A very flashy Audi A4 sedan, Spotted in China on the Beijing Tuning Street. The good Audi is wrapped in an incredible copper brown green wrap, and is further sexed up by a subtle body kit, extra shiny chrome around the grille, extra shiny chrome around the windows, darkened windows, chromed mirrors, and super wide tires with racy five-spoke alloys.
A wondrous white Audi A4L sedan, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Chiprdan, thank you for the picture! The good Audi has the best license plate we have ever seen on an Audi A4L in China, without a doubt. The license reads A·4L888, and eight is the most lucky number in Chinese culture. The owner of this vehicle thus, must be a very lucky man.
A very flashy Volkswagen Passat CC, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Mark, thank you for the pictures! The good Volkswagen is wrapped in an eye smoothing matte Pink wrap and further sexed up by a hefty body kit, an extra large black grille, black windows, an extra shiny chrome strip over the doors, extra shiny chrome strips around the windows, and matte black multispoke alloys with a chrome center.
An extremely hip Audi A6L pickup truck, found at an Audi dealer in Beijing by a forum member of the Chinese automotive website Autohome.com. The truck is based on a C6 Audi A6L, the stretched variant of the Audi C6 sedan that was manufactured in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture from 2006 until 2012. A great idea but no unique, earlier on we met a pickup truck based on the C5 Audi A6, in Anhui of all places.
A very flashy Volkswagen Golf MK4, Spotted in China in central Beijing just outside the eastern section of the Third Ring Road. The good Volkswagen is wrapped in an eye murdering shiny green wrap, and further sexed up by low riding suspension, a hefty body kit, a black grille, chromed mirrors, and very sporty slick-like tires with five-spoke white alloys.
A very hip Volkswagen Passat CC, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in Beijing. The good Volkswagen was painted in white and wrapped in carbon-fiber black and gray, and further dressed up with black windows, an orange strip around the windows, an orange strip over the doors, an orange strip under the headlights and grille, a black grille, an orange Volkswagen logo on the grille, and matte gray 10-spoke alloys.
Audi has achieved new record sales figures in the Chinese car market in the first half of 2014, selling a grand total of 268.666 automobiles. That is an increase of 17.8 percent year on year, making Audi the largest premium car maker in China yet again.
A very speedy Volkswagen Golf GTI, Spotted in China on a car market just outside the north-eastern section of the Fourth Ring Road in Beijing. The good Volkswagen was painted in virgin white and further porned up with lowered suspension for low riding, a hefty body kit, darkened windows, a partially black grille, a black Volkswagen logo, black mirrors, a black rood, and racy tires with black 7-spoke alloys with red brake pads.
Volkswagen has started construction of Phase II of the car factory in Foshan city in Guangdong Province. The project will be completed in 2017 and add 300.000 cars to the plant’s production capacity, bringing the total to 600.000 cars per year. Total investment is 15.3 billion yuan or 2.45 billion USD.
The additional 300.000 cars will bring the total annual production capacity of FAW-Volkswagen to just over two million cars. The factory in Changchun in northeast China has a capacity of 900.000 cars, and the factory in Chengdu can make 540.000 cars per year.
Volkswagen’s supervisory board approved plans for a range of low cost models, and they will be launched in 2017 onto the Chinese market, The Nikkei reports from Volkswagen’s shareholder meeting in Hanover, Germany. CEO Martin Winterkorn said the car will be targeted at first-time car buyers. At a rate of around 60 cars per thousand people in China (USA: more than 800), there is no shortage of first-time buyers in the Middle Kingdom. According to the Nikkei, Winterkorn “did not touch on specifics, such as pricing, he hinted a final decision will be soon made.”
Volkswagen has been thinking more or less aloud about a lower priced brand for several years now, so the decision does not come as a big surprise. The Nikkei, along with the better informed parts of the industry, expect Volkswagen “to keep the price under 7,000 euros ($9,643) and to use a different brand name.”
It will be interesting to see what brand name is used, and the choice will indicate how serious the company is about the budget range. Read more »