CarNewsChina.com - China Auto News http://www.carnewschina.com China Car News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:03:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Toyota Alphard has a body kit in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/toyota-alphard-has-a-body-kit-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/toyota-alphard-has-a-body-kit-in-china/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:03:17 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=59629 Toyota Alphard has a body kit in China

A totally over the top Toyota Alphard MPV, Spotted in China in the great city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The good Alphard is fitted with a massively impressive body kit, including completely new dual-headlights, an all-white grille, a new bumper section with lots of vents and wings and without the standard fog lights, side skirts, and large wheels with shiny gray multispoke alloys.

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The standard Alphard for comparison. The Toyota Alphard is imported into China. Price starts at 614.400 yuan and ends at 799.800 yuan, Engines: 2.4 liter four-cylinder petrol, and a 3.5 liter V6. Although expensive, the Alphard is reasonably popular in China, especially as an executive vehicle with all sorts of fancy mobile-office stuff installed. and for those who think the price too high; they need no worry no more, because Chinese carmaker Joylong is working on a clone of the Alphard, which will be much cheaper, and almost looks the same.

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Taillights divided into two as well. Low flying rear bumper with diffuser flanked by two large oval-shaped exhaust pipes. Windows completely black for the much-needed privacy. V6 powered. 272hp and 340nm. Alphard needs that power to move all the extra plastic. But looking good.

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This is the new Foday Lanfu SUV for the Chinese auto markethttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/this-is-the-new-foday-lanfu-suv-for-the-chinese-auto-market/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/this-is-the-new-foday-lanfu-suv-for-the-chinese-auto-market/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:18:24 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=59625 This is the new Foday Lanfu SUV for the Chinese auto market

This is the new Foday Lanfu SUV, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in December. Price will range from about 120.000 to 160.000 yuan.  The Lanfu look mightily impressive with its massive grille with five heavily chromed vertical bars flanked by mean eying headlights. The Lanfu is the largest SUV ever for the Foday brand.

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Interior looks much better in decent daylight, but that screen is old-tech no matter what. Strange indeed, large touch screens go for nothing these days, Foday could have sourced a better one. Still bigger than the screen on a Ford Ecosport, though.

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The new SUV is Foday’s biggest car so far, it will be positioned above the current Foday Explorer 6.

Engines: power will come from a Mitsubishi-derived 2.4 liter petrol engine with 136hp and 200nm, or from a 1.9 liter turbodiesel with 136hp and 300nm, both mated to a five-speed manual. Earlier on we heard about a 109hp 2.5 liter turbodiesel, but that engine is off the table. Rear-wheel drive will be standard and four-wheel drive optional.

Cheap ‘n big SUV’s like this are still very popular in China, especially in second and third tier cities where chrome, size, and price matters most.

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The Buick Envision is still a Bulck in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/the-buick-envision-is-still-a-bulck-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/the-buick-envision-is-still-a-bulck-in-china/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:45:14 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=59620 The Buick Envision is still a Bulck in China

The Buick marketeers are apparently not reading CarNewsChina.com, tsk tsk, or they would have known they got a name wrong, spelling ‘Buick’ as ‘Bulk’. Yesterday they had a Bulck on a small backdrop in the hotel lobby, which was not that embarrassing, but today Bulck was in full view on a huge display in front of the hotel, looking very stupid, with the Envision still plastered with white stickers, looking very ugly.

(I am in the great city of Dalian in Liaoning Province for business. Coincidentally I am staying in the same hotel as where Buick has organized the local press launch for the new Buick Envision SUV).

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How can it be that nobody noticed this..? The text goes to the marketeer, then to the backdrop-maker, mails go back and forth, someone at Buick will have a look and approve. Many others will see the board, long before the launch. They were all sleeping I guess, or they just don’t like the Buick brand enough to care.

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The car is actually quite nice in person. Not very exciting, but I can imagine it might become popular.

The Bulck Envision is a China-only SUV. It is manufactured by the Shanghai-GM joint venture. Price starts at 269.900 yuan and ends at 349.900 yuan. The Bulck Envision debuted last month on the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show.

Lone engine is a 2.0 turbo with 260hp and 363nm mated to a six-speed automatic. It will soon be joined by a low-output variant of the 2.0 turbo with 200hp and 280nm, and in 2015 a 170hp 1.5 turbo will join the line-up as well. GM is reportedly working on a hybrid variant based around this 1.5 turbo but it is yet unknown when this variants will hit the market. The low-output variant of the 2.0 turbo will bring price down to about 230.000 yuan and the 1.5 turbo to about 210.000 yuan. Size: 4667/1839/1663mm, wheelbase is 2750.

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Stickers! What a mess, what a Bulck.

