Published on July 11, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
New spy shots of the upcoming Beijing Auto Senova D60, based on the old Saab 9-3. The Senova D60 debuted as an almost-ready concept car on the Beijing Auto Show in April. The final production version is expected to launch on the Chinese car market in Q4 with a price tag ranging from 80.000 to 140.000 yuan.
Published on July 8, 2014 by Joey Wang
This is the new Beijing Auto Senova B70 BEV, a battery electric vehicle based on the Beijing Auto Senova B70, formerly known as the Beijing Auto D-Series. The Senova B70 is based on the old Saab 9-5. Saab however never manufactured an EV-version of the 9-5, the BEV is developed solely by Beijing Auto.
Published on June 16, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
Yesterday I went to a Beijing Auto Dealer for an inspection tour. I came uninvited and anonymous. The shop is located on a large dealer area near the Golden Port race track in north east Beijing, not far away from a Tesla Service Center. The Beijing Auto dealer was housed in a large single-story building on an artificial hill. They had only five cars on display where 25 would easily fit. Starting with the Senova D50, a new mid-size sedan that was launched on the China car market in April.
Published on June 11, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
A beige brown gray Smart ForFour, Spotted in China in the great city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province by Reader MB4Ever, thank you for the pictures! The Smart ForFour (wiki) was a four-door compact hatchback manufactured from 2004 until 2006 by NedCar in the Netherlands, rolling off the line alongside the Mitsubishi Colt. The Colt and ForFour shared platform and engines.
The ForFour was never officially exported to China so how this smarty Smart ended up in Wenzhou is a mystery. The platform however, made it to China in a very surprising way..:
Published on June 4, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
A beautiful black Chrysler Sebring sedan, Spotted in China in the Fangzhuang Residential Area in Beijing. The fine vehicle looked very lean and very clean, the nearby towers mirroring in the long sculpted bonnet.
The Sebring was manufactured in China from 2007 until 2009 by the Beijing-Benz DaimlerChrysler Automotive Corporation (BBDC), a joint venture between the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC) and DaimlerChrysler. The joint venture also made the Chrysler 300 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Note the Jeep Cherokee 2500 at the other side of the street. It was manufactured by Beijing-Jeep, which was at the time partly part of the Daimler-Chrysler empire too, but technically a different joint venture.
Published on June 3, 2014 by Joey Wang
The first spy shots of the facelifted Foton Midi MPV. Foton applied for patent on the new looks in Juli 2013. The facelift centers on the front with a new grille, new headlights, and a new bumper. Changes at the back are smaller with a new chrome strip and a new brake light. Foton is a brand of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC).
Published on May 25, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
A beautiful red Beijing Auto BJ2022 Brave Warrior, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Antoine Chalendard, thank you for the pictures! This particular spot is a Double First; first time we see the BJ2022 in Shanghai, and the first time we see one in red.
Published on May 24, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
This is the new Foton Toplander, formerly known as the Foton U201. The Foton Toplander is a new full-size SUV that will compete with cars such as the new Haval H9 and the upcoming Changan CX95. The Toplander will be launched on the Chinese auto market in the second half of this year, debut is expected for the Chengdu Auto Show in September. Foton is a subsidiary of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC).
Published on May 22, 2014 by W.E. Ning
Where some Saabs keep dying, others live on. This is the new Beijing Auto Shenbao EV, a full-electric vehicle based on the Beijing Auto D70, formerly known as the Beijing Auto D-Series, which again is based on the last-generation Saab 9-5. Beijing Auto bought the rights to the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 from GM in 2009.
Published on May 20, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
Beijing Auto has big plans for the Shenbao brand, called Senova in English. On the right side of the slide a bunch of old Saab cars and a Saab fighter jet. Beijing Auto bought the rights to the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 from GM in 2009, and most of the Shenbao cars are based on these platforms. Beijing Auto does not have the rights to the ‘Saab’ name but ‘Shenbao’ (绅宝) was the name Saab was using in China until 2009 when they changed to ‘Sabao’ (萨博).
Now for the cars: