- China Auto News China Car News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:16:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New variant of the Dongfeng EQ2050 for the Chinese army Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:16:59 +0000 New variant of the Dongfeng EQ2050 for the Chinese army

A very new and very interesting variant of the famous Dongfeng EQ2050 Brave Soldier for the Chinese army. The base EQ2050 is basically a reverse-engineered AM General Humvee, but this thing is something totally different. It appears to be an armored transport vehicle with a large pickup truck bed. The nose is completely new and much shorter and higher than on the base car.


The bed seems big enough to transport an ATV or a pair of motorbikes. Cabin doors are tiny and sit high in the cabin. Wheels are located in the far corners of the vehicle making for very long wheelbase. It is very well possible that Dongfeng is developing various new variants based on this chassis, such as a closed troop transporter or a command & control vehicle.


The base EQ2050 is powered by an American-designed Cummins V8 diesel, manufactured in China by the Dongfeng-Cummins joint venture. The same engine powers loads of other Chinese army vehicles, ranging from simple trucks to infantry fighting vehicles and light tanks. It seems likely that this transporter uses the same engine again.


A very pretty face. Characters write Mengshi (猛士), Brave Warrior. Dongfeng logo in the center.

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Spotted in China: Ferrari LaFerrari Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:58:23 +0000 Spotted in China: Ferrari LaFerrari

The very first Ferrari LaFerrari in China, spotted in the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province by Liam for, thank you for the pictures! The LaFerrari debuted in China on the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show but was strangely never officially launched on the Chinese supercar market.


Ferrari says all cars have been sold, and we must assume some have gone to China, so maybe they were sold off-market in some misty way. During its debut in Shanghai rumors said price would be at least 10 million yuan or 1.6 million USD. This thus has never been confirmed as there is simply no price without a launch.


With a McLaren MP4-12C. The LaFerrari is powered by a 950hp hybrid powertrain based around a screaming 6.3 liter V12, making it the fastest supercar currently on the planet.


Later that day Liam met the LaFerrari again, this time on the road, followed by a California.

The red monster is the tenth spot coming from our new joint-spot-operation with, the largest car-spotting website in the universe. Earlier on we had: Pink Maserati, BAPE SLS, Ferrari double, weird Gallardo, Ferrari 575M SuperamaricanaDMC Aventador, Porsche Carrera GT, Pagani Zonda Cinque and a matte black Bentley. Much more on the way…

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Spy Shots: JAC Refine S7 SUV for the Chinese auto market Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:05:08 +0000 Spy Shots: JAC Refine S7 SUV for the Chinese auto market

This is the first spy shot of the new JAC Refine S7 SUV. Debut is expected for the Guangzhou Auto Show in December with a launch on the Chinese auto market in early 2015. The Refine S7 is the largest JAC-branded SUV so far, but an even bigger S9 is on the way as well.


Official patent drawings for the Refine S7, emphasizing the impressive grille. The vehicle loox original enought, some influences here and there, but it isn’t a copy. The name however is less original, the JAC will be the third S7 SUV on the market after the Haima S7 and soon-to-be-launched BYD S7. Power will come from 1.8 and 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines, mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.


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Spy Shots: Citroen C3-XR SUV testing in China Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:46:06 +0000 Spy Shots: Citroen C3-XR SUV testing in China

Spy shots of the Citroen CX3-R SUV testing in China. The Citroen C3-XR debuted as the C-XR concept on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April. Debut of the production version is expected for the Guangzhou Auto Show in December with a launch on the China car market just before the end of the year.


The Citroen CX-R concept on the Beijing Auto Show.


The Citroen C3-XR will be manufactured in China by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture. New news on the engines: earlier on we heard the C3-XR would be available with the well known 1.6 turbo in two different tunes: 200hp and 275nm, and 163hp and 240nm. The latest reports in Chinese automotive media however indicate the engines will be: the 163hp 1.6 turbo and a 1.8 with a yet unknown output. The 1.8 will be the base model.


The exact origin of the platform is a bit misty, with some Chinese media saying it is based on the same platform as the Citroen DS WR SUV, and other saying it is based on the same platform as the Peugeot 2008 SUV. We know the length and wheelbase of all three vehicles, so let’s compare:

C3-XR:   4260, 2650 (or 2655).
DS WR:  4553, 2732.
2008:    4180, 2540.

The C3-XR seems to sit somewhere in the middle. More as we get it…


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BMW Z8 has a License in China Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:47:45 +0000 BMW Z8 has a License in China

A very sleek BMW Z8 supercar, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Antoine Chalendard, thank you for the pictures! The good Bimmer is painted in speedy silver and fitted with the standard five spoke silver alloys. Best thing is the license plate reading A·Z0008, and that is the best license plate we have seen on a BMW Z8 in China so far.


