CarNewsChina.com - China Auto News http://www.carnewschina.com China Car News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:55:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Baojun 730 hits the Chinese auto markethttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/30/baojun-730-hits-the-chinese-auto-market-2/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/30/baojun-730-hits-the-chinese-auto-market-2/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:39:07 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=57131 Baojun 730 hits the Chinese auto market

The new Wuling Baojun 730 MPV has been launched on the Chinese auto market. Price starts at 69.800 yuan and ends at 81.800 yuan. The Baojun 730 is the first MPV under the Baojun brand, it debuted in April on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

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The Baojun MPV is powered by the same engines at the Baojun 630 sedan and the new Baojun 610 hatchback: a 112hp 1.5 and a 143hp 1.8, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Size: 4685\1785\1735, wheelbase is 2750.

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Baojun is an entry level brand under the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, in which GM has a 43% stake. The other partners are SAIC (aka Shanghai Auto) and Wuling Automotive. SAIC and GM are tied up in the giant Shanghai-GM joint venture that makes Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac cars for the Chinese market.

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The 730 is an important car for the Baojun brand. The market for mini MPV’s is growing as more and more Chinese car buyers appreciate the practically of an MPV over the rigidity of a sedan for the same price. Mini MPV’s used to be mini vans with extra seats, but lately they have become a class of their own with more luxury and larger engines. The 730 fits perfectly in this trend.

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Ford Focus Classic is a Blue Racer in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/30/ford-focus-classic-is-a-blue-racer-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/30/ford-focus-classic-is-a-blue-racer-in-china/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:05:42 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=57120 Ford Focus Classic is a Blue Racer in China

A very racy Ford Focus Classic, Spotted in China in east Beijing. The good Ford is maddened to the max with a steel blue body, a piano black bonnet, a matte black roof, a giant hood scoop, a hefty front spoiler, darkened windows, and giant wheels with super sporty alloys. The vehicle loox ready for serious rally racing…

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Behind the window a Ford Focus rally car with dragons on it.

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The alloy. First time I see this type in China. May there be more.

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B and C pillars in black for maximum contrast with blue body. Door handles in blue as well. Huge roof wing for down force and looking cool. More vents in the rear bumper. Side skirts.  Diffuser flanked by two fatass exhaust pipes sticking out far. What a good car.

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The Ford Focus Classic is a slightly dressed up variant of the last-generation Ford Focus, it is still in production in China alongside the current Focus. Price starts at 99.800 yuan and ends at 123.800 yuan. Lone engine is a 1.8 with 120hp and 161nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or to a four-speed automatic. The Ford Focus and the Ford Focus Classic are made in China by the Chang’an-Ford joint venture.

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Lexus LFA is looking Blue in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/30/lexus-lfa-is-looking-blue-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/30/lexus-lfa-is-looking-blue-in-china/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:29:34 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=57088 Lexus LFA is looking Blue in China

Lexus had a promo event in the Sanlitun shopping area in Beijing last weekend. They brought out this beautiful Lexus LFA supercar, no matter that production ended two years ago. The LFA was parked next to a steamy fountain and got very wet, making it look even better.

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The wing was up, but there was no go. The fantastic LFA debuted in 2010 and production ended in 2012 after only 500 examples were made. Just three other examples are known to be in China: a baby blue car in Beijing, a red one in Beijing,  and another red in Hangzhou. It was very expensive with a price starting at 5.9 million yuan or $912.000 in 2011 exchange rates. But! A high-revving 4.8 liter V10 with 560hp and 460nm is worth a lotta money. Top speed is 326km/h and 0-100 is gone in 3.7 seconds.

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Behind the LFA was a booth with two NX SUV and the superbly hot LF-LC hybrid concept car. Sadly however they had it parked in some kinda tight tunnel with mirrors and weird lights and you couldn’t see the front. How very stupid. They ship that expensive concept car all the way to Beijing, hire an expensive booth in an expensive shopping mall, and then they do everything they can to make absolutely sure nobody can really see the bloody car. The LF-LC by the way, debuted in 2012, two years ago again.

