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Spy Shots: facelifted Volvo S80L testing in China

February 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Volvo S80L China

New spy shots from the facelifted Volvo S80L testing in China, the new car will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April. The S80L is a China-only S80 stretched by 15 centimeters for more space in the back.

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Second Hand Car from China: Hongqi CA770

February 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Second Hand car from China: Hongqi CA770

The Hongqi CA770 is China’s most famous, iconic and admired car. It was based on the 1950’s Chrysler CA 70 and was made in China in various forms from 1966 to 1981, only 847 CA770’s were ever produced. It is therefore a special thing when a somebody sells one, but it happens.

It is even more special when somebody sells one on the internet, the old Hongqi’s usually go by high-profile auctions these days. And it is almost unbelievable special  when someone sells two old Hongqi’s on the internet at the same time. But that indeed is exactly what is going on, right now.

In this post the first car, second car tomorrow. So much emotion, it ain’t good for me heart, I need a smoke first…

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Volkswagen China forms new investment company

February 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen China investment company

German automaker Volkswagen is preparing to expand financial services in China to tap new business opportunities in after-sales services, car rentals and electric vehicles.

Its wholly owned subsidiary, Volkswagen Financial Services AG, recently founded an investment company in Beijing after receiving the required government approval.

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Infiniti’s China sales up 60 percent in 2011, local production not sure yet

February 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Infiniti China

Despite massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan last March that interrupted production for months, Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor’s luxury unit Infiniti reported a 60 percent rise in 2011 China sales.

The full-year delivery of 19,075 units maintains China as its second-largest market worldwide for the second straight year. The company said in a statement that it plans to boost sales by 50 percent this year to about 30,000 units and add more than 30 new dealerships.

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Top Gear China Special, not as bad as expected…

February 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

In December last year Clarkson and May and the Top Gear crew were filming in Beijing for a China Special. Chinese car fans and factories worried aloud about how hard Jeremy would kick around the poor vehicles, but in the the end things don’t seem so bad.

Clarskon and May are having fun in in da country, don’t do to much bashing and there is some serious racing in a Roewe and a Trumpchi. Best thing: a very mad Chinese Stig. Watch the video below, endure two commercials at the beginning, and the China-part starts at 40.00.

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Spy Shots: Luxgen 5 hatchback testing in China

February 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Luxgen 5 hatchback

The Luxgen 5 sedan debuted in Taiwan in December last year. These are the very first spy shots of the hatchback-version which will debut late this year. Luxgen is a brand of the Taiwanese Yulong Group. Luxgen cars are made in China as well by the Dongfeng-Yulong joint venture.

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Spy Shot: Fiat C-Medium testing in China

February 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Fiat C-Medium China

The very first spy shot of the upcoming Fiat C-Medium testing in China. The C-Medium will be made by the new Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture and is basically a rebadged Dodge Dart. Both cars share the same Fiat C-EVO platform that also underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

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Mercedes-Benz SLS Mansory Cormeum on show in China

February 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Mercedes-Benz SLS Mansory Cormeum

A brilliant Mercedes-Benz SLS Mansory Cormeum on a local ‘millionaires show’ in the great city of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province.  Zhejiang got rich by exporting small and mostly plastic items such as lighters, key-card holders, stationary and all that shiny crap your wife is using in the kitchen.

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Spotted in China: Shandong Dayang E-Bike

February 6, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Shandong Dayang E-Bike

Last Sunday was sunny so I made a walk through Beijing’s old alley’s, called hutongs. There in one street I found this very funny vehicle. When I came home I found it what is was. This is a Shandong Dayang E-bike, made by Shandong Dayang Automotive Industry from the great city of Jining in Shandong Province. As the name suggest, this E-Bike is a small electric three-wheel bicycle with a plastic cover on top.

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Spotted in China: Audi TT in Pink

February 6, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Audi TT pink china

Another one for my pink-collection. Here we have a fine Audi TT wrapped in pink. This good car is based in is the great city of Wuxi in Jiangsu Province.

Unfortunately we have only one pic of this pink Audi, so if you need more, check this: a pink Porsche Cayman, a pink Ferrari California, a pink Lamborghini Gallardo, a pink Bentley Continental GT, a pink Mercedes-Benz SLK, a pink MG-TF and lest best; a pink BYD F0.

Via: a friend (thanks).