Landwind, the brand that everyone remembers for its disasterous crash test score in Europe, has been reinvigorated over the past few years with several new models including this all new X5 SUV. The X5 SUV has become a flagship vehicle for Landwind but doesn’t have the flagship pricing, in fact the SUV comes in at just over 120,000RMB which is more than…

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Dongfeng is a company with many arms and many hands, sometimes it seems as if the head doesn’t quite know what the arms and hands doing, hence the introduction of some strange looking cars from Dongfeng’s smaller subsidiaries. The below V20 comes at a time when more manufacturers are placing a greater emphasis on the design of their cars, but Dongfeng…

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Lifan is famed for its low cost cars and its export prowess, it is not famed for its eye catching designs but that might change with the introduction of this new SUV compact. Lifan’s current SUV, the X60, will remain the biggest SUV offering from Lifan with this new as of yet unnamed trucklet sitting below it.

Chinese media reports indicate that…

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Great Wall are on the verge of launching their 200,000RMB SUV, the much talked about H8. Prices haven’t yet been officially announced but Great Wall executives have indicated via Chinese media that the new H8 SUV will be priced at around 200,000RMB or $32,000USD when its launched later this year.

The full size SUV was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto…

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Chang-an launched their latest CS35 SUV several months ago but that compact SUV is about to be dwarfed by the introduction of a larger CS75. This new SUV shares its platform with the new Raeton sedan which was also launched earlier this year.

Not much information is available on the new model, although we believe it is based on the CS95 concept that…

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According to Chinese media reports Great Wall are refocusing their passenger vehicle line up to further focus on SUV and its Haval brand with a new plan being created for the company’s fledgling sedan range.

In a recent interview session, Great Wall’s Chairman Wei Jian Jun was quoted as saying that Great Wall are focusing on developing high…

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The MG CS SUV concept may have headlined at teh Shanghai Auto Show last week but this week we can share the cars specification with MG’s legions of fans. The first SUV to come from MG is to be powered by a 2.0T engine capable of producing 150kW of power and having 280Nm of torque on tap, taking it from zero to 100km/h in just 7.8 seconds, top speed…

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According to Chinese media reports both Foton and Great Wall Motors are planning to enter the Indian market in the near future. Foton has reportedly acquired a patch of land on which to develop a production facility for commercial vehicles due to the large demand for efficient CV’s in the Indian market.

Great Wall Motors are also reportedly planning…

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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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So long time China Car Times reader and comment box user, Gerald, sent me a message over Weibo on Saturday evening asking what car you would buy if you had a hypothetical 1 million RMB lying around doing nothing. Gerald pointed out that the 1 million RMB (circa 160,000USD) was to be used only for the car purchases and any running costs or maintenance…

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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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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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Ford has had its second record month according to figures released by Ford Shanghai. The Ford Focus range continues to be the driving force behind the companies new found sales record of 60,518 vehicles, up 48% in year on year comparisons, increasing sales by 14% this year.

Together with our partners, we are delighted the Ford Focus has been the…

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Jeep became a political over the past two weeks when former presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared in a series of television adverts that Jeep was moving all of its production to China. The Obama camp were quick to respond, as was Sergio Marchionne, the Fiat-Chrysler CEO who stated time and time again that Jeep was moving to China to satisfy Chinese…

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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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The rift between China and Japan is making some companies, such as Honda, pull back on their profit goals for 2012. How long will this last and will the CRV lose its crown as the best selling SUV in China?

Bloomgberg…

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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…

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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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VW China is continuing with its strong sales in the Chinese market, the group saw total sales of 2 million in the first 9 months of the year and continues to see strong growth despite the Chinese market cooling off.

VW’s China market growth stayed well above the market average with 18% growth in deliveries in the first 9 months of 2012.

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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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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 US market Ford Fusion has already been aired in the states, the Chinese version has not yet been officially aired but we have seen it plenty of times out testing and we do enjoy its thinking mans Aston Martin looks, we’re quite sure it will shake up the market when it does arrive in the PRC in early 2013. The Ford Fiesta is likely to be…

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FAW are not known for their stylish cars, the Besturn B70 was a blockish affair even though it was penciled by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who seemingly sold the same drawings to Dongfeng for the Fengshen series, it was an odd looking car, the smaller B50 wasn’t much of an improvement, but this new SUV could be considered a masterpiece in the Besturn showroom…

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Ford came very late to the China party, despite an early entry into Taiwan and other parts of Greater China, Ford didn’t seem to place a great emphasis on the Chinese mainland where 1.3 billion consumers were waiting. Instead the 1.3 billion took to GM and VW products whilst the Blue Oval stayed away from the car buying party, then when Ford did arrive…

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The Nissan Juke is coming to China – it’s no secret, the car has been sighted out and about in China for the past few months. The mini SUV has already won fans in North America and Europe, but how will it fair with the Chinese? Nissan have recently introduced the Murano SUV with a 3.5L V6, as of the end of May it sold just 210 units in China whilst…

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Mercedes unveiled their facelift GLK SUV in March this year with computer renders showing the minor changes to the cars front and rear: More bulbous lights at the front in line with the other Merc SUV’s, and a redesigned front clip with LED day light running lights.

