- China Auto News China Car News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:06:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BYD S7 launched on the Chinese car market Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:06:11 +0000 BYD S7 launched on the Chinese car market

The all new seven-seat BYD S7 SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 119.000 yuan and ends at 139.900 yuan, and that is much cheaper than expected. The BYD S7 is a more luxurious and powerful version of the BYD S6. The BYD S7 in turn forms the base for the upcoming super sonic BYD Tang Hybrid. The final production version of the S7 debuted in April on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.


The BYD S7 is loaded with tech that you would normally expect in cars like the Mercedes S-class, shaming the competition into hiding. Chinese car buyers love this kind of stuff and it will certainly help BYD selling the S7.


The dials are fully digital.


The small display between the air vents shows the data of the built-in air purifier, focused on filtering choking PM2.5 particles from the air. The BYD S7 is the first car in the word with an air purifier. BYD will roll out the system over all its other models this and next year.

The 10.2 inch touch-screen infotainment system includes satellite navigation, television, a 24/7 internet connection, a full-blasted music system, service updates, 500 GB data storage, and whatnot more. Build Your Dreams badge under screen a nice touch.


Get the 2.5 out and the tear in. The BYD S7 is equipped with a clearly marked cigarette lighter. Not a bad idea in a country where more than 50% of the adult men chain-smokes, but BYD better develop a device to filter secondhand smoke, for the child and such.


The central display can also show the speedo, so all seven passengers can see how fast they go.


Power comes from a brand new 2.0 ‘TID’  turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 207hp and 350nm, sending power to all four wheels via a 6-speed DCT. The 2.0 turbo is the most powerful gasoline engine BYD has even built. TID stands for Turbocharged, direct Injection, Dual clutch.

Size: 4835/1855/1720mm, wheelbase is 2730.


It is cheap, it is big, it is tech, and it has a fatass engine. What could possibly go wrong for the BYD S7? Not much really, we think, this looks like a sure winner.


Bumper section a bit challenging.

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Buick Envision SUV launched on the Chinese car market Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:26:46 +0000 Buick Envision SUV launched on the Chinese car market

The  brand new Buick Envision SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market, giving GM a credible entry in the booming SUV market. Price starts at 269.900 yuan and ends at 349.900 yuan. The Buick Envision debuted last month on the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show.


Lots of leather and expensive looking wood panels. Start button. Stylish clock. Large TFT touch screen with the InteklLink infotainment system.

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 is only one engine available: 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.


Looking modern but not very exciting. Chrome strip connecting headlights most daring part.


The 2.0 turbo. Always dusty in China.


Grille impresses.

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Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Roadster is Bling in China Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:07:44 +0000 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Roadster is Bling in China

A very speedy Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Roadster, Spotted in China in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province by TFCSC. The ferocious Viper is wrapped in an eye killing BLING shiny silver wrap, and further poisoned up with a black racing stripe on the bonnet, black windows, a black convertible roof, and matte black multispoke alloys with blue rims.


The fourth generation Dodge Viper, commonly called ‘Dodge Viper SRT10′, was manufactured from 2007 until 2010. The ACR was a track-oriented performance version with sporty suspension, extra wings, and reduced weight. The ACR Roadster is basically a base SRT10 with a factory-fitted ACR aero package, it was not intended for the track, but nobody says it isn’t fast…


Power comes from the 8.4 liter V10 petrol engine with 600hp and 760nm, mated to a six-speed manual. Top speed is 325 kilometer per hour and 0-100 is gone in 3.6 seconds. Fast Snake! The Dodge Viper was never officially exported to China but some cars arrived via the gray market or other misty channels. This Chengdu car is by far the flashiest of them all, may she shine for a many years more.

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Changan Yuexiang V7 will launch on the China car market in November Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:41:41 +0000 changan-yuaxiang-v7-china-1

The new Changan Yuexiang V7 sedan will be launched on the China car market in November, giving Changan a credible competitor in the hyper competitive sub-compact sedan market. Price is expected to start around 60.000 yuan and end around 90.000 yuan. The Yuexiang V7 debuted in August on the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show.


Check right door with chrome strip. Check left door without. Interesting touch. Screen is interesting too. It looks like a hipster popup screen, but it is…


… fixed.


By far the best looking Changan sedan so far. Very sharp and almost sporty. Original design language.

Power! Two four-cylinder petrol engines: a 1.6 with 124hp and a new 1.5 turbo with 170hp, both engines will be mated to a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic.


Sleek taillights, subtle chrome strip below the windows, only the lower part of the bumper is a bit too black on the eye.

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Spotted in China: first generation Lada Niva 1600 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:44:44 +0000 Spotted in China: first generation Lada Niva 1600

A very rare Lada Niva 1600, Spotted in China on a car market in Beijing by Reader & Serial Spotter Navigator 84, thank you for the pictures! The good Lada is in a very good shape. Paint looks fresh, chrome mostly shiny, and all parts appears to be in place. Large tires and alloys are not original but are probably period.


The first generation Lada Niva was manufactured from 1977 until 1993. This particular car is a very early example, recognizable by the chrome strip running over the windows to the rear and the chrome bumpers. This was all replaced by black plastic and rubber on later cars.


The Lada Niva 1600 was powered by a 1.6 liter petrol engine with 78hp and 120nm. Top speed was 132 kilometers per hour and 0-100 took 23 seconds.

