The Acura ILX Hybrid has been launched on the Chinese auto market, priced at 328.000 yuan. Decent 2.0 and 2.4 liter petrol engines might follow later. The Acura ILX hybrid is imported from the US, it is based on the American Honda Civic sedan and therefore barely worth the Acura nameplate. Power comes from a 92hp 1.5 liter petrol engine mated to a 23hp electric motor. So what do we have here? A dressed up Civic with an unpopular drive-train for a ridiculous amount of money. Chances for success: absolutely zero. via: Autohome.
The new Jaguar F-Type has been launched on the China auto market. Price starts at 1.04 million yuan and ends at 1.54 million yuan. Engines: 3.0 Supercharged V6 with 380hp and the mighty 5.0 Supercharged V8 with 500hp. The F-Type sits price-wise in a black hole, nearest competition comes from the Porsche 911 (1.47 – 2.35) and the Mercedes-Benz SL (1.19 – 1.99). The F-Type is only the second Jaguar sportscar available in China after the current XK, which so far hasn’t been a great success. Via: Sohu.
The new Range Rover has been been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 1.89 million yuan and ends at 2.79 million yuan. Only available engine for now is the 375hp 5.0. The 500hp 5.0 Supercharged will be available as well, likely in late 2013, for over 3 million yuan. The last-gen Range Rover was a very popular car in China, the new car will probably fare even better. Via: Sohu.
The China-made Mitsubishi ASX has been launched on the Chinese auto market. Price starts at 128.800 yuan and ends at 218.800 yuan. Engines: 1.6 and 2.0. The Mitsubishi ASX is made in China by the new Guangzhou-Mitsubishi joint venture. The ASX will compete with fine cars such as the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and the Buick Encore. Via: Sohu.
The Honda Fit Hybrid has been launched on the Guangzhou Auto show, priced at 179.800 yuan. The car on show was fittingly painted in green, because those rare earth mines in rural China where the base materials for a hybrid motors are distracted with radioactive materials are green too.
The Infiniti JX35 has been launched in China on the Guangzhou Auto Show. The JX35 is imported and very expensive. Price starts at 618.000 yuan and ends at 718.000 yuan. Power comes not from a V8, as might be expected for this kinda money!, but from a 3.5 V6 with 269hp and 336nm, mated to CVT. Well, it ain’t pretty either, we don’t think this Infiniti will sell in any big numbers.
The China-made Ford Kuga has been launched on the Guangzhou Auto Show, price starts at 199.800 yuan and ends at 284.000 yuan. The Ford Kuga is made in China by the Chang’an-Ford joint venture. Two engines: 180hp 1.6 turbo or a 240hp 2.0 turbo, mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Deliveries will start in January next year.
The Guangzhou Auto Show kicked off early this afternoon (sorry for any confusion) and we got our first launch; it is green and it is a Skoda! This indeed is the Skoda Superb Greenline2, made in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture. The Superb Greenline2 is powered by a 1.4 TSI and comes with start/stop, low resistance tires and lightweight alloys. Fuel consumption is 6 liter per 100 kilometer. Price in China: 199.600 yuan.
The Seat Ibiza will be launched on the Chinese car market early next year, in threefold: the 5-door, the 3-door SC and the ST station wagon. All three Ibizaaz will have their China debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show later this month. Read more »
The Roewe E50 EV has been launched on the Chinese car market, price is 234.900 yuan, or 37.600 USD. Not cheap for such a small vehicle, but it is only the second proper electric car on the China auto market after the BYD e6 which was launched in October last year. Various subsidies will get the price down a bit but SAIC hasn’t named a number.