Berichten in February 2011

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Volkswagen Golf Variant to Come to China

Published on February 28, 2011 by W.E. Ning

Volkswagen will bring the Golf Variant to the Chinese market as an import. The Golf Variant will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April and be listed soon therafter. The Chinese car market is slowly warming up to wagons, seen as ‘lifestyle’ automobiles. Volkswagen already imports the Passat/Magotan Variant and Volvo is thinking about the V50. Big estate makers Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi currently don’t sell wagons in China yet.

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MG3 to be Listed in China on March 26

Published on February 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

MG3 China

MG will fianlly bring the long awaited MG3 to the Chinese autro market, the compact hatchback will be listed on March 26. Price starts around 70.000 yuan and ends around 100.000 yuan. Engines: 1.3 with 68kw and a 1.5 with 80kw. MG will focus mareking on young city folks, 18 to 28 years, with a campain build around the slogan ‘Zero Limits’. Sounds very cool indeed and it is harking back to the orginal MG3 concept which was called MG Zero.

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Toyota Zelas to be Listed in China on March 25

Published on February 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Toyota brings the Zelas coupe to the Chinese market where all other coupes so far have failed to sell in any significant numbers, it will be listed on March 25. The Zelas, aka Scion tC, will be imported and sell from 256.800 yuan to 288.800 yuan. Engine: 2.5 4-cilinder with 178hp and 233nm.

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Volvo S60 to be Listed in China on March 10

Published on February 28, 2011 by W.E. Ning

The new Volvo S60 will be listed on the Chinese car market on March 10. The S60 will be imported, unlike the S40 and S80L that are made in China by the Chang’an-Volvo joint venture. Volvo’s new owner Geely is busy setting up their own Volvo-factory and when that is done the joint venture will likely be terminated. Price of the S60 will start at 300.000 yuan and end at 600.000 yuan. Engines for China: 2.0 turbo and the 3.0 V6 turbo T6.

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Toyota to recall 5,202 Lexus cars in China

Published on February 27, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Lexus China

Toyota Motor (China) Investment Co will recall 5,202 imported Lexus cars in China to fix a malfunctioning gas-pedal problem beginning March 23, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said Friday.

Toyota’s announcement of its recall plans in China came one day after the AQSIQ, China’s quality watchdog, demanded an explanation from the Japanese car maker regarding problems with the Lexus. Read more »

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Volvo aims to spend $11b on expansion

Published on February 27, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Volvo Car Corp, the Swedish automaker acquired by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co, plans to invest as much as $11 billion worldwide over the next five years to tap rising demand in markets including China.

The company is also working to win government orders and is considering manufacturing cars in China for export, Chief Executive Officer Stefan Jacoby said on Friday in an interview in Beijing.

“It is obvious that at some point manufacturers will export from China,” Jacoby said. “We, as a global premium brand with a European heritage, have a very good opportunity because we are owned by a Chinese enterprise and we plan to utilize our manufacturing capacities here.” Read more »

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Extreme Tuning from China: Mercedes-Benz SLK

Published on February 27, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

A very special project by a Chinese tuner based on the old Benz SLK. The paint is gone, instead it is all sliver colored glitter. The car is for hire for a rather expensive 300.000 yuan a weekend, company sais its very popular for marriages. Company is called MyVeryStyle, their website is www.myverystyle.com but it does not work. No matter, guess they too busy with getting all that glitter on, and a great job they did.

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Spotted in China: Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi in the Wild

Published on February 27, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi

Guangzhou Auto launched the Trumpchi sedan at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December 2010. It looked all fine but there is only one way to really judge a car, that is seeing it in person. I found this brandnew white example parked on a sideway in the Sanlitun area in Beijing.

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Chevrolet Orlando to Debut at the Shanghai auto Show

Published on February 25, 2011 by W.E. Ning

The Chevrolet Orlando MPV will debut on the Chinese market at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The Orlando will be imported from South Korea where it is made in the old Daewoo factories now owned by General Motors. Engine for China: a 1.8 with 108kw and 176nm. On pic an almost uncamouflaged Orlando seen testing on Chinese roads.

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Peugeot 508 rolling of the line in China

Published on February 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Production of the Chinese Peugeot 508 has started. The 508 sedan is made in China by the Dongfeng-Peugeot-Citroën joint venture. The 508 will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.

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