It has been a busy couple of days for Honda, they have launched two new concept SUV’s at the same time in China and Japan. Whilst China is still not officially hot on Japanese cars after last years Diao Yu Dao dispute the market has been warming towards Japanese brands again, and Japanese brands have been slowly coercing Chinese consumers on board with…

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Fiat unveiled their new Ottimo hatchback earlier today as the Guangzhou Auto Show kicked off. The new hatchback is based upon the Fiat Viaggio platform which shared throughout the Fiat range, power is also shared with the Viaggio in the form of a 1.4T that produces 120bhp and 150bhp depending on specification, the gearbox has also been upgraded to a…

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Volkswagen announced today that is going to become the ‘most people orientated car company’ in the automotive industry under a new strategy which they have entitled “Ren Wei Ben

The “Ren Wei Ben” strategy essentially translates into People First which might echo early Communist slogans but is in fact part of Volkswagen’s…

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BMW and Brilliance aired their new sub brand at the Guangzhou Auto Show earlier today, the new sub brand will focus entirely on the devleopment of pure electric vehicles with the former X1 being the first vehicle in the Zinoro range. The X1 has been given a pure electric drive train which will give it an effective range of 150km on a full charge and…

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Remember the Subaru Brat? It was a Japanese rival to the El-Camino, it offered a truck mixed with a car body giving the North American and seemingly random Euro markets access to a car that everyone said they wanted, but never really sold well in the 70′s and early 80′s. In the late 90′s and early 00′s Subaru followed up the Brat with the Baja, which…

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Lifan is famed for its low cost cars and its export prowess, it is not famed for its eye catching designs but that might change with the introduction of this new SUV compact. Lifan’s current SUV, the X60, will remain the biggest SUV offering from Lifan with this new as of yet unnamed trucklet sitting below it.

Chinese media reports indicate that…

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When Ford unveiled the Ford Fusion last year they decided to stick an Aston Martin style big mouth grill on the front of the future Mondeo, since then Ford designers have decided to give every car the big mouth treatment, the second car to receive it was the Ford Fiesta sedan which was shown at the Guangzhou Auto Show last year, now the hatch is receiving…

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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…

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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 Guangzhou Auto Show gave us a chance to get up close with the new Santana. Volkswagen is using its tried and tested “Same sausage, different lengths” throughout its China models, from the Passat (US Passat) to the Magotan (Euro Passat) to the Sagitar (US Jetta) to the New Bora (China Bora), to the VW Lavida (China only) to the all new Jetta…

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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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Expect major updates from tomorrow onwards.

What we’ve seen so far:

  • Very sweaty people – Why did the organizers choose not to turn on the AC on the first day? So many sweaty executives, PR people and journalists.
  • Taxi drivers complaining its cold – It’s 25 degrees in Guangzhou. Hot for the swarms of media that came in from…
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The People’s Car is currently a giant blue egg from VW, but with the help of the Chinese people VW is hoping to morph the egg into a passenger car vehicle that will be fit for a nation. This is not the first time that VW has made a car especially for the Chinese market, but this is the first time that they are soliciting ideas as to how the car will…

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This years Guangzhou Auto Show made me feel that some Chinese manufacturers had really matured in the way they had handled their product launches. Not so at Chang’an though, they had made some sort of special Auto Show monster out of the CX20 by adding lots of foam and seemingly jacking the car up by several inches. I wonder if it could still steer?

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Kia’s are the new hot brand in 2011, thanks to their new design theme it seems the old Kia has been relegated to a thing of the past, the Kia K2 is ready to take on the Chinese market and the world market at the Guangzhou Auto Show where it will have its world premiere, highlighting the importance of the Chinese market for Kia. The K2 will be packing…

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Other websites might be able to give you some fuzzy pics of a camouflaged MG5 out testing, but China Car Times is 100% (that’s ten tens!) dedicated to bringing the latest news on the Chinese auto industry. Thus we are able to give you the MG5 in full before it launches on Monday morning at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

Now,…

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When Wuling launched the Hong Guang they opened a new niche market of minivans, a van that could mix the utilitarian load baring capacity of the traditional bread van paired with the comfort of a more traditional passenger car. Sales of the Hong Guang have been strong and it is expected to be one of the products that GM puts its Chevrolet…

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BAIC are going to upset their regional rivals next week by launching the C70 sedan, the Guangzhou Auto Show is in the backyard of the relatively new Guangzhou Auto Company and will be the center piece for their new product launches, Beijing being Beijing will want the world’s eyes on the C70 sedan ahead of a mega launch of other Saab based vehicles…

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Seat has already had its brand launch in China at this years Shanghai Auto Show but the company has not yet had its model launch, which is expected to happen at this years Guangzhou Auto Show which of course starts next week.

As you can see, Seat models have been sighted out testing several times in China – note…

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The Chinese love the Ford Focus, as we have said many a time on China Car Times the Focus has become a symbol of Middle Class life in China, if you can afford a Focus you’re doing pretty well it seems. However, the current Focus is a little bit outclassed and out styled by other models from various different manufacturers, so Ford are planning to introduce…

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Hawtai’s SUV concept at the Beijing Auto Show last year raised more than a few eyebrows as it looked overly like a car we had already seen from Porsche before, namely the Cayenne SUV. Hawtai named their own version the Bao Li Ge (English name pending) and it rides on a modified Hyundai Sante Fe platform rather than a high end sports focused SUV platform…

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Earlier today I was driving some 150-200 meters behind an unusual white sedan, not quite sure what the sedan looked like I hit the accelerator to catch up with the mysterious car, it slowly took shape, square headlights at the rear, a Toyota Camry like shape, perhaps it was a gray import Scion? Some random car from Japan? No to both. It was of course…

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Lifan are still a small auto maker, but they do have a global ambition to sell cars and are currently one of the leading exporters of cars despite their location in Western China. Their current line up is made up of the tiny 320, compact 520 (in sedan/hatch form) and the forthcoming 720 as well as an SUV and mini van. The 320 was what shot the company…

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How old is the X-Trail now? The X-Trail will be ten years old next year and it doesn’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon, the chunky styling seems to take this city SUV into a capable off road vehicle. The Chinese market has had the X-Trail as a locally made vehicle since 2009 but has been imported into China since around 2003. The X-Trail…

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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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We first saw the Chevrolet Sail EV at the Guangzhou Auto Show at the end of last year, but being in Guangzhou at Christmas time in 25 degree heat made us focus more on drinking cocktails at the cities brilliant late night out door cafes than covering yet another car show, the EV Sail did not make it to the hallowed pages of China Car Times in time,…

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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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