Berichten in May 2012

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Suzuki Alto 0.8 turbo Convertible from China

Published on May 31, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Suzuki Alto 0.8 turbo Convertible

Here wee have a very fine sporty car, seen in the great city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province. This is a mighty Suzuki Alto 0.8 turbo Convertible. It is based on the Chang’an-Suzuki Alto (second generation, CA71) that was made in China from 1988 until 2008.

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Bugatti Veyron Super Sport & Grand Sport Vitesse on the Shanghai F1 Circuit

Published on May 31, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Bugatti Veyron China

Back now to the supercar festival on the Shanghai F1 Circuit last week. Earlier on we saw five Ferrari Enzo’s hitting the track together but there was more. Bugatti joined the party and brought two extremely rare hyper machines to Shanghai; the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

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Chinese car buyers complain about DSG, Volkswagen extends warranty

Published on May 31, 2012 by W.E. Ning

A long standing problem for Volkswagen in China that seems to get bigger by the day. It all started in March when Chinese car buyers started to complain about DSG gearboxes. Volkswagen said there was nothing wrong.

Buyers then went to China’s quality watchdog, the ‘General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine’, which started an investigation that is still ongoing, a recall however has not been ordered yet. Volkswagen maintains that the DSG gearboxes are fine but decided to extend warranties to “restore consumer confidence”.  Read on for the latest report on this case from China’s state media:

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Record profits for Jaguar Land Rover thanks to Chinese demand

Published on May 31, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Range Rover Evoque Victoria Beckam China

Jaguar Land Rover, the Indian-owned car manufacturer based in Britain, reported records sales driven by strong demand in China and other emerging markets, the company said on Tuesday. The luxury car maker made an annual pre-tax profit of 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion) in the year ending March 2012, up from 1.12 billion pounds the previous year.

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Patent Applied: new large SUV from Foday

Published on May 31, 2012 by Joey Wang

Foday SUV China

Foday has applied for patent on a new SUV, it will be bigger than Foday’s current top model, the Explorer 6. Huge chrome grill is typical Foday but the rest of the car is quite good, likely because it loox a bit like the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Still, nice work from the small SUV-maker from Guangdong, which was in the news earlier this week when we heard it will sell its platforms to King Long. That will earn Foday money that they can use to develop an even bigger grill.

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Beijing Auto C70G will hit the China car market in Q4

Published on May 31, 2012 by Joey Wang

Beijing Auto C70G

Production of the new Beijing Auto B70G will start on September 30, it will then be launched on the Chinese car market late in Q4. The B70G debuted on the Beijing Auto Show last month and recently got a kinky Chinese name.

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Wiesmann MF4 & MF5 launched on the Chinese car market

Published on May 31, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Wiesmann MF4 China

The famous German sportscarmaker Wiesmann has officially arrived on the Chinese car market. The brand opened its first dealer in Beijing in late April and will sell three cars: the MF4, the MF4-S and the MF-5. Chinese buyers however will have to wait a bit when they order one, building a Wiesmann takes between 4 and 6 months.

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Spy Shots: Chery QQ3 EV testing in China

Published on May 31, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chery QQ3 EV

These are the very first spy shots of the new Chery QQ3 EV, based on the Chery QQ3 Sport. The electric motor comes with 16hp and 72nm, range is 100km. The QQ3 EV will hit the Chinese car market late this year. Price yet unknown but it will likely be the cheapest electric passenger car on the market.

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Spotted in China: Cadillac Fleetwood

Published on May 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Cadillac Fleetwood China

Here we have a very fine Cadillac Fleetwood, seen on a car parts market in Beijing. This particular car was made in 1995 and in a good but very dusty condition. The owner told me it was running fine and that it was used for weddings and other miserable days. One day rent: 1200 yuan, or 188 USD. Not cheap, but they will clean it up for you first. The massive Fleetwood was never officially sold in China but quite some were imported by diplomats and by foreign companies, who could import their own cars in the 1990′s.

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Audi A4 is a German police car in China

Published on May 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Audi A4L police China

Here we have a very interesting Audi A4L seen by reader Andreas (thank you!) in the Sanlitun drinking district in Beijing. The fine car is covered with blue wraps with the word ‘polizei‘ in white, meaning ‘police‘ in German.

Earlier on we saw other home-made police cars, but this is the first from Germany. Check this Nissan GT-R police-edition, or this Benz C63 AMG cop car. The Audi A4L is made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture, there are some other strangers around, like this purple car, or this pinky.

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