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Hongqi C131 = Hongqi H7

February 23, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongqi H7 China

New spy shots from the upcoming Hongqi C131 finally show the car’s real name: Hongqi H7. The new Hongqi H7 will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April and is is based on the Toyota Crown from the FAW-Toyota joint venture. FAW is also the owner of the Hongqi-brand.

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MG working on ‘AS21′ SUV in China

February 23, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

MG AS21 SUV China

New rumors about a MG SUV from China. According to Chinese sources it will be based on the Roewe 350/MG5 platform, code name is ‘AS21′. Design is said to be all new, the rendering was made by automotive website 163.com and loox good enough indeed.

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FAW Oley will be listed in China on March 7

February 23, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

FAW Oley China

The new FAW Oley sedan will be listed on the China car market on March 7. The interestingly styled car debuted at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December last year, earlier this month we saw the first pics of the production version. Price will range from 80.000 to 100.000 yuan.

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Spy Shots: Chang’an S101 SUV naked in China

February 23, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chang'an S101 SUV naked in China

We have seen the new Chang’an S101 SUV testing around many a times, these are the very first spy shots of the real thing. Pics are likely taken with a smart phone from a presentation, not perfectly clear yet, but we can see what it will be. Not a bad design this is at all, sharp lines, strong forward stance, modern looks.

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Geely to assemble cars in Egypt

February 23, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Geely Egypt

Economic growth is slowing in China and Western markets are a tough sell, so Geely is turning to emerging markets and most recently to Egypt.

Geely and an Egyptian car-assembly company said Wednesday they plan to start assembling Geely cars this year for sale across North Africa. The Chinese auto maker and Egypt’s GB Auto SAE plan to produce up to 30,000 cars annually in a few years and eventually hit 50,000 cars a year, a person close to Geely said.

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Smart sells cars online in China

February 23, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Smart China

Smart teamed up with website 360.buy.com to sell a limited edition of the Smart ForTwo over the internet in China. It worked. The 300 ‘Pearl Grey’ Smarts sold out within an impressive 89 minutes, more than 17.200 people had put the Smart on their watch list.

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New Honda CR-V listed & priced in China

February 22, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

New Honda CR-V in China

The new Honda CR-V has been listed on the China car market. Price starts at 193.800 yuan and ends at 262.800 yuan. The CR-V is made in China by the Dongfeng-Honda joint venture. Two engines: 2.0 with 155hp or a 2.4 with 190hp. Main competition: the Shanghai-Volkswagen Toureg and the FAW-Toyota RAV4. Via: Autohome.

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No worry Wang!, she’s still going fine…

February 22, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Hyundai Elantra China still driving after accident

Here we have a Hyundai Elantra riding the Jingkai Highway in Beijing. The car seems damaged to the max but is somehow still working. Not bad… The Elantra is made in China by the Beijing-Hyundai joint venture, price starts around 80.000 yuan. This one is worth, well, I guess you can still sell it in the countryside for some 5.000. This curious case reminds me of a certain truck. Pic via CRI.

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Changing your BYD S6 into a real Lexus RX350 in China

February 22, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD Lexus changing set

The BYD S6 SUV is a copy of the last-gen Lexus RX350. This ain’t no secret thing, even the not so critical Chinese press agrees on this one. For buyers who want to pretend they are very rich two problems remain; those damn BYD-badges all over and the grille doesn’t really look Lexus.

Not a big problem, BYD dealers usually sell Lexus-badges and a Lexus-grille straight with the S6, they even put it on for you. Here we have just such a set, it consists of one Lexus grille and 10 Lexus badges, all this for only 600 yuan or 95 USD. A closer look, at things:

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Extreme Tuning from China: Mazda 3 Convertible

February 22, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Extreme Tuning from China: Mazda 3 Convertible

Here we have by far the most extreme car in the Extreme Tuning from China-series until now. This mighty machine is based on a four-door last-gen Mazda 3 sedan but except for the front it is completely gone. Off went the roof, out went two doors. In came the Lambo-doors, a fat body kit and a a space ship full of speakers.

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