Berichten in November 2011

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With Lifan in Love in China

Published on November 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Lifan 320 is a funny car. Cheap and good looking. Some say it is a copy of the Mini, I don’t agree, the Lifan has two more doors. Anyway, here we have a couple in deep deep love with eachother and their Lifans. Yup, they have two, both are customized, and really like the man-woman-way-things-are.

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New electric car from China

Published on November 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Here we have a fantastic new electric car from China. It is simply, but brilliantly, called ‘three-wheel-electric-car’, because it has three wheels and is powered by an electric motor. That’s what it is, why bother with a fancy-pancy whatever-name? Face on the front seems kinda sad.

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Patent Applied: production version Smart Forspeed leaked in China

Published on November 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Daimler-Benz has applied for patent in China for what seems to be the production version of the maniac Smart Forspeed concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. A good look at the pictures reveals considerable differences between the concept and the patent-drawings. Most concept-car wizzy-dizzies are gone and so seems to be electric power plant. Have a look:  Read more »

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Volkswagen Passat CC V6 to be made in China

Published on November 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The same brave men the found the China-made Toyota Prius in ice-cold Changchun found another interesting car, a Volkswagen Passat CC (simply called CC in China) with V6-badges and the FAW-Volkswagen logo on the back.

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Spy Shots: facelift for the Roewe 550 in China

Published on November 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

SAIC is working on a facelift for the Roewe 550. New car will get an updated front, updated back and an improved interior. Biggest news however in the gearbox department. Read more »

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China-made Toyota Prius to be listed in February next Year

Published on November 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Toyota Prius is back in China. It is made by the FAW-Toyota joint venture and will be listed on the Chinese car market in February next year. The last-gen Prius was also made in China by FAW-Toyota but sales were so low that Toyota pulled the plug. They now, want to try again. Most parts, including the hybrid drive-train, will be imported straight from Japan and put together in the factory in Changchun where above pic was shot. Via: Autohome.

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Chery’s exports hit new Record

Published on November 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

China’s leading private automaker, Chery Automobile Co, is expected to export a record 170,000 units of vehicles in 2011, marking the highest annual export figure in the company’s history, a company manager said Friday. Read more »

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Ford to make more Engines in China

Published on November 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Ford Motor Co will bring 20 new engines and transmissions to China by 2015 to power the 15 new models it plans to introduce during the period.

The carmaker announced at the Guangzhou auto show last week that the new powertrains will include a 1.0-liter EcoBoost turbo engine that will be locally produced at its three-way tie-up with Chang’an Automobile Group and Mazda Motor Corp in the southwestern city of Chongqing.

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Audi will sell over 300.000 cars in China this Year

Published on November 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

German carmaker Audi AG’s China sales will surpass 300,000 vehicles this year as it continues to consolidate its two-decade reign in the luxury segment of the world’s largest auto market, according to the company’s sales chief in China.

Dominique Boesch, general manager of the Audi sales division at Sino-German joint venture FAW Volkswagen Automobile Co Ltd, said in an interview that the premium brand’s sales of more than 300,000 vehicles this year is “a clear direction” toward its target of moving 1 million units in the country from 2011 to 2013.

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China-made Mercedes-Benz GLK to be listed in China in 02 next year

Published on November 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The China-made Mercedes-Benz will finally hit the Chinese car market in February next year. The GLK is made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture. Only engine will be the 3.0 with 245hp. Price is expected to start around 400.000 yuan. Via: Autohome.