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GM recalls 47,415 Chevrolet Aveo cars in China

May 14, 2012 by Joey Wang

Chevrolet Aveo China

Shanghai General Motors Co Ltd (Shanghai GM) will recall 47,415 Chevrolet Aveo-model cars over faulty brake fluid reservoirs, China’s consumer quality watchdog said Friday.

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China Car History: the very rare ‘made in China’ Citroen XM & Xantia

May 12, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Citroen XM & Xantia China

Hacking into History for yet another almost forgotten chapter in China’s mad automotive past. The Citroen XM and Citroen Xantia were made in China in small numbers in 1996 and 1997. So far so good, except for two very strange things: both cars were called XM and they were not really made in China.

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Spotted in China: Chevrolet Cruze Transformers Edition

May 12, 2012 by Joey Wang

Chevrolet Cruze Transformers Edition

A very fine find here in Beijing. This is the Chevrolet Cruze Transformers Edition, it was launched on the China car market in July 2011, just before the 3th Transformers movie arrived in Chinese cinema’s. The Transformer franchise is extremely popular in China, especially one Bumblebee, and GM wanted to cash in.

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Mitsubishi (was?) working on a stretched Lancer for the Chinese car market

May 12, 2012 by Joey Wang

Stretched Mitsubishi Lancer China

Interesting pictures showing a stretched Mitsubishi Lancer parked outside the SouEast-Mitsubishi factory. The car loox abandoned and it is the old model. It seems therefore likely this was only a one-off prototype. Mitsubishi makes two Lancers in China, the last-gen Lancer called ‘Lancer’ and the new Lancer called ‘Lancer EX’. The car on pics is the previous version of the old ‘Lancer’. Both Lancers are made by the SouEast-Mitsubishi joint venture.

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Turning a Jeep Patriot into a Chinese-style Parade Car

May 12, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Turning a Jeep Patriot into a Chinese-style Parade Car

The car: a Jeep Patriot.

The plan: a Chinese-style parade car, much like the Changfeng Liebao.

A mad project we dig big. A tuning-club in the great city of Fuzhou in Fujian Province decided to do something very special; turning a fine but rather boring Jeep Patriot into a full-spec Chinese-style parade car. This sorta parade cars do really exist, see link under pic, and are still widely used by the army. The Fuzhou-project however is meant for da fun, and that is even better. The madness started a week ago and progress is impressive:

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History Updated: were the Dongfanghong Yituo cars copies of the FSO Polonez?

May 12, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Dongfanghong Yituo

In early May I wrote an article on the strange and interesting cars from Dongfanghong, which were sold under the Dongfanghong-brand and Yituo-brand. The article caused quite a stir. Readers said the cars were in fact based on the FSO Polonez. Articles linking back to my article appeared on Polish and French websites, saying the same thing. Time therefore, for an update…

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Fiat Viaggio will hit the Chinese car market in September

May 11, 2012 by Joey Wang

Fiat Viaggio

The new Fiat Viaggio sedan debuted last month at the Beijing Auto Show, it will be launched at the Chinese car market in September, price is expected to start around 120.000 yuan. The Viaggio will be made in China by the Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture, it is based on the Dodge Dart that is based on Fiat’s C-EVO platform that also underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

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Volkswagen New Beetle Minnie Mouse Edition from China

May 11, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen New Beetle China

Found in a street not far from my home in Beijing, a kinda white Volkswagen New Beetle with giant Minnie Mouse with pink roses-stickers on both sides. The driver of this Beetle clearly is a Minnie fan and very likely a woman.

The New Beetle was a success in China, it arrived late in its life and stayed on until the very end. China was likely the very  last country where it was still sold until late 2012, and for a lotta money! (Another fine New Beetle in pink.) The new-new Beetle however is now on its way, wonder what girly Chinese car buyers will do with that one…

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Fiat Palio thinks it is a BMW X1 in China

May 11, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Fiat Palio BMW X1

Here we have a very fine Fiat Palio hatchback, thinking very hard it is a BMW X1. I saw this fuzzy vehicle here in Beijing today in the Sanlitun area, it had a BMW-badge on the bonnet as well which I couldn’t pic because the Palio-X1 just took off in a hurry.

The Fiat Palio was made in China until 2008 by the now dead Nanjing-Fiat joint venture. The Palio however is not dead, it still lives as the Zotye ZH200B. The Fiat Siena sedan, which was also made by Nanjing-Fiat, lives on as the ZH200, and there is even a Dragon Edition available!

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New Nissan Sylphy will be launched in China in June

May 11, 2012 by Joey Wang

New Nissan Sylphy

The new Nissan Sylphy debuted at the Beijing Auto Show last month, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in June. Price is expected to range from 130.000 to 180.000 yuan. The Sylphy is made in China by the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture. The old Nissan Sylphy will continue as the ‘Sylphy Classic’.

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