Patent drawings of the upcoming Hongqi LS5 SUV for China. The LS5 debuted in concept form on the Shanghai Auto Show, and trial production started earlier this month. The patent drawings show a few differences with the concept car; most notable the applaudable addition of decent roof rails, wider side bars, bigger mirrors, bigger wheels, and different alloys.
Ultra special photos of the massive Hongqi CA7600J parade car, the star of China’s May 3 military parade. The big bad Hongqi is seen here at the Great Hall of the People, near Tiananmen, about an hour before the start of the parade. On the left the Hongqi H7 parade car.
The massive Hongqi CA7600J is a mighty popular parade car in China, but sadly only for the government and a tad too big to play with anyway. No worry! A entrepreneurial Chinese toy maker has developed an electric variant for the children, complete with the famous grille and flags on the fenders.
Trial production of the massive Hongqi LS5 SUV has started in a Hongqi factory in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The photo shows the very first body rolling off the line, surrounded by proud workers and engineers. Mass production is expected to start in early next year, followed by a launch on the Chinese car market in Q2.
Last Thursday was a party day because China celebrated the 70 years anniversary of the end of the Second World War. For the first time ever the celebrations were dressed up with a badass military parade, designed to impress enemies and customers alike. Star of the show was, without any doubt, the mighty Hongqi CA7600J parade car.
On the first photo president Xi Jinping standing behind the microphones, leaving the premises of the Forbidden City via the center gate of Tiananmen. Behind Xi the spare parade car, following closely because you never know. Xi’s parade car does not have a real license plate but a seal of the People’s Republic of China. The spare car has a military license plate reading VA·02015.
The best Spy Shot so far of the upcoming FAW R20, a new compact SUV which will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q4. The R20 has become a fine looking little car with trendy headlights, a large FAW badge on the shiny grille, and Volkswagen-style fog lights in the bumper.
The new FAW Besturn B30 sedan will be launched on the Chinese car market in November. Price will start around 60.000 yuan and end around 80.000 yuan. The Besturn B30 debuted in concept form on the Shanghai Auto Show in April, and the final production version will debut on the Chengdu Auto Show in September.
Big bad car crash in China! A massive Hongqi L5 limousine bumped into a medium-sized passenger bus in the eastern suburbs of Shanghai, causing heavy damage to the front of the vehicle. The accident happened when the bus was trying to make a U-turn on the middle of the road, a typical Chinese way of doing things, and the Hongqi had no way to escape.
New Spy Shots of the upcoming FAW R20, a new compact SUV which will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q4. Earlier on we heard the R20 would be marketed under the Junpai sub-brand, but the latest reports in Chinese media indicate it will instead become part of the ‘Senya’ range, which currently consists of a bunch of small MPV’s, the largest being the Senya M80. A mess of brands and names; business as usual for FAW.