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Spy Shots: new Lexus ES naked in China

February 22, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

new Lexus ES naked in China

The very first shots of an all-naked new Lexus ES which will debut simultaneously at the Beijing Auto Show and the New York Auto Show in April. The new Lexus ES comes with the ‘hourglass grille’ that is quickly spreading across the entire Lexus model range. There are two ES250 on the pics, taken in a port, likely early cars for dealer-training or promotion.

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Spy Shots: new Volkswagen Jetta NF testing in China

February 22, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen Jetta NF China

Production of the good old MK2 Volkswagen Jetta will finally stop in early 2013. This is the new Jetta, cone named ‘Jetta NF’. It is based on the Volkswagen Polo sedan but it will be much cheaper, the platform is called ‘A-Entry’ and will also underpin the new Volkswagen Santana and the new Skoda Rapid.

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Ford expects moderate growth in China this year

February 22, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Ford China

Ford expects China’s vehicle sales to rise “about 5%” in 2012, the auto maker’s regional head said, forecasting a second year of relatively moderate growth for the world’s largest car market after years of double-digit surges.

But Joseph Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia-Pacific and Africa, said the U.S.-based company expects its own sales to exceed the industry average, despite a weak start, as it expands production facilities and introduces new models.

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Lamborghini to unveil SUV concept at Beijing Auto Show in April

February 22, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Businessweek reports that Lamborghini will unveil a SUV concept at the Beijing Auto Show in April. The production version ‘may be’ available by 2016. Businessweek got the news from ‘a person familiar with the Sant’Agata Bolognese-based company’s plans who declined to be identified’.

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Bulgaria opens Great Wall car plant, hopes for more Chinese investments

February 22, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Great Wall Bulgaria factory opening

L-R: Chinese Ambassador to Bulgaria Guo Yezhou, Litex Motors owner Grisha Ganchev, Great Wall CEO Wang Feng Ying, Bulgarian PM Borisov, Bulgarian EconMin Traikov at the Litex Motors factory opening.

Bulgaria has formally launched of mass production of cars under the Chinese Great Wall badge by Litex Motors near the northern city of Lovech.

The car manufacturing plant near Lovech comes to life seventeen years after Bulgaria’s last failed attempt to revive its automobile industry. The first car of the Chinese company Great Wall assembled near Bulgaria’s Lovech was rolled out in the middle of November 2011.

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Great Wall Motor opens factory in Bulgaria

February 22, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Great Wall Bulgaria

Great Wall Motor has become the first Chinese carmaker to open an assembly plant in Europe as it aims to lift sales in the region. The factory, in the northern village of Bahovitsa in Bulgaria, will eventually produce 50,000 vehicles a year.

The facility was built together with Great Wall’s Bulgarian partner Litex Motors. It will manufacture Great Wall’s Hover SUV, Steed pick-up and Voleex city car models.

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Volvo sets up joint venture with its owner, Geely

February 21, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Volvo Geely joint venture

Volvo Car will form a carmaking venture with majority shareholder Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., as part of plans to expand in the world’s largest vehicle market. Volvo will announce “concrete details” about the joint venture in about two months, Michael Ning, a Beijing-based spokesman for the company, said in a phone interview today.

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Spy Shots: BYD-Daimler EV seen testing in China

February 21, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD-Daimler EV China

New spy shots from the BYD-Daimler EV, code named ‘Tiger’. BYD-Daimler is a joint venture that will make EV’s for the Chinese market under a yet unknown brand name. The Tiger will be their first car, it is based on the old Mercedes-Benz B-class.

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Spy Shots: SouEast V5 sedan testing in China

February 21, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

SouEast V5 sedan

New spy shots from the upcoming SouEast V5 sedan, it will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April and it will be listed on the China car market in June, price will range from 70.000 to 100.000 yuan. See below for the first pics of the interior.

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Dongfeng-Nissan Venucia D50 to be listed in China on April 23

February 21, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Dongfeng-Nissan Venucia D50

The Dongfeng-Nissan Venucia D50 sedan will be listed on the China car market on April 23, price will range from 50.000 to 80.000 yuan. Venucia is a new sub-brand from the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture aimed at the cheap end of the market. The D50 is Venucia’s first car and based on the last-gen Dongfeng-Nissan Tiida. Via: 163.com.