Monthly Archives: November 2011

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China’s ‘Domestic American Schoolbus’ is on the Road

Published on November 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The FAW Schoolbus debuted as a concept at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. It was then good for a laugh but FAW actually decided to bring it to the market. And here it is, almost two years later at its very first day of service at elementary schools around the country. Read more »

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Rolls Royce Phantom China Dragon, The Interior

Published on November 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Rolls Royce Phantom China Dragon debuted on Monday at the Guangzhou Auto Show. We already showed you the exterior and to make the story complete we now have some pics of the brilliantly over-the-top hyper-kitsch interior. Colors are red and yellow for sure, this is China, and there are Dragons in the head rests.

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FAW Weizhi V2 Cross listed & priced in China

Published on November 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

FAW Weizhi V2 Cross

The FAW V2 Cross has been officially listed on the China car market, it is based on the FAW V2 and comes with all the usual cross-thingies such as a load of black plastic, roof-rails, a wing at the back and… that’s it.

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New Lifan 520 to be listed in China early 2012

Published on November 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Lifan 520 sedan debuted earlier this week on the Guangzhou Auto Show. The 520 will be listed in early 2012, price will start around 50.000 yuan. Power comes from a 1.5 with 88hp and 110nm, mated to a 5-speed manual. Via: Autohome.

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Two new Volvo’s to be made in China from 2013

Published on November 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Swedish premium vehicle brand Volvo AB, purchased by Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd last year, will make China one of its global bases as it prepares for local production of the first model in the country in 2013.

“The first locally produced model, a medium-sized sedan, will be launched in 2013, followed by a small sedan in 2014,” said Shen Hui, senior vice-president of Volvo and chairman of Volvo Cars China Operations. The two models, tailored to grab volume sales in China, are under development, led by Volvo’s new research and development center in Jiading district, Shanghai.

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Changan PSA JV to start production in mid-2013

Published on November 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

A new joint venture (JV) between the China Changan Automobile Group and French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen will start production in the middle of 2013, Changan’s chairman Xu Liuping said Sunday. Production will start with Citroen’s DS-line of vehicles, including the DS3, DS4 and DS5.

The venture will have an initial annual output capacity of 200,000 vehicles and engines and will gradually increase capacity in accordance with market demand, Xu said at the company’s founding ceremony, held in the city of Shenzhen in south China’s Guangdong province. Read more »

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China set to be Porsche’s No 1 market in 2014

Published on November 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

With the continuing surge in demand for premium sport utility vehicles (SUVs), China will overtake the United States as the largest market for Porsche AG, the German luxury car brand in 2014, said a company executive.

“China has been our second-biggest market, with more than half of sales coming from our SUV model, the Cayenne. We expect it to beat the US to be our No 1 market in 2014, with significant sales growth from the coming, smaller SUV model, the Cajun,” said Helmut Broeker, chief executive officer of Porsche (China) Motors Ltd.

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BMW to export China-made 5-series

Published on November 25, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW will become the first foreign luxury car manufacturer to export China-made cars when it begins shipping locally produced long-wheelbase 5 Series sedans overseas at the end of the year.

The Bavarian carmaker said on the eve of the ongoing Guangzhou auto show that its joint venture in the northeastern city of Shenyang with China’s Brilliance Auto will export the 5 Series Li in December, but it did not specify the destination.

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Nissan Patrol listed & priced in China

Published on November 24, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Nissan Patrol China

Downsizing?, say what? Not in China Sir! The massive Nissan Patrol has been officially listed on the Chinese car market as an import, the China-bound car debuted at the Guangzhou Auto Show. There is only one in only one configuration, it costs 1.39 million yuan, that is… hold on now… 218.000 US dollar. For a bloody agricultural 4×4 thing that feels best carrying cows around in Africa for the UN. Incredible indeed.

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Brilliance-Jinbei S30 at the Guangzhou Auto Show

Published on November 24, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Brilliance-Jinbei S30

The Brilliance-Jinbei S30 mini-SUV debuted as a concept car in April at the Shanghai Auto Show. Brilliance has since been busy testing the S30 and the near-production car debuted at the Guangzhou Auto Show in a nice blue paint job. The Jinbei S30 will be listed in January 2012, price will range from 60.000 to 80.000 yuan.

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