An electric scooter with a Louis Vuitton mudflap, Spotted in China in the Sanlitun embassy district in Beijing by Reader Joachim C., thank you for the photo! The flap, a rather large example, is attached to the back of the frame covering the rear wheel, and almost hits the ground. Fuzzily, the Louis Vuitton lettering and logo, while correct in color and kind, is printed upside down on the flap. Still, it loox very luxurious. Flaps like these go for about 50 yuan in China, and they come with every print imaginable. The anti-cold wind quilt covering the front of the scooter, keeping the legs and arms warm, is also very hip, in purple with a white and red alphabet.
A badly burningBentley Flying Spur, seen in the great city of Yiwu in Zhejiang Province. According to local media the accident was a case of ‘spontaneous combustion‘, meaning there was no crash or other external bad involved. The fire apparently started in the engine bay close to the fire wall, and then spread quickly to the passenger compartment.
Sensational photos of the one-off Koenigsegg Agera R BLT that was impounded by Chinese customs in October 2012. The extremely powerful supercar still sits in a customs warehouse in the city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong Province. The photos date from November last year, showing a very dirty and very tired car after two years idle.
A giant Soar Automobile Rolls-Royce Phantom ‘wedding car, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Matthijs van L., thank you for the pictures! This is the long-wheelbase version (SWB here), painted in virgin white with a loud and shiny grille, Rolls-Rolls stickers on the front doors, and wheels completely covered by soul-mirroring chrome.
The vehicle is ‘inspired’ by the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom. It is based on a Great Wall SUV platform and powered by a China-made Mitsubishi 2.4 four-cylinder petrol with 135hp and 200nm. She is a huge white whale: 6900/1920/1750, wheelbase is 4800 and weight is 2090kg. Shanghai is a good place for spotting Soar, earlier on we saw a golden LWB.
A slightly overloaded truck, Spotted in China on the southern section of the mighty Fifth Ring Road in Beijing by Reader Lao Wei, thank you for the pictures! The truck is transporting crushed hardboard pallets, and dangerously overloaded on each side and on top. The load is kept together with a only six flimsy looking ropes.
A very happy Suzuki Swift, Spotted in China in the Fengtai District in Beijing. The shady Suuz’ is is wrapped in an eye smoothing matte Pink wrap, and further sexed up with black windows, black window frames, darkened headlights, and sporty matte black five-twin spoke alloys.
Big bad supercarcrash in China. An Audi R8 V10 crashed into a fence in the great city of Shenyang in Liaoning Province. The crash happened late at night on a snowy road. The fence divided the main road from a bicycle lane. The driver was slightly injured and taken to a local hospital. Fortunately, there were no bicycles around.
We all know the ‘new driver’ warning stickers. China got these too. They usually say ‘xin shou’ (新手), which means ‘new hand’, as opposed to ‘old hand’. This particular sticker, Spotted in China in a Mini on the Fifth Ring Road in Beijing, adds an interesting detail: (女). The character ‘nu’ means ‘woman’. So we got to be extra careful here! I stayed away clear but sometime later I somehow ended up alongside to the right, finding a smiling man on the passenger seat and a visible nervous female behind the wheel. Sadly I couldn’t get a shot at it. Hope they good…
Just yesterday we explained that Tesla has far too few Supercharger stations in China, and that if you have a Tesla anywhere west or anywhere country, you have a huge problem charging it. An innovative Tesla owner riding up mountain near Chengdu in Sichuan Province found a suitable solution: tapping juice from the public electricity network, which is cabled on giant concrete poles.
The rumors are true: there will be no babes at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, scheduled to start on April 20. No babes at all. Nothing. The sad news was confirmed on Wednesday by the state-owned ChinaDaily newspaper, citing an “announcement” by the show’s organizers sent to all exhibitors.