The Toyota 86 has been launched on the China auto market, almost exactly one year after it was first seen on the Chinese mainland. Price starts at 269.000 yuan and ends at 279.000 yuan. Chinese car fans have gone crazy with joy, showing that political problems concerning island matter not at all if the vehicle is hot enough.
The Subaru BRZ sportsmachine will be launched on the Chinese car market on March 21, price will start around 270.000 yuan. The Toyota GT86 will be launched later today on March 12 [update: launched]. The coming of the Toyota has been making car fans mad for many months, but the Subaru-brand seems less popular.
The facelifted Citroen C5 sedan has been launched on the Chinese car market, price starts at 176.900 yuan and ends at 298.900 yuan. The facelift includes a new grille, new head lights, new bumpers, new rear lights, new alloys, and an updated interior.
The new Volkswagen Jetta has been launched on the Chinese auto market, price starts at 82.800 yuan and ends at 119.300 yuan. Price is higher than expected, Volkswagen earlier on indicated (but never confirmed) that the new Jetta would be available from 70.000 yuan.
The Great Wall Haval H6 1.5T has been launched on the Chinese car market, priced from 108.800 yuan to 127.800 yuan. The Haval H6 1.5T is powered bu a new 1.5 turbocharged four-cylinder, good for 150hp and 210nm, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The FAW-Xiali N7 has been launched on the China car market, price starts at 45.900 yuan and ends at 53.900 yuan. 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 conservative FAW-Xiali where design is usually rather boring.
The good old first generation Hyundai Tucson is still in production in China. Sales are still good too so the Tucson received a small facelift for the 2013 model year. Price starts at 165.800 yuan and ends at 203.8 yuan. The facelift includes a new grille, new headlights, new rear lights, and new bumpers. All together good enough for at least another two years on the China car market.
The new Chery QQ has been launched on the Chinese car market, price starts at 37.900 yuan and ends at 50.900 yuan. Power comes from a 69hp 3-cylinder mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. The new QQ is the successor of the iconic Chery QQ/Chery QQ3. The new QQ is of a completely new design with an especially eye catching ‘smiling front’.
The new Maserati Quattroporte has been launched on the Chinese auto market, priced at 2.67 million yuan or 429.000 USD. Power comes from the new twin-turbocharged 523hp 3.8 liter V8, the 404hp V6 will be launched separately later this year. Maserati also announced it will open 10 new dealers in China this year, bringing the total to 35. Maserati will especially expand in second and third tier cities in western in central China where most automakers expect car sales to continue to accelerate very fast.
The Ford Focus ST has been launched on the Chinese auto market, price starts at 259.800 yuan and ends at 269.800 yuan. The Focus ST is Ford’s first performance model in China, power comes from a 2.0 turbocharged Ecoboost engine, good for 250hp and 360nm, mated to a 6-speed manual. Top speed is 248km/h and 0-100 is gone in 6.5 seconds.