The beautiful BMW Z8 was made from 1999 until 2003, it was powered by a 4.9 liter V8 that pooped out 400hp and 500nm, good for an unlimited 270km/h top speed and 0-100 was gone in 4.7 seconds. The Z8 was designed by none other than Henrik Fisker who sadly failed with the equally beautiful Fisker  Karma.


The back is especially brilliant with a sloping rear deck and those small rear lights sitting high up in the bumper. Shanghai spring rain makes it all even better! The BMW Z8 was never officially exported to China but some cars arrived in country via the gray market and other misty channels, earlier on we met a red Z8 and a blue Z8 in Beijing.


An ass of beauty.

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Kia K4 is Naked from all Sides in China Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:29:56 +0000 Kia K4 is Naked from all Sides in China

The very best spy shots so far of the new Kia K4 sedan, showing a virgin white example all-naked in China. The Kia K4 debuted as a concept on the Beijing Auto Show in April and debut of the production version is scheduled for the Chengdu Auto Show in September with a launch around the same time.


The Kia K4 is a new China-only mid-size sedan, based on the same platform as Hyundai Mistra sedan.

The Kia K4 will be made in China by the Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia joint venture. There will be two engines available at launch: a 1.8 with 146hp and 175nm and a 2.0 with 162hp and 194nm, both engines will be mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.


The Kia K4 will compete with fine cars such as the Volkswagen Sagitar, the Citroen C4L and Honda Crider, all relatively small sedans with a premium look & feel. Price of the K4 will start around 140.000 yuan and end around 180.000 yuan.




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Hongqi HQ3 is a Bentley in China Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:03:01 +0000 hongqi-bentley-china-1

A beautiful black Hongqi HQ3 sedan, Spotted in China in the Sanlitun area in Beijing by Reader Joachim C., thank you for the pictures! The impressive Hongqi is fitted with even more impressive Bentley alloys, close-up:


Fake alloys of luxury brands are very common in China, with Bentley being exceptionally popular. This particular alloy is widely available for only 1800 yuan or $290. When that is too cheap Bentley fans can go for a more upmarket set for a hefty 4999 yuan, and so there are many more.


The Hongqi HQ3 was manufactured from 2006 until 2010. It was based on the fourth-generation (S180) Toyota Crown Majesta that was made in China by the FAW-Toyota joint venture. FAW, or First Auto Works, is also the owner of Hongqi. The HQ3 was available as HQ300 with a 3.0 V6 and as HQ430 with a 4.3 liter V8.

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Peugeot 308 CC has Happy Alloys in China Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:59:51 +0000 Peugeot 307 CC has Happy Alloys in China

A very brown Peugeot 308 CC, Spotted in China in the great city of Zunyi in Guizhou Province by Reader HP, thank you for the picture! The alloys are anything but brown, painted happy in yellow, blue, orange, green, and Pink. The brown body and happy alloys make for a fine combination of things on a fine little sporty car.

The 308 CC is based on the Peugeot 308 hatchback. It is imported into China with a price ranging from 304.800 to 338.800 yuan. Lone engine is a 160hp 1.6 turbo petrol. Sadly, the CC is not very popular in country, except with the good ladies of the Xichang police corps.


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Going to Thailand Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:23:13 +0000 Going to Thailand

Hello good Readers,

We are off to the great country of Thailand for beer, beach, and babe. We will live on a remote island without wifi or computing machines, and thus a perfect place to recharge our batteries. We will be back on the 25th, and then we will do a Spotted in China – Thailand Special with fuzzy Thai cars. On pic a tellow Daihatsu Hijet taxi I met in Phuket in ’09.

Take care and see y’all soon!


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First Tesla crashes in China Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:44:46 +0000 First Tesla crashes in China

Tesla doesn’t ride easy in China. The company is getting sued from all sides, has impatient customers smashing windows, only slowly expands its dealer network, competes with the gray guys, and now they got their first car crashed. It happened earlier today in the Chaoyang District in Beijing. A red Model S hit a roadside lamp pole and then a parked bus. The driver and passenger of the Tesla were taken to a local hospital for a check but were not seriously injured. The bus was empty.


This picture was taken immediately after the crash, bus still on Tesla. The bus was moved backwards later on. This, as it happens, is also the very first Model S we see in Beijing with a license plate. Congrats for that, Tesla!

Witnesses at the scene, quoted by local media, say the driver of the Tesla lost control of the vehicle while he was making a u-turn. The Tesla hit the lamp post at high speed, first up front and then with the right side, and then hit the bus at a relative low speed. The passengers escaped through the front-passenger door.


The lamp pole.


All airbags were deployed. Right-rear wheel broke off and is gone.

Hours after the accident the Model S was towed away, likely to the new Tesla service center, but it doesn’t seem they can do too much to save this sorry car.  Price of the Model S starts at 648.000 yuan or 104.000 USD for the 60kw. This particular car is an 85 which goes for a steep 734.000 yuan or 121.000 USD.


Glass on the seats. Central screen seems all right.


Grille is off, but not gone.

Thanks to Reader Antoine Chalendard for the tip!

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