The Beijing Auto Shenbao D-Series was finally launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 139.800 yuan and ends at 215.800 yuan. On pics an early bird I met last week in a street not far from my home in Beijing. Biggest surprise: the Beijing Auto-developed 1.8 turbo is immediately available, earlier on we heard it would become available only late this year.
The Shenbao D-Series is based on the first-generation Saab 9-5, Beijing Auto bought the rights to the first generation Saab 9-3 and 9-5 in 2009 from General Motors, by then the owner of Saab. The deal included the Saab-developed 2.0 turbo and 2.3 turbo engines. Buyers can choose between a traditional grille with four bars or the slightly more sporty 2-bar combination.
The new Bentley Continental Flying Spur has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 4.05 million and ends at 4.35 million yuan. The pictures of this particular Flying Spur were shot at the Shanghai Auto Show where the new Bentley had its China-debut. Interestingly, Bentley is using the rather childish hashtags (#NewFlying Spur) in China too. The hashtags however are not very useful in China because Twitter and Google+ are inaccessible.
The Mini Paceman has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 339.000 yuan and ends at 389.000 yuan. The Paceman is powered by a 120hp 1.6 or a 184hp 1.6 turbo. The arrival of the Paceman means the whole Mini-range is now available in China for the very first time.
The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, a wagon, has been launched on the Chinese auto market. Price starts at 325.000 yuan and ends at 375.000 yuan. The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer is imported into China and thus very expensive. The Insignia sedan is made locally, rebadged as the Buick Regal. Read more »
The Zoye Z300 AT has been launched on the Chinese car market, priced from 76.999 yuan to 86.999 yuan. The Z300 AT comes with a 4-speed ‘tiptronic’ automatic transmission. The Zotye Z300 was launched in May 2012 and so far only available with a 5-speed manual.
GM has launched the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid on the the Chinese car market. Price starts at a staggering 1.68 million yuan or 225.000 USD. GM doesn’t officially sell the petrol-only Escalade in China but many arrive via the gray market, usually from dealers on the US West Coast. Price for the gray 6.2 V8 starts around 1.5 million yuan.
The facelifted Dongfeng Fengshen H30 Cross has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 73.800 yuan and ends at 91.800 yuan. The H30 Cross is based on the Dongfeng Fengshen H30 hatchback. Strangely, the facelifted hatchback hasn’t hatched yet. The facelifted Fenshen S30 sedan, which we have seen many a times, was supposed to launch on March 28 but hasn’t made it to the market yet.
The Zotye T200 mini-SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 45.999 yuan and ends at 59.999 yuan. Nine is a lucky number in China so many car makers make sure there is at least one 9 in the price of each vehicle, but it seems Zoyte is pushing its luck a bit too far here.
The new BYD Si Rui sedan has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 103.900 yuan and ends at 150.900 yuan. The BYD Si Rui, formerly known as BYD 6B, debuted in November last year on the Guangzhou Auto Show, it is based on the platform that also underpins the BYD F6.