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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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During the 2008 Olympics Beijing Drivers were asked to toggle their driving based on their license plate numbers with plates ending in odd or even no’s being barred from the roads on alternate days. Beijinger’s being Beijingers simply bought second cars to get around the rule, but in 2012 they cant do that thanks to the license plate lottery that limits…

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ZX Auto ruled the Libyan desert last year when freedom fighters stole them from Gadaffi’s parking lots and used them against his army. ZX Auto used the pictures from Libya as part of a major marketing campaign to keep the brand relevant whilst it survives in the shadow of its larger neighbor just up the road at Great Wall Auto.

ZX are…

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The China Festival of Speed promised so much, at least on paper. A few tell tale signs that the event wouldn’t be up to expectations came via their official website, parts of it were still under construction come opening curtain time but the organizers were active on Chinese social media circles, busily promoting the event to super car clubs, car clubs,…

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CCT has had to close its comments section for a short while. The amount of spam comments we were receiving on a daily basis was more than enough to cripple the server and it bring it down for hours at a time, last week we were receiving over 2000 spam comments per day, throw in the traffic generated from GizChina and were cracking somewhere between…

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I’ve driven in many Chinese cities, but only a few stand out for being utterly terrible. Shanghai may have its mass of traffic, but it’s largely well ordered and everyone waits patiently to get on or off the highway or make their turn, this is a stark contrast to other cities. China’s Tier 2 cities are undergoing a metro building boom in a bid to improve…

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Hangzhou may well be ready to follow in the steps of Beijing, Shanghai, and oddly Guiyang with the introduction of car buying limits on its local populace. Like many second tier cities circling Shanghai, Hangzhou has had a wealth boom over the past three decades which has turned the scenic roads around the West Lake into a public parking lot, Hangzhou’s…

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BMW are likely to be readying its ActiveHybrid technology into China later this if these road testing pictures are to be believed, the new 3-Series is on the verge of being aired in China in the next 10 days at the Beijing Auto Show with its new four cylinder turbo engine and its new long wheelbase variant. The next generation of 3-Series is being made…

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As mentioned in our earlier article on Chinese car designers, Chinese designed and made is nearly always synonymous with low quality and low cost, but of course that is changing. World class products such as Apple products,…

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The Chinese auto market saw its slowest period of growth since 1999 according to figures released yesterday, the Chinese market grew by just 2.45% over the course of 2011. Elsewhere in the world, the US market showed itself as the continued bedrock of the world auto industry with 2011′s sales rising by 10% and an expected growth of between 4 and 12%…

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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 QQ3 is undergoing a reinvention in the form of a new generation of vehicle, of course this means that the current version that is nearly ten years old has to hang around for a bit longer. So what do you do with an old car? You facelift it and hope the car buying public buy it and don’t retch their guts out on seeing it.

The good news is that…

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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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BYD are preparing to offer the E6 electric sedan to private buyers as of tomorrow according to media reports, the Shenzhen based company have already had the car out testing in taxi ranks for several months now to evaluate the cars performance from a passengers and also a drivers point of view. The road testing indicated that the original car had several…

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Hiding your license plate from the law is serious business in other countries, it may lead to fines that could bankrupt your wallet, your license being revoked or even a jail stint. It’s serious business in China too, but owing to a lack of a police offices and an abundance of cars on the roads many get away with their license plate trickery, fly down…

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After the State Grid, China’s major power grid builder and operator, chose battery swap as the key means to recharge electric vehicles, China Southern Power Grid, the other power grid builder and operator in China, made the same decision.

No matter it’s battery replacement or battery recharging, the non-uniform technical standards for…

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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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From the China Daily:

The worst nightmare traffic jams are experienced especially during peak times, morning and evening hours, and sometimes during the day.

The snarl ups have become part of Nairobi’s identity since they affect all key roads and major arteries within the central business districts and on the outskirts of the city.

To…

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Although Saab is at a critical point between life and death, Youngman is still optimistic about its future and has put forward a 2012+ product plan for the ailing Swedish company.

Huang Zhiqiang, vice president of Zhejiang Youngman Passenger Car Group, said that the first thing Youngman will do after completing the Saab acquisition is to expand Saab’s…

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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…

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