CarNewsChina.com - China Auto News http://www.carnewschina.com China Car News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:33:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cowin C3 launched on the Chinese auto markethttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/27/cowin-c3-launched-on-the-chinese-auto-market/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/27/cowin-c3-launched-on-the-chinese-auto-market/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:33:56 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60449 Cowin C3 launched on the Chinese auto market

The brand new Cowin Auto C3 sedan has been launched on the Chinese auto market, shortly after its debut on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show. Price starts at 45.800 yuan and ends at 51.800 yuan, and that makes the Cowin Auto C3 one of the cheapest sedans available in China.

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A fine interior for the money. Plastics look cheap but LCD screen is huge.

Cowin Auto is a new car brand under Chery Automobile focused on making cheap vehicles for young car buyers living in third and fourth tier cities, a booming new market in China with a vast potential for zillions of sales. Cowin Auto will develop new vehicles from scratch and they will inherit several vehicles that are now sold under the Chery name. The C3 is Cowin’s first car. Next up is a ‘C3R’ hatchback with sportier looks.

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The infotainment system includes a radio, sat-nav, and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Blue dials are always good.

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Surprisingly spacious in the back, but headroom is limited.

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Lone engine is a 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol with 109hp and 140nm, mated to a five-speed manual. Size: 4250/1726 / 1510mm, wheelbase is 2510mm.

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Jumpy rear lights a fuzzy touch. Wheels look awfully small.

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the 1.5.

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Cowin logo proudly on the grille.

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Needs a bigger logo here.

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Haval H9 hits the Chinese car markethttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/27/haval-h9-hits-the-chinese-car-market/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/27/haval-h9-hits-the-chinese-car-market/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:00:26 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60441 Haval H9 hits the Chinese car market

The Haval H9 SUV has been launched on the the Chinese car market, two months earlier than expected.  Price starts at 229.800 yuan and ends at 272.800 yuan.  The Haval H9 debuted as a semi-concept on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, it is the largest vehicle ever developed by Great Wall Motors.

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The interior is very well done with a sleek design, high quality materials, wood, alu detailing, more wood, and orange leather seats. Large touch screen in the center console. The infotainment system comes with a permanent internet connection, a TV tuner, telephone and SMS, satellite navigation, and a radio.

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Very nice in the back as well. More orange leather and enough space for three and a whole flock of dogs. The H9 is a huge car: 4856/1926/1910, wheelbase is 2800. Power comes from a brand new 2.0 turbo four-cylinder petrol with 218hp and 324nm, mated to a 6-speed automatic sending power to all four wheels. An even hotter 3.0 V6 turbo with 333hp and 480nm, mated to an 8-speed automatic, will be launched in late 2015.

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Price brings the H9 into direct competition with hot selling vehicles like the Honda CR-V and the Volkswagen Tiguan. The Haval H9 however is much bigger and the Great Wall Haval badge is by now widely accepted. Haval is alo lauding the H9’s body-on-frame chassis, saying it works much better off-road than the competition. That might be true but who really cares? China is an urban jungle these days.

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Blue strips are to protect the vehicle during transport, indicating this fine white example is fresh from the factory.

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Nothing to see here; the 2.0 turbo hiding below a large engine cover.

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Massive grille with three heavily chromed bars. Shiny shiny China.

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Spy Shots: Zotye Z600 sedan is Naked in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/27/spy-shots-zotye-z600-sedan-is-naked-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/27/spy-shots-zotye-z600-sedan-is-naked-in-china/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:20:35 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60436 Spy Shots: Zotye Z600 sedan is Naked in China

Spy Shots showing the new Zotye Z600 sedan all-naked in China. The Zotye Z600 will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2015 and launch on the Chinese car market soon after that. The Z600 will be the largest sedan in the Zotye line-up, to be positioned above the recently launched Zotye Z500 sedan.

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A good looking vehicle with a hint of the Nissan Teana. Chrome bits in bumper very hip.