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Ford’s Chinese partner, JMC, are rumored to be prepping a new SUV for the Chinese market. Ford realized over the past 24 months that the best way into mass Chinese sales is to introduce its hearty range of SUV’s into China, the company already has the Canadian made Edge crossover on sale in China but plans to introduce other models as locally made produce….

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Dongfeng’s own car making abilities have to be drawn into doubt with the introduction of this new SUV. The SUV hasn’t yet been named, but hopefully it wont be along the lines of SLX. Chinese automotive media are saying that it will be priced from 80,000-120,000RMB when it launches later this year via the Dongfeng Liao Qi subsidiary and will carry a…

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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…

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Nothing here is a concept” is what Geely’s PR Director Victor Yang told me at the Beijing Auto Show in 2010 when Geely put on a massive company changing display of cars from then then not yet produced Emgrand EC7 to the slightly whacky Geely Tiger sports car. I smiled, a lot, and remarked that Geely is at the beginning of a long road. Victor…

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The Beijing Auto Show starts tomorrow, and cars have started arriving at Beijing. One of them is the Youngman-Lotus still unnamed SUV, similar in size to the Honda CRV. It looks like it’s based on the APX concept shown by Lotus back in the 2006 Geneva Auto Show.

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I got a text message at 5pm from a friend at auto.sohu.com, “Ive got a cool thing to share” he said “get on QQ ASAP“. Nursing a suspected cracked rib and sitting on the train, I was clearly in no rush to open my laptop and get online to look over a concept car from any company, but it seems the error was totally mine. The cool thing…

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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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Chinese automaker BYD has introduced a ground-breaking 4-year/100,000 km warranty on all of its models. BYD has abandoned the tradition of 2-year/60,000 km warrantys as a means of boosting sales and improving the company’s reputation as a quality manufacturer. Chinese auto makers are struggling in the face of an anemic Chinese auto market coupled…

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MG’s rise is slow but sure, the company started with the large 6 but followed up with the 3, both models have acquired volume sales in China although the MG6 is lagging behind in the UK. The MG3 is expected to have its unveiling in the UK next month on May 17. The MG5 was launched just last week with fairly competitive prices, somewhere above its Chinese…

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Chinese automotive media are reporting that First Automobile Works, a major partner to VAG will begin work on a jointly developed SUV in the next two years. VW are already producing the exceptionally popular Tiguan SUV at their joint venture with Shanghai Auto and its likely that First Automobile Works also wants in on the SUV action, both FAW and SAIC…

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BAIC’s first car, the E-Series hatchback which overly looks like a Mercedes B-Class will hit the market in March according to media reports. Media testing is already underway in Hainan with media being able to test drive the car around the island, initial reports seem to be overly in favor of the car. The second car from Beijing Auto will be…

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Youngman are busy trying to buy Saab yet again, but their own car project has not been held back. Proton signed a deal to supply Youngman with parts, platforms and cars to develop their own brand which was originally called Europestar but swapped over to the Lotus name. Youngman’s involvement with Lotus/Proton has obviously moved on a step with the…

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The year 2012 promises to be a challenging year for all of China’s automakers, BYD is no exception. That said, BYD has at least two new vehicles due out in 2012 which look quite promising. The first, believed to be known at the F5, was revealed on CCT a few weeks ago. Now BYD is teasing a mid-size sedan due out in September, the L6.

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One Porsche owner was clearly upset with his recent 2.7 million RMB Cayenne purchase, after owing the SUV for just two months the owner found a string of problems with the super-SUV and tried to talk things over with the dealer in Shenzhen city, without a solution being found the owner towed the Cayenne to the dealership and staged a loud protest outside…

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Zhengzhou Nissan’s current model line up consists of several of Nissan’s older commercial vehicle products such as the first generation X-Terra (sold under the Paladin name), pick up trucks and of course the relatively new Nissan NV200 mini van. Zhengzhou Nissan’s sales have thus been limited by the models it sells, in 2012 it seems that Nissan will…

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