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Chengdu Auto Show 2011: new Honda Civic sedan for China

September 17, 2011 by Joey Wang

The new Honda Civic sedan was launched at the 2011 Chengdu Auto Show, it will be listed on the Chinese car market in late October. Price will start around 120.000 yuan. The CIvic is made in China by the Dongfeng-Honda joint venture. The China-Civic is basically the same car as the American Civic with some chrome added.

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Chengdu Auto Show 2011: Buick Regal GS debuts in China

September 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Buick Regal GS debuted at the 2011 Chengdu Auto Show. A lot of buzz in the Chinese press on this one because it is the very first performance orientated car to be made in China, the Regal GS is made by the Shanghai-GM joint venture. The engine however comes in a crate straight from Germany where the Buick Regal was born as the Opel Insignia.

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Chengdu Auto Show: Peugeot 308 sedan

September 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Peugeot 308 sedan debuted at the 2011 Chengdu Auto Show. The sedan is, for now, China-only and is made by the Dongfeng-Peugeot joint venture. The sedan is important because the Chinese market still prefers sedans over hatchback, although not as much as before. Read more »

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Chengdu Auto Show 2011: six new Yema’s

September 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Automaker Yema was out in full force on the Chengdu Auto Show with six new cars. From those two are ‘real’ cars that will be listed soon, the other four are concepts. First concept is this F16 wagon. Its design has been criticized very hard in the Chinese press for being too similar to the Audi A4. The front is similar indeed but the rest of the car not that much. The F16 will see production, it is yet unknown when.

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Chengdu Auto Show 2011: MG3 Xross

September 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The MG3 Xross is another new cross-vehicle at the Chengdu Auto Show and again with something funny in the name. Until now we always assumed it would be called ‘XCross’ but instead it is ‘Xross’, the C has gone missing. New name kinda weird, would sound like ksross. MG probably thinks Xross is very cool. Well, the vehicle itself loox cool indeed with huge pieces of grey plastic, black plastic, in bright orange and a massive roof rack to transport the cow you killed while camping in the wild.

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Chengdu Auto Show 2011: Peugeot Cross 307

September 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The 2011 Chengdu Auto Show kicked off yesterday and the party is bigger than ever with loads of new cars. First up this new Peugeot Cross 307, not ‘307 Cross’, le French like to do things the other way. The Peugeot 307 Cross has all the typical crossthingies; more plastci around the wheels, side skirts, roof rails and a slightly cooler interior. Best thing though are the stickers on the side, a wild Peugeot-lion roaring the Cross 307 forward over the highway.

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Pangda plans to raise $594m via bond sale

September 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Chinese car distributor Pangda plans to raise up to 3.8 billion yuan ($594 million) by issuing bonds, it said on Sept 16. The proceeds will be used to repay bank loans and to replenish its cash flow, it said in an exchange statement.

The plan is subject to regulatory approval, it said. In May, Pangda entered into an agreement worth 110 million euros ($152 million) with the owner of troubled Swedish carmaker Saab.

Via: ChinaDaily.

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Chang’an to expand into European markets

September 15, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

FRANKFURT – Chang’an Automobile (Group) Co Ltd, China’s fourth-largest automaker, intends to start selling its vehicles in Europe in 2013, with the “right products and full preparation”, a company executive said.

“Chang’an started the overseas expansion strategy five years ago, beginning exports to developing countries with light commercial vehicles, including minivans,” said Zhu Huarong, vice-president of the company. “Now we are targeting the European markets and the United States market to make Chang’an a true international automaker from China.” Read more »

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Spy Shot: Volkswagen Beetle in China

September 15, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Volkswagen Beetle debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, it will be listed on the Chinese car market soon. The Beetle will be imported, there are no plans for local production. Engines for China: 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TSI. Via: Sohu.

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Spy Shots: Audi A6L testing in China

September 15, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Audi A6L is made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. Its wheelbase is about ten centimeters longer than a standard A6, all extra space goes to the passengers in the back. The standard A6 is not made in China but the more powerful S and RS cars will be imported.

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