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Spotted in China: SsangYong Chairman in silver grayhttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/30/spotted-in-china-ssangyong-chairman-in-silver-gray/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/30/spotted-in-china-ssangyong-chairman-in-silver-gray/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:07:49 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=57114 Spotted in China: SsangYong Chairman in silver gray

A very sleek SsangYong Chairman limousine, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Antoine Chalendard, thank you for the pictures! The Chairman is painted in silver gray which is a very rare color as 99% of these giant Korean cars are painted in black. This particular Chairman is a facelifted first generation example, recognizable by its wild headlight design.

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Production started in 2005 and continued until 2008. The first generation Chairman is based on the ancient 1985-1996 Mercedes-Benz W124 sedan. All the engines are Benz as well: a 2.3 with 148hp, a 2.8 with 194hp, and a 3.2 l6 with 220hp. Only in 2007 did SsangYong finally introduce its own engine, a 3.6 l6 with a very neat 275hp. Sadly the Chairman was never a great success and seeing one outside Korea is rather special.

Earlier on we met the giant Chairman CM600L and the slightly shorter Chairman CM.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is shiny Pink in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/30/mercedes-benz-c-class-sedan-is-shiny-pink-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/30/mercedes-benz-c-class-sedan-is-shiny-pink-in-china/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:52:21 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=57118 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is shiny Pink in China

A very happy Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Mark, thank you for the picture! The badass Benz is wrapped in an eye slaughtering shiny Pink wrap, and further porned up by black windows, an extra shiny grille, extra shiny chrome around the windows, and sporty matte chrome multi-spoke alloys. The wrap is top notch, applied perfectly over the bumpers, door handles, and mirrors, like we like to see it best.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was manufactured in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture, it will soon be succeeded by the new and stretched C-Class L.

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Spy Shots: first Photos of the Buick Envision SUV on the Road in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/29/spy-shots-first-photos-of-the-buick-envision-suv-on-the-road-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/29/spy-shots-first-photos-of-the-buick-envision-suv-on-the-road-in-china/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:46:42 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=57110 Spy Shots: first Photos of the Buick Envision SUV on the Road in China

The very first spy shots of the Buick Envision SUV in China, seen here all naked at a gas station. The Buick Envision will debut on the Chengdu Auto Show in September and launch on the Chinese car market in Q4.  Price will start around 160.000 yuan and end around 220.000 yuan ($26.000 – 35.500).

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The Envision is manufactured in China by the Shanghai-GM joint venture, it based on GM’s Delta global-compact platform. The Buick Envision will be positioned above the China-made Buick Encore SUV and below the Buick Enclave SUV that is currently imported into China.

There will be two petrol engines available, both based on GM’s 2.0 four-cylinder turbocharged petrol. The low-spec variant delivers 200hp and 280nm and the top-spec variant delivers 260hp and 363nm. Transmission is a six-speed automatic.

But that is not all. GM is apparently also working on a 1.5 turbo with about 170hp and on a hybrid variant based around this 1.5 turbo. It is yet unknown when these variants will hit the market.

Size: 4667/1839/1696mm, wheelbase is 2750.

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Spotted in China: a perfect W126 Mercedes-Benz 560 SELhttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/29/spotted-in-china-a-perfect-w126-mercedes-benz-560-sel/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/29/spotted-in-china-a-perfect-w126-mercedes-benz-560-sel/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:12:27 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=57107 Spotted in China: W126 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL

An extremely beautiful W126 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL, Spotted in China on a car market in Beijing by Reader & Serial Spotter Navigator 84, thank you for the pictures! The big Benz appears to be in perfect shape. Chrome is shining, paint is fresh, no rust around, and the engine likely sings like a baby bird. It is a U.S. spec car, recognizable by the slightly odd headlight design (compare with Euro car).

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The 560 SEL is the absolute top spec W126 S-Class. The L stands for ‘lang’ meaning ‘long’. And long it was, stretched by 14 centimeter for a massive length of 5.160 meter. Power comes 5.6 liter V8 with an output of 268hp and 421nm, top speed was an impressive 250km/h.

