Monthly Archives: July 2011

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Chang’an C201 to get a 1.5 Turbo

Published on July 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

More info on the upcoming Chang’an C201 sedan. Power will come from a 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder with direct injection, 121kw and a very healthy 250nm. The engine is developed by Chang’an and will also be used in other new Chang’an cars. The C201 is expected to debut early next year, price will start somewhere around 100.000 yuan. Via: 163.

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Spy Shots: new Volkswagen Sagitar for China

Published on July 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The current Volkswagen Sagitar is based on the European Volkswagen Jetta. The new Sagitar however will be based on the American Jetta. The Sagitar is made in China by the FAW-VW joint venture. The new car will be listed before the end of the year, debut likely at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December.

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Spotted in China: Ferrari California & Ferrari 458 Italia

Published on July 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

A very fine pair of Ferrari’s on a parking lot in front of the Workers Stadium in Beijing. One blue-ish California and one red 458 Italia. The happy owners were nowhere in sight so I could take all time to snap some shots at these maniac machines.

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Spy Shots: Ford Focus sedan testing in China

Published on July 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

 

The new Ford Focus will be listed in February 2012. Production of the outgoing Focus will continue until May 2012. Then the outgoing car will be listed separately, either as a cheaper Ford-branded Focus-alternative or under a completely different sub-brand under the Chang’an-Ford joint venture. Chang’an Automotive and Ford are still talking about how to proceed.

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First Guangzhou-Fiat to be listed in China in August next year

Published on July 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture will list its first car in August next year. It is tentatively named ‘C-medium’. It will stand on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Size will be 4650/1790/1500, wheelbase 2703. Power will come from Fiat’s Fire T-Jet 1.4 turbo which comes in two different tunes: 120hp/210nm and 150hp/230nm.

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Facelift for the FAW Vita in China

Published on July 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

FAW is working on a facelift for the FAW Vita. On pics renderings for the sedan, the Vita hatchback will get the same treatment. At the same time FAW is also working on a Cross version based on the hatchback that will likely debut with the new face. Most changes are up front, new bumper, new grille and new headlights.

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Zotye V10 to be listed in China in August

Published on July 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Zotye V10 is aimed at minivan powerhouses Wuling and Chang’an. It is new territory for Zotye that never made this sort of cars before. Price will start around 30.000 yuan and end around 50.000 yuan.

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Toyota to launch small car for China in 2013

Published on July 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Toyota Motor Corp will launch a small car designed for the Chinese market as early as 2013, the Nikkei business daily reported. The new car, powered by a 1.5-liter engine, will be slightly larger than the Etios and priced below 1 million yen ($12,853.6), the paper said.

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Toyota to up China engine capacity 30% by 2013

Published on July 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Toyota Motor Corp will spend 20 billion to 30 billion yen ($260-$390 million) to boost engine output capacity in China by 30 percent to 1.3 million units a year in 2013, Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo industrial daily reported on Thursday. Read more »

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Spotted in China: MG3 in dual tone

Published on July 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The very first MG3 hatchback I’ve seen in the wild. It was parked near one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing not far from the CarNewsChina head office skyscrapers. The 3 loox much bigger in the flesh than on pictures, more Golf-size than Polo.

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