The Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi GS5 SUV will be listed on the Chinese car market tomorrow on March 1. Price will start at 91.800 yuan for the 2.0 model and that is much cheaper than expected. See here for our earlier spy shots from the production car. Via: Autohome.
The Volkswagen Sharan has been listed on the China car market as an import. Price starts at 309.800 yuan and ends at 409.800 yuan. Power comes from a 2.0 TSI with 200hp and 280nm. The Sharan has to compete with cars such as the Buick GL8 and Honda Odyssey.
A hard battle because those cars are locally made and priced much lower. GL8: from 228.000 to 388.000 yuan, Odysee: from 229.800 yuan to 282.800 yuan. The Buick comes with a 3.0 V6 in top spec and is still cheaper than the Sharan.
A new China-only car. This is the Peugeot Cross 307, a kinda cool crossover-thingy based on the good old Peugeot 307 that is still made in China by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture. Price is 97.800 yuan for the manual and 110.800 yuan for the automatic. The Cross 307 comes with black plastic around the wheels, grey plastic all around and a fancy roof-rack. Engine is the same 1.6 with 106hp as in the standard car. Via: Sohu.com.
These are the first official pics of the facelifted Citroen c-Elysee for the China car market, it will officially debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April. The e-Elysee is based on the good old Citroen ZX, called Fukang in China, that was made by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture from 1994 until 2008 when its name changed to c-Elysee. A bit more fancy indeed, but underneath it is still a true ZX…
Big car! The mighty Ssangyong Chairman CW700L has been listed on the China car market for 698.000 yuan. The Chairman CW700L is the long-wheelbase version of the ‘standard’ Chairman CW700.
Power comes from a 3.6 in-line six-cylinder patrol engine that was originally sourced from Mercedes-Benz for the very first Chairman in 1997. Ssangyong has been updating the engine ever since, in the CW700L it delivers 250hp and 343nm.
This is the new Tianjin Meiya Zhihu pickup truck, which loox a bit too much like a Range Rover up front. ‘Zhihu’ means ‘Wise Tiger’. Range Rover’s Chinese name is ‘Lu Hu’, which means ‘Land Tiger’. Tianjin Meiya is a small SUV-pickup maker from the great city of Tianjin, their cars are priced around 80.000 to 100.000 yuan and very basic. Still, big cars for the money, and one with an ‘expensive’ Range Rover grill will certainly help sales.
The new Chang’an E30 EV was expected to debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April but it hatched early, I saw it yesterday ay the ‘Clean Energy Expo’ in Beijing, a fine occasion indeed to launch an electric vehicle. The E30 however won’t be available for the general public just yet, Chang’an will first start some ‘taxi-pilot-projects’ in several yet unnamed city. The sole E30 on he show was therefore dressed up as a cab.
Karry is a sub-brand from Chery, they make small minivans that can transport everything from eggs to beer. The Youyou is Karry’s best-seller. Karry now wants a slice of a new market-segment in China: cheap-mini-MPV. Earlier this week we saw the debut of the Chang’an Ounuo MPV aimed at the same segment.
Ballet instructors and barbers are happy, the new Peugeot 308CC has been listed on the China car market as an import. Price starts at 304.800 and ends at 338.800 yuan. Power comes from a 1.6 turbo with 120kw, mated to a six-speed automated manual or a 6-speed tiptronic. The 308CC is one of the very few convertibles on the Chinese car market and one that actually sells, Peugeot sold over a 100 a month of the last-gen 308CC. That might sound like nothing bit it is a miracle for China. Via: Sohu.com.
Infiniti will bring a stretched M-series to China, it will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April and it will be listed on the Chinese car market in June. The stretched M will compete with cars such as the Audi A6L, Benz E300L, BMW 5Li and Volvo S80L. There is however, one big problem for Infiniti.