- China Auto News China Car News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:01:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Beijing Dongfeng BM021A tricycle of the Beijing Classic Car Museum Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:01:35 +0000 The Beijing Dongfeng BM021A tricycle of the Beijing Classic Car Museum

This is a very rare Beijing Dongfeng BM021A tricycle, Spotted in China in the Beijing Classic Car Museum. The vehicle was sadly in a rather sad shape with a lot of cracks and rust. Happily, it was still in working order and staff told me they regularly use it to ferry heavy stuff around.


A true tricycle has a motorcycle steer and a single-seat.

The Beijing Dongfeng BM021A (no connection with today’s Dongfeng Motor) was manufactured by the Beijing Motorcycle Factory, part of Beijing Auto Works, in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The factory was located in the Dongzhimen area in Beijing.


The BM021A was designed for distribution of small goods inside big cities but it was also used as a taxi. In those days there were almost no cars in China, only buses and old trucks, so even today many of the old can still vividly remember the sturdy tricycle.

Power came from a one-cylinder air-cooled two-stroke 250cc engine rated at 12hp. Empty weight was 400kg and max load was 270kg. There was no electric starter and no reverse gear, power went by chain to the rear wheels.


Cabin cover is made of artificial leather, and was the only protection against the cold in northern China’s hard winters. In the hot summers the open cabin was the only relieve from the heath, the tricycle is not equipped with a fan or even an air vent.



This fine blue example, 99% of all units produced was blue, has two benches installed in the pickup bed, so it likely once served as a taxi on the endless roads of the capital. This tricycle is a monument of a different time, let’s hope she fares well, in that strange museum where all vehicles seem to be in decay instead of under protection.

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Hyundai Motor to build two new Car Factories in China Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:33:53 +0000 Hyundai Motor to build two new Car Factories in China

Hyundai Motor plans to build two new factories in China. The automaker plans to open a new plant in the northern Hebei province and another one in Chongqing. Hyundai, which has three factories in Beijing, in March signed a preliminary agreement to build a plant in the southwestern city of Chongqing to help the automaker expand into western China.

Hyundai, which has a joint venture in China with Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co Ltd, now aims to open a factory in the Hebei city of Huanghua in 2016, ahead of its proposed plant in Chongqing, the two people said.

The two people spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans are confidential.

Hyundai’s decision comes as foreign direct investment in China fell in August to a low not seen in at least two and a half years, adding to a string of weak economic indicators in the world’s second-biggest economy.

In the same month, Hyundai’s sales in China slipped 1 percent to 84,516 vehicles, from 85,091 vehicles a year earlier.

The change in plan is also reminiscent of a decision by Fiat Chrysler’s Chinese partner Guangzhou Automobile Group Co to build two plants, after competition between the cities of Guangzhou and Changsha to host the auto partnership.

Via: ChinaDaily.

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Spy Shots: Volkswagen Lamando is getting Ready for the China car market Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:25:23 +0000 Spy Shots: Volkswagen Lamando is getting Ready for the China car market

New spy shots of the new Volkswagen Lamando, showing that the sleek new sedan is almost ready for the China car market. The Volkswagen Lamando will be launched on the Chinese auto market in ovember, price will start around 180.000 yuan or 29.000 USD. Chinese name is Ling Du (凌渡).


The Lamando debuted last month on the Chengdu Auto Show. It is based on the MQB platform, the same platform that also underpins the Volkswagen Golf 7.


The Lamando is developed to attack the mighty popular Mercedes-Benz CLA. The Lamando will be manufactured in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture. Power will come from 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TSI four-cylinder petrol engines, both mated to a seven-speed DSG.

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Hyundai ix25 is Ready for the Chinese car market Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:07:27 +0000 hyundai-ix25-china-ready-1

This is the brand new Hyundai ix25 SUV, it will be launched on the Chinese car market on October 9. Price will start around 140.000 yuan and end around 170.000 yuan. The production version of the Hyundai ix25 debuted last month on the Chengdu Auto Show.


Interior with orange detailing looks much better than the all-black variant we saw earlier. Large touch screen in the center console.


The ix25 is a China-only compact SUV. It is manufactured in China by the Beijing-Hyundai joint venture to compete with cars such as the popular Ford Ecosport and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun.

