Today in China Car History and Spotted in China the Geely Liangjing JL63601E hatchback. I found this little beauty on a parking lot not far from my home in the far eastern wastelands of Beijing. The good Geely was in super shape and that is very rare; this oldies are mostly dumped by roadside or scrapped.
Last month NexEVlaunched the NIO brand and the EP9 electric supercar, which will be made in a small series for a lot of money. The EP9 will serve as a halo model for the rest of the range. The range will consists of SUVs, MPVs and a sedan.
First up are two SUVs, code named the NIO ES8 and the NIO ES9. Above photo was taken in NextEV’s design center in Germany, showing an early model of the EP9 under cover and three SUVs in the background; a Volvo XC90, a BMW X5, and a Range Rover Sport.
The Hongqi L5 will finally get its long-awaited 4.0 V8 engine under the bonnet. It is the same engine that will also power the upcoming Hongqi LS5 SUV. The V8 is twin-turbocharged and delivers around 381hp and 500nm, it is mated to an eight-speed automatic. sending horses to the rear wheels.
Lucid Motors is another upstart with grandiose plans. It says it will start production of a Tesla-beating hyper sedan in 2018, in a brand new $700 million factory in Arizona. The company showed a development mule, which looks surprisingly ready, on an event in Los Angeles last month.
The brand new Bisu T3 has been launched on the Chinese car market, looking trendy there in black and white. Price starts at 74.900 yuan and ends at 86.900 yuan. The T3 is a compact SUV, it is manufactured by a new car company called Chonqing Bisu Automotive Corporation, based in the great city of Chongqing in central China.
The white car is short-wheelbase and qualifies as a passenger vehicle, it therefore has a blue license plate. The gray car however is long-wheelbase and too long to be a passenger car, it is thus qualified as a commercial vehicle and carries yellow license plates.
The best photos so far of the new JAC Refine S7 SUV for China, seen here completely naked in blue. The Refine S7 is the largest SUV so far for the JAC brand. It will be launched on the Chinese car market in March. Design features a giant shiny grille, just like on the new Refine S3 compact SUV.
The new Lincoln Continental has been launched on the Chinese car market. China is only the third country in the world to get the new Lincoln flagship after the United States and Canada, underscoring the vital importance of China for the Lincoln brand.
Sales are on the up even without the Continental. In the third quarter of this year Lincoln sold 20,988 cars in China, plus 191% compared with the same period in 2016. Lincoln is getting very close to Infiniti which sold 29,000 cars in Q3. They are catching up with Cadillac (77,028), but still very far away from Audi (440,023), BMW (371,976) and Mercedes-Benz (344,791).
Green Lord Motors has arrived in Hong Kong with their GLM-G4 electricsupercar. Green Lord Motors, or GLM for short, is a Japanese engineering company. They were closely involved in the development of the crazy TommyKaira ZZ open sport scar, they are working with Chinese company Singulato to develop a range of electric SUVs, and now they have launched their GLM-G4.