The BMW M5 has been listed & priced on the China car market. The 560hp and 680nm strong sportsmachine is imported and expensive, 1.88 million yuan or 286.000 USD. The M-models are becoming more popular every year in China, especially the M3 is doing well. The last-gen V10 was the first M5 BMW sold on the Chinese market. The standard BMW 5Li is made in China by the Brilliance-BMW joint venture. Via: Chetx.
The Skoda Fabia Scout has been listed on the China car market. The Scout is based on the standard Fabia hatchback and made in China by the Shanghai-VW joint venture. Price, there is only one, is 115.900 yuan. Cross-vehicles are very popular in China and mostly outsell the standard car. The Skoda Fabia Scout is powered by a 1.6 with 106hp and 155nm, mated to a 6-speed tiptronic. Via: Autohome.
The new Subaru VX cross-over wagon will be listed on the China car market on February 15. It will be imported because Subaru still doesn’t have a production base in China, talks with Chery have been going on for a while but so far without any real result. The Impreza-based VX so will be expensive, price will range from 190.000 to 240.000 yuan. Power comes from the 2.0 boxer that poops out 110kw and 196nm. Via: Sohu.com.
A brand new car from our favorite bad-ass vehicle maker from China. This is the Xiaolong XLW-Z01 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). It was designed for the Chinese army and specifically for amphibious operations, the underside of the body the therefore shaped like a boat.
The new Lexus LX570 has been listed on the China car market, price starts at 1.733 million yuan. Chinese car buyers still want the biggest SUV’s they can get, with the biggest engine. Toyota will so likely sell a lot. Engine seems big enough: a 5.7 liter V8 that poops out 385hp. Via: Sohu.com.
Last Sunday was sunny so I made a walk through Beijing’s old alley’s, called hutongs. There in one street I found this very funny vehicle. When I came home I found it what is was. This is a Shandong Dayang E-bike, made by Shandong Dayang Automotive Industry from the great city of Jining in Shandong Province. As the name suggest, this E-Bike is a small electric three-wheel bicycle with a plastic cover on top.
Aston Martin will launch ‘Dragon 88’ special editions for the booming Chinese luxury car market. ‘Dragon’ for the Year of the Dragon and ’88’ is a very lucky number in China. It ain’t a very special one though because customers can order the Dragon 88 treatment on three different cars; the DBS, Virage and Vantage S. According to Chinese sources there are 88 examples of each available, making this a total limited edition of 264 cars.
The Xialong XL2060L ‘Fierce Dragon’ is a monstrous Hummer-size military spec off-road vehicle that is used by the Chinese army in various versions, it is made by a company called Xiaolong Auto from the great city of Wuhan in Hubei Province. Chinese media reports that Xiaolong Auto is planning a civilian version of the XL2060 for 1 million yuan or 160.000 US dollar.