp logo. Employees of BMW Individual told us that this 7 Series BMW limited edition was special in that”it…

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Ssangyong’s new SUT-1 truck has only just been aired in Frankfurt, but it looks like the new truck is out testing hard in China ahead of its eventual launch in the worlds largest automotive market.

The concept that launched in Frankfurt is based on the Actyon SUV that we first saw in 2006, the platform is mature…

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Great Wall Motors (GWM) are a company that are heading places, their small car line up is on the verge of overtaking their traditional SUV line up as the main sales force for the company and their export sales are on fire, is there anything that could potentially slow the company down? We don’t seem to see anything on the horizon that could do so. Their…

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Lifan are a relative newcomer to the car making game and for the longest of time they have been focusing on markets in second, third and fourth tier cities throughout China knowing full well that developed markets such as those in Beijing and Shanghai would not accept their products, but it seems that the time is right for Lifan as these second tier…

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Beijing Auto aired the C71 concept at the Beijing Auto Show over a year ago, but they do not seem any closer to putting the car into production, until now of course. The C71 was put on show to highlight what Beijing Auto could potentially do to the Saab 95 platform that they bought from Saab when they were having their last bankruptcy fire sale, the…

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The MG5 and Roewe 350 may share a platform, but they are miles apart in the looks department. The 350 is a very middle of the road grandpa inspired design, the MG5 looks like a new hot hatch that is ready to roll with the best of them. The MG5 concept had its first airing at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year where it impressed the crowds and…

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Zotye may have been based around a single car for the past few years, but they have rapidly expanded their product line up over the past few months to include some interesting new vehicles. The Fiat Multipla based MPV has already hit the market and the Shanghai Auto Show revealed a stand full of concept cars, with no current production cars on display…

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Geely’s Global Eagle brand, which they have called Gleagle, is about to spawn its first SUV. The GX7 was first unveiled in concept form at the Beijing Auto Show in 2010 where it was eager to show there was another Chinese SUV in town to rival the Chery Tiggo3 and the Great Wall series of SUV’s. The Global Eagle brand is of course Geely’s shot at taking…

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SAIC are not very good at keeping their new cars a secret, unless of course they like to keep the word about their next generation cars alive in the media. The 750 is based on GM’s Epsilon II platform which is shared with the Buick Lacrosse and the Regal in the Chinese and also world markets.

The next generation…

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Hawtai’s B21 sports sedan came to the Shanghai Auto Show in sports form and caused a few heads to be turned when the model was unveiled, it was widely thought that the model was a concept only to gain press headlines, but it looks like Hawtai are putting the car into production ASAP:

Pictures of the car have been…

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The SC6 SUV was first unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April last year in concept form, however this particular model is practically heading down the production lines at Great Wall’s Bao Ding plant after our most recent visit to their factory. The SC6 has been sent to the Chinese patent office ahead of official production runs later this year which…

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The Subaru XV will be produced in China via the still unofficially announced joint venture between Subaru and Chery in 2012 and should sit under the Forester in terms of product placement according to media reports. Chinese consumers have already seen the XV in concept form at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year where it gained center stage on…

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China got into the hot hatch phase late last year when the Golf GTI hit the market, it was followed up by the Skoda Octavia VRS (actually just called RS in China due to V being unpronounceable by most)  and other car makers are readying their own little cannonballs as the Chinese media likes to call hot hatches. The MG5 was shown in concept form…

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The Chevrolet Orlando has already launched in European markets earlier this year where it received praise from the automotive media for putting a different spin on an existing concept however the Orlando has yet to make it to China. The Orlando will likely launch in July this year according to media reports, however that does seem too early, an August…

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Buick owes its life to the Chinese auto market, if the brand did not get an early foothold in the door in China then there is no doubt that the brand would have gone the way of Saturn a long time ago, in the US market the brand only appealed to the silver haired army whilst youngsters ignored the brand completely, in China the Buick brand gained its…

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Chang’an Motors are planning to debut their new compact sedan in Frankfurt later this year according to Chinese media reports. The Chang’an C201 was shown at the Shanghai Auto Show as the Chang’an Mermaid Concept Car and has since been spotted out testing:

Chang’an have invested a great deal into developing their engineering capability with a new…

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Wikipedia defines a ‘muscle car’ as such:

Muscle car is a term used to refer to a variety of high performance automobiles. The term principally refers to American, Australian and to a lesser extent South African models from the late 1960s and early 1970s and generally describes a 2-door rear wheel drive mid-size car with a large, powerful…

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