The ix25 is based on the platform of the Kia Soul, which is made in China by the Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia joint venture.

At launch there will be only one engine available; a 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol with 160hp, mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Later on a 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol will be added to the line-up.

Size: 4270mm/1780mm/1630, wheelbase is 2590.


A lotta lines at the back. Skid pad for cool. Invisible exhaust pipe not cool.


The 2.0.


Big grille with three heavily chromed horizontal bars.

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BYD G5 sedan hits the Chinese car market Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:44:48 +0000 BYD G5 sedan hits the Chinese car market

The new BYD G5 sedan has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 75.900 yuan and ends at 102.900 yuan. The BYD G5 debuted in April on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.


The BYD G5 is a new addition to the BYD line-up, it will be positioned between the BYD F3 and the BYD G6.

Power comes from a 1.5 turbo charged four-cylinder petrol engine with 154hp and 240nm, mated to a six-speed DSG or a six-speed manual.

A hybrid variant will become available in 2015. The hybrid drivetrain consists of the 1.5 liter turbo and a 149hp/200nm  electric motor, good for a combined output is  303hp and 440nm. Price for the hybrid will start around 130.000 yuan.


The G5 is equipped with a new infotainment system called ‘CarPad’. Users can surf the interwebs, check microblogs such as Weibo (very important in China), find their way, watch movies, and listen to music played from the on-board flash drive. CarPad runs on Google Android.


Another flat screen between the dials.


The BYD G5 is based on the same platform as the BYD F3, albeit slightly stretched and a tiny bit lower:

Size G5: 4700/1790/1480, wheelbase is 2670.

Size F3: 4605/1705/1490, wheelbase is 2600.


Double exhaust pipe for sporty. Crease over the side for dynamic, and for hiding humble origins.


The 1.5 turbo.


Lot of chrome on a small but smiling grille.

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China Super Car Super Spot: Pagani Zonda F Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:21:15 +0000 China Super Car Super Spot: Pagani Zonda F


A pristine Pagani Zonda F supercar, Spotted in China in a supercar shop in the Beijing Tuning Street. The F is an ultra fast variant of the super sonic Zonda. It debuted in 2005 on the Geneva Motor Show and only 25 examples were manufactured. This particular car is the very first Pagani Zonda F we met in China.


The F came with enhanced intake manifolds, a redesigned exhaust system, a revised ECU, a revised front end, new carbon fiber rear spoiler, more aerodynamic vents all over,  carbon-ceramic brakes, and fantastic 8-spoke magnesium wheels. The monster 7.3 liter AMG engine was tuned up to 594hp and 759nm. Top speed is 330km/h, 0-100 is gone in 3.8 seconds, and 0-200 in done in 10.6 seconds. Speedy F!


Modena Design badge sits just in front of the rear wheel. Seen here on the right side of the vehicle. I never noticed this badge before. The Zonda Cinque for example, doesn’t have it. Pagani is based in the city of Modena in Italy.


When wheels become art.


Note matte purple speedy car on the right. That is a rare Gemballa Mirage GT Matte Edition, still on sale for 13.8077 million yuan or 2.27 million USD. Lots of cash but a cheapo compared to the Pagani F which stood there on sale for a crazy… 25 million yuan or 4.06 million USD.


When it is the only one in China it is probably worth that much. Probably.


When engine becomes art.


Diffuser almost touches the floor. Great for driving in Beijing! But what a beast.

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The Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car at the Beijing Classic Car Museum Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:26:55 +0000 The Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car at the Beijing Classic Car Museum

A huge Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car, Spotted in China in the Beijing Classic Car Museum. This particular example is by far the most impressive Jinma I have ever seen. Fitted with a full-size soft top and a giant golden grille with matching headlights, bumper, and mirrors.


White spare wheel cover appears to be an after-market addition that doesn’t really go with the rest of the car. Door handles are in gold as well and the rear lights are of a unique design with four bulbs on each side. The rear lights basically differ on each Jinma we see. What a variation!

The Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car was manufactured by the Jinma Motor Company from the early 1980′s to the late 1990′s.

In those days there weren’t many fancy cars in China but there was, as always, a great need to impress the guests on wedding parties. The happy couple could then hire a so called ‘classic wedding car’, a China-made automobile that was supposed to look like a vintage Western limousine.  Some 20 small Chinese companies manufactured the classic wedding cars and Jinma was the largest of the lot.

