This is the new Changfeng Liebao CT7, the new flagship pickup truck for Changfeng Automobile. The Liebao CT7 will be launched on the Chinese car market in September, price will start around 140.000 and end around 170.000 yuan.
This is the new FAW Besturn B50 sedan, with an interesting line running from the grille over the light to the door handle. The new Besturn B50 will be launched on the Chinese car market in August, priced from 90.000 to 120.000 yuan. The white car on the first photo is the sporty RS model.
The market for electric cars in China is booming, supported by subsidies and other incentives like free license plates and free parking places and public charging stations are now popping up everywhere. In 2015 sales of new-energy vehicles (electric and plug-in hybrids) stood at 188,700 units, up a staggering 223% compared to 2015.
Subsidies can be as high as $13,800, making NEVs attractive for a large audience, and that in turn attracts more automakers. There were more than 50 new NEV’s on display at last month’s Beijing Auto Show; here are the ten most interesting full-electric examples:
The new Honda Avancier will be launched on the Chinese car market in the fourth quarter of the year. Price will range from around 220.000 to 250.000 yuan. The Avancier debuted on last month’s Beijing Auto Show, it is the production version of the Honda Concept D SUV.
The LeSEE Super EV beats Tesla Model S with faster acceleration from 0-100 km/h, more distance per charge and it has a higher speed at its fastest point.
Jia Yueting, CEO of LeEco.
The LeSEE electric sedan was one of the hottest cars at the Beijing Auto Show. It is widely described as the “Chinese Tesla killer”, and the company has stated that it has Tesla in its sights. We have heard that one before. So does the LeSEE have what it takes?
The List of Changes (LoC) is long: at the front: new headlights, heavier chromed bars in the grille, a new bumper with a proper license plate area, a new lower bumper with a larger air duct and a prominent skid pad. At the middle section: new mirrors, wider side bars, a more pronounced chrome line above the windows, and larger wheels with new alloys. The rear: the rear door now ends above the bumper, instead of in the bumper, a new bumper, taller taillights, a new lower bumper with new exhaust pipe tips, and LS5 and Hongqi badges. The interior: completely new.
China is the largest car market in the world, and is still growing fast. There are more models available for Chinese car buyers compared to other countries. They can buy cars from European manufacturers that are not available in the United States. They can also choose cars made by Japanese firms that are not sold in Europe. What’s more, they can even purchase models from U.S. manufacturers that are not marketed anywhere else. They can also buy from an endless variety of local brands, and on top of all that there are cars that are made in China specifically for the Chinese market by foreign automakers.
Chinese law requires foreign firms to form joint ventures with local companies if they want to manufacture cars in China. The maximum stake a foreign firm can hold is limited at 50%. The cars that these joint ventures make are rarely exported, with a few notable exceptions like the Buick Envision and the Volvo S60 Inscription. This means that the vast majority of these vehicles remain exclusive to the Chinese market and inaccessible elsewhere. Here is the latest list of joint venture vehicles that are not available to the rest of the world – the forbidden fruit- , as seen on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.
This is the new Beijing Auto EH400, a full-size electric sedan for China dressed up with a bit of blue in the grille, because blue = green. The EH400 debuted late last month on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. It will cost around 200.000 yuan after green-car subsidies, but it is unclear when it will hit the market, if ever.
The all new Geely Emgrand GS had its public debut on the Beijing Auto Show and was launched on the Chinese car market at the same time. Price starts at 77.800 yuan and ends at 108.800 yuan. The Emgrand GS is a good looking crossover-hatchback designed by none other than Peter Horbury.
The new Changan CX70 SUV was unveiled on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, looking clean in white with a shiny bling bling grille. The CX70 has been launched on the Chinese car market, price starts at 68.900 yuan and ends at 84.900 yuan, and that makes it the cheapest seven-seat SUV in China.