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Spy Shots: Venucia SUV seen testing in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/spy-shots-venucia-suv-seen-testing-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/spy-shots-venucia-suv-seen-testing-in-china/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:09:05 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=59615 Spy Shots: Venucia SUV seen testing in China

Spy Shots showing the upcoming Venucia SUV testing in China. The yet nameless vehicle will debut in semi-concept form on the Guangzhou Auto Show in December and the production version is expected to debut in the first half of 2015. Venucia is a sub-brand of the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture, selling relatively cheap cars based on Nissan platforms.

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The Venucia SUV will be based on the old Nissan X-Trail which was manufactured by Dongfeng-Nissan. Price started at 207.800 yuan and ended at 269.800 yuan. Power came from a 144hp 2.0 and a 184hp 2.5. The new X-Trail launched in March, leaving the old car for Venucia.

The Venucia SUV will keep the 2.0 but the thirsty 2.5 will disappear. A 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol will be added below the 2.0. This won’t make the SUV very fast but it will be very cheap.

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The SUV will be the largest car in the Venucia line-up so far. Venucia is the only sub-brand that is actually successful. Sub-brands are an idea from the central government aimed at obtaining technology for Chinese automakers, so the foreign automakers are normally not very keen to put much effort in. Nissan however realized that a sub-brand can also  be used to enter a new market and make a lot of money with good looking cars selling for a low price based on trusted technology. And that is exactly what they did, and will do once more with the new SUV.

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Test car trying hard to look pretty in camouflage.

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Zotye Z500 sedan will be launched on the China car market in Novemberhttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/zotye-z500-sedan-will-be-launched-on-the-china-car-market-in-november/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/zotye-z500-sedan-will-be-launched-on-the-china-car-market-in-november/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:47:12 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=59611 Zotye Z500 sedan will be launched on the China car market in November

The new Zotye Z500 sedan will be launched on the China car market in November, one month earlier than previously reported. Price will start around 90.000 yuan and end around 130.000 yuan. The Z500 debuted on the Beijing Auto Show in April, it is the largest-ever sedan for the Zotye brand.

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Very sweet interior with sporty dials, wood, alu detailing, and a large screen in the center console .

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Probably the best looking Zotye so far. Lower part of rear bumper particularly nice.

The Z500 will be positioned above the Zotye Z300 sedan. Power will come from a new 1.5 turbo four-cylinder petrol engine with 150hp and 195nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT. Zotye is also working on a new 1.8 and 1.8 turbo that will be launched in 2015.

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This is the Lifan Lotto mini MPV for the China car markethttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/this-is-the-lifan-lotto-mini-mpv-for-the-china-car-market/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/23/this-is-the-lifan-lotto-mini-mpv-for-the-china-car-market/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:27:38 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=59606 This is the Lifan Lotto mini MPV for the China car market

This is the new Lifan Lotto mini MPV. The Lotto, or Letu in Chinese, will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November and launch on the China car market just before the end of the year. Price will start around 40.000 yuan and end around 60.000 yuan. The Lotto is the first mini MPV for the Lifan brand.

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Dash looks good enough for the money. Central instrument pod very 1990. Large touch screen very 2014. Color scheme a bit messy to my eyes, with gray, black, darker black, alu detailing, and red.

Power comes from a 1.2 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 84hp and 108nm or from a 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol with 109hp and 145nm. Both engines will be mated to a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. Size: 4350/1730/1800, wheelbase is 2720.

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Many more Chinese car buyers living in the cities fall for the practicality of a mini MPV, choosing one over the standard sedan. The MPV’s seat seven plus a dog, don’t use much fuel, and are small enough to park anywhere. The fact that they are not very fast bothers very few since speed doesn’t matter much in the endless traffic jams. Recently we have seen a lot of new entries into the market: Dongfeng Xiaokang Fengguang, Beijing Auto Weiwang M20, and the Changan Ounuo.

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Tires are tiny, looking impossibly small, swimming in their arches. Bigger wheels would make the Lotto look a lot better. Rear lights and window spoiler are kinda hip.

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Chery eQ EV will hit the Chinese auto market on November 5http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/22/chery-eq-ev-will-hit-the-chinese-auto-market-on-november-5/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/22/chery-eq-ev-will-hit-the-chinese-auto-market-on-november-5/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:41:25 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=59599 Chery eQ EV will hit the Chinese auto market on November 5

The brand new Chery eQ will be launched on the Chinese auto market on November 5, price will start around 50.000 yuan including all subsidies, and that will make the eQ one of the cheapest electric cars available in country. The Chery eQ is an electric vehicle based on the Chery QQ minicar.

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The electric motor delivers 57hp and 150nm. Battery is lithium-ion. Range is 200 kilometer. Charging takes 8-10 hours for a full charge on 220V. No other specs available for now.

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The instrument panel is completely digital.