The Jinma Motor Company was a subsidiary of Qingdao Soar Automobile based in the great city of Qingdao in Shandong Province. The company still exist today, making giant copies of the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom. Sadly, business isn’t as good as it was in the 1980′s as many Chinese can nowadays afford to get the real thing.


Much of the main body work was made of wood. The rounded stuff like the wheel arches is made of plastic. The bumper is made of tin and not of a very solid kind. The white spare wheel cover started to annoy me, I really wanted to take it off the car. But I didn’t.

The Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car is a big car. Size: 5350/1750/1780, wheelbase is 3380. Overhang at the front is 780, and at the back a manic 1190! (specs via).


The Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car was based on the platform of a Great Wall Motors pickup truck, and the 2.4 liter petrol engine was sourced at Great Wall as well. The engine was originally developed by Mitsubishi and had an output of 100hp, which was enough to propel the QJM5022TYN6 to a top speed of 90km/h.


A battery of lights and a split front window.


Buyers could specify which hood ornament they wanted. Most went for Rolls-Royce, but not here. This seems to be a sword of sorts.


The Jinma, once designed to look like a classic car, is fast becoming a classic itself.


The museum has separate closed hall where they park the rest of the collection that doesn’t fit in the main building. I couldn’t enter but found an open window for a few shots and there I met this extremely strange Jinma limousine. It stands on the same platform as the QJM5022TYN6 but has a much more modern body, which appeared to be completely plastic. I will try to find out more…

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Spy Shots: Brilliance V3 SUV is getting Ready for the China car market Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:42:33 +0000 Spy Shots: Brilliance V3 SUV is getting Ready for the China car market

New Spy Shots of the Brilliance V3 SUV testing in China. The V3 has been delayed quite a few times but is now expected to finally makes its debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November. The V3 is a new compact SUV that will be positioned below the Brilliance V5.


The SUV will be based on the same platform as the Brilliance H220 that was launched on the Chinese auto market in November last year. Power will come from a 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 105hp and 143nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. A 150hp 1.5 turbo will be added to the line-up later, likely in early 2015. Price will range from around 80.000 to 120.000 yuan.


The compact SUV segment is growing fast in China, with local and foreign manufacturers alike scrambling to get cars out and on the market. Brilliance is about to join the party…


Trendy rear lights.


The signature Brilliance grille with a large front bumper.

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The Girls of the China Auto Salon in Shanghai Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:27:00 +0000 The Girls of the China Auto Salon in Shanghai

Today in China Car Girls the girls of the China Auto Salon (CAS) in Shanghai. This ‘salon’ is actually a large local tuning show with lots of fast and lots of flesh. On the photos three pretties wearing kinky kinda sailor suits, in blue and such, but without a white hat, and without anything else. Slightly NSFW below.


Chinese tuning shows are always loaded with barely dressed girls. The government doesn’t really car that much as most of the shows are very local affairs. A show like the CAS can employ thousands of girls, hired by the show’s organizer and by the various companies present. It is sometimes hard to see the alloy through the babes…


Not that we care!


The girls can stand a lot of ‘abuse’ by professional Chinese journalists who tend to stick their super sonic camera lenses straight into the airbags. Bump.


With the new Chevrolet C7 Corvette. Yours for 282.000 USD.


Saying bye bye.

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Ferrari 458 Speciale is Yellow in China Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:56:40 +0000 Ferrari 458 Speciale is Yellow in China

An incredible Ferrari 458 Speciale supercar, Spotted in China in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province by TFCSC. The speedy Ferrari is painted in yellow with a white-black-white racing stripe. Alloys are matte black five-spoke with yellow brakes. Windows are darkened for maximum contrast with yellow body.


Interior in gray alcantara with yellow stitching. 458 Speciale badge for the passenger to see. The Ferrari 458 Speciale was launched on the Chinese car market in February for a hefty 4.48 million yuan or 740.000 USD. Lotta money but lotta horses; the Speciale is powered by a tuned variant of the monstrous Ferrari 4.5 liter V8 with an output of 605hp and 540nm, mated to a seven-speed DCT, good for a 330km/h top speed and a 0-100 in 3 seconds.


Speciale was seen at a local Ferrari-Maserati dealer. California T on the right.


A masterpiece.

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