Berichten in March 2011

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Spy Shots: Chery QQ3 Cross and QQ3

Published on March 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Chery QQ3 Cross

Earlier this week we saw the first pics of a camouflaged Chery QQ3 Cross, based on the upcoming new Chery QQ3. Now we got it naked, well, only one pic. The QQ3 Cross will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month together with the base QQ3 of which we found yet one more pic:

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Lifan’s SUV got a name: X60

Published on March 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Lifan SUV debuted as a concept car on the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, it then popped up again at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show. All that time it didn’t have a name, Lifan just called it ‘Lifan SUV’. The final production car will now debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month, with a name, it is… X60! Congratulations Lifan, that is a great name indeed. Price will range from 80.000 yuan to 100.000 yuan. Engine: 1.8 with 133hp and 168nm.

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Spy Shots: Brilliance A3 SUV Naked

Published on March 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Brilliance A3 SUV

The best spy shots so far of the new Brilliance A3 compact SUV. The A3 will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month and shared platform, engines and interior with the Brilliance A4 sedan. Pics show a fresh and original design although it would likely look even better in a less boring color.

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‘Individual’ Ford Fiesta’s from China

Published on March 24, 2011 by W.E. Ning

Ford wants to sell more cars on the Chinese market. It seems unable to built many different cars in China. (Where is the Kuga?!) So instead it will offer three ‘Individual-packages for the Fiesta. The Fiesta is made in China by the Chang’an-Ford joint venture. On pics the first Individual, a rather cool looking dressed up sporty red machine. All three indivuals will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month and, well, that is all Ford has to show in Shanghai… Read more »

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JAC Refine MPV to Debut at the Shanghai Auto Show

Published on March 24, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

JAC Refine MPV

The JAC (Jianghuai Auto Corporation) Refine MPV debuted as a concept at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. The production car will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month. Price will start around 160.000 yuan and end around 180.000 yuan.

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China becomes BWM’s third largest market

Published on March 24, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

China has become BMW Automobile’s third largest market in the world, selling 183,300 vehicles in 2010, up 85.3 percent. The company’s first and second largest markets, Germany and US, also saw catapulted sales, 267,716 and 266,500 units respectively. Via: GlobalTimes.

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Ford to Invest $1.1 billion in China

Published on March 24, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Ford seems to wake up. It finally invests some money in the biggest car market in the world. It still ain’t much, what can one do with 1.1 billion dollars these days? Money goes to a new factory in Chongqing and a increase in production of power trains and engines. The factory in Chongqing must bring Ford’s car capacity to 650.000 in 2012.

GM and Volkswagen both sold more than 1 million vehicles in China last year. Ford’s biggest problem is the lack of offerings, VW and GM each offer more than 15 different vehicles that are made in China and thus cheap. Ford? 6, including an ancient version of the Transit van.

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MG TF roadster Recalled in China

Published on March 24, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

SAIC will recall 181 MG TF roadsters made in China between October 2007 and March 2009, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

The reason for the recall is that corroded rivet head of the front low control arm may come off and cause potential safety problems, said the company. The passenger-car branch of SAIC will offer warranty services that are free-of-charge for the recalled vehicles. Via: GlobalTimes.

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Guangzhou Auto bids for Changfeng Motor

Published on March 24, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Guangzhou Auto already owns 29% of Changfeng Motor, now it wants the rest as well, a listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Guangzhou Auto seeks Shanghai listing with Changfeng Motor deal

Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd, China’s No 6 domestic automaker, said it plans to seek a listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange through a 5.23 billion yuan ($797 million) merger with GAC Changfeng Motor Co Ltd.

Guangzhou Auto, which has been expanding through mergers and acquisitions in recent years, said it forecast 2011 net profit will not be less than 4.96 billion yuan, compared with 4.3 billion yuan profit in 2010. Read more »

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Kumho to recall faulty tires in China

Published on March 23, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

South Korea’ s Kumho Tires has decided to recall some of its products in China following reports that tires made by the company failed quality standards.

Kumho, one of the largest tire manufacturers in China, used excessive amounts of recycled tires as raw material in its manufacturing facility in the northern municipality of Tianjin, CCTV reported last week, adding that these tires could rupture.

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