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Spy Shots: FAW-Besturn X80 still testing in China

February 19, 2013 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: FAW-Besturn X80 still testing in China

We have seen the FAW-Besturn X80 SUV complete naked in China but testing seems not over yet. New spy shots show s sleek silver example and we get a better look inside. The FAW-Besturn X80 will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April and it will hit the China car market in the first half of this year. Price is expected to start around 130.000 yuan and end around 220.000 yuan. Read more »

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Spy Shots: FAW-Besturn X80 shows its Back in China

February 8, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: FAW-Besturn X80 shows its Back in China

The best spy shot so far of the back of the upcoming FAW-Besturn X80 SUV, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in the first half of this year, debut is expected for the Shanghai Auto Show in April. 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. Design all very nice but the exhaust pipes seem to hang out a bit lonely.

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Xiali N3 is a Toyota Mark X in China

February 7, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Xiali N3 is a Toyota Mark X in China

Here we have a Xiali N3 posing as the last generation Toyota Mark X. The conversion seems done professionally, with a neat body kit and all, which means there must be more Xiali’s like this. The front is a perfect copy of the Mark X, albeit a bit smaller. Read more »

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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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