The BYD Su Rui Sedan seems to be BYD’s game changing vehicle, the Su Rui was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April this year and launched shortly afterwards with pricing starting at 80,000RMB and topping out at around 120,000RMB. The Su Rui has now become known as the BYD G5 for overseas markets and will soon be exported out of China. In the meantime,…

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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 BYD Qin Hybrid is an entirely new hybrid from the makers of the original BYD F3 DM, the Qin was aired in concept form at the Beijing Auto Show in April where it was well received by media and consumers, however the real focus of that auto show was on the Su Rui sedan, the donor vehicle for the Qin’s electric hybrid engine. The F3DM was criticized…

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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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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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Volkswagen’s plan to capture the Southern Chinese market where Japanese brands rule the roost took a step forward earlier today when the first Audi Q3 came off the Foshan production lines.

The Audi Q3 is currently imported into China from Europe and is nearly on par with the Audi Q5 in terms of pricing thanks to import taxes which boost…

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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

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The ASX has very quietly been produced in Changsha earlier this week, the compact SUV is the first product from the joint venture between Guangzhou Auto and Mitsubishi and came after Guangzhou took over Changsha Auto who originally had the JV with Mitsubishi.

The ASX comes with a 1.6L and a 2.0L engine with both 5 speed manual and CVT gearboxes…

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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…

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Baojun, or Treasured Horse, has been a one brand line up until late last week when the second Baojun model launched. The first model to hit the market under the three way owned brand was the Baojun 630, the second model is the old Chevrolet Spark. Several months ago there was a rumor that the Chevrolet Spark would be donated to the Baojun cause along…

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The Prius was originally made between FAW and Toyota in cold Changchun, sales were not good. FAW-Toyota pulled the car from the market and are now coming back with the third generation and are hoping that sales might be better than the first generation. The new Prius is already in production in China and will officially hit the market on the 22nd February…

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The latest generation of VW Jetta will hit the market in March 2012 according to recent Chinese media reports, the new Jetta will be sold under the Sagitar name plate as with the last generation of Jetta as of course the second generation Jetta is still on the market in China.

The new Jetta will come with the same 1.4T, 1.6 and 1.8T engines as the…

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Seat’s sales for China in 2012 has been set at 4,000 units, this is not exactly an ambitious goal for SEAT in their starting year. China is the largest car market in the world, and some models are claiming sales of 4000 units per week so obviously there is plenty of scope for Seat to enter China.

Seat’s Leon formula racing, Leon Cupra, and Ibiza…

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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 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…

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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…

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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…

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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 MG3 hasn’t officially launched yet, but that has not stopped dealers from sending out pictures of the cars as they sit on showroom floors. The MG3 Crossover will come as a 1.5L vehicle with the same AMT gearbox as the regular version, a 1.3L will not be available. Obviously being a crossover vehicle it has had its suspension raised ever so slightly…

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From Reuters:

BMW (BMWG.DE) tore through market expectations for second-quarter profits as more wealthy Chinese drove away with its revamped 5 Series saloon car.

The company reported an 83 percent jump in quarterly operating profit at its luxury car business, underpinned by surging sales of the 5 series and a 4.8 percentage point widening…

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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…

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The SC6 SUV was first unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April last year in concept form, however this particular model is practically heading down the production lines at Great Wall’s Bao Ding plant after our most recent visit to their factory. The SC6 has been sent to the Chinese patent office ahead of official production runs later this year which…

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The Tiguan has been a major hit for Shanghai VW since it was first introduced last year, the car first came to the Chinese market as an imported model but the car was later put into production locally where it became very popular very quickly with long lead times and some dealers increasing the pricing. The imported Tiguan came with a more offroad friendly…

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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…

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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…

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With BYD being a privately owned company they are very fast to turn their ideas from drawing board fiction into reality at a fairly rapid speed, where as if a state owned company attempted to do half of what BYD have achieved in the past five years then they would be no doubt mired in red tape and bureaucracy from the top down. BYD have come under a…

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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…

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Audi will equip all of its locally-made models with mild hybrid technology next year according to an interview with Mr. Dominique Boesch, the GM of FAW-VW’s Audi sales unit., making it the first automaker in China to do so.

The mild hybrid technology can reduce energy consumption by 3-5%, told Mr. Boesch. But they have not made the final decision…

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