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China car sales up 13.3% in March

April 11, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

China car sales up 13.3% in March

China’s auto sales in March rose 13.3 percent over a year earlier but Japanese automakers suffered more declines, an industry group reported Thursday. Customers in the world’s biggest vehicle market bought 1.6 million cars, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). It said total sales including trucks and buses were just over 2 million vehicles.

Drivers bought a total of 4.4 million cars in the first three months of the year, up 17.2 percent from a year earlier, according to CAAM. Total vehicle sales rose 13.2 percent to 5.4 million.

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Spy Shots: Chery Fulwin 2 Cross will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show

April 11, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

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These are the very first renderings, likely leaked from a product presentation, from the new Chery Fulwin 2 Cross that will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show. The Fulwin 2 Cross will be launched on the Chinese car market later this year, based on the recently facelifted Chery Fulwin 2 hatchback. Cross-treatment included the usual black plastic, a low lip under the front bumper which is sure great for off roading, chromed mirrors and a roof rack. On the grille the redesigned Chery logo that we have seen on many other spy shots, but strangely…

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Official: first renderings of the MG CS SUV concept

April 11, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Official: first renderings of the MG CS SUV concept

MG has released the first official renderings of the MG CS SUV concept car that will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show later this month. The real thing will be launched on the Chinese car market later this year, based on the 2010 Ssangyong Korando. The concept loox a bit on the wild side with a huge front spoiler and speedy side skirts. Think those away and you got more or less what the production version will look like.

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Spotted in China: Cadillac Fleetwood in Brown

April 11, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Cadillac Fleetwood in Brown

An almost perfect Cadillac Fleetwood in brown with a bit of black, seen in the great city of Shanghai by reader Chiprdan, thank you for the pictures! New tires do the old Caddy a surprisingly lotta sporty good. Not quite race car, but fast for a Caddy. Complicated-to-make-and-to-clean alloys are period, and they need a good clean-up to shine again.

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Spy Shots: Fiat is working on a Viaggio Wagon for China

April 10, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Fiat is working on a Viaggio Wagon for China

Fiat seems to be working on a wagon-version of the Fiat Viaggio sedan, which is basically the same car as the American Dodge Dart. A drawing that popped up on the Chinese interwebs, likely leaked from a Fiat-product presentation, shows a sleek looking wagon-like bodywork. Not for luggage, all for style, which might appeal very well to young ‘n hip Chinese car buyers.

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Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera is Orange in China

April 10, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera is Orange in China

A Lamborghini LP 570-4 Superleggera in bright orange, seen in the great city of Chengdu by reader Lao Wei, thank you for the pic! The super speedy Lambo loox great in orange, the theme continuing all the way to the brake calipers. The  LP 570-4 Superleggera debuted in 2010, lighter and faster than the regular Gallardo; weight is only 1340kg and the 5.2 liter V10 poops out 562hp, together good for an impressive 325km/h top speed. Chengdu is surrounded by high mountains with very new and super-flat roads, there can’t be a better place to have this Gallardo…

Time so four our famous China-Lamborghini Gallardo Collection™: yellow, crash, orange with Mac, tree-crash, matte black, license platepink, Balboni, LP550-2 GZ8 Edizione Limitata, shiny green, chrome, Reventon, crash, GZ8 Edizione Limitata, shiny-blue, matte-black & orange, water melon, red wheelsHK20, pink, matte-black, gold, pink, another pink, lime-green, in gold, one purple, another purple, Gold Edition, and a Spyder Performante.

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Spy Shots: Haima M6 testing in China

April 10, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: Haima M6 testing in China

New spy shots of the upcoming Haima M6 sedan, the successor of the Haima Family. Interestingly this particular test car has another logo up front than the Haima M6 we saw on earlier spy shots.  The logo on the new spy shots belongs to Zhengzhou-Haima, a Haima subsidiary based in the great city of Zhengzhou in Henan Province. Haima is based in Haikou on the sunny island province of Hainan, itself a subsidiary of First Auto Works (FAW). Zhengzhou-Haima makes the Haima Aishang minicar and will make the upcoming Haima C2 SUV. The change indicates the M6 will be made by Zhengzhou-Haima as well.

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Spy Shots: new Toyota Vios seen testing in China

April 10, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: new Toyota Vios seen testing in China

The very first live-shots of the new Toyota Vios testing in China. The new Toyota Vios debuted internationally on the Bangkok Auto Show last week, it will debut in China on the Shanghai Auto Show later this month. The Toyota Vios is made in China by the FAW-Toyota joint venture.

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Official Pictures of the BYD S7, will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show

April 10, 2013 by Joey Wang

Official Pictures of the BYD S7, will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show

BYD has released two official pictures of the new BYD S7 SUV, and confirmed it will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show later this month. The BYD S7 is a dressed up version of the BYD S6, which is a copy of the last generation Lexus RX350 (or a Scion). The BYD S7 has a new front and thus loox slightly less like a copy of the Lexus, which we call an improvement in BYD-land. But!, and strangely, the grille of the S7 loox very similar to the grille of the Beijing Auto Shenbao D320 half-concept that debuted on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November, where the S7 was expected as well but didn’t yet hatch.

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Spy Shots: new JAC Heyue A30 is Naked in China

April 10, 2013 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: new JAC A30 is Naked in China

Spy shots from the upcoming JAC Heyue A30 sedan all-naked in China. The Heyue A30, formerly known as JAC BII, is a new mid-size sedan that will be launched on the Chinese car market in the first half of this year, it will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show later this month.

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