Production of the new Volvo S90Lwill start in China late next year. The S90L will be build in the new Volvo factory in Daqing City in Heilongjiang Province. The S90L is basically a stretched variant of the generation Volvo S80, which is based on Volvo’s new SPA platform that also underpins the new Volvo XC90. It is the second time Volvo is using the S90 name after the 1996-1998 S90 sedan.
Zotye is on a roll in China. The Zotye T600 SUV is selling well and the new Zotye Z500 sedan has been received very positive. But that is by no way the end of it. The brand is planning two more SUV’s, the T700 and the T800, both bigger and better than the T600. The T700 will arrive as soon as next year, and the T800 will follow in 2016.
Changan Automobile is developing two new SUV’s for China. The SUV segment is still booming with the biggest growth in the compact and sub-compact sizes. The new cars are codenamed R102 and R103. Both will be based on exiting platforms from Changan’s commercial-vehicles division, pretty much in the same was as Beijing Auto developed the new Beiqi Yinxiang brand.
The production version of the new Ford Everest SUV will debut in China on November 13. The Ford Everest debuted as a concept on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April. Mass production at the Jiangling-Ford joint venture will start late this year and launch on the Chinese car market is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.
The Volvo S60L Hybrid will be launched on the Chinese car market in mid-2015. The S60L Hybrid is based on the Volvo S60L, a China-only stretched variant of the Volvo S60. The S60L Hybrid is a ‘Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle’, unlike the Euro-spec S60 Hybrid which is based around a diesel engine. The ‘S60L PHEV’ debuted in semi-concept form on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
The Cadillac SRX SUV will be manufactured in China from 2015. The SRX will be made by the Shanghai-GM joint venture, in a new factory near Shanghai city. The Cadillac SRX is currently imported into China and therefore expensive compared to the locally-made competition.
Toyota will launch a new sub-brand in China in 2015, it will be positioned under the Guangzhou-Toyota joint venture. The new sub-brand will be called Lingzhi (领志) in Chinese and Leahead in English. Leahead stands for ‘Leap Ahead’. The brand will focus on cheap electric cars aimed at young and hip car buyers in China.
Ford sales in China are down 4% in September compared with a year ago to about 69.000 vehicles, the first monthly drop for Ford in more than two years. It follows sales increases of 13% in August and 19% in July—strong results that were nevertheless a slowdown from its 62% sales surge for all of 2013.
General Motors will invest $14 billion in China over the next five years and open five new manufacturing plants to increase annual sales in the world’s largest car market to nearly 5 million vehicles.
The company’s plans for China also include introducing 60 new models or revamped vehicles, including nine new models from its flagship luxury brand Cadillac, GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said on Wednesday.