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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SPRINGO, or rather Springo for those that don’t like to be shouted out is the new brand/model name for the Chevrolet Sail EV. The Sail was designed and developed in China for the Chinese market and other developing markets, South American markets have already been on the receiving end of the gasoline variant for several months now. The pure electric…

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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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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….

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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…

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Daihatsu is one of those car manufacturers that made massive early gains in the Chinese market only to proverbially piss it all into the wind just as the market began to really open. The Japanese company played upon early warm relations between Japan and China when Japan was all about investing its new found wealth into its former colony, Daihatsu hit…

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The Honda Accord has been given its final update ahead of the introduction of a new model in 2013, the latest updates have been leaked out via spy photos shown below. Honda’s 8th generation Accord has been a success in the Chinese market, the 9th generation model is likely to follow in its footsteps although both the 8th and 9th gen models will be sold…

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Anhui based JAC have had a major rise over the past five years. The truck manufacturer turned its hand to car manufacturing rather late after a succesful partnership with Hyundai that saw the company rise on the back of its MPV products, later JAC introduced its small car range which is really what took it higher in the Chinese car sales grid.

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Qoros is a mysterious company, they have money, they have production capacity, they have plenty of ideas but they don’t yet have a car to show as their own. They have revealed a concept car at their brand launch in 2011 but the Chinese and Israeli media in attendance didn’t really understand what was going on, and of course turned to China Car Times…

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BMW have lost major ground to Audi’s in the fight for the compact luxury car, except there is nothing compact about the fight, its all about being stretched for the rear passengers legs. Audi launched the A6L in China in 2005 which gave Chinese consumers which at the time were mostly government users with chauffeurs a taste of the L, later Audi launched…

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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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The FRV was Brilliance’s life force over the past two years, the mini car has certainly raised Brilliance’s profile in a major way by being their bread and butter vehicle in some hard times. The company followed up the launch of the FRV with the oddly proportioned FSV saloon which was not as popular as FRV or its larger BS4 cousin. For 2012 Brilliance…

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At the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show BMW were rather upset with Brilliance’s plans to show the V5 SUV ahead of BMW’s plans to show their Chinese made X1 SUV, so Brilliance called off the launch. The BMW X1 is expected to launch at the Guangzhou Auto Show later this month and there is a small chance that the similarly shaped V1 will follow it at the press…

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The Chevrolet Malibu maybe ready to launch in the Chinese market at the Guangzhou Auto Show, but it is the Epica that will be the brands main economy model over the next few years. It was widely thought that the Epica was going to be killed off with the introduction of the Malibu, a car that has serviced North American rental fleets for years, but with…

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Big cars are big business in China, ask Audi about their A6 sales in China and you wont get an answer, just a big grin. Big car sales equal big profits, and this is the market that the GS is aiming for. The GS will be squaring up against Germany’s finest in the Chinese market, the A6, 5-Series and E-Class should be afraid of the GS when it hits the…

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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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