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 VW Golf has been a major hit in the Chinese market, VW followed it up with the introduction of the GTI as a locally made model and also imported the wagon, crossover and R Series models to satisfy Chinese appetite for the hatchback model. The 7th generation Golf has been a headline inducing topic for the past few months, questions about when it…

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Are you an aspiring dictator? Do you lead a Communist nation that likes the color red? If you’ve been answering YES! to all of these questions with much fervor, we can calm you down by telling you the Hong Qi L9 is heading your way.

The L9 is the civilian version of the state sedan that Hu Jin Tao used in 2009′s 60th…

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It seems that when joint venture companies are left to their own devices to design, develop and produce cars for the Chinese market sales volume is sure to be had with a product that is able to capture the admiration and wallet of the local populace. See the VW Lavida for such an example, Wolfsburg apparently provided a platform and power train and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Kia K3 has only just been launched in China earlier this month at the Chengdu Auto Show but the Dongfeng-Kia joint venture are now eager to introduce a new vehicle between the K3 and the much larger K5.

The K4 is expected to share a platform with the Hyundai Veloster and have a similar powertrain. The new car is supposed to be a compact sedan…

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Chery are getting serious about their brand positioning for the Chery brand, of course they have Riich and Reely but they have failed to make a major dent in the market so far, Chery want to make the M16 into a compact sedan that is capable of taking on the likes of Hyundai, Kia and also other Chinese products such as the Roewe 350. The spy pictures…

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Fact: The current Roewe 750 is a teenager. Fact: The next generation model is based on GM’s Epsilon II platform. Fact: SAIC cannot keep its new cars under wraps for ten minutes. Opinion: SAIC leak their car pics so often to keep the chatter about their new cars in the press. Rumor: a 2.0T and also 2.0L and 2.4L naturally aspirated engines will be used…

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SouEast maybe a small company but they have not slowed down their work on improving the SouEast V3 over the past few years, the V3 is based off the last generation of Mitsubishi Lancer so has a solid platform underneath of it The V3 is powered by a 1.5L engine which is popular with younger buyers who are eager to push the limits of the 120bhp engine….

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The B90 has been on the front page of China Car Times on multiple occasions this past month and we are still no closer to understanding what underpins the B90, rumor has it that the B90 is riding on the last generation of Mazda6 that FAW inherited from its partner, FAW shortened the platform for use within the B50 sedan and used it for the B70 sedan…

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The VW Tiguan has become a hot commodity in the Chinese market, the compact SUV has become one of the best selling SUV’s in the Chinese market over the past few months despite the car being a relative new comer to the Chinese market. The Tiguan was initially imported into China and then built locally at the Shanghai-VW joint venture, owing to strong…

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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 Besturn B90 will be FAW’s largest sedan under the Besturn brand and will compete with the likes of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in the mid size sedan segment. However, it should be noted that other mid size cars from other Chinese car makers such as Geely’s EC8, Chery’s G6 and BYD’s F6 have failed to net any major sales. Chinese cars in this…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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China’s auto market slowed down considerably in the first half of 2011 and grew only 3.35% from a year earlier in the first half of this year due to several unfavorable factors such as the expiration of government stimulus policies, Beijing’s license plate lottery policy, and continuous fuel price rises. Many domestic Chinese brands even…

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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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As Fiat is going to become Chrysler’s controlling shareholder and GAC-Fiat will start local production soon, Chrysler’s local production plan is also put on the agenda.

A source with Chrysler China revealed that Chrysler will surely start local production, and it will make products with GAC-Fiat’s platform. But as Chrysler’s…

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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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The Riich G3 is Chery’s first compact sedan for the Riich brand, Riich have already launch the G5 but sales seem to be quite low so far with them seldom being seen on the roads. The Riich G3 uses the same platform as the recently launched Chery E6 but has some slightly better tech under the hood with certain models using a 1.6DVVT engine and also CVT…

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