Monthly Archives: July 2011

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Fresh blood for Ford in China

Published on July 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Ford is way behind its rivals on the biggest car market in the world. Not enough cars, not enough local production, not enough marketing (seen any?), not enough dealers and no vision. This might all change with the new man Joe Hinrichs. ChinaDaily did an interview with Hinrichs on Ford’s future in the Middle Kingdom:

BEIJING – Joe Hinrichs, the new chairman and chief executive officer of Ford China, is a man of relentless energy.

The 44-year-old, who admits to a diet fuelled by steak and hamburgers, was up at 4:30 am to catch a flight to Beijing from Shanghai, where he is based, but still intended to be working out at his hotel gym after dinner.

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Jaguar and Land Rover China sales up 48 pct

Published on July 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Tata Motors’ Jaguar and Land Rover said on Wednesday it sold 48 percent more vehicles in China in the first half compared to the same period a year earlier.

From January to June, sales came to 18,598 units, up from 12,472 a year ago, the company said in a statement. Land Rover deliveries rose 50 percent to 16,322 units during the period, with sales of Jaguar up 44 percent to 2,186 units, it added. Via: Reuters.

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Spy Shots: Chang’an CD101 testing in China again

Published on July 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Chang’an CD101 is based on the CD101 Concept that debuted at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show. It loox like the car is finally ready for the market, debut is expected at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

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Patent Applied: Greatwall Haval SC60 SUV for China

Published on July 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Greatwall Haval SC60 SUV debuted as a concept at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. Greatwall has now applied for patent for the Chinese market, rather late indeed. The production version will likely debut at the next Beijing Auto Show in April 2012.

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Chery Riich G6 to be listed in China in August

Published on July 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Chery Riich G6 has been at so many auto shows you could think it was on sale already. But it is not. The Riich G6 will finally be listed on the Chinese market in August. Price will start around 200.000 yuan, making this one very expensive Chery.

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Patent Applied: BYD-Daimler EV for China

Published on July 27, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Almost one year ago BYD and Daimler-Benz started a joint venture to make electric cars for the Chinese market. Today we can show you the very first pics of the first car. It will be a full electric likely based on the current Mercedes-Benz B-class.

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New Audi A6 Hybrid seen testing in China

Published on July 27, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Audi A6 Hybrid will go on sale in Europe next year, sales in the US are yet unsure. One test vehicle popped up at one of the largest Audi-dealers in Beijing with a lot of mysterious machinery in the back. This means that Audi will very likely bring the A6 Hybrid to China, probably as an import. The patrol-powered Audi A6L is made locally.

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Spotted in China: a very pink Mercedes-Benz SLK

Published on July 27, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

A great looker indeed, this Mercedes-Benz SLK standing on a street not far from the CarNewsChina.com office towers. The car is wrapped in black and pink. Great combination for such a very girly car. Wrap a bit messy around the grille but overall a job well done.

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Spy Shots: long wheelbase BMW 3-series for China

Published on July 27, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW will launch the new 3-series in early 2012. The new 3 will be made in China by the Brilliance-BMW joint venture, jut like the outgoing car. But there will be one big difference: the joint venture will also make a long wheelbase BMW 3.

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Jeep Patriot listed & priced in China

Published on July 27, 2011 by W.E. Ning

The Jeep Patriot SUV has been officially listed on the Chinese market. The Patriot is imported, there are no plans yet for local production. Price starts at 238.900 yuan and ends at 278.900 yuan. Just one engine: a 2.4 petrol with 125kw and 220nm. The Patriot is expensive compared to locally made competitors. The Jeep brand however is popular in China which could help sales.