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Spotted in China: Ferrari 599 GTO, II

August 21, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Ferrari 599 GTO

Today we have a very beautiful Ferrari 599 GTO. I found it standing in front of an expensive restaurant close to the 3th Ringroad in Beijing. Ferrari knows where the real money is these days, the 599 GTO debuted at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. This white car is the second GTO we’ve seen in Beijing.

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Spy Shots: Brilliance A3 SUV seen Testing in China

August 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Work continues on the Brilliance A3 (codename) SUV. It was supposed to debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. It didn’t, rumors said because joint venture partner BMW thought the A3 looked too much line the BMW X1. The A3 seen on recent spy shots however loox almost exactly like the SUV on Brilliance’s first press pics that made BMW so angry.

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Buffett’s backing fails to improve BYD’s status

August 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

HONG KONG – Warren Buffett’s support for BYD Co is proving no solace for investors, as analysts rate the Chinese automaker the lowest among global peers.

Hong Kong-listed BYD has the lowest consensus rating among the world’s largest automakers, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. BYD shares are rated “sell” by 13 of 22 analysts who follow the stock, “hold” by seven and “buy” by two others, giving the Shenzhen-based company a score of 2 out of a possible 5. Read more »

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Chery to set up JV to further explore African car market

August 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Leading private Chinese automaker Chery will set up a joint venture (JV) with China-Africa Development Fund to further explore the car market in Africa, according to an agreement signed Friday in Hefei city, the capital of Anhui province. The company, however, did not state a time when the JV would be established.

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Farmer from China builds UFO, with Movie

August 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The brilliant Chinese farmer Shu Mansheng builds a flying device in front of his house in Jiangxia District, Wuhan City, Central China’s Hubei province. The round steel device, 4 meters in diameter, has eight motorcycle engines and a propeller on top. In the center is a cabin that two people can sit in.

Although he has only a high school degree, the 46-year-old farmer has been teaching himself mechanics and electric work. On April 30 last year, he managed to fly his home-made plane but got injured on the second try, on May 10. Since then he invested 60,000 yuan (9386 US dollar) )on making a UFO-like flying device.

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Spy Shots: Volkswagen Polo sedan for China

August 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

New spy shots of the upcoming Volkswagen Polo sedan for the Chinese market. The Polo is made in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture. The new Polo sedan is a much bigger car than the previous one, lenght grows by a whopping 33 centimeter.

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FAW-Volkswagen to develop SUV for China

August 19, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The FAW-Volkswagen joint venture will develop a ‘city SUV’ based on the PQ35 platform that underpins, among others, the Volkswagen Tiguan and Golf 6. The current Tiguan is already made in China by VW’s other joint venture with Shanghai Auto. The new FAW-VW city SUV will likely be made in the joint venture’s new factory in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Via: Auto.163.

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Toyota Mark X ZiO to come to China

August 19, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Toyota has applied for patent in China on the Mark X ZiO suv-wagon-thing. This means the ZiO will soon debut on the Chinese market. The Mark X ZiO is a brother in marketing with the rear wheel drive Mark X sedan, sold in China as Toyota Reiz.

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Audi A8L W12 listed & priced in China

August 19, 2011 by W.E. Ning

Audi has officially listed its top of the line A8L W12 in China. The previous A8 W12 was very popular on the Chinese market, this much more expensive car will likely even sell better. Price is 2.948.000 yuan. The A8 is important unlike the A4 and A6 which are both made in China.

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Patent Applied: Beijing Auto Works B70

August 19, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto Works (BAW) is brand from BAIC, which stands for Beijing Auto Industry Corporation. BAIC is better known simply as ‘Beijing Auto’. The B70 debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show in April and is basically a B40 with two extra doors. The B40 debuted at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show but is still not on the market yet. The B70 shares more than a little line with the good old American Jeep Wrangler.

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