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The gear lever is extremely cool. And we LOVE the cigarette lighter. Cleaning up the air with a coal-fired electric vehicle while chain smoking at the wheel. Earlier on we saw a similar lighter on the new BYD S7 which is also equipped with a build-in PM2.5  air purifier.

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Let’s light up another Chery eQ EV.

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Spotted in China: Jeep Wrangler Dragon Limited Editionhttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/22/spotted-in-china-jeep-wrangler-dragon-limited-edition/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/22/spotted-in-china-jeep-wrangler-dragon-limited-edition/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:59:12 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=59532 Spotted in China: Jeep Wrangler Dragon Limited Edition

A very rare Jeep Wrangler Dragon Limited Edition, Spotted in China near the Solana shopping mall in central Beijing. The Dragon Limited Edition was a China-only limited edition based on the Jeep Wrangler five-door 3.6 V6, it was launched in December 2013, oddly almost one year after the Chinese Year of the Dragon had ended. Other automakers were better in time, like Smart, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Hasbro, Zotye, and Aston Martin. No matter the strange timing, the Jeep Wrangler Dragon Limited Edition is a dangerous car…

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… with a dragon on the bonnet with a…

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… tail all over the doors. In gold the ancient form of the character ‘dragon’.

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Special alloys with gold detailing. The Wrangler Dragon Limited Edition was limited to 999 units, and this example is the very first one I have ever seen on the road. The rumor mill says Jeep never sold them out, especially because they were 119.000 yuan, or 20.000 USD  at the time, more expensive than the base Wrangler they were based on.

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And that is a lot of money, no matter how many dragons you can throw at it. Here is another one on the spare wheel box. Jeep logo in gold.

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Handle bar in gold with dragon motif.

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Dragons on the seats.

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A golden grille, gold around the headlights, and another Jeep logo in gold. Can see radiator!, so at least the grille is real.

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Haval H1 will hit the Chinese car market in Novemberhttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/22/haval-h1-will-hit-the-chinese-car-market-in-november/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/22/haval-h1-will-hit-the-chinese-car-market-in-november/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:19:16 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=59593 Haval H1 will hit the Chinese car market in November

The new Haval H1 will be launched on the Chinese car market in November. Price will start at 69.900 yuan and end at 83.900 yuan. The H1 is the smallest SUV in the Great Wall Haval range, it debuted in August on the Chengdu Auto Show in China.

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One of the best interiors in class. Red and black color scheme. Round air vents. Sporty dials. Touch screen standing on dash.

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There will be two four-cylinder petrol engines available: a 105hp 1.5 and a new 147hp 1.5 turbo, both mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, sending power to the front wheels. Size: 3898×1729×1621, wheelbase is 2560.

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Rear bumper looking cool with exhaust pipes integrated in skid pad.

The Haval H1 will be marketed as a sporty small SUV for young families living in the big cities. The black plastic gives the H1 that crossover-going-to-the-mountain look that is still so popular in China. And it has a roof-rack!

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Buick Envision is a Bulck in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/22/buick-envision-is-a-bulk-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/10/22/buick-envision-is-a-bulk-in-china/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:53:13 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=59588 Buick Envision is a Bulk in China

I am in the great city of Dalian in Liaoning Province for business. Coincidentally I am staying in the same hotel as where Buick has organized the local press launch for the new Buick Envision SUV. They had a table in the lobby for registration, and next to the table stood a backdrop. The text reads: ‘Driving force for Bulck  Like the Sea’. They can’t get their own name right. Can’t be a good car, then.

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The Envision riding the waves. They got Buick right here. Guess they copy-pasted the logo. The sea and such refers the Dalian being a sea-port city with a lot of boats and relatively clean air.

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They had one Envision parked in front of the hotel, made extremely ugly with ugly white stickers. The stickers had technical explanations written on, saying that the Envision was 4×4, and powered by a 2.0 turbo, and all such stuff more.

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The car is actually quite nice in person. Not very exciting, but I can imagine it might become popular.

The Bulck Envision is a China-only SUV. It is manufactured by the Shanghai-GM joint venture. Price starts at 269.900 yuan and ends at 349.900 yuan. The Bulck Envision debuted last month on the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show.

Lone engine is a 2.0 turbo with 260hp and 363nm mated to a six-speed automatic. It will soon be joined by a low-output variant of the 2.0 turbo with 200hp and 280nm, and in 2015 a 170hp 1.5 turbo will join the line-up as well. GM is reportedly working on a hybrid variant based around this 1.5 turbo but it is yet unknown when this variants will hit the market. The low-output variant of the 2.0 turbo will bring price down to about 230.000 yuan and the 1.5 turbo to about 210.000 yuan. Size: 4667/1839/1663mm, wheelbase is 2750.

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