News on green-tech development in the Chinese car industry; electric cars, hybrids, government subsidies and more.

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Spy Shots: Volkswagen Magotan Blue Motion will get 1.4TSI in China

July 25, 2012 by Joey Wang

Volkswagen Magotan Blue Motion

New spy shots from the Volkswagen Magotan Blue Motion in China. Earlier on we heard the Blue Motion would be powered by a 1.6 diesel, which we thought strange because diesel engines for passenger cars are forbidden in most Chinese cities, no matter how ‘clean’ they are. Chinese media report today that the diesel is out, in comes the 131hp 1.4TSI patrol, which sure is a better engine.

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Honda CR-Z hits the Chinese auto market

July 13, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Honda CR-Z hits the Chinese auto market

The Honda CR-Z hybrid has been launched on the China auto market. There is only one and it costs 288.000 yuan. The CR-Z is imported and will be sold through the Guangzhou-Honda dealer network. It is the first Honda-hybrid on sale in China and aimed at the young, rich and cool who like to be different and dig the hybrid high-tech. Not a big market indeed and Honda isn’t alone, Lexus launched the CT200h in China in October last year, priced from 279.000 to 445.000 yuan. Via: Autohome.

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China sets a target: 5 million Green Cars on the Road by 2020

July 10, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Green Cars in China

China has set a target of producing and selling 500,000 energy-efficient and alternative-energy vehicles a year by 2015, and five million vehicles by 2020.

The blueprint, announced by the State Council on Monday, has outlined generous subsidies to consumers and producers of the new generation of greener vehicles, as it aims to ease the country’s heavy dependence on imported oil, cut emissions, and speed up the restructuring of its automobile sector into a more environmentally sustainable model.

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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto C60 EV testing in China

July 8, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto C60 EV testing in China

New spy shots of the Beijing Auto C60 EV, an all-electric vehicle based on the old Saab 9-3. Design-wise basically a ‘new’  9-3 with Beijing Auto badges. The company as been working on the C60 EV for quite some time and Chinese media report it will finally hit the market this year. Well, we have heard that before but this white example on the spy shots does indeed look very ready, the interior however does not. See below for a big bunch of pics and more details.

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Spy Shots: Peugeot 3008 hybrid testing in China

July 2, 2012 by Joey Wang

Peugeot 3008 hybrid testing in China

New spy shots show the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4 THP testing in China. The standard 3008 is currently imported but the China-made 3008 will hit the Chinese car market very soon. The 3008 hybrid is based around a diesel engine, passenger cars with diesel engines are forbidden in many Chinese cities, no matter hybrid or not. The lone 3008 on pics is therefore likely some sort of demo car although Chinese press is speculating on a 3008 hybrid with a patrol engine, which they say could be imported, thus not made in China, as early as next year. Via: Autohome.

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Spy Shot: BMW Active Hybrid 5 pops up in China

June 26, 2012 by W.E. Ning

BMW Active Hybrid 5

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.

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FAW-Volkswagen Kaili gets an English name in China

June 14, 2012 by W.E. Ning

FAW-Volkswagen Kaili

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.

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Honda CR-Z will be launched in China on June 28

June 13, 2012 by Joey Wang

Honda CR-Z China

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.

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Beijing Auto E150EV to get 120.000 yuan subsidy, but still won’t be cheap

June 3, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Beijing Auto E150EV

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.

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Volvo C30 EV will see production in China from 2013

June 1, 2012 by Joey Wang

Volvo C30 EV China

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.