Beijing Auto’s B40 SUV has been spotted out many times, it was initially expected to launch towards the end of 2011 but was effectively delayed until the the launch of the company’s own Shen Bao brand late last month at the Guangzhou Auto Show. Shen Bao will be housing an entirely new range of vehicles all of which are thought to be launching within…Read More →
Chinese drivers like jumping red lights according to this report from Xinhua. In my own experience, with at least a decade on Chinese roads, Chinese drivers are jumping red lights because others are busy jumping…Read More →
Luxury car maker Fisker are pushing back their plans for a China launch until 2013 according to Reuters reporter Nichola Groom who managed to corner Fisker’s Roger Ormisher on the floor of the LA Auto Show which opened this week.
Fisker said earlier it would launch in China by the end of this year. But the company encountered a slight delay…Read More →
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…Read More →
BYD was the king of the Chinese auto industry prior to 2010, they…Read More →
SPRINGO, or rather Springo for those that don’t like to be shouted out is the new brand/model name for the Chevrolet Sail EV. The Sail was designed and developed in China for the Chinese market and other developing markets, South American markets have already been on the receiving end of the gasoline variant for several months now. The pure electric…Read More →
The Ford Fiesta is one of the more popular small cars in China, not quite as popular as the all conquering Chevrolet Sail with over 23,000 cars sold, in comparison the Fiesta hatch sold 2246 and the sedan version sold 1078 units, but these are different priced cars with the Fiesta sitting at the higher side of the market and the Sail at the lower end….Read More →
Jeep became a political over the past two weeks when former presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared in a series of television adverts that Jeep was moving all of its production to China. The Obama camp were quick to respond, as was Sergio Marchionne, the Fiat-Chrysler CEO who stated time and time again that Jeep was moving to China to satisfy Chinese…Read More →
China and Japan’s diplomatic spat in September looked like it was leading towards actual war at one point, both parties eventually backed down but in China where street protests turned violent, Japanese branded cars, stores and restaurants bore the brunt of an angry youth. Chinese car buyers backed off Japanese car brands in September for a number of…Read More →
Saab maybe an entry in the automotive history book but the brand sort of lives on in Beijing, when Beijing Auto bought the rights to the last generation 93 and 95 as well as the engines.
Although the C70G is based on Saab architecture it looks nothing like a Saab, its side has more of a BMW Bangle wrinkle…Read More →
Brazil’sÂ Districar have announced partnerships with China’s Haima and Chang’an Auto to produce the range of vehicles in Brazil by 2015, the same factory will also produce Ssangyong vehicles.
The three brands are currently imported into Brazil but Districar’s CEO Abdul Ibraimo believes that there is a strong business car for localized production…Read More →
China loves the Santana. The car was first introduced in 1984 and claims the title as the first passenger car made in China, of course the Jeep Cherokee made it a few months earlier but claimed the crown as the first foreign vehicle made in China. The partnership between Shanghai Auto and Volkswagen bloomed from a tiny few hundred units per year into…Read More →
Although Lifan are not a strong name in the Chinese market, they have grown at a rapid rate in the global market, particularly in developing markets such as Russia.
At a press conference earlier today it was announced that Lifan exported 53,000 vehicles this year and expects to export 75,000 by the end of the year, this figure is going to be expanded…Read More →
Several years ago the Honda Fit was the car to buy if you wanted a small car from a joint venture manufacturer, back in the old days the battle lines between joint venture companies and Chinese companies were quite clear, JV’s would make high end cars and Chinese would make cheap low end cars. Of course these lines have been rubbed into the dirt now,…Read More →
The Chinese market is a strange place for Peugeot, they roll the old with the new and hope it works – see the odd Pug 207 at the bottom of the ladder that’s rocking a 208 face but is actually a 207, then there’s the saloon version, and on top of that there is the Peugeot 408 which is just a stretched 307 and now there is there 508. Confused? You should…Read More →
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…Read More →
When we first heard of Geely’s plans for a multi brand line up we have to admit we were incredibly skeptical, how could a small privately owned company pull off a multi-brand strategy when their core brand was seen as a low cost economy brand? Well of course the big problem was that its core brand was seen as a low cost brand, its hard to make high…Read More →
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…Read More →
The old new Beetle was imported into China and largely sold to women, although there were a few guys that bought them and turned them into something you’d only see on Gran Tourismo as no real man would drive anything with a vase on the dashboard. For 2012 VW have dumped the vase and given the Beetle a dose of ‘man‘ and they are hoping that…Read More →
In the business mini van market the Buick GL8 remains king of its domain, so why bother challenging it? JAC seem to have a hard iron grip on things in the middle of the market and everyone else is just playing catch up, Chang’an seem to see a serious chance at biting away some of JAC’s choke hold on the middle of the market and are planning to launch…Read More →
The Polo GTI and Fabia VRS have long been rumored to be entering the Chinese market, the two hot hatches have finally been spotted out testing in China – oddly together, for the first time. The GTI has been seen before, but the VRS is the first time that this model has been sighted and heard about.
Both cars are likely to carry the…Read More →
Riich dealerships in Beijing are closing down and withdrawing from the market, which leads to reflections over the situation of Chinaâ€™s high-end homegrown brands. Some people think itâ€™s not the right time for homegrown automakers to launch high-end brands. Itâ€™s true that the homegrown brands are not so successful in their expansion…Read More →
From the China Daily:
Its Luxgen 7 mid-sized sport utility vehicle is now offered for presale at prices ranging from 190,000 to 270,000 yuan. The model will formally hit the market in two months, the company said.
Hubei-based Dongfeng Motor Corp and Taiwan’s largest carmaker Yulon Motor Co formed the partnership in Hangzhou, Zhejiang…Read More →
The Seat brand was launched in China at the Shanghai Auto Show in April earlier this year, Chinese consumers did seem interested in yet another VAG brand but the cars have not yet hit the market. Seat will be imported into China and possibly produced at the new FAW-VW factory in Foshan sometime in the future, although that maybe shelved to give Audi…Read More →
According to a Reuters report, Toyota are considering producing the Etios mini car for the Chinese market, the Etios of course being a developing market car. Now China already has the Vios which is also a developing market car, so could the Etios be placed under the Vios and be part of a seperate brand? Highly likely.
Toyota Motor Corp…Read More →
Brilliance took a time out in 2010 and 2011 to focus on new core technologies and developing a new range of vehicles that should considerably boost their sales over the next few months. The short term focus for Brilliance will be bringing the 530 sedan and their new small SUV to the market, the 530 is of course set to hit the market at the end of August.
The…Read More →
At the end of June it was announced that Infiniti were working on expanding production in Japan and were also looking at expanding Infiniti production to certain overseas markets, of course pundits were quick to mention the possibilities of building Infinitis in either the US or Japan.
Infinitiâ€™s CEO Toru Saito announced in 2009 that the possibility…Read More →
The good news is that under a quarter of China’s population have access to a privately owned motor vehicle, the bad news is that nobody really knows how many the government actually owns itself, with the government fleet being a mixture of civil use fleet and also military plated vehicles that seem to come in all shapes and sizes.
From the China…Read More →
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…Read More →
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…Read More →
This news came via an anonymous tipster early this morning and seems to show that a Beijing based start up may have been able to overcome the issues that have plagued EV manufacturers so far, albeit at a slightly price:
A Beijing startup called Wuhe is making electrode materials and batteries that could lower the cost of electric…Read More →