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Chinese auto dealer Zhongsheng buys German tuner Carlsson

May 27, 2012 by Joey Wang

Zhongsheng buys 70 pct of Carlsson

Zhongsheng Group Holdings Ltd , a major Chinese auto retailer, announced on Friday it has acquired a 70 percent stake in German vehicle-personalization specialist Carlsson Autotechnik GMBH to meet rising demand from wealthy Chinese car owners for custom bodies and souped-up engines.

China’s auto retailers like Zhongsheng and Pangda Automobile Trade Co are diversifying their offerings to gain market share as the country’s nouveau riche spend millions on luxury cars.

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Spotted in China: Ferrari 599 GTB China Limited Edition

May 27, 2012 by Joey Wang

Ferrari 599 GTB China Limited Edition

Here we have an extremely rare Ferrari, made especially for the Chinese car market. This is the Ferrari 599 GTB China Limited Edition, based on the ‘standard’ Ferrari 599 GTB with HGTE Package. The China Limited Edition arrived in October 2009 and Ferrari made only 12 that were sold out in minutes for some 1 million US dollar each.

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Spotted in China: Great Wall Safe RV CC6460D

May 27, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Great Wall Safe RV

A very fine early Great Wall Safe RV, also known as the Safe F1, also known as the Great Wall Safe CC6460D, and finally also known by its Chinese name ‘Saifu’. The Safe RV was based on the standard Safe and sexed up with all kinda ‘recreational vehicle’ stuff, such as a body kit, fog lights, a roof rack and special alloys. The huge bull-bar on this particular car was not standard but a dealer-option.

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Spotted in China: Hongqi CA 7180 A2E

May 27, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongqi CA 7180 A2E

This is the Hongqi (Red Flag) CA 7180 A2E, based on the Audi 100 that was made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. FAW, First Auto Works, is also the owner of the Hongqi-brand. Hongqi made a long range of Audi 100 based cars from the late 1980’s until the early 2000’s. This CA 7180 A2E is a late car, it was born in 2001 and continued until 2003.

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Gan Lulu back in Business, but she didn’t sleep too well…

May 27, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Gan Lulu

China’s very hot ‘actress’ Gan Lulu caused quite a big stir in China when she appeared almost naked at the Beijing Auto Show last month. The Chinese central government stepped in and said car models had become too sexy and thereby caused a “negative social impact.” There were zillions “scantily-clad models” at the show but everybody was looking at poor Gan Lulu, like it was all her fault… She went dark for almost a month but came back with a bang yesterday at the Weifang Auto Show, a rather local show in Shandong Province. Gan Lulu dressed definitely less naked than before and she looked like she hadn’t slept for weeks. Read more »

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Five Ferrari Enzo’s hit the Track in China, at the Same Time

May 27, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

super car day China

After the sad news about the death Aston Martin One-77 we make it up with some really good news. On pic five Ferrari Enzo’s on the Shanghai F1 Circuit in China. The five Enzo’s came together to race during a super car event organized by the Shanghai Super Car Club, better known as the SSCC. The event was closed for the media but fortunately some members of the club, those lucky bastards.., iPhoned some pics to Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

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Aston Martin One-77 crashes in China

May 27, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Aston Martin One-77 crash

Sad news from super car land, a fine Aston Martin One-77 crashed very hard in the great city of Hong Kong. This car normally lives in the great city of Shenzhen, just across the border, and doesn’t have any license plates, meaning the insurance, if there was any, will not pay a dime. What happened exactly is unclear at the moment but the One-77 seems totaled. The cause of the crash might have to do with the fact that Hongkongnese drive on the wrong side of the road, a left-over from British rule. This can be confusing for a mainland-Chinese driver, especially with 700hp on tap. Via: Weibo.

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Chinese-Japanse consortium bids for Saab

May 26, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Saab might be saved again. This time by a Chinese-Japanese consortium specialized in clean energy and power plants. It isn’t just a rumor. The consortium has established a Swedish company called ‘National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB’ which has placed a bid for what is left of Saab. Read more from Bloomberg:

A group led by a Chinese energy company and a Japanese venture-capital firm has placed a bid for bankrupt Swedish carmaker Saab, a spokesman for the investing team said.

The two main parties in the group are Sun Investment, a Japanese firm that specializes in high-tech environmental projects, and National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd., which has roots in Hong Kong and builds and owns power plants.

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New Police Cars from China

May 25, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Police Cars from China

Yesterday I went to the ‘China International Exhibition on Police Equipment’ in Beijing, also known as ‘China Police 2012′. There were a lotta guns, armored vehicles and other things to annoy protesters. More on all that later, we start today with the police cars. Not real police cars, yet, but cars that the various auto makers hope to sell to the Chinese police. On the fist pic the new Citroen c-Quatre (C4) sedan.

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China’s Chery to make cars in Vietnam

May 25, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Chery Vietnam

China’s biggest car exporter Chery Automobile Co will soon start assembling vehicles in Vietnam, its latest move to tap overseas markets as growth in the low-priced car segment stalls in China.

The Anhui-based company said last week in an emailed statement that it has agreed with local partners to establish an assembly plant in northern Vietnam to produce and sell its cars in the southeastern Asian country.

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