The Dongfeng-Fengshen H30, usually simply called ‘Dongfeng H30’, is a rather boring looking machine from Dongfeng Automotive. Dongfeng has joint ventures with Honda, Nissan, Peugeot (PSA) and Kia. The Fengshen-brand is Dongfeng’s first all-by-itself adventure on the passenger car market. To make a boring car a little bit more exciting Dongfeng decided to go for the Cross-treatment.
The current FAW-Toyota Vios is not a hot seller, most likely because the sedan trunk seems glued to the machine which was designed as a hatchback. Engines are getting a bit old too. But FAW-Toyota wants one car to compete with the many cheap sedans from Brilliance, Chery and BYD so it will bring this facelifted Vios to the Beijing Auto Show in April.
Guangzhou Automotive has joint ventures with Honda, Toyota and will soon start with Fiat. But like all other Chinese automakers they want their own brand as well. This still nameless sedan is Guangzhou’s first ‘Guangzhou’-branded car, it is based on the outgoing Alfa 166 platform that Guangzhou bought earlier and so will be a front-wheel drive. The concept car this car is derived from was cooly called ‘VIP-Lounge’, guess that name will change…
The new Chery A2, codenamed A01, will slot right above the A1. It slots somewhere in and between the QQ3, QQ6 and QQme. Since the Chinese car market is still growings and many buy their first car Chery decided to have as many small cars as possible. I wouldn’t be suprised if they launch ‘QQ’ as a seperate brand to create even more confusion; confusion makes men buy.
Beijing-Benz will unveil the China-made E 300L on the Beijing Auto Show in April. Chinese drivers like to be driven, the L’s wheelbase is extended by a whopping 14 centimetre for more space in the back.
Dongfeng will soon join the Crossover madness with this one, a yet nameless machine based on the Jingyi MPV. Biggest difference,apart from the added plastic, is the ground clearance: it will grow to 20 centimeter!
FAW’s own brand Besturn ain’t done yet with the B50 and B70. According to reports in the Chinese press the next baby will be the B30, based on a Jetta platform. The good old Jetta still rolls of the line in the FAW-VW joint venture but even after the latest facelift it all won’t last very long anymore. After production of the Jetta finally stops there will be a full production line, engines and a platform available.
A spyshott all alone, I got only one, of the new Great Wall H5 meant for the European market. GW’s new Hover will be split in two: a boring H5 and a more exiting H5 CUV. The boring car, which you see above, will try to hit it in Europe from 2011.
Shanghai-GM can’t say goodbye to its old Spark. Some said production would be over soon but this machine proves otherwise. It is a cross-kind-of-a-thing with the usual cross stuff to make it more ugly. Roofrails, check. More plastic on the bumpers, check. Dark plastic around the wheel arches, check. Roofrails, check.