The Porsche 718 Cayman debuted on the Beijing Auto Show, fittingly so because China officially became Porsche largest market worldwide last year, and Porsche hopes the new 718 Cayman will push the numbers up even more. There were two cars on stage; a gray base Cayman and a blue Cayman S.
The new Honda Civic has been launched on the Chinese auto market, price starts at 129.900 yuan and ends at 169.900 yuan. The Chinese Civic is basically the same car as the North American Civic, it is made in China by the Dongfeng-Honda joint venture.
The China-made Cadillac XT5 has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 359.000 yuan and ends at 539.900 yuan ($55.700 – 83.500). The XT5 is manufactured by the Shanghai-GM joint venture, it has the same size as the North American version.
The new BYD Yuan compact SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market, sporting a very nice albeit a bit busy design. Price for the petrol versions starts at 59.900 yuan and ends at 121.900 yuan. Price for the hybrid version starts at 209.800 yuan and ends at 249.000 yuan. The hybrid thus is 88.000 yuan more expensive than the top-spec petrol version, but there is a good reason for that.
The new BYD e5 300 full-electric car has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price including all clean-energy subsidies starts at 120.800 yuan and ends at 140.800 yuan. The total subsidy for the BYD e5 is 109.000 yuan or $16.844.
The BYD e5 300 is basically a cheaper and less fancy variant of the BYD Qin EV300, which was launched on the same day. Both cars share the same electric drive train and are of the same size.
The new BYD Qin EV300 has been launched on the Chinese car market. The Qin EV300 is the full-electric variant of the BYD Qin hybrid. Price including all clean-energy subsidies starts at 150.800 yuan and ends at 200.800 yuan. The total subsidy for the Qin EV300 is 109.000 yuan or $16.844.
At the same time and rather unexpectedly, BYD also launched the E5 EV300 electric sedan, which is basically a Qin without the fancy stuff but with exactly the same motor.
The new 2017 Hyundai Elantra has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 99.800 yuan and ends at 151.800 yuan. The Chinese Elantra is basically the same car as the 2017 North American Elantra. In China it is called ‘Elantra Lingdong’ to differ it from the three (03) older generations Elantra’s that are still in production in China.
The new Geely Boyue SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market, featuring a busy front end with a shiny mustache in the bumper. Price starts at 98.800 yuan and ends at 157.800 yuan, making it compete in the hottest SUV segment of the moment. The Boyue was formerly known as the Emgrand Boyue, the Emgrand NL-3, and the Geely NL-3.
The new Changhe Q25 has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 55.900 yuan and ends at 76.900 yuan. The Q25 is aimed at young first car buyers, sporting a hip crossover look, sporty alloys, and usable roof rails to attach the canoe to.
This is the Zhi Dou D2, a small two-seat electric vehicle from China, wearing a cow wrap. The D2 was launched on the Chinese car market last June for 49.800 yuan including all subsidies.
I met two examples inside my compound where they were being sold right on the street. No shop no dealer, just a table, two chairs, and three salesmen. This way of selling electric cars is becoming quite common in Beijing.