Beijing Hyundai are apparently working on a new sedan:
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 →
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 →
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 →
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…Read More →
The Ford Fiesta is one of the more popular small cars in China, not quite as popular as the all conquering Chevrolet Sail with over 23,000 cars sold, in comparison the Fiesta hatch sold 2246 and the sedan version sold 1078 units, but these are different priced cars with the Fiesta sitting at the higher side of the market and the Sail at the lower end….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 →
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 →
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 →
Two generations of Ford Focus’ are on the market today in China, the newer Focus is aimed at those that want the latest toys and design, the older one has been named the Classic Focus and is aimed at those that want solid reliability for a model that’s been on the market for the past 5 years or so.
The Classic came with a 4speed autobox or a 5 speed…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 →
The forthcoming SouEast V5 will make you forgive any misgivings about the company’s ability to stay alive, the V5 sedan is apparently based on the latest generation of Lancer from Mitsubishi. The Lancer is made by SouEast in cooperation with Mitsubishi but sales have failed to reach the same level as other compact sedans such as the Ford Focus and VW…Read More →
There was a little confusion over the role of the Roewe 95, the Epsilon II based vehicle will hit the market in April via a Beijing Auto Show airing and will be a major vehicle for SAIC over the next two years. The Roewe 750 will continue to be sold, but only in 1.8T hybrid form, the V6 will be saying goodbye. The R95 is heavily based on the Lacrosse…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 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 →
China’s Geely Automobile said on Monday its first-half net profit jumped 17 percent from a year ago, boosted by higher sales but warned that demand will slow in the next six months.
Net profit for January-June rose to 937.6 million yuan ($146 million), from 804.8 million yuan a year earlier, the auto maker said in a statement…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 →
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…Read More →
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…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 →
Brilliance seem to have been developing a new compact sedan on the quiet over the past few months and until now has so far managed to keep the new car a secret from even the most prying of automotive journalists, of course it was the Brilliance logo on the steering wheel that gave the game away. The new car is set to be a sub FSV saloon roughly the…Read More →
Hawtai’s B21 sports sedan came to the Shanghai Auto Show in sports form and caused a few heads to be turned when the model was unveiled, it was widely thought that the model was a concept only to gain press headlines, but it looks like Hawtai are putting the car into production ASAP:
Pictures of the car have been…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 →
BYD and Daimler signed a joint venture several months ago with plans to build a new brand which would utilize BYD’s electrical know how and Daimler’s automotive engineering skills and would focus solely on building new energy cars. The two have pushed a design to the Chinese patent board which of course was leaked in rapid time to the internet, the…Read More →
The biggest problem that BMW and Mercedes have had in the Chinese market is that their basic sedan offerings in the 3-Series and C-class are just too short and thus are only good for home use, on the other hand the Audi A4L became the perfect vehicle for home and business use with plenty of legroom in the back for those chauffeur driven days and enough…Read More →
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…Read More →
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…Read More →
Chang’an Motors are planning to debut their new compact sedan in Frankfurt later this year according to Chinese media reports. The Chang’an C201 was shown at the Shanghai Auto Show as the Chang’an Mermaid Concept Car and has since been spotted out testing:
Chang’an have invested a great deal into developing their engineering capability with a new…Read More →