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).
No, this is not a Porsche Macan. This indeed is the Zotye SR9, a Chinese clone of the Macan. It was delayed by a coupe of times but now it has finally been launched on the market. Price of the SR9, formerly known as the SR8, starts at 109.800 and ends at 162.800 yuan ($16.115 – 23.900). The Macan starts at 558.000 yuan ($83.000). So you can have 5.5 SR9’s for one Macan. I have since heard that the first SR9’s have arrived at the single Zotye dealer in Beijing, next Monday I will go to have a look.
The new Buick GL8 MPV has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 289.900 yuan and ends at 449.900 yuan ($42.800-66.400). The new GL8 comes in two variants; the luxury Avenir, pictured above, and an ES base model. The Avenir comes with extra fancy paint, a different grille, special alloys, and a luxurious interior.
The Beijing Auto BJ80 has finally been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 288.000 yuan and ends at 298.000 yuan ($42.600-44.000). The BJ80, formerly known as the BJ80C, is the civilian version of the BJ80 series, which also includes the BJ80J military version and the BJ80D civilian diesel version.
The BJ80 however has no stinky diesel under the bonnet, but an old Swede:
The SouEast DX3 has been launched on the Chinese auto market, and the Pininfarina designed compact SUV has become quite a fine looking car. It comes with a black roof, proper roof rails, mean looking lights, a sculpted bonnet, a small grille, and a racy lower bumper.
The Beijing Auto BJ20 has been launched on the Chinese car market and we like it a lot. It just looks brilliant in its own kind of way, daring and a bit crazy. A far departure from the conservative design Beijing Auto normally applies on its other vehicles. And the market seems to dig it; I have seen a lot of them on the road already. Price for all this pretty starts at 96.800 yuan and ends at 139.800 yuan ($14.300 – 20.600).
The new Peugeot 308 sedan has been launched on the Chinese auto market, and it has become quite a beautiful car, especially in this fiery red color. Price starts at 99.700 yuan and ends at 159.700 yuan. The Peugeot 308 is a China-only compact sedan manufactured by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture.
The new Honda Avancier SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 269.800 yuan and ends at 328.900 yuan. The Avancier is a sporty five-seat SUV, developed especially for China and made locally by the Guangzhou-Honda joint venture.
The brand new Guangzhou AutoTrumpchi GS8 has been launched on the Chinese car market. The highly anticipated GS8 is the new flagship of the Trumpchi range and the largest and most expensive car Guangzhou Auto has ever built. It is also the best looking SUVs from a Chinese car maker so far. Price for all this pretty starts at 163.800 yuan and ends at 259.800 yuan ($24.200 – 38.000).
The Zhongxing Terralord pickup truck has been launched on the Chinese car market, featuring an enormous grille and the best name in the business. “I am your Terralord! Shove that stuff in my bed!” The Terralord is the largest truck so far for Zhongxing, a brand with a knack for pretty names. They also sell the Tiger and the Little Tiger, and they used to sell the Admiral and the Urban Ark (name changed to C3).