The Lada Niva was exported to China in small numbers until the early 1990’s. Sadly most cars have long died down. We have two other examples in our collection: body kit, and confused.

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Spotted in China: Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:44:34 +0000 lamborghini-huracan-china-1-1

An incredible Lamborghini Huracan supercar, accompanied by a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Lamborghini Aventador, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Antoine Chalendard, thank you for the pictures! This is the first Huracan we see on the road in China, and check that license plate, reading B·6G6610!


The Lamborghini Huracan will officially launch on the Chinese car market later this month, priced at a steep 4.29 million yuan or 700.000 USD. This early example in Shanghai could be a Lamborghini demo car or a gray-market import. The Huracan is already smoking hot in China with eager buyers willing to pay whatever it takes to get one before their friends do.


The Huracan is powered by a 5.2 liter V10 with 610hp and 560nm. Top speed is 325km/h, 0-100 is gone in 3.2 seconds and 0-200 is done in 9.9 seconds. Faster than almost everything else…

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Spy Shots: Qoros 3 Cross seen testing in China Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:58:25 +0000 Spy Shots: Qoros 3 Cross seen testing in China

New Spy Shots of the new Qoros 3 Cross, a sporty crossover based on the Qoros 3 Hatch hatchback. The Qoros 3 Cross will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in December and launch on the China car market just before the end of this year. The 3 Cross got the typical cross treatment with extra plastic around the wheels, skid pads front and back, and slightly larger tires. But! There is no roof rack. All cross cars have a roof rack, to carry those camping supplies up mountain. The lack of a rack makes the Qoros 3 Cross a rather bad cross.


The Qoros 3 Hatch hatchback. Price starts at 119.900 yuan and ends at 171.900 yuan ($19.000 – 27.000). Engines: a a 1.6 with 126hp and 155nm and a 1.6 turbo with 156hp and 220nm, both mated to a six-speed manual or a 6-speed DCT, sending power to the front wheels.

The Qoros 3 Cross will use the same engines and price will start slightly higher at about 135.000 yuan.


Extra plastic around the wheels. Cross cars are still very popular in China. Every brand has at least one in the line-up. Some of the cross-variants sell better than the base car. That however won’t happen to the Qoros 3 Cross, because…


… it doesn’t have a roof rack.

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Volvo S60L Hybrid will be launched on the Chinese car market in mid-2015 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:37:23 +0000 Volvo S60L Hybrid will be launched on the Chinese car market in mid-2015

The Volvo S60L Hybrid will be launched on the Chinese car market in mid-2015. The S60L Hybrid is based on the Volvo S60L, a China-only stretched variant of the Volvo S60. The S60L Hybrid is a ‘Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle’, unlike the Euro-spec S60 Hybrid which is based around a diesel engine. The ‘S60L PHEV’ debuted in semi-concept form on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.


Power comes from a hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 235hp mated to an electric motor with 70hp, good for a combined output of 305hp and a hefty 550nm. The petrol engine powers the front wheels and the electric motor the rear wheels.

The S60L has a claimed fuel consumption of 2.1 liter per 100 kilometer and a range of 1000 kilometer. Max range in pure electric mode is 80 kilometer. Acceleration from 0-100 is gone is an impressive 6 seconds.

Price of the production version will start around 320.000 yuan. The S60L competes with other China-made China-only stretched sedans such as the Audi A4L, the BMW 3Li, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class L, none of which offers a hybrid, giving Volvo an unique selling point in a hard battled market.

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Cadillac SRX will be made in China from 2015 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:19:26 +0000 Cadillac SRX will be made in China from 2015

The Cadillac SRX SUV will be manufactured in China from 2015. The SRX will be made by the Shanghai-GM joint venture, in a new factory near Shanghai city. The Cadillac SRX is currently imported into China and therefore expensive compared to the locally-made competition.


Price of the imported SRX, seen here in the special-edition Route 66 Edition, starts at 429.800 yuan and ends at 629.800 yuan. Engines: a 271hp 3.0 V6 and a 318hp 3.6 V6. These engines make the SRX even more expensive because of a nasty extra Chinese purchase tax on anything bigger than a 2.9.

The locally made SRX will therefore be powered by the well-known 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, in Caddy configuration good for 226hp and 353nm. The 3.0 V6 will be available as well fort those who really need more cylinders, but the 3.6 will disappear.

Price for the China-made Cadillac SRX will start around 350.000 yuan and end around 500.000 yuan. Cadillac China is aiming the SRX straight at the popular Audi Q5, a car that seems to be an obsession of sorts for many other automakers. The Audi Q5 is made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture.

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Audi TT is shiny dark blue in China Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:02:48 +0000 Audi TT is shiny dark blue in China

A very flashy Audi TTS sporty car, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by reader Chiprdan, thank you for the pictures! The good Audi is wrapped in an eye slaughtering shiny dark blue wrap, and further sexed up with shiny chrome mirrors, very black windows, and racy five-two shiny black alloys.


Brilliant wrapping work working with a top quality wrap. Black windows are darker than the night, contrasting mightily with the shiny dark blue body. Bumpers and doorhandles are wrapped as well, but the mirrors thus are not. License plate reading A·8 a nod to the giant Audi limousine, or not.

This example is definitely one of the best Audi TT cars we have seen in China, and we have seen a many, here is our Famous China Audi TT Collection™: shiny blue, 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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