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.
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..:
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.
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).
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).
Where some Saabs keep dying, others live on. This is the new Beijing AutoShenbao 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.
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).
The latest spy shots of the massive Foton U201 SUV, seen completely naked in China. The Foton U201 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).