The Audi A1 will be listed on the China car market on October 9. Price will range from 230.000 yuan to 300.000 yuan. The A1 is imported, there are no plans yet for local production. Competition comes from the Mini and new-new Volkswagen Beetle, both are imported as well. Via: Autohome.
Local production of the Mercedes-Benz GLK will start in October. The GLK will be made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture to compete with the China-made Audi Q5. There will be one engine, the 3.0 V6 with 245hp. Debut is expected at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November. Via: Autohome.
The BMW 1M Coupe has been officially listed and priced on the China car market, it debuted a few days back at the Chengdu Auto Show. The 1M costs 598.000 yuan, that is 93.590 US dollar. High price due to high import taxes and BMW trying to earn a little extra. The 1M is powered by a twin turbo six-cylinder with 340hp and 450nm. Via: Sohu.com.
Ssangyong is back in China with the rather good looking new Korando SUV. It will however, not be a very great success. Biggest problem: the Korando comes with a turbo diesel engine while passenger cars with diesel engines are forbidden in most Chinese cities, including in Beijing and Shanghai.
The BYD G6, BYD’s new flagship sedan, will be listed on the China car market on September 26. The G6 is the successor of the E6, a similar big sedan for little money. The G6 however is positioned a bit higher and comes with more goodies. Read more »
Chinese automaker Yema wants to best BYD in cloning other-one’s cars. This is the Yema E-Series, inspired to the teeth by the Infinity EX. The E-series is officially still a concept but production ain’t far away.
The Volkswagen CrossGolf and Golf Variant debuted at the 2011 Chengdu Auto Show. Both cars have been listed on the China car market immediately. Price for the CrossGolf is 243.000 yuan, price for the Golf Variant starts at 258.000 yuan and ends at 298.000 yuan.
Volvo has launched the S60 T5 sedan and the XC60 SUV at the 2011 Chengdu Auto Show, aiming at a Chinese car market that gets more and more interest in high performance vehicles. Both cars will be imported. Geely, Volvo’s owner, has plans to make the S60 and XC60 in China, production however won’t start before 2013.