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FAW-Xiali N7 will be launched on the China auto market in March

February 6, 2013 by W.E. Ning

FAW-Xiali N7 will be launched on the China auto market in March

The new FAW-Xiali N7 cross-compact will be launched on the Chinese auto market in March. In December last year we heard the Xiali N7 would be launched this January but apparently there has been some delay. The Xiali N7 is the production version of the FAW R008 concept that debuted on the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. The funky lines of the N7 are a bold move for FAW-Xiali where design is usually very conservative.  The interior is even better:

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Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

February 2, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Hongqi L7 testing in China, a first look inside

These are the very first pictures of the interior of the production version of the Hongqi L7, and we are positively impressed. Beautifully crafted, top end materials and completely digital. Especially impressive is the center tunnel with a ‘floating’ layer of wood on top of it.

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Extremely rare Hongqi CA72 pops up in Romania

January 23, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Extremely rare Hongqi CA72 pops up in Romania

An extremely rare Hongqi CA72 has been spotted in Romania, parked rather lonely on a quiet street in front of a Dacia pickup truck. The Hongqi CA72 was made from 1959 until 1965. In 6 years only 198 cars were made, making the CA72 one of the rarest Hongqi’s. We only met two examples in China, both safely stored in museums.

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Spy Shots: FAW-Besturn X80, the interior

January 16, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: FAW-Besturn X80, the interior

The very first good spy shots of the interior of the upcoming FAW-Besturn X80 SUV, and we sadly see lots of gray plastic. The Besturn X80 will be launched on the Chinese auto market in the first half of this year, official debut is expected for the Shanghai Auto Show in April.

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Spy Shots: facelifted FAW-Besturn B50 testing in China

January 9, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: facelifted FAW-Besturn B50 testing in China

The best spy shots so far of the facelifted FAW-Besturn B50. It was expected to debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November last year but didn’t show. Debut is now expected for the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The facelift included a new grille, new head lights, new bumpers and an updated interior. Read more »

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Spotted in China: first Hongqi H7 in the Wild

January 2, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: first Hongqi H7 in the Wild

The first Hongqi H7 has been spotted in Beijing by reader Ali Khalili, thank you for the pictures! Last week we heard FAW dealers were taking orders for the Hongqi H7, focusing on sales to the government and state owned companies. This particular car loox brand new, has no license plates, and “had a bunch of military hats inside”, according to Ali. Read more »

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Hongqi H7 gets a Price in China

December 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongqi H7 gets a Price in China

FAW dealers have started to accept reservations for the Hongqi H7, but it hasn’t been officially launched on the China car market yet. Chinese media say most dealers only sell to government departments and state owned enterprises, only a few dealers accept individual reservations. Price: 379.800 yuan for the 2.0 turbo, 429.800 for the 2.5 V6 and 524.800 yuan for the 3.0 V6.

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Spy Shots: FAW-Oley hatchback is Naked in China

December 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: FAW-Oley hatchback is Naked in China

The very first spy shots of an all-naked FAW-Oley hatchback in China. Strangely the vehicle seems to have the old front while we have seen spy shots an Oley sedan with a new front. The Oley hatchback will be launched on the Chinese car market in early 2013, it will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April.

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Spy Shots: FAW-Besturn X80 is Ready for the Chinese auto market

December 26, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: FAW-Besturn X80 is Ready for the Chinese auto market

New spy shots from the upcoming FAW-Besturn X80 SUV, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in the first half of next year. The Besturn X80 is based on the platform of the last generation Mazda 6 that is made in China by the FAW-Mazda joint venture.

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Shanghai Car Museum: Hongqi CA770

December 20, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Shanghai Car Museum: Hongqi CA770

This is the perfect Hongqi CA770 state limousine from the Shanghai Car Museum, it is definitely one of the best looking examples I have seen in China so far. The Hongqi (Red Flag) CA770 was a giant sedan made exclusively for the Chinese government, only 847 cars were produced in its long life from 1966 until 1981.

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