Another day, another new car brand from China. Today we celebrate thebirth of Changjiang EV, a new electric vehicle maker with big plans for the future. The brand will have its public debut on the Beijing Auto Show next week where they will show their first car, the E60 eCool, above, and a concept sedan.
The first Maserati Levante SUV has arrived in China, a gray example is making the rounds visiting Maserati dealers throughout the country, seen here with a helpful sign in front of it. Maserati has also announced that the Levante will be launched on the Chinese car market in July. The base version will go for 999.800 yuan or 149.000 USD. Price of the S will be announced later.
China has yet another new car brand. The English name is Kissun, which stands for: “Kiss the Sun, Kiss the Future”. The Chinese name is Kunxing (坤行). The character kun symbolizes ‘earth’ and means ‘female’, the character xing stands for ‘profession, line of business’.
This name, according to the company, expresses how they want to do business; with the well-being of planet earth in mind. That sounds green and it is: Kissun Auto will focus on new energy vehicles. The logo symbolizes earth and the ‘changing interfaces’ of new energy vehicles, or so Kissun says.
We think the logo has a very sexual touch, and that it looks a tad or two too much like the Denza logo.
We got to go back to the Geneva Motor Show because all the excitement about Borgward and Volkswagen made us almost miss an incredible hybrid supercar from China that had its world debut in Switzerland.
The blue monster is called the TechRules GT96 TREV, it has 1044 horsepower and a 2000 kilometer range. TREV stands for ‘Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle’, basically a hybrid combining an electric motor and a turbine-engine range extender.
The Citroen C3-XR SUV will get a 1.2 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet. The new unit will have an output of 136hp and 230nm, and it will be mated to a six-speed automatic. The new model will hit the Chinese car market in March.
The Citroen C3-XR is a China-only compact SUV made by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture. It was launched in late 2014. Price starts at 108.800 yuan and ends at 171.800 yuan. Current engines are a 117hp 1.6 and a 167hp 1.6 turbo. The new 1.2 turbo will be positioned in between.
Citroen has released an official teaser of the new Citroen C6 for China. Citroen also said they will make an ‘announcement’ on the C6 during the Geneva Motor Show that starts next week. However, the C6 will not debut in Geneva, that will happen instead on the Beijing Auto Show in late April.
The Haval H9 SUV will finally get the promised twin-turbocharged V6 engine, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in May. There will be two variants: a low pressure version with 295hp and 480nm, and an absolute monstrous high pressure version with 310hp and… 650nm! And that makes it the torquiest passenger car engine ever manufactured in China. It will be mated to an eight-speed automatic, sending power to all four wheels.
Haval will also launch a high-pressure version of the current 2.0 turbo, with an output of 241hp and 350nm. The current ‘low pressure’ 2.0 turbo has 214hp and 324nm. The new high-pressure 2.0 turbo is mated to the eight-speed automatic. Last but not least, Haval is going to launch a diesel, a 2.0 turbo with 187hp and 420nm, mated again to the eight-speed auto. This engine is mainly aimed at export markets.
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.
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.
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.