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New Lifan 620 = a Toyota Corolla (really)

October 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

We already knew that Lifan was cloning the Toyota Vios for its new 520. Now they take on the Toyota Corolla for the new 620. What we didn’t yet know was how they did it. We now know a little bit more. These pics prove that Lifan was using a Toyota Corolla for testing. Not just a Corolla, but extended by Lifan by some 10 centimeter on the B-pillar. Pics are taken at a Lifan junkyard, car was used for developing the new 620.

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Chery Riich G6 Paramount limousine is Big in China

October 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Chery Riich G6 Paramount limousine

Chery will launch a very special edition of the Riich G6. It is called the ‘Paramount’ and stretched by more than two meters in the middle to a total length of 7.2 meters. Inside the pornluxurious interior there is room for seven (one man, seven girls). Power comes from the standard 2.0 turbo with 158hp, but heck, who needs speed when drinking campaign?

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Freak Accident in China

October 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

A freak accident in rural Zhejiang Province in China. A taxi crashed into the right side of a Volvo S40 sedan pushing it right against the back of a truck loaded with scrap metal, the metal fell down from the truck and straight through the front window of the Volvo.

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New Honda Civic sedan listed & priced in China

October 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Honda Civic sedan China

The new Honda Civic sedan debuted at the Guangzhou Auto Show in September. It has now been officially listed on the China car market. Price starts at 131.800 yuan and ends at 185.800 yuan. The Civic is made in China by the Dongfeng-Honda joint venture.

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Citroën DS5 to come to China early next Year

October 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Citroën DS5 China

Spy shots from the first Citroën DS5 seen on Chinese soil. The DS5 will officially arrive in China on the April 2012 Beijing Auto Show and will be listen soon thereafter. Citroën’s new flagship will at first be imported until around mid-2013 when local production starts at the new Chang’an-PSA joint venture.

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Spy Shots: Lifan 720 testing in China

October 30, 2011 by Joey Wang

new Lifan 720

The best spy shots so far of the upcoming Lifan 720. The 720 debuted as a concept at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. Lifan’s biggest sedan so far will be listed near the end of this year. The production car will debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November. Price will start around 70.000 yuan and end around 100.000 yuan.

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General Motors sees 7-10 % growth in China car market

October 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

GM China

General Motors Co sees growth of between 7 percent to 10 percent in the China car market this year, its chief executive said on Sunday.

“In 2009 it grew 50 percent, 2010 it grew roughly 30 percent, that’s not all good either. You can’t have totally unbridled growth in a country evolving as quickly as China,” Daniel Akerson told reporters in Shanghai.

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Beiqi Foton Motor profits down 60 %

October 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Beiqi Foton Motor Co., a brand from BAIC and China’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, said Sunday that its third-quarter profits slid 59.9 percent from one year earlier because of falling sales.

The car maker’s profits dropped to 211 million yuan (33.28 million U.S. dollars) for the third quarter of 2011, according to a statement filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

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Audi’s share of China’s luxury-car sales Down 25%

October 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Audi’s status as the carmaker of choice for Chinese bureaucrats has emerged as an obstacle in the world’s biggest automobile market as BMW and Mercedes-Benz gain traction with a generation of rich young buyers.

Audi’s share of China’s luxury-car sales has tumbled by 25% in less than two years as state agencies and executives tighten budgets and younger buyers seek alternatives to sedans traditionally used by the government. The automaker supplied an estimated 70% of cars used by the government and state-held enterprises during the 1980s. Read more »

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BYD 9-month earnings down 85.5%

October 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD Co Ltd , a Chinese carmaker backed by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett, reported an 85.5 percent plunge in earnings for the first nine months as it struggles to revamp its over-stretched dealer network amid a slowing market.

The outlook for the remainder of the year remains dim as Beijing’s policy changes may further damp auto demand in a market that has already eased to a 3.6 percent gain in the first three quarters, after years of breakneck expansion.

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