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Spotted in China: BMW Z8 in blue

May 16, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW Z8 China

Here we have a very nice sportsmachine, seen in Beijing by reader Ali Khalili (thank you for the pics!). This is the incredible BMW Z8, by far the most beautiful roadster BMW has ever made. Look at those front tires!, this monster has been used…

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Spy Shots: Chery Cowin SUV testing in China

May 16, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chery Cowin SUV

The very first spy shots of yet another SUV from Chery. This is the Chery Cowin SUV, basically the same car as the Chery Riich X3 SUV that is still testing around as well. Both machines are slightly different up front and at the back.

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Volkswagen working on hot Sagitar for China

May 16, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Volkswagen Sagitar China

Volkswagen is working on a souped up sporty version of the Sagitar sedan, known in the rest of the world as the Jetta. Chinese media thinks the sporty Sagitair will be called ‘Sagitar GLI’. Power will likely come from the 2.0 TSI unit that also powers the Golf GTI.

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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto C50E testing in China

May 16, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Beijing Auto C50E

The very first spy shots from the new Beijing Auto C50E testing in China. The C50E debuted as a concept car on the Beijing Auto Show and will see production late next year. Beijing Auto says the C50E is based on their new M-trix platform which in turn is developed from the platform of the old Saab 9-3. The concept car at the show however seemed very much based on an Hyundai Elantra.

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BYD wants to produce electric buses in Canada

May 16, 2012 by W.E. Ning

BYD electric bus

Domestic automaker BYD Co has signed an agreement to produce electric buses in Windsor, Canada, a city across the border from Detroit that was long involved the US auto industry. According to the deal between BYD and the Windsor government, the Chinese company will produce 500 buses annually in the city.

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Facelifted Toyota Crown will be launched in China in June

May 16, 2012 by Joey Wang

Toyota Crown China

The facelifted Toyota Crown was expected to debut at last month’s Beijing Auto Show but it did not appear. Chinese media now report the updated Crown will be launched on the China car market in June. The Crown is made in China by the FAW-Toyota joint venture. Facelift includes a new grill with more chrome, new light units, new bumpers and an updated interior.

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Volvo working on stretched S60 for Chinese car market

May 16, 2012 by Joey Wang

Volvo S60L China

Volvo is working on a stretched S60 that will debut at the Chinese market sometime next year. The S60L will compete with cars such as the Audi A4L and the BMW 3Li. The Volvo S80L, a China-only stretched S80, is made locally at the Chang’an-Volvo joint venture. Read more »

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Volkswagen Lavida goes hatchback in China

May 16, 2012 by Joey Wang

Volkswagen Lavida hatchback

Volkswagen is working on a hatchback version of the Lavida, a China-only sedan made by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture. The facelifted Lavida sedan just debuted at the Beijing Auto Show last month, and the Lavida hatchback is expected to hit the Chinese car market in 2013. It will likely be called ‘Lavida RV’, many Chinese automakers call their hatchbacks ‘RV’ and Volkswagen seems to go with that flow.

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Spotted in China: the Yangzhou Kaiersimai TM-12 EV Sportscar

May 16, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Kaiersimai TM-12 EV Sportscar

I love the smell of electric cars in the morning! Here we have a very special electric mini sportscar, seen by reader Lao Wei (thank you!) in southern Beijing. This is the Yangzhou Kaiersimai TM-12 EV Sportscar. In Chinese it is advertised as: Diandongxiaopaoche (电动小跑车), or Small Electric Race Car. Let’s see how fast it is!

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A slightly overloaded truck in Beijing

May 15, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

overloaded truck China

Here we have a slightly overloaded truck, seen on the outskirts of Beijing by reader Kael. This way of loading a truck is very much forbidden in the capital but the further from the center you get the less police cares.

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