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Spotted in China: the Brilliance-BMW Zinoro 1E

July 3, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

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This is the Brilliance-BMW Zinoro 1E, Spotted in China in Beijing by Reader MB4Ever, thank you for the pictures! Zinoro, Zhinuo in Chinese, is a sub brand of the Brilliance-BMW joint venture focused on building electric cars. The 1E is their first car, a full-electric vehicle based on the BMW X1.

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BMW 328Li is yellow gold in China

May 30, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW 328Li is yellow gold in China

A very flashy BMW 328Li, Spotted in China in a faraway suburb in east Beijing. The good Bimmer was wrapped in an eye hitting yellow hold wrap, and further bumped up by extra shiny chrome strips around the windows, white strips on the roof, a white antenna, and white doorhandles.

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Why BMW won’t buy more of Brilliance – at least not now

May 9, 2014 by Bertel Schmitt

10 years - Picture courtesy China Daily

BMW is investing heavily into a raft of new models to dust rival Audi, but it won’t buy more shares in its Chinese joint venture partner Brilliance. This week in Munich, BMW’s CFO Friedrich Eichiner blew off a Bloomberg reporter who asked whether BMW would. “The market is regulated,” Eichinger snapped. “This question is not relevant, it is legally not possible.” Indeed, it is not. If you want to build cars in China, you need a Chinese joint venture partner who must own no less than 50 percent of the shares.

This system was put in place decades ago when China opened its doors to foreign automakers. The idea was that Chinese would learn on the job everything about developing, manufacturing, and selling cars. Once China was developed into an auto giant, one could dispose of the cumbersome laowei.

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BMW 5-Series sedan is shiny blue with a Bit of Pink in China

May 9, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW 5-Series sedan is shiny blue with a Bit of Pink in China

A very beautiful BMW 5Li-Series sedan, Spotted in China just east of the eastern section of the Fourth Ring Road in Beijing. The good Bimmer is wrapped in an eye-murdering shiny blue wrap, and sexed up to the max with Pink air vents in the bonnet, Pink mirrors, Pink door handle beds, black door handles, a black grille, black fourteen-spoke alloys, and a BMW M-style body kit that seems very similar to one we saw in Suzhou.

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BMW 3-Series sedan is matte Pink in China

March 28, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW 3-Series sedan is matte Pink in China

A very happy BMW 3-Series sedan, Spotted in China near the Solana mall in Beijing. The good Bimmer is wrapped in en eye-smoothing matte Pink wrap, and further sexed up by a black grille, darkened windows, black window frames, and very speedy 5-spoke black alloys.

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Spy Shots: BMW 530Le plug-in hybrid for the China car market

March 18, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: BMW 530Le plug-in hybrid for the China car market

Spy shots of the new BMW 530Le, a plug-in hybrid based on the stretched BMW 5L-Series that is manufactured in China by the Brilliance-BMW joint venture. One brand new example was spied charging in front of a restaurant in the great city of Harbin in Heilongjiang Province, not that far from the joint-venture factory.

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BMW 3-Series is Glittered to the Max in China

February 22, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW 3-Series is Glittered to the Max in China

A super shiny BMW 3-Series sedan, Spotted in China in the great city of Qingdao in Shandong Province. The good Bimmer is covered completely with a thick layer of glitter, making for one of the most impressive Bling BMW‘s we have ever seen in China, similar in concept to an equally crazy Chrysler 300C we met in 2012.

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BMW 530Li is a shiny lime green M3 in China

February 1, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW 530Li is a shiny lime green M3 in China

A very froggy BMW 530Li, Spotted in China on a parking lot of a spa in the Fangzhuang area in Beijing. The good Bimmer was wrapped in a shiny lime green wrap, and further sexed up by a black grille, a matte black rood, shiny black mirrors, shiny black door handles matte black five-spoke alloys, and a M3 license plates.

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BMW 3-Series sedan is matte black blue in China

January 27, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW 3-Series sedan is matte black blue in China

A beastly BMW 3-Series sedan, Spotted in China on the Beijing Tuning Street in the east of the Capital. The good Bimmer was wrapped in a very spooky matte black blue wrap, and further sexed up by a very convincing M3 body kit, racy tires, and super sporty HRE matte black blue alloys.

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BMW 525Li is matte black in China

January 27, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW 525Li is matte black in China

A very badass BMW 525Li, Spotted in China near the Wangfujing shopping street in Beijing. The good Bimmer has been wrapped in a matte black wrap neatly covering the bumpers, mirrors and door handles. The chrome around the windows and grille provides a perfect contrast.

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