According to overseas and Chinese press reports Honda are working with their Chinese partner Dongfeng to develop a low cost hybrid model specifically for the Chinese market.

Imported hybrid models have failed to take off in the Chinese market, hence Honda’s decision to design fuel saving cars specifically for the Chinese market. Details on the new…

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As mentioned previously on China Car Times, Toyota are planning to launch two new sub brands in the Chinese market with their respective two Chinese partners. FAW-Toyota have already revealed the name of the first sub brand, Ranz, whilst the second brand from Guangzhou Toyota was aired today but the brand name was not revealed.

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The Chevrolet Volt was launched in China earlier this year with much fanfare, the car costs 500,000RMB which is just shy of 80,000USD, so buyers don’t seem to have been queuing up in their droves to buy them. GM confirms that sales have been ‘low’ without specifying any details. So here’s our question to you, have you seen one on the road in China yet?…

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Wards Auto had the pleasure of sitting down with FAW’s President Mr. Li Jun and finding out some interesting info regarding FAW’s plans to make a low cost rival to the Chevrolet Volt. Li Jun claims the car will good for just one liter of fuel per 100km, which if true will be a wonder vehicle for Chinese drivers, add in its potentially low cost and it…

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If the E1 was a woman, we wouldn’t dare mention its larger than reality rear end, but let’s face the truth here: The E1 has a terribly large rear for a car of its dimensions. The city slicker EV is expected to be Smart like in its design, but with seating for four and enough electric charge to send along for 135km on a single charge, enough for a weeks…

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BYD and Daimler’s electric creation took to the auto show floor for the first time at the Beijing Auto Show this week. The cooperation between a world famous electric car company and a not so famous car company did initially come as a shock to the auto world, but both have clear points that both companies need: Mercedes has engineering, luxury…

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China’s BAK Battery, the NASDAQ listed battery company that was founded just over 10 years ago has found a new partner in Chery. The Chinese auto company plans to buy 1000 lithium batteries from BAK over the course of 2012 to power its new Riich M1 small car. The Riich M1 is a compact city car that retails for around 40,000RMB, the cars small size makes…

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BYD and Daimler’s JV turned a few heads when the project was first announced, what would a world leading premium car maker see in a low cost car maker? The answer of course was electric technology. The two focused their two distinct advantages, EV and premium car building ability, into a new brand that would take over the world. Daimler haven’t mentioned…

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Veolia, the Finish public transport company, has inked a deal with BYD to supply electric buses to Espoo city, a suburb of Helsinki. As  part  of  the  agreement,  Veolia  Transport  Finland  will  conduct  real  operations  with  BYD  eBUS-12  in Espoo for three years. The Technical Research Centre of Finland…

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Shanghai Auto have unveiled the Roewe E50 electric car before, specifically it was on show at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2011 and then again at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November 2011 but this is the first time that we’ve seen clear shots of a road going (well, perhaps not). It seems the E50 hasn’t changed much from its concept car days in terms…

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The Chinese market is often seen as the potential back yard of any major push for EV and other new energy vehicle sales, however until recently the market has been unbelievably small with very low adoption rates. Initial owner cost has been one the more obvious reasons for Chinese consumers to shy away from taking up ownership of an EV or even a hybrid…

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