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,…Read More →
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…Read More →
JD Power’s 2012 China New Automobile Quality Study…Read More →
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…Read More →
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…Read More →
The Toyota…Read More →
BYD seems to be gaining strength, the Su Rui compact and the Si Rui mid size sedan were on show in Guangzhou with their nifty power 1.5T direct injection power plants and dual clutch gearboxes but the real star of the BYD line up is the BYD E6. The E6 debuted first as a taxi vehicle but then later came to the market as a personal model.
BYD was the king of the Chinese auto industry prior to 2010, they…Read More →
Subaru executives were…Read More →
The Roewe E50 was launched last month in Shanghai but the production and sales…Read More →
Reuters automotive reports Fang Yan and Kazunori Takada have dished out the dirt on Chery and their loss making ways. The two reporters discovered that Chery is essentially being kept…Read More →
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…Read More →
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…Read More →
The new joint venture between Chang-an Auto and Citroen (CAPSA) is quite possibly one of the more exciting ones in China, rather than producing the usual three box sedans that Chinese consumers were once so fond of, CAPSA are eager to bring in their flagship DS5.
The DS5 is already sold in China but the DS dealer network is spotty at best, the DS3,…Read More →
The Detroit News is running a report on the popularity of Ford F150 Raptors in the PRC, the hulking big vehicle has been on sale in China for a number of years and has always been a niche product. But why do people buy it? Because they’ve got something unique. Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s have always been the ultimate sign of wealth but with these cars…Read More →
BYD’s Su Rui sedan has a cousin in the BYD Si Rui. The name is similar, and the exterior looks similar too, so what are the differences? We’re not entirely clear if this model is placed above the Si Rui or below it either, but we can tell you that like the Su Rui it is packed with technology. A 12.1 inch screen is the obvious focal point in the center…Read More →
Cadillac is far from catching up the likes of Audi and BMW in the Chinese market, but they might grow their current market share in the next few years if they play their cards right. According to a Reuters report filed yesterday, Cadillac just isn’t cool with Chinese consumers due to the use of sharp angular designs on show which goes against Chinese…Read More →
Mercedes are struggling to move their models in China, as mentioned previously on China Car Times, Daimler saw a decrease of 7.48% on its C and E-Class sales in the first seven months of the year. Sales were expected to…Read More →
Western companies moving into China usually did so through equity joint ventures, which were the predominant entry mode at least until Chinaâ€™s entry into the WTO in 2001 (Kasperk et al. 2011). This entry mode also facilitates the development of personal relationships or ‘guanxi‘ which is of great importance in conducting business in…Read More →
The JMC Qu Sheng SUV came about in partnership with Ford, the two companies have focused over the past few years on commercial vehicles which has now branched out into SUV’s. The Qu Sheng is not a strong seller, largely due to its high price when compared to better known Greatwall models, but the SUV has received strong reviews from Chinese media. The…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 →
FAW-VW’s GLI has been spied plenty of times in China, but is it any nearer production? The Chinese media seem to think it is on the verge of rolling down the Jetta production line complete with indpendent rear suspension and of course the much required 2.0T engine that is shared with the Golf GTI, which FAW-VW also make.
FAW really don’t know what to do with their brands, on one hand they invented Besturn as a mid range brand and kept Red Flag as a high level premium and the Xiali brand as a low cost brand, but the FAW badge has crept in across the range somewhat dilluting their branding efforts, Besturn models also sported the Redflag logo on the hood for a while too.
The…Read More →
This article was originally posted to the Chinese auto portal Auto.163.com late last week, I put it into my bookmarks with the aim of translating it over the weekend, it didn’t happen of course but life did and I finally had a chance to translate it over lunch on Tuesday. Except the original article had been deleted from the Auto 163 site. Perhaps it…Read More →
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…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 →
The Ford Focus is already a hot product for the Chinese market, but perhaps the forth coming ST model will be just as hot. The ST won’t be made in China according to media reports circulating earlier today, but the model will be imported into China. Of course the media haven’t yet revealed where the country of origin will be, the Focus is currently…Read More →
The Chinese market is already host to some of JLR’s China only products, the Freelander for example is already fitted with the 240BHP 2.0T engine that is going to be installed in the forthcoming Jaguar XF 2.0T, the top of the line 3.2L Freelander has already been wiped from the China market, giving Chinese consumers a choice of four cylinder diesel…Read More →
The new generation of Ford Focus is taking the claim for boosting Ford’s China sales by 24% in April 2012. Ford has striven to introduce and widen its product range for the Chinese market over the past 6 months, the move is likely to pay dividends as sales are likely to continue to increase this year.
Sales of the new Focus reached 9,400 units in…Read More →
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…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 →
Nearly a year ago I wrote a brief article on my frustration on driving in the People’s Republic, roads had become to clustered, too many new cars and equally new drivers…Read More →
Toyota have already launched the latest generation of the Mark X into China, where it is more commonly known as the Toyota Reiz. The 2.5V6 RWD sedan is priced in the low 200,000rmb area which makes it very affordable and highly competitive against other sedans such as the Buick Regal and Skoda Octavia VRS. The Reiz became a popular alternative to mainstream…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 →
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…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 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…Read More →
Today is the birthday of The People’s Liberation Army, the military force was founded on August 1st 1927 and its on the PLA’s birthday that Chery decided to launched the new Riich G6. The Riich G6 will be aimed squarely at business users and government fleet procurements, hence the August 1st launch. The G6 comes…Read More →
For Ford, the Focus is quite simply its bread and butter car and without it Ford would be in a much dire a situation in the Chinese market. The Focus sells in excess of 10,000 units per month on a regular basis and has become the go to car for any budding middle class Chinese consumer that wants a new car at around the 100,000rmb area. The next generation…Read More →
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…Read More →