Spy shot from the BMW Active Hybrid 5 hybridding around in China. Chinese media report the AH5 will be launched on the Chinese car market this year, it will be imported and sold by the Brilliance-BMW dealer network. Last year the Brilliance-BMW joint venture announced they were working on a hybrid Five based on the China-made 5Li, that greeny will debut in late 2013. Via: Sohu.
Kiali is a new sub-brand from the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture, they will make cheap electric cars for the masses. Their first car will be based on the Volkswagen New Bora. A new spy shot shows the English name of the brand: Carely. How catchy. The Chinese name, Kaili, means ‘carrier’, which might have been a better name. Earlier on we heard the Bora-based Kaili would be called ‘E88′, together that makes the ‘Carely E88′. Carely has likely to do with ‘care’, for the environment and such and such. Did the Germans make it up or the Chinese? Maybe together, while getting drunk in a kareoke bar in Changchun, where the factory sits.
The Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid will be launched on the Chinese car market on June 28. The CR-Z wil be imported and sold through the Guangzhou-Honda dealer network. Price will start around 300.000 yuan. Lotta money for a two-seater but high-end hybrids such as the Lexus CT200h are slowly catching on in China among the young high-tech minded rich. Via: Sohu.
The upcoming Beijing Auto E150EV will get a 120.000 yuan subsidy from the local Beijing government when it hits the Beijing-area car market later this year. Even then, it will still cost around 100.000 yuan while the patrol-powered E150 starts around 60.000 yuan.The E150EV will eventually also be sold in the rest of China, but how much subsidy it will get elsewhere is unclear.
Chinese media report that the C30EV will be made in China from 2013 in the new Geely-Volvo factory in Jiading. Volvo recently said production of the current C30 Electric would be limited to 250 cars and would in fact end later this year. Geely however, seems to have other plans for the Chinese car market. Volvo has made 200 C30 EV’s so far, 25 of those are on a trial project in Shanghai, the same city where Geely wants to establish a new Volvo R&D center. The electric C30 is powered by a 110 HP engine and has a range of 150km. Via: Sohu.
These are the very first spy shots of the new Chery QQ3 EV, based on the Chery QQ3 Sport. The electric motor comes with 16hp and 72nm, range is 100km. The QQ3 EV will hit the Chinese car market late this year. Price yet unknown but it will likely be the cheapest electric passenger car on the market.
New spy shots of the Roewe 550 plug-in hybrid, it has been in development for some two years but will finally hit the Chinese car market late this year. The car on pics is a test mule based around the facelifted 550 which will be launched in September. On earlier spy shots we saw a 550 hybrid based around the current car, indicating development took longer than expected.
The hybrid Toyota Camry HEV will be launched on the China car market on May 21. Price is expected to start around 320.000 yuan. It is the first time Toyota is selling the hybrid Camry in China, which is still a very difficult market for hybrids and even more so for electric cars.
The Chinese government has allocated 6 billion yuan ($949 million) to subsidise consumer purchases of fuel-saving cars, Xinhua News Agency reported late on Wednesday, putting a cumulative figure for the first time on the handouts as it moves to cut emissions in the world’s biggest auto market.
Beijing started offering a 3,000 yuan rebate on consumer purchases of small, fuel-efficient cars in June 2010, but has not previously indicated the total cost of the subsidy.
The best spy shots so far of the production version of the Roewe E50 EV, it will debut at the Beijing Auto Show next week and it will be listed on the China car market in October. Roewe plans to make only a 1000 E50’s in 2012, price without subsidies will be some 300.000 yuan.