Berichten in October 2012

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Matte-mint green Nissan GT-R with a Ferrari badge from China

Published on October 31, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Matte-mint green Nissan GT-R with a Ferrari badge from China

A perfectly fine matte-mint green Nissan GT-R with neat black alloys and… a Ferrari badge. The horror! This strange autocar is on sale in Shanghai, second hand 2010 for 1.18 million yuan or 189.000 USD. Fake Ferrari badge likely included although the seller doesn’t specifically state so. More Nissan GT-R: shiny purplepink, on bicycle lane, red & blacksilver pirate, pink&black, orange, Lioncelgreen-blue-pink, gold, lime-green, and police.

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Spy Shots: new Haima Family testing in China

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

Spy Shots: new Haima Family testing in China

The very first spy shots of the new Haima Family sedan testing in China. The new Family will be launched on the Chinese auto market in 2014. Haima says it will be based on an all-new platform, meaning the Mazda-roots from the current Family will, likely, be gone.

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Mercedes-Benz S-class is a lowrider in China

Published on October 31, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Mercedes-Benz S-class is a lowrider in China

Here we have a low-riding W220 Mercedes-Benz S-class, seen on the China International Auto Parts Expo (CIAPE) in Beijing. Suspension has been lowered almost up to the ground, and this fantastic S is further sexes up with a body kit, gigantic 20-inch low profile tires, black alloys with silver rims and shiny black paint.

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Lamborghini Aventador is matte black in China

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

Lamborghini Aventador is matte black in China

A very stealthy matte black Lamborghini Aventador seen in the great city of Hefei, capital of Anhui Province, and in those hinterlands Lamborghini’s are extremely rare. The matte black loox very good on the Aventador and the wrap is neatly wrapped, including the bumpers and mirrors such as we like. Only dissonant are the rather boring standard alloys, those should have been black or something very shiny.

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Chang’an CS35 hits the Chinese auto market

Published on October 31, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chang'an CS35 hits the Chinese auto market

The Chang’an CS35 has been launched on the Chinese auto market. Price starts at 78.900 yuan and ends at 92.900 yuan. The Chang’an CS35 debuted back in April on the Beijing Auto Show. Lone engine is a 1.6 with 125hp and 160nm, mated to a 5-speed manual of 4-speed automatic.

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New Volkswagen Santana launched in… Germany

Published on October 31, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

New Volkswagen Santana launched in... Germany

The new Volkswagen Santana has been launched, not in China, but in Germany, where Chinese-looking girls were hired to make da party a bit more Asian. The new Santana will be made in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture, it will hit the Chinese auto market early next year.

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Honda slashes forecast, blames dispute between China and Japan

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

Honda slashes forecast, blames dispute between China and Japan

Honda warned that its full-year results would be much weaker than forecast, as a trade dispute between Tokyo and Beijing dents sales.

Investors dumped the shares, which fell 4.65 percent to 2,399 yen ($30.12) by the close in Tokyo, on news that the maker of the Accord and Civic would report an annual profit that was 20 percent lower than previously expected – even as its first-half profit more than doubled to $2.7 billion.

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BYD says profits could be down 98% year-on-year

Published on October 31, 2012 by Joey Wang

BYD Co Ltd, China’s battery and electric car maker, has warned that profits for 2012 are expected to be down as much as 98 percent over last year, due to a slumping domestic market which dragged down demand for its vehicles, mobile parts and solar-energy cells.

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Nissan offers free repairs for riot-hit cars in China

Published on October 31, 2012 by Joey Wang

Nissan offers free repairs for riot-hit cars in China

The China headquarters of Nissan Motors in Guangzhou confirmed to the Global Times Friday that all their customers whose cars were damaged in recent anti-Japanese riots could gain free repairs or renewal services as well as coverage for medical care if they had been hurt in the incidents.

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Chinese auto makers looking abroad for growth

Published on October 31, 2012 by Joey Wang

Chinese auto makers looking abroad for growth

Battling a slowdown and intense competition in their home market, Chinese carmakers are increasingly looking to exports for growth.

Last week Chongqing-headquartered Lifan Industry Group Co announced that it will invest heavily in overseas operations in the next three years in a bid to more than double its exports to 120,000 vehicles in 2015, some 40 percent of its total sales. Read more »