Ford is finally going to sell the F-150 Raptor officially in China. Sales are expected to start next month. The first shipment of Raptorii left the United States earlier this month and the first vehicle has arrived at a Ford dealer in Shanghai. They always get it first down there, just today I went to a Ford dealer here in Beijing but they didn’t have the Raptor yet. Anyway, as soon as they have it I will check it out.
There are a notable differences between the U.S. and the Chinese versions. Here they are:
The new Lincoln Continental has been launched on the Chinese car market. China is only the third country in the world to get the new Lincoln flagship after the United States and Canada, underscoring the vital importance of China for the Lincoln brand.
Sales are on the up even without the Continental. In the third quarter of this year Lincoln sold 20,988 cars in China, plus 191% compared with the same period in 2016. Lincoln is getting very close to Infiniti which sold 29,000 cars in Q3. They are catching up with Cadillac (77,028), but still very far away from Audi (440,023), BMW (371,976) and Mercedes-Benz (344,791).
The LincolnContinental will finally launch on the Chinese car market on November 28. Originally it was scheduled to launch in September, what caused the delay is unknown. Price of the Continental will start at 420.000 yuan or $62.000. The Continental will be imported into China, there are no plans for local production.
This is not a Ford. This instead is the first image of the new Hawtai Lusheng E80, a midsize sedan that will be launched on the Chinese car market next year. Hawtai took a good look at the Ford Taurus and copied the hood, grille, lights, bumper, A-pillar, and even the mirrors. Sadly we cannot see the rest of the car but we bet it will be Ford all along.
And the cloning continues. The latest example is this Lifan Xuanlang MPV, which looks far too much like a Ford S-Max. The proportions are the same, overall design is the same too, and so are the roof line, windows, the bonnet, the lights, the ‘Aston Martin’ grille, and even the alloys.
The new Lincoln Continental will be launched on the Chinese car market on September 2. China will be the first country in the world the get the Continental, in the U.S. it will only become available in the fall. The Continental won’t be made in China but will imported from America, whereas all its competitors are made locally.
New Spy Shots of the facelifted FordMondeo for China. It will debut in September on the Chengdu Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market in October. The facelift includes a new front bumper, new front and tail lights, and most importantly a new grille. The Aston Martin inspired grille of the current car will be replaced by a wider grille with sharper corners.
A very racy Ford Fiesta S sedan, Spotted in China in the Lido area in Beijing. The good Ford was in a fine shape but in need of an urgent cleanup inside and out. Happily, paint and body looked strong, there was no rust or rot in sight, and all was original down until the speedy five-spoke wheels.
Ford is working on a facelift for the Mondeo in China. It will debut in September on the Chengdu Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market in October. The facelift includes a new front bumper, new front and tail lights, and most importantly a new grille. The Aston Martin inspired grille of the current car will be replaced by a wider grille with sharper corners.
The new Ford Tourneo MPV has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 176.900 yuan and ends at 203.900 yuan. The Tourneo is a slightly dressed up variant of the Euro-Ford Tourneo Custom. The Tourneo comes with some extra shiny in the grille and bumper, and fancy alloy wheels.