State-owned vehicle manufacturer Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC) has announced it will buy the smaller domestic truck maker Zhenjiang Automobile. Beijing Auto did not disclose the value of the deal but said in a statement it would invest 15 billion yuan ($2.45 billion) in Zhenjiang Automobile to expand production.
The very first examples of the brand new Beijing Auto Weiwang mini-MPV have arrived at dealers throughout China with a pre-sale price of 62.800 yuan. However, the Weiwang M20 hasn’t been officially launched on the China car market yet; that is expected to happen later this month.
The Beijing Auto B-Series BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) will hit the China car market in the second half of 2014, debut of the production version will be at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2014. The E-Series BEV will be powered by a electric motor with 30hp, good for a 125km/h top speed.
The vehicle seems to be an all-Chinese affair. The engine is made by Ocean Motor New Power Technology and the battery by Beijing Pride Power Technology. No word yet on price but bet it won’t be cheap, even with subsidies taken into account. The Beijing Auto E-Series hatchback was launched in March 2012 and the sedan joined the line in May.
Spy shots showing a new Foton mid-size pickup truck testing in China. The new truck will be launched on the China car market sometime next year. The new pickup truck is squarely aimed at the successful Great Wall Wingle 5 pickup truck, which finds buyers down country and down town alike, and even more so with the recently launched ‘European Edition‘.
Spy shots showing the new Beijing Auto C50E without any camouflage in China. The C50E is a new mid-size sedan that will be sold under the Shenbao/Senova brand, it will be positioned under the Beijing Auto Shenbao D-series. Debut is expected for the Guangzhou Auto Show in November, price will start around 70.000 yuan.
New spy shots showing the upcoming Foton U201 SUV. The new SUV will be launched on the Chinese car market late this year, debut is expected for the Guangzhou Auto Show in November. The U201 is based on the Foton Tunland pickup truck but will be positioned higher upmarket, priced will start around 130.000 yuan.
New spy shots showing the Beijing Auto B80 testing in China, looking very impressive in black. This is the civilian version which will be called B80V, the military version will be called B80VJ. The B80 is based on the same platform as the Beijing Auto Works Knight S12 which is basically a rebadged Beijing-Jeep Cherokee XJ. The B80 is expected to debut on the April 2013 Beijing Auto Show.
New spy shots showing the upcoming Beijing Auto B80 testing in China. Beijing Auto will make two variants: the B80VJ for the Chinese army and the B80V for the civilian market. The B80 is based on the same platform as the Beijing Auto Works Knight S12 which is basically a rebadged Beijing-Jeep Cherokee XJ. The B80 is expected to debut on the April 2013 Beijing Auto Show.
China’s state-media are reporting in a very positive way about BAIC wanting to buy Fisker. The positive reporting indicates that state-owned BAIC has obtained permission by the Chinese government to make the move.
The Chinese government wants more electric vehicles on the road, preferably made by Chinese companies. BAIC is one of the biggest automotive conglomerates in China, but yet without any EV in production. The article says buying Fisker would be “a worthwhile shortcut” to obtain technology.