The Zotye Z600 sedan will be powered by the same four-cylinder petrol engines as the Zotye T600 SUV: a 1.5 turbo with 150hp and 215nm and a 2.0 turbo with 177hp and 250nm. Both engines will be mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed DCT. Price for all this pretty will start around 120.000 yuan and end around 160.000 yuan.

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Wheelbase is about 2.85 meter, or ten centimeters more than the Z500.

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Landwind X7 ‘Chinese Evoque’ is Completely Ready for the Chinese car markethttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/26/landwind-x7-chinese-evoque-is-completely-ready-for-the-chinese-car-market/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/26/landwind-x7-chinese-evoque-is-completely-ready-for-the-chinese-car-market/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:46:55 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60422 Landwind X7 'Chinese Evoque' is Completely Ready for the Chinese car market

We have seen the spy shots, we have seen its debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show, and now the infamous Landwind X7 SUV is completely ready for the Chinese car market. The Landwind X7 is a almost-perfect Chinese clone of the Range Rover Evoque.

The order books will open late next month with deliveries scheduled to start in March 2015. Jaguar-Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth can complain what he wants but it seems he is too late. He should have checked CarNewsChina.com earlier, we had the X7 in June 2013, at the time known under its codename ‘Landwind E32′.

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Price will start around 120.000 yuan or $19.600. The X7 is powered by a Mitsubishi-sourced 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 190hp and 250nm, mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. The X7 is based on a shortened variant of the platform that also underpins the Landwind X8.

Landwind is a Chinese car maker jointly owned by Jiangling Motors and Changan Auto, coincidentally (0r not?) both joint venture partners of Ford, with Jiangling-Ford and Changan-Ford respectively. Ford owned Land Rover-Range Rover until 2008 when they sold it on to the TATA conglomerate of India.

Price for the imported Range Rover Evoque starts at 528.000 yuan and ends at 668.000 yuan ($86.300 – 109.200). Price for the China-made Range Rover Evoque will start around 400.000 yuan. Cheaper, but still quite a bit more expensive than the Landwind X7. Some Chinese car buyers might be tempted to give it a try.

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Dash partly Evoque clone (compare) and partly nicer. Screen is much bigger than in the Evoque, and the seats are much more luxurious. Wood is fake but looks nice nevertheless. Start button next to central air vents, just like in the Evoque.

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Something interesting is going on with this vehicle; how it connects to the wider world. Whenever we had a story about a Chinese clone or copy before, the reactions would be largely negative, accusing China of all wrong in the word, and the automaker in question was vilified.

In the case of the Landwind X7 however the reactions, comments, and emails are largely positive. Many are saying Land Rover only has itself to blame because it charges far too much for the Evoque. And many more are saying the X7 is a much better looking car than the Evoque. And we have received numerous emails from all over the world asking when the X7 will be available in country X or Y. Are you reading this, Landwind..?

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Sunroof is gigantic. Rear bench big enough for three. But that door design is mess. Too many lines! Dark carpets don’t look as good as the lighter ones we saw on the show.

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Infotainment system runs on Android. Can do radio, television, SMS, the internet, email, phone, and satnav.

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The 8-speed automatic. Electronic handbrake. Cigarette lighter located next to the alarm light.

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The Mitsubishi 2.0 turbo, seen here without the cover for the photo shoot. Normally it looks like this.

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Land wind logo, depicting a breeze, proudly on the grille.

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Will fit an extended family. Land Wind currently has no plans to build a 3-foor version, but they haven’t said they never would… I guess it depends on how well this five-door sells. There is a lot of buzz about the X7 in China too. Media and market know very well it is a clone and that cloning ain’t no good. But then again, the low price makes it a very attractive deal. And as always this crazy Chinese nationalism is creeping into the discussion, with many commenters seriously saying this is how ‘China should fight back to the West’!

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Yez, this new Landwind carries great responsibilities on its cloned little shoulders…

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SouEast DX7 SUV will be launched in China in 2015http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/26/soueast-dx7-suv-will-be-launched-in-china-in-2015/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/26/soueast-dx7-suv-will-be-launched-in-china-in-2015/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:34:45 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60418 SouEast DX7 SUV will be launched in China in 2015

The new SouEast DX7 SUV will be launched on the Chinese car market in the first half of 2015. Price will start around 100.000 yuan and end around 150.000 yuan. The SouEast DX7 debuted last week on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show, it is the first SUV under the SouEast brand.

