Published on March 16, 2013 by Joey Wang
Beijing Automotive Group, or BAIC Group, will soon start development and manufacturing of general aviation aircraft, Xu Heyi, chairman of the BAIC Group and a Beijing delegate, said during the ongoing session of the 12th National People’s Congress.
China is expected to officially release a policy to lift the ban on the use of low-altitude airspace below 1,000 meters to general aviation flights in May this year, and BAIC Group will begin research and development activities to build reliable general aviation aircraft, Xu said.
Published on March 4, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A very clean and very black Jeep Cherokee XJ, seen in a faraway suburb of Beijing. The vehicle is lifted by about 20 centimeters for more speed up mountain. Other pretty-making upgrades include a snorkel, chromed mirrors, a roof rack and gigantic tires with 9-hole alloys.
Published on March 2, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
New spy shots from the upcoming Beijing Auto C50E testing in snowy conditions, likely somewhere in northern China. The C50E is a new mid-size sedan that will be launched on the Chinese car market later this year, positioned under the Beijing Auto C70G/Shenbao. The C50E debuted as a concept car on the Beijing Auto Show in April last year.
Published on March 1, 2013 by Joey Wang
Patent pictures of the upcoming Foton U201 SUV finally reveal how the vehicle will look like when it hits the Chinese car market later this year. An impressive front, high roof line, big wheel arches, and even some hipness around the rear window. The U201 is based on the Foton Tunland pickup truck but will be positioned higher upmarket, priced from 130.000 to 170.000 yuan.
Published on February 20, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
New spy shots from the Beijing Auto C50E, a new sedan that will be launched on the Chinese car market later this year, positioned under the Beijing Auto C70G/Shenbao. The C50E debuted as a concept car on the Beijing Auto Show in April last year. Read more »
Published on February 14, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
Chinese media are reporting that the Beijing Auto B90 SUV will see production in 2014. The Beijing Auto B90 debuted as a concept on the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. At the time Beijing auto said the B90 was a hybrid, build around a 5.7 liter V8 with 332hp and 498nm. There was no info on the electric motor and Beijing Auto didn’t open the bonnet, so the engine bay was likely empty. Read more »
Published on February 6, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
The Beijing Auto C90L will hit the Chinese market in 2014, based on the platform of the current Mercedes-Benz E-L Class which is made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture. The platform sharing is part of the deal BAIC and Daimler closed last Friday, rumors on the use of the E-Class platform by Beijing Auto first surfaced back in June last year. The brand Beijing Auto is a subsidiary of BAIC, which stands for Beijing Auto Industry Corporation. Read more »
Published on February 5, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
BAIC and Daimler announced last Friday they are taking the Beijing-Benz joint venture a giant step further. Daimler takes a 12% stake in BAIC and both parties will work closely together to win market share from Audi and BMW. But on ‘grass roots level’ the close cooperation has already begun! On the first picture a Beijing Auto E-Series with a Mercedes-Benz grille. How did that happen?
Published on February 4, 2013 by Joey Wang
Daimler secured a stake in its partner BAIC Motor ahead of a planned stock offering by the Chinese carmaker, in an effort to catch up with larger German rivals in what could become the biggest market for luxury cars in the world.
Daimler will pay 640 million euros ($869 million) for a 12 percent stake in BAIC Motor and get two seats on the board in a deal that signals the German company’s intention to reverse its flagging fortunes in China.
Published on February 1, 2013 by W.E. Ning
The best spy shots so far of the upcoming Beijing Auto Weiwang mini-MPV, a vehicle aimed at the successful Wuling Hongguang and the slightly less successful Chang’an Ounuo. Later on the Weiwang will get company from new mini-MPV offerings from Dongfeng and from Brilliance.