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Volvo’s 2011 car sales up 20%

January 6, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Volvo S60 China

Volvo Cars said on Thursday that vehicle sales rose by a fifth last year, putting it on track to remain profitable and making it the fastest growing luxury carmaker.

Best known for its expertise in safety features and traditional emphasis on station wagons like the Volvo V50, Volvo said retail volumes rose 20.3 percent to 449,255 vehicles, its best sales performance since 2007.

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Hongqi HQE to be listed in China in December (?)

January 6, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongqi HQE to be listed in China

We heard it many times before, and it never happened. Chinese media once again reports the Hongqi HQE will make it to the China car market. Listing is this time expected for December, price to start around 3 million yuan (476.000 USD). Consider us very skeptical…

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Subaru recalls over 7,000 cars in China

January 6, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Japanese automaker Subaru will recall 7,133 vehicles exported to China for defects in the brake systems’ master cylinders, China’s quality watchdog said.

The cars to be recalled include Legacy models produced from Sept 21 to Nov 15, 2011, and Outback models produced from Nov 29 to Dec 19, 2011, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said in a statement.

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China-made BMW 3 will debut at the Beijing Auto Show

January 6, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW 3-series China

Extended or not, that is the question. The new BMW 3-series will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April. Earlier on there were rumors about the possibility of an extended 3L to compete with the China-made Audi A4L. Later on these rumors were denied, but Chinese media now reports there might be an extended 3 after all, to be built alongside the standard car. Read more »

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Hongqi of China; the Lincoln years

January 5, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongqi, or Red Flag, is China’s most famous automotive brand. Owner of the Hongqi-brand is First Auto Works, or FAW. Hongqi always was, and sometimes still is, the car for the country’s leaders – communist party bosses and the car for the very influential. Not the car for the very rich mind!, the Hongqi was strictly government business. Hongqi’s most famous cars are the CA 770-series and the Audi-based limousines and parade cars.

There is however another less well known chapter in Hongqi’s history; a tie up with good old Lincoln from the USA in the 1990′s and early 00′s. This article will show what cars came out of this interesting marriage. On first pic the first Hongqi CA7460 rolling of the line in the factory in Changchun, Jilin province. It was November 10, 1998.

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Extreme Tuning from China: Citroen C2 with Lambo-doors

January 5, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Citroen C2 with Lambo-doors

The Chinese Citroen C2 is a completely different car than the European C2, it is based on the Peugeot 206 and in made in China, alongside the 206, by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture. Naturally it is cheap and rather boring, no wonder some are trying to make is e bit more sexy…

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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 listed & priced in China

January 5, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The brilliant Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 has been listed on the China car market. Price is 1.1999 million yuan or 190.000 USD. Power comes from a 6.4 Hemi V8 with 461hp and 624nm, and that is just good enough for standing in a traffic jam. Via: Sohu.com.

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Spy Shots: facelift for the Mazda 2 in China

January 5, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Mazda 2 in China

The Mazda 2 will get a facelift, new car will be listed in the second half of this year, debut is expected at the Beijing Auto Show in April. Changes, mostly up front, have to bring the Chinese Mazda 2 in line with the rest of the world.

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Hongqi CA 7600L Parade Car on display in FAW factory

January 5, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongqi CA 7600L Parade Car

This mighty Hongqi CA7600L Parade Car is a piece of Chinese history. It is exactly this car, with numberplate 京V•02009, that was used by President Hu Jintao during the 1 October 2009 military parade in Beijing. Since 2009 this car has been all around China where it stood at several exhibitions and was also used for dealer events. Now it seems finally back home, on display right in the middle of the FAW factory in Changchun. FAW, First Auto Works, is the owner of the Hongqi brand. Read more »

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Greatwall Haval H6 AT to be listed in China in April

January 5, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Greatwall Haval H6

The Greatwall Haval H6 was listed on the Chinese car market in August last year. Only available transmission is a 5-speed manual. That however will change in April when Greatwall launches not just one but two automatic gearboxes for the H6: a 4-speed and a 6-speed, both will debut at the Beijing Auto Show. Via: Autohome.