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Design is based on the sharp lines on the SouEast R7 Concept that debuted in April on the Beijing Auto Show. The DX7 will be powered by 1.8 liter and 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, good for about 180hp and 220hp, mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Size: 4537/1900/1700, wheelbase is 2700.

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Beijing Auto Senova X65 SUV will be launched in China in 2015http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/26/beijing-auto-senova-x65-suv-will-be-launched-in-china-in-2015/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/26/beijing-auto-senova-x65-suv-will-be-launched-in-china-in-2015/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:19:24 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60414 Beijing Auto Senova X65 SUV will be launched in China in 2015

The new Beijing Auto Senova X65 SUV will be launched on the Chinese car market in the first half of 2015. Price will start around 120.000 yuan and end around 150.000 yuan. The Senova X65 debuted last week on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show, it is the first SUV under the Senova brand.

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Beijing Auto says the Senova X65 is based on their Matrix platform, which is derived from the platform of the Saab 9-3. BAIC, the mother company of Beijing Auto, bought the rights the the platforms for the Saab 9-3 and the last-generation Saab 9-5 from GM in 2009. The deal included the Saab-developed 2.0 turbo and 2.3 turbo engines.

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The X65 will be powered by the 2.0 turbo, here good for 201 hp and 290nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Later on a 1.5 turbo will become available as well, which will bring price down to about 100.000 yuan.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: the China Car Girls; second loadhttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/25/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-the-china-car-girls-first-load-2/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/25/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-the-china-car-girls-first-load-2/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:56:33 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60397 china-car-girls-gz-2-beijing-auto-1

The 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show is sadly nearing its end. Time thus for a Second Load of Chinese Car Girls. The good times have really returned, there weren’t any restrictions on chick-ware in Guangzhou, by far the hottest city in country, in many different ways. We are starting again with Beijing Auto, which apparently feels very free down south as well. Babe is standing next to Beijing Auto Senova D20. She is a Korean supermodel.

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Moving on to… Beijing Auto. They kinda ruled the show. Four great new cars and the most intelligent girls. Guangzhou Auto now has to hit back on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

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And yes yet another beauty at Beijing Auto, standing here next to the BJ40. She looks ready for a rough job, in jeans and all, and leather trousers to go fishing.

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Ghost-like at Chery, like that Arrizo 3 which mysteriously did not appear.

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Citroen. Disappointing this year. Nothing new.

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Cowin Auto is a virgin brand.

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Very tight at Besturn.

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And this what Guangzhou Auto brought to the Guangzhou Auto Show. Nice dress and such, but she pales compared to the babes of Beijing.

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Hyundai went for full-body armor.

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Her sister at Kia didn’t feel so hot.

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Another one at Kia, she went straight from bed to booth.

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SouEast is also from the south and seem to have more chance to beat Beijing, but they had to fly in a white chick to impress, which is kinda lame, and we can see her undies, which is even lamer. Next!

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This is the famous Du Yifei, a model from Xinjiang Province who digs plastic suits, standing here in front of the famous Landwind X7 Range Rover Evoque clone. We did a human interest story on Yifei last year, and today we can add & confirm that she lives together with a…  girlfriend. Yeah she kinky!

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And with these two famous asses we end our coverage of the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show. Thank you for reading and thank you for commenting. We will resume our normal operations on Thursday. Next major show is the Shanghai Auto Show in April.  Have a good day, wherever you are.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: facelifted SouEast V3 Lingyue unveiled in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/25/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-facelifted-soueast-v3-lingyue-unveiled-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/25/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-facelifted-soueast-v3-lingyue-unveiled-in-china/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:14:54 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60388 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: facelifted SouEast V3 Lingyue unveiled in China

The facelifted SouEast V3 Lingyue was unveiled on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show and launched on the Chinese car market at the same time. The facelift includes new headlights, a new grille, new taillights, new bumpers, and an updated interior. This particular car is the top of the line ‘ColorFul’ edition, which comes with a hefty bodykit and a giant wing on the back.

