The displacement wars are over in China, big displacement engines were once a status symbol in the early days of the Chinese car industry where small displacement V6 engines were relatively common place. But back then, fuel was subsidized by the Central Government who were bankrolling losses at China’s biggest petroleum refineries, not anymore. Chinese…

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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 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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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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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

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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.

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The Chinese market is all about small displacement high torque engines in 2012, the desire for larger 2.0L to 3.0L displacement vehicles seems to be slipping away in favor of smaller more frugal turbo assisted engines that give the same power output as their larger rivals but drink less fuel. Citroen have relatively pro-active in the Chinese market…

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The MG5 debuted with a weak 108bhp 1.5L engine but the good news is that the years end will play host to the launch of the turbo version. The turbo version throws out the MG5′s original 4 speed auto box and brings in a six speed dual clutch unit that will be sending power to the front wheels in unison with the 1.5T engine. No stats on the turbo unit…

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Looking back six years ago, there were hardly any non VAG turbo vehicles out there, it seemed as if VW and its portfolio of brands had a death grip on that side of technology, but fast forward to 2012 and we have a myriad of companies offering gasoline turbo engines in the Chinese market, including Chinese companies.

Turbo powered engines are becoming…

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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 Chery G6 was born with government ministers in mind, the government have been told to put down their Audi’s and pick up Chinese branded cars as part of a cost cutting exercise that also benefits the local car industry and also boost the Civil Service in terms of PR. Chery have decided that their already plentiful long G6 is not long enough, so they…

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The Subaru XV will be produced in China via the still unofficially announced joint venture between Subaru and Chery in 2012 and should sit under the Forester in terms of product placement according to media reports. Chinese consumers have already seen the XV in concept form at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year where it gained center stage on…

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What do you do when you cant sell enough of a particular model? You slap on some black plastic cladding and raise the suspension by an inch or two and call it a crossover, crossovers never fail to sell in the Chinese market. FAW have figured out that local consumers seem to love crossover vehicles more than they…

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Transformers was one of the first foreign cartoons to enter China in the mid 1980’s and subsequently hooked a generation of men on the never ending battles between Decepticons and the Autobots. Of course, Transformers fell from the TV screens in the early 90’s but made it back to the big screen in 2008 when the first Transformers movie…

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