Monthly Archives: February 2012

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BYD creates largest all-electric vehicle fleet in the World

Published on February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD K9 bus

Some good news for BYD. The company has won a contract to deliver 1500 pure electric K9 buses and e6 taxis to the public transportation fleet from the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. Shenzhen is BYD’s hometown and has the largest all-electric vehicle fleet in a single city in the world. The contract consists of 1000 K9 buses and 500 e6 taxi’s.

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China starts trial with methanol-fueled cars

Published on February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

China gas station

China is looking for alternatives for gasoline. The country will spend 1.59 trillion U.S. dollars over the next five years looking for ‘green’ solutions. One possibility is methanol, China starts a 3-year trial in 3 different provinces. If the results are good the trial will extended in time and scope. From People’s Daily:

China’s industrial authority said Tuesday that it will introduce trials for methanol-fueled cars in three provincial level regions starting this month, signalling the world’s second largest economy’s resolution to boost greener economic growth.

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Introducing the mighty Hongyan Dakang ‘Twin Cab’ Firetruck

Published on February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongyan Dakang 'Twin Cab' Firetruck

This is the mighty Hongyan Dakang ‘Twin Cab’ firetruck. It is made by a company called Chongqing Hongyan Automobile from the great city-province of Chongqing. Both cabins can be used to drive and steer this vehicle in or out the fire, is has 4×4 and is powered by a 6 liter 6 cylinder diesel that burns out 280hp and 1160nm.

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Volkswagen Touareg in matte-black from China

Published on February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Here we have a very fine car from China. This is a Volkswagen Touareg SUV wrapped in stealthy matte-black on 22-inch wheels from JE. Good job, a Touareg has never looked so sporty. It has some power upgrades too, this is a 4.2 V8 model tuned up from standard 306 to a fat 350hp. The grill was not forgotten and sexed up with some very subtle orange paint.

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Production Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi GS5 will be listed on March 1 in China

Published on February 29, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi GS5 SUV

The Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi GS5 SUV will be listed on the Chinese car market tomorrow on March 1. Price will start at 91.800 yuan for the 2.0 model and that is much cheaper than expected. See here for our earlier spy shots from the production car. Via: Autohome.

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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto C70G, based on old Saab 9-5

Published on February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto C70G, based on old Saab 9-5

New spy shots from the upcoming Beijing Auto C70G sedan, based on the old Saab 9-5. Beijing Auto bought the rights for the old 9-5 and 9-3 plus the 2.0 and 2.3 turbo engines in 2009 from GM. Beijing Auto has been struggling ever since to get those cars to the Chinese market. The B70G will finally debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April. However, it still won’t be a final production car meaning they didn’t get very far since 2010…

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Spy Shots: facelift for the Buick Excelle in China

Published on February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Buick Excelle in China

The Buick Excelle, not to be confused with the Buick Excelle GT and Excelle XT, is another one of those cars that refuses to die in China. The Daewoo-based sedan has been on the market since 2005 and is still going strong, it sold 30.000 units in January. The Chinese car market loves it because it is cheap, reliable and easy to maintain. No wonder GM wants to keep it going for a while, a facelifted Excelle will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April.

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Spy Shots: Zotye A00 = Zotye Z100

Published on February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Zotye Z100 China

The Zotye A00 is a new mini car from China and an almost perfect copy of the Suzuki Alto. New spy shots reveal its real name: Zotye Z100. The Z100 will likely debut at the Beijing Auto Show where it will stand alongside the new Zotye Z300 which is an almost perfect copy of the Toyota Allion.

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Ford faces hurdles in China

Published on February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Ford China

Ford Motor is facing stiff industry wide regulatory obstacles to future growth in China, even as the auto maker launches a $490 million plant to boost its presence there.

The plant opened Friday in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing—its third passenger-car plant and fourth overall assembly plant in China—will give it much-needed capacity to help propel sales. Ford lags far behind General Motors Co. and other global rivals in penetrating China’s market, the world’s biggest in the number of vehicles sold.

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China auto recalls up 55% in 2011

Published on February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

China auto recalls up 55% in 2011

China conducted a total of 85 auto recalls, covering 1.83 million flawed vehicles in 2011, up 55 percent from a year earlier, the country’s quality watchdog said Tuesday.

China-made vehicles took the lion’s share, making up 93.7 percent of all recalls, while imported cars accounted for 6.3 percent, Li Yuanping, spokesman of the General Administration of Quality Supervision (AQSIQ), Inspection and Quarantine, said at a press conference.

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