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The outgoing car, launched in May 2011. The SouEast V3 is based on the fifth generation Mitsubishi Lancer that is still in production in China at the SouEast-Mitsubishi joint venture.

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The current SouEast-Mitsubishi Lancer, looking much older than the V3. Price starts at 76.800 yuan and ends at 86.800 yuan. Lone engine is a 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol with 100hp and 136nm, mated to a 5-speed manual.

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A very sporty dash with a rally-style steering wheel. SouEast knows how the use the Lancer EVO heritage…

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Check that wing! Sadly, the engine doesn’t really match up. Power comes from an ancient Mitsubishi-sourced four-cylinder 1.5 liter petrol engine with 118hp and 143nm, mated to a five-speed manual or a CVT. This is exactly the same engine that was used in the outgoing V3. Price starts at 56.900 yuan and ends at 67.900 yuan, and that is slightly cheaper than before.

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A ColorFul car.

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The old 1.5.

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But a big wing makes every car look young.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Suzuki Alivio sedan unveiled in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/25/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-suzuki-alivio-sedan-unveiled-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/25/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-suzuki-alivio-sedan-unveiled-in-china/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:41:09 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60380 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Suzuki Alivio sedan unveiled in China

The brand new Suzuki Alivio sedan was officially unveiled on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show in China, ready for its launch on the Chinese car market next month. Price will start around 90.000 yuan and end around 140.000 yuan. The Suzuki Alivio debuted as a concept on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, an evolution of the 2013 Suzuki Authentics Concept. Chinese name is Qiyue.

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A nice looking dash with a tad too much black plastic. Steering wheel doesn’t look very 2014. Blue floor mats a nice touch. Screen size acceptable. Gear lever in tractor style.

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Enough room for three, the legs will have enough space but the heads have to be low.

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Exterior design very well executed. A modern machine with sleek-rounded lines. One could even call it a bit sporty.

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Suzuki designers went completely wild with the fog lights, adding a fancy chrome strip.

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The Suzuki Alivio is manufactured in China by the Changan-Suzuki joint venture. The Alivio stands on the same platform as the Suzuki S-Cross that was launched on the Chinese auto market in September last year. Power comes from a 120hp 1.6 and a new 100hp 1.4 liter four-cylinder Size: 4545/1730/1475mm, wheelbase is 2650.

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Check those fog lights! Exhaust pipe invisible. Chrome strip between the lights. Large Suzuki logo.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Beijing Auto Senova D20 debuts in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/24/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-beijing-auto-senova-d20-debuts-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/24/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-beijing-auto-senova-d20-debuts-in-china/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:33:05 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60358 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Beijing Auto Senova D20 debuts in China

The new Beijing Auto Senova D20 hatchback debuted on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The Senova D20 is basically a facelifted Beijing Auto E-Series that has been moved under the Senova brand. A good move it seems because the vehicle suddenly looks a lot hipper.

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The outgoing Beijing Auto E-Series. Price starts at 58.800 yuan and ends at 74.800 yuan. Engines: 99hp 1.3 and a 113hp 1.5, mated to a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. The E-Series is based on the platform of the 2004 Smart ForFour/Mitsubishi Colt and design-wise inspired by the old Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

Both engines will continue in the facelifted-new Senova D20 and price will be about the same. The Senova D20 will hit the Chinese car market just before the end of this year.

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Color scheme a bit lighter than before, but no obvious other changes here.

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Enough space for two and a dog.

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Sport five-spoke alloys work very well on Senova D20.

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New window spoiler, new rear lights, and a completely new bumper.

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The typical Senova grille, looking somewhat airplane.

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They also had a cross version on the booth, we have seen it before on spy shots but it hasn’t been launched so far. Looks ready now. And it has a very real and very proper roof rack, like all cross-vehicles should have. Are you looking, Qoros?!

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