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New Volkswagen Beetle to be listed in China in February

January 2, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Volkswagen Beetle China

The new Volkswagen Beetle will be listed on the China car market in February as an import, price will start around 200.000 yuan and end around 330.000 yuan, there are no plans yet for local production.

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Spy Shots: new MG5 testing in China, dressed in blue

January 2, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

new MG5 testing in China

The new MG5 was expected to debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show last November but didn’t make it, debut is now expected at the Beijing Auto Show in April. Just before the Guangzhou show we saw the first pics of a totally naked MG5 in black. Today we have a load of spy shots of a blue example including some pics of the interior.

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Old Pics: Chinese police impounds Plymouth Prowler

January 2, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Here we have two very funny old pics. Date is 18 February 2009. Police in the great city of Nanjing impounds a very flammable Plymouth Prowler. Officially because the thing had no license plates but also because police had no idea what kinda car it was. They called it a “weird American sports car” which for sure it is.

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Citroen c-Elysee police cars in China

January 2, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Most police cars in China are Volkswagen, Volkswagen or Volkswagen. There are some strangers around such as Beijing Jeep, Roewe, Incalcu or Greatwall but Volkswagen is by far the biggest supplier. Citroen is a small player in police-car country but recently they had one big score: the Qiemo County Public Security Bureau (police) in Inner Mongolia province bought six brand-new Citroen c-Elysee police cars for patrol duties.

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Spy Shots: Youngman-Lotus SUV testing in China, again

January 2, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Youngman-Lotus SUV

Youngman is still trying to buy assets from bankrupt Saab but at the same time it continues to develop its passenger cars. Most cars Youngman sells are rebadged Protons that are assembled in China. This new SUV however is Youngman’s own. See below for the fist pics of the interior.

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Spy Shots: Nissan Sylphy Classic pops up in China

January 2, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Nissan Sylphy Classic

Earlier on we heard the China-made Nissan Sylphy would re replaced in 2012 with an all new model. The current Sylphy however will continue as a budget-alternative under the name ‘Sylphy Classic’ and that is the car you see on these pictures.

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The Beijing Dongfeng BM021 Tricycle, a Special Story

December 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

While on holiday in the great city of Nandaihe in Hebei province I took a few pics of an old-looking tricycle. Back home in Beijing I completely forgot about it until I went through my holiday pics a few days ago, actually looking for a car completely different. The old tricycle caught my attention again and this time I decided to research the damn thing. Well, I found it this oldie was very special indeed…

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China goes Schoolbus Crazy

December 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

China has 1.4 billion people and some 200 million children that have to be ferried to school every day. Since there were no rules for this sort of transport local schools used whatever vehicles they could find to bring children to class without paying any attention to safety. Because of that things went wrong now and then, especially in the messy countryside. Read more »

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Happy New Year

December 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Nimen hao!

Happy New Year!, enjoy da party and I hope you’ll have a good one. 2011 was an interesting car-year and no doubt 2012 will even be better.

The ‘western-calender’ new year isn’t much of a party here in China, no firework and all (at least not in Beijing), for the big one we have to wait for the celebration of Chinese New Year in late January. Still, there is enough beer and champagne in town…

On pic a Tianjin-Xiali with a Cadillac logo on the c-pillar, to show that we all got to keep dreaming.

See you soon,

Tycho

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BYD F6 police cars on Duty in North Korea for Kim’s Funeral

December 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

By now every automan has probably seen the bizarre images of Kim Jong-il’s funeral. The North Korean dictator was laid to rest with a long motorcade consisting of classic Lincolns, classic Merc’s and more Merc’s. The TV however didn’t show the cars that were all the way up front the motorcade, warning spectators and crowd that the dead Dear Leader was coming. Those cars indeed were Chinese BYD F6-es with North Korean military plates.

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