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Spy Shots: Chang’an MPV seen testing again

June 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

New pics from the upcoming Chang’an MPV. Price is expected to start around 75.000 yuan. Chan’an will offer a passenger version and a version for commercial use. Engine very likely to be the new B16 that will also power the C201 sedan. See below for the first pics of the interior.

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Ford builds new $500 million engine plant in China

June 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Ford Motor Company’s passenger car joint venture in China, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA), broke ground today for a new, state-of-the-art engine plant in Chongqing.

The $500 million investment will more than double CFMA’s annual engine production capacity in China to 750,000 units when it comes online in 2013. These engines will equip Ford-brand vehicles manufactured and sold in the country. Read more »

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Spy Shots: Chang’an C201 Mermaid

June 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Chan’an C201 Mermaid (Meirenyu) debuted as a hybrid concept at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. One car, with a barely camouflaged C201 nameplate, was seen testing near the factory. The C201 will be Chang’an’s biggest car to date and slot above the CX30.

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Spotted in China: self-made Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

June 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

A self-made Chevrolet Camaro convertible seen in a street in the city of Dandong, Liaoning Province. Thanks for the pic to my good friend CvM who is traveling in the area. The 1980′s Camaro was never officially sold in China by GM, some though made it trough by grey import, smuggling or as ex-diplomat cars.

This example has its roof removed and two small rollbars installed. The owner seems to be working on the front bumper. The flowers indicate the car has been used for a marriage celebration. Good car for that indeed. Note the Camarao China-top is parked in front of a seemingly abandoned police station.

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Hyundai Veloster to be listed in China in September

June 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Hyundai Veloster coupe will arrive in China in September. It will be imported, price will start around 170.000 yuan. Two engines: 1.6 and 2.0 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The Veloster will be distributed via the dealer network from the Beijing-Hyundai joint venture. Via: 163.com.

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Renault Fluence listed & priced in China

June 20, 2011 by W.E. Ning

Renault has officially listed the Fluence sedan on the Chinese car market. The Fluence is imported from South Korea and made by Renault-partner Samsung. Price starts at 165.800 yuan and ends at 195.800 yuan.

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Chery E5 to be listed in China in July

June 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Chery E5 will be listed on the Chinese auto market in July. Price will start around 70.000 yuan and end around 100.000 yuan. The Chery E5 stands on the same platform as the Chery A5 and Chery Cowin 3.

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$14.000 Lamborghini Aventador confiscated by Police in China

June 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

In May I posted a story about a man in Kunming who made himself a 14.000 dollar copy of a Lamborghini Aventador. The car was finally finished earlier this week and the happy owner took it for a ride. It didn’t last long, the police stopped him and confiscated the Lamborghini. The car was licensed as a Nissan Cefiro and according to the cops it didn’t look like a Cefiro anymore.

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China’s car maker BYD gets approval for IPO

June 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD Co Ltd, the Chinese car maker backed by US billionaire investor Warren Buffett, said late Thursday that it had received formal approval from China’s top securities regulator for an A-share listing on the Shenzhen market. Read more »

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Beijing Hyundai to recall nearly 10,000 cars

June 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Hyundai Motor started to recall 9,280 MoInca [last gen Sonata] vehicles over defective engines on Wednesday, China’s quality watchdog said.

MoInca-model vehicles produced between August 1 and October 31 last year will be recalled, according to a statement posted on the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China’s website.

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