Dongfeng-Nissan’s…Read More →
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 →
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 →
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…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 →
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 →
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…Read More →
FAW’s Besturn brand suddenly burst into life with the creation of the Besturn B50 in 2008, before that they created the B70 and recently the B80 midsize sedan, all of which use the Mazda 6 platform. FAW are hoping that Besturn can become a major player in the Chinese auto industry, but the brands late arrival when compared to Roewe and MG, has left…Read More →
Whilst other manufacturers such as Geely and Chery have been on the warpath with a multitude of models, JAC seems to have got the recipie right from the get go, they did not start making cheap vehicles, they started making good vehicles which have slowly morphed into good vehicles. The aesthetic demands from Chinese consumers is greater than ever, whilst…Read More →
Qoros are still on with their plans to become a major player in the auto industry, the Israeli-Chinese JV are still on track with their plans to launch their first model in March next year. The company has set up its HQ in downtown Shanghai and also has a joint production facility in Changshu, 100km from Shanghai, in partnership with Chery.
The…Read More →
According to Chinese media reports Mercedes China will have a new boss come December, London born Nicholas Speeks will be taking over the top China job and has plenty of experience in running an Asian market after a number of years as the top man in Japan for Mercedes.
Mercedes Benz is apparently going through a period of adjustment at the top of…Read More →
Daihatsu is one of those car manufacturers that made massive early gains in the Chinese market only to proverbially piss it all into the wind just as the market began to really open. The Japanese company played upon early warm relations between Japan and China when Japan was all about investing its new found wealth into its former colony, Daihatsu hit…Read More →
The US market Ford Fusion has already been aired in the states, the Chinese version has not yet been officially aired but we have seen it plenty of times out testing and we do enjoy its thinking mans Aston Martin looks, we’re quite sure it will shake up the market when it does arrive in the PRC in early 2013. The Ford Fiesta is likely to be…Read More →
One car that we didn’t actually report on during the Beijing Auto Show last month was Fiat’s fantastic looking Viaggo. A while back we reported on rumors that Fiat’s forthcoming Chinese compact sedan was a facelifted Dodge Dart for the Chinese market, we weren’t entirely wrong, the facelift was a little bit more substantial than a mere badge swap, it’s…Read More →
Allard, the Canadian-British sports car company have launched their J2X mark 2 in the Chinese market for the first time. The launch was held at the LUX Property Exhibition in Shanghai late last week and was attended by an invitation only crowd.
This is a historical event for AMW,â€ commented Roger Allard, company founder and President. â€œEntry…Read More →
BAICâ€™s first car, the E-Series hatchback which overly looks like a Mercedes B-Class will hit the market in March according to media reports. Media testing is already underway in Hainan with media being able to test drive the car around the island, initial reports seem to be overly in favor of the car. The second car from Beijing Auto will be…Read More →
Ford China have been drip feeding China’s automotive consumers news of the new Focus for several months now, the car is no longer a secret since it launched in the US and EU markets quite a while ago leaving China to be one of the last market to receive the updated model.
Chang’an Ford have chosen the relative warmth of Haikou City, Hainan Island,…Read More →
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…Read More →
The Citroen DS5 launched in Shanghai at the 2011 Auto Show in April this year and is the third vehicle to be put under Citroen’s new DS line, the DS5 hasn’t made it to market yet but it might have another airing at the Guangzhou Auto Show later this month. The DS5 will be using PSA’s own diesel hybrid system which marries a 2.0 diesel engine powering…Read More →
BYD are now officially in the USA with yesterdays opening of their new LA Headquarters. The Shenzhen based company plans to open two dealerships in the US in the coming months that will focus on selling the companies range of products on what appears to be a B2B basis, the launch of the E6 seems to have been delayed until there are more charging points…Read More →
With top class design based universities such as Tsinghua University and the Central Academy of Fine Arts being local neighbors, it’s easy to understand why Nissan chose to put its third design center in Beijing, whilst other manufacturers maybe flocking to put their design studios China’s financial center in Shanghai, Beijing is still ultimately the…Read More →
VAG Group’s Spanish subsidiary will see its models launch in the Chinese market in early 2012 according to media reports from Chinese auto outlets earlier today, Seat had its brand launch at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year with the Ibiza showcasing the brand. It was largely expected that Seat would hit the Chinese market towards the end of…Read More →
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…Read More →
The hot hatch market was flatter than [inappropriate metaphor] before VW introduced the Golf GTI as a locally made product late last year, they followed it up with the launch of the Octavia VRS which shares much of its architecture with the Golf, now VW are upping the anti yet again with the introduction of the Polo GTI. The Polo GTI carries the same…Read More →
The American version of the Camry has been grabbing headlines all week long in the US of A, the latest incarnation of the world’s most popular mid size sedan was revealed to an excited American public earlier this week, but it seems that the Chinese Camry and the US Camry will have some minor differences when they both make it to dealerships.
The…Read More →
The Buick Regal GS will enter the market in September this year and will be packing an upgraded version of the 2.0T engine found in the current Regal, the GS will also carry a slightly more sportier face which was borrowed from the Opel OPC that is sold in Europe. The interior has also undergone some changes with improved sports seats and the surprise…Read More →
BAIC has already shown off its B40 SUV at other auto shows, the 3 door SUV bares more than a striking resemblance to the 3 door Jeep Wrangler, but that maybe a coincidence as Beijing Auto did work with Jeep since 1984, but the leak of these B70 pictures seem to show that BAIC have taken the Wrangler influence a little too far now, and may potentially…Read More →
The Buick Regal GS is expected to launch later this year with September being touted as a possible launch date, the GS will be be made in China and will make full use of the 2.0T Direct Injection engine that is currently used in the Cadillac SLS, the only four cylinder Caddy to date. The 2.0T in question produces an impressive 262bhp through the front…Read More →
The Midsize car segment is usually the most profitable one in Chinaâ€™s auto market. The launch of Guangqi Hondaâ€™s Accord in 2003 marked a new era for the segment. Since then, the segment has seen rapid growth for more than seven years. However, the segment has experienced a rare sales decline since the start of 2011.
Data shows the average…Read More →
GM have successfully launched their latest brand and first model in Chengdu. The Baojun brand and the first 630 sedan had its first airing at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year, yesterday the 630 officially launched in Chengdu. The Baojun brand was created via a three way tie up between Shanghai Auto Industry Corp (SAIC), Wuling mini vans, and…Read More →
The Audi A1 has already hit the market in certain Western countries, but it has yet to take to the roads in China, but thanks to a material leak it appears that the A1 will be hitting Chinese roads in mid October.
The A1 sits on the PQ25 platform which is already shared with the VW Polo which itself is already made in China, the A1 will be imported…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 →
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 →
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…Read More →