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Spy Shots: Chevrolet Sail testing in India

January 19, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chevrolet Sail India

New spy shots from the China-developed Chevrolet Sail testing in India. General Motors and its Chinese partner SAIC (Shanghai Auto) are working together in GM-India that will bring several Chinese cars to the Indian auto market, all to be badged as Chevrolets.

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History: the Hongqi HQ430 New Flagship bullet-proof Limousine

January 18, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongqi HQ430 New Flagship

Here we have a very special bullet proof limousine, it debuted as a concept car at the 2006 Beijing Auto Show. Its full name is the Hongqi HQ430 New Flagship. It was based on the Hongqi (Red Flag) HQ430 sedan which in turn was based on the Hongqi HQ3 sedan which in turn was based on the Toyota Crown Majesta. ‘New Flagship’ refers to the old Hongqi Flagship which was based on the Lincoln Town Car.

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New Volkswagen Sagitar will be listed in China in February

January 18, 2012 by W.E. Ning

New Volkswagen Sagitar

The new Volkswagen Sagitar will be listed on the China car market in February. The Sagitar is made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture and is based on the American NCS-6 Jetta. The current Volkswagen Sagitar is based on the old Europan Jetta.

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History: China’s first jeep, the Chang’an Changjiang 46

January 18, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chang'an Changjiang 46

China’s first mass-produced military jeep was made by Chongqing Chang’an, a predecessor of today’s Chang’an Automotive. The Chang’an Changjiang 46 was a Chinese copy of the American Willys Jeep.

Changjiang is the brand name, it means Yangtze River, which runs through Chongqing, the hometown of Chang’an. Production of the Changjiang 46 started in 1959 and ended in 1963. The numbers were small; 38 in 1959 and 1390 in 1963.

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Spy Shots: Haima M11 = Haima Aishang

January 18, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Haima Aishang

Spy shots from the upcoming Haima Aishang, formerly known as the Haima M11. The M11 debuted as a concept on the Beijing Auto Show in 2010, the slightly reworked Aishang will now debut as a production car on the Beijing Auto Show in April.

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Extreme Tuning from China: Brilliance BS4 with Lambo-doors

January 18, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Brilliance BS4 with Lambo-doors

Another extremely modified Brilliance BS4 from China. Earlier on we saw one Brilliance BS6 which wanted to be a BMW, today we have a BS4 with Lambo-doors. Things that changed: the doors for sure, low profile tires, new alloys, a full-size body kit, new bumper and a new bonnet wrapped in gold.

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Spy Shot: Beijing Auto BC301 EV testing in China

January 18, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto BC301 EV

The Beijing Auto BC301 will be listed in March. Power will come from a 1.3, or a 1.5. But there will also be a full-electric EV from which we now have the very first spy shot. The electric motor has 336V, 20kw and 64nm, and will be powered by a 20.2kwh battery. Range is expected to be 150 km. Charging takes 6-7 hours. Battery life is 3 years or 60.000 km. Via: Sina.com.

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Spy Shots: Audi Q3 testing in China

January 18, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Audi Q3 China

The new Audi Q3 SUV has been spotted testing in China. The Q3 will be listed on the china car market as an import in April. Local production of the Audi Q3 will begin in 2013 by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture.

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Beijing Auto BC301 to be listed in China in March

January 18, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto BC301

The Beijing Auto BC301 will be listed on the China car market in March, price will range from 50.000 yuan to 75.000 yuan. Power comes from 1.3 and 1.5 Mitsubishi-sourced engines. The production-version of the BC301 debuted back in April 2011 at the Shanghai Auto Show. Via: Autohome.

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Great Wall Motor targets 23% sales growth in 2012

January 18, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Great Wall Motors China

Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, China’s top manufacturer of sport utility vehicles and pick-up trucks, aims to deliver 23.3 percent more vehicles in 2012 from last year. Great Wall said it aimed to sell 600,000 vehicles this year. The total last year was 486,800, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

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