A while ago I was honored with an invitation to visit the Hongqi ‘Red Flag’ factory museum, located in the FAW headquarters in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The museum is open on invitation only so getting in is very hard. I had been dreaming about the museum for years and last month it was finally my time. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
Hongqi is China’s oldest and most famous car brand. It is owned by First Auto Works, or FAW. Hongqi was founded in 1958. Today the brand makes two production cars: the Hongqi L5 and the Hongqi H7.
A brand new TeslaModel X has crashed in China, damaging the left-front fender, the bumper, headlight section, and the front suspension. The Model X was hit by a BYD F6 sedan on a crossing on an almost empty road in the city on Xinzheng near Zhengzhou in Henan Province.
The accident marks the first Model X crash in China. It happened around 19:00 on yesterday July 28. We don’t know whether the autopilot was on or not.
More drama for the Lamborghini Aventador in China. We have seen a lot of themcrashingrecently, and today we got one burning. The accident happened when a spectacular Mansory Competition Aventador prowled over the streets of the great city of Hangzhou, and the engine suddenly caught fire.
The first photo was taken right after the car came to a stop, with the babe jumping out of the passenger door. She must feel hot.
Last week I went to the Changchun International Auto Show (aka Auto Changchun) in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province, in the Dongbei. The biannual event is one of the larger second-tier shows, and extra interesting because Changchun is also home to First Auto Works (FAW).
Police in the great southern city of Zhuhai stopped a 34-year old man in a homemade Porsche and fined him a hefty 4500 yuan ($675) for driving an unregistered vehicle. They also deducted six points (out of 12) from his driving license, which the man actually had.
Last month the Shanghai Municipal Government auctioned off eight ultra rare Dynasty 1000 W140Mercedes-Benz S500L Pullman limousines, and one of those cars ended up at a second hand dealer in the great city of Changchun, and that is where I found it.
The Chinese car market is back in shape. Sales of passenger cars rose by 17.7% year on year to 1.78 million in June, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). China manufactured 2.05 million vehicles last month, up 10.45% year on year.
In the first six months output and sales rose 6.47% and 8.14% year on year to 12.89 million and 12.83 million units. SUV sales continued their stellar growth but the combined sales of the Top 10 saw a small dip, dropping from 191,830 units in May to 189,130 units in June.
This month’s Biggest Winner is the Honda CR-V and the Biggest loser the Honda XR-V. Some brands just got it all. Here is the Top 10:
The show was on the Goldenport race track in north east Beijing, very well organized again; sprint races, all sorts of tuning contests, race demo’s, and even a swimming pool, which came in handy as it was 38 degrees Celsius in the shadow and much warmer on the tarmac. I sweated my ass off! Ticket price was 88 yuan, steep for China, but worth it.
Audi is heavily involved in managing and sponsoring the track these days, the good Germans cleaned up the mess and created order, attracting ever more events. They rolled out a lot of metal for the tuning show including a flock of rare classic race cars which I will show you later in a separate post.
Starting now with an matte green Audi A7 with a matching license plate, darkened windows, and gray five spoke alloys.