The W126 was made from 1979 until 1992 but it was never officially exported to China. Some cars however were bought by the Chinese government and others arrived via diplomatic or other misty channels. We got us a small China-W126 Collection: black 560 SEL, abandoned, chery red, US-spec 560 SEL, sporty 560 SEL, S280, really stretched, 500 SEL, 300SE, and another abandoned.

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Venucia R30 hits the Chinese auto markethttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/29/venucia-r30-hits-the-chinese-auto-market/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/29/venucia-r30-hits-the-chinese-auto-market/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:51:22 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=57102 Venucia R30 hits the Chinese auto market

The new Venucia R30 has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at a surprisingly cheap 39.900 yuan and ends at 49.900 yuan. Venucia is a sub-brand of the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture focused on making cheap and cheap-electric cars. The Venucia R30 is based on the Nissan March that is manufactured in China by Dongfeng-Nissan.

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The Venucia R30 will primarily be marketed in second and third tier cities where price matters more than badge. Venucia vehicles are distributed via the existing Nissan dealer network. The low price positions the R30 straight in the territory of the popular Chery QQ; which is more expensive, smaller, and less powerful. This R30 might very well become a winner.

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The R30 is powered by a 1.2 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 73hp and 104nm, mated to a 5-speed manual. Size: 3775mm/1665mm/1530mm, wheelbase is 2450.

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Very sporty design here with the back in black, Volvo C30 style. Wheels a tad too small.

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Audi TT is shiny blue in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/29/audi-tt-is-shiny-blue-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/29/audi-tt-is-shiny-blue-in-china/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:24:00 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=57084 Audi TT is shiny blue in China

A very happy Audi TT, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Anonymous, thank you for the pictures! The good Audi is wrapped in an eye murdering shiny blue wrap, and further dressed up with sporty 7-14 spoke matte gray alloys, darkened side windows, and a shiny chromed fuel filler cap.

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The wrap seems to be of high quality and neatly extends over the bumpers, door handles, and mirrors, like we like to see it best. Note the fuel cap. Darkened side windows great for contrast with shiny blue body.

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Note temporarily license plate behind the rear window, this is a brand new car. We are suddenly seeing shiploads of  fresh TT on the roads, likely because dealers are dumping them as the all-new 2015 Audi TT will arrive in China soon. Official price of the current car starts at 519.000 yuan and ends at 592.000 yuan.

Time now, for our Famous China Audi TT Collection™: matte blue TTS, orange license, Pink, license (7TT70), Pink, girls & Lambo-doors, pink-orange, gray-blue, red R8, big wing, kiddie ride, gold, children, orange, with tree, pink, and purple.

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Weichai Auto Yingzhi G3 is Naked in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/29/weichai-auto-yingzhi-g3-is-naked-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/07/29/weichai-auto-yingzhi-g3-is-naked-in-china/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:11:03 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=57096 Weichai Auto Yingzhi G3 is Naked in China

This is the brand new Weichai Auto Yingzhi G3 SUV, it will be launched on the Chinese car market early next month with a price starting around 60.000 yuan and ending around 80.000 yuan. The G3 will compete with fine cars such as the Changan CS35 and Great Wall M4.

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A neat interior with a large screen in the center console, some chrome, some beige, and some black.

Power comes from a 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 102hp and 141nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT, sending horses to the front wheels.  The engine is manufactured by the Mianyang Power Machinery Corporation which has close ties to Weichai Power. The engine was originally designed by Mitsubishi.

Size: 4066/1737/1657, wheelbase is 2502.

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Weichai Auto is a brand new car brand owned by Weichai Power, one of the largest Chinese engine makers and sponsor of the Ferrari F1 team (check chick!) The company is based in Weifang, Shandong Province. Yingzhi is the brand name, called Enranger in English. The Yingzhi G3, formerly known as Yingzhi S201, is their first car.

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Crossover in style with loads of black plastic, skid pads, and a roof rack. Tires a bit on the small side.

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The 1.5 liter petrol.

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