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Spy Shots: new Citroen C6 sedan seen Testing in China

February 3, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: new Citroen C6 sedan seen Testing in China

The very first Spy Shots of the the new Citroen C6 testing in China, seen on the open road less than a week after pre-production started. The new Citroen C6 is code named X81. It will debut in semi concept form on the Beijing Auto Show in April and in production form sometime around September, with a launch on the Chinese car market scheduled for late Q4.

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Guangzhou Auto to launch a new Chinese car brand called Run Pard

January 31, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Guangzhou Auto to launch a new Chinese car brand called Run Pard

The Guangzhou Auto conglomerate is going to launch a new car brand for the Chinese market, the brand will debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April. The English name is ‘Run Pard’, the Chinese name is ‘Lan Bao’ (岚豹), best translated as ‘Mist Leopard’. Mist as in ‘a misty day’. The English slogan is catchy; “Through the mist&wind His speed as cheetahs”, adding too to the endless confusion about whether a leopard = a cheetah or not. In Chinese the character 豹 usually covers both.

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Pre-production of the new Citroen C6 has Started in China

January 27, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Pre-production of the new Citroen C6 has Started in China

Pre-production of the new Citroen C6 has started in China at a factory of the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture. The new Citroen C6 is code named X81. It will debut in semi concept form on the Beijing Auto Show in April and in production form sometime around September, with a launch on the Chinese car market scheduled for late Q4.

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Zotye to launch four SUV’s in China within this year

January 26, 2016 by Joey Wang

Zotye to launch four SUV's in China within this year

China’s infamous Zotye Automobile has big plans for 2016. It will launch four SUV’s, of which two are brand new. The party starts in April at the Beijing Auto Show with the facelifted Zotye T600 SUV, fitted with a new fully digital dashboard.

Soon after that it will be the turn of the Zotye T600 Sport, a sporty variant of the facelifted T600. The T600 Sport, alternatively called the T600S, should not be confused with the Zotye T600 S concept, which is a entirely different and much bigger car.

In the fourth quarter it is time for the Zotye T700, pictured above, a near perfect clone of the Porsche Macan. Pre-production has started and Zotye is clearly not afraid of any lawsuits.

Then finally near the end of the year the Zotye T300 SUV will be born. This car was so far unknown, and we haven’t seen any spy shots yet. It will be a sub-compact SUV selling in the 50.000-60.000 range, powered by 1.1 and 1.3 liter petrol engines.

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New Buick LaCrosse to launch in China in April

January 26, 2016 by W.E. Ning

New Buick LaCrosse to launch in China in April

The new 2017 Buick Lacrosse will be launched on the Chinese car market in April. Price will range from 250.000 to 35o.000 yuan ($39.000 – 55.000). The LaCrosse will be manufactured in China by the Shanghai-GM joint venture.

The Buick LaCrosse will be available with two four-cylinder petrol engines: a 1.5 turbo with 160hp and 250nm and a 2.0 turbo with 252hp and 350nm, both mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.The engine line-up is the same as in the new China-made Chevrolet Malibu XL, and the 2.0 turbo will also power the new Cadillac XT5 SUV. The U.S. 3.6 liter V6 won’t be available in China, heavy taxes on big engines would make it too expensive.

The LaCrosse will get a lot of tech: GM’s IntelliLink infotainment system, GM’s IntelliSafe intelligent driving system, a ‘4G LTE’ wifi hotspot that can connect up to seven devices within 700 square meters from the vehicle, Apple CarPlay, Baidu CarLife (allows the on-board infotainment system to work with popular Baidu apps), wireless charging for mobile devices, and a trendy head-up display.

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Citroen will bring back the C6, but only for China

December 29, 2015 by Joey Wang

Citroen will bring back the C6, but only for China

Citroen is going to bring back the famous C6 name (wiki) for a new sedan for the Chinese car market, set to debut in the third quarter of next year. The new C6 will be branded as a Citroen. It will be manufactured in China by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture.

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The China-made Buick Envision SUV is OFFICIALLY on its way to America

December 29, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

The China-made Buick Envision SUV is OFFICIALLY on its way to America

The first batch of China-made Buick Envision SUV’s is on its way to the United States. The vehicles are being loaded into the An Ji 9 car carrier at this very moment and the ship will soon sail for America. Port of departure is Yantai in Shandong Province, which is where the Envision is manufactured in a plant owned by the Shanghai-GM joint venture.

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Beijing Auto and Atieva to show electric concept car in China

December 14, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto and Atieva to show electric concept car in China

China’s Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC) and U.S.-based Atieva are working on an electric concept car that will have its worldwide debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April next year. Atieva has released two renderings of the vehicle, apparently showing a sporty four-door sedan. The concept will eventually lead to a Tesla-beating production car with a range of 300 mile or 483 kilometer.

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The Big plans of Borgward

December 4, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

The Big plans of Borgward

The resurrected Borgward brand is showing some healthy ambitions. The production version of the Borgward BX7 SUV will debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April and go on sale in China soon after that. The BX7 will be powered by a 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol with an output of 201hp.

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Volkswagen C Coupe GTE will launch in China in 2017

October 19, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen C Coupe GTE will launch in China in 2017

The production version of the Volkswagen C Coupe GTE has been delayed. Earlier on we heard it would hit the market this December, but the latest news indicates it will only arrive in early 2017. Volkswagen is too busy with diesel engines we bet. But she has a name now: the C Coupe GTE will be called ‘Hui Dao’, best translated as ‘Shining Road’.

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