Berichten in August 2011

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First firefighting tank rolls into action in Hubei, China

Published on August 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

A firefighting tank maneuvers through a fire during a test in Wuhan city, Central China’s Hubei province, August 28, 2011. The local fire department paid 3.2 million yuan ($501,000) in May, 2010 to buy the multifunctional firefighting tank,  the first and only one in Hubei province.

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Spy Shots: Chang’an CD101 in China

Published on August 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The CD101 will be Chang’an biggest car to date. Debut is expected at the april 2012 Beijing Auto Show. Power will come from a 2.0 and a 1.8 turbo mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. See below for a big pile of new spy shots:

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Spy Shots: Chery Riich G2 Naked in China

Published on August 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Chery Riich G2 has been spotted completely naked in China. The G2 will likely be listed before the end of this year, that would mean the production version will debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December and not as we heard earlier at the April 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

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Volvo and Siemens to develop electric cars

Published on August 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Volvo, the Swedish carmaker owned by China’s Geely, has formed a partnership with Siemens, the German engineering group, to develop electric cars and ancillary equipment.

The two companies said on Wednesday that an electric version of Volvo’s small C30 hatchback would be available for testing by the end of this year. Volvo will deliver up to 200 vehicles to Siemens for further testing by the end of 2012.

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BYD planning layoffs in sales, marketing units

Published on August 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Chinese battery and automaker BYD Co Ltd is planning large-scale layoffs of its workforce to weather a sharp dive in sales and earnings in the first half, said a Chinese website on Tuesday.

The Shenzhen-based company, backed by US billionaire Warren Buffett, will downsize its automotive sales division by up to 70 percent, according to eeo.com.cn, a website owned by the Chinese business newspaper the Economic Observer News.

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Dongfeng profit down 10%

Published on August 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Chinese auto maker Dongfeng Motor Group Co said Tuesday its first-half profit fell 10% from a year earlier, dragged by slower growth of automobile sales as well as intensifying competition, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Brilliance H530 listed & priced in China

Published on August 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Brilliance H530 sedan has been officially listed on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 79.800 yuan and ends at 125.800 yuan.

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Volkswagen Amarok pops up at Dealer in China

Published on August 30, 2011 by W.E. Ning

We had seen the spy shots from the Volkswagen Amarok testing in China so its appearance at a Volkswagen dealer is not a very big surprise. The Amarok wears German license plates which indicate it is a test or demonstration vehicle. According to the story the dealer said he could take orders.

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV seen testing in China

Published on August 30, 2011 by Joey Wang

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has been seen testing in China again. It seems so very likely that Mitsubishi will bring the full electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV to the Chinese auto market. Exact date is yet unknown but a debut at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show is possible.

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BYD G6 to be listed in China in September

Published on August 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The BYD G6 will be listed on the Chinese car market in September. The G6 is the much more advanced successor of the BYD F6. Best thing for BYD: the G6 doesn’t look like a 1:1 copy of another car, like the rest of BYD’s range.

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