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Production Mercedes-Benz GLK in China starts in October

August 2, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Production of the Mercedes-Benz GLK in China will start in October. The GLK will be made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture. The engines will be imported from Germany until the new Beijing-Benz engine factory is ready in 2013. Price is expected to start around 400.000 yuan. Via: Autohome.

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Spy Shots: Seat Ibiza testing in China

August 1, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen officially launched the Seat brand in China at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The first Seat to be listed on the Chinese market is the Ibiza. It will probably debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December. All Seats will be imported for now, future local production however is not ruled out.

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Guangzhou Auto X-Power = Guangzhou Auto X20

August 1, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Guangzhou Auto X-Power SUV has a new name: X20. The X-Power has been around as a concept since the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. The X20 production car will debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December. Pics from one X20 returning from crash tests.

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Spy Shots: Volkswagen Caddy testing in China

August 1, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The old Volkswagen Caddy was made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. The Caddy was canceled a few years ago because nobody bought it. Volkswagen however seems to consider to bring the Caddy back.

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3 Million Chery’s

August 1, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

We almost missed it but there was a big celebration at Chery Automobile on July 27. That was the day Chery reached a total output of 3 million vehicles. According to Chery, they are the first independent Chinese automaker to do so. From 2 million to 3 million took Chery only 16 months. Car number 3.000.000 was a black Chery G6. Via: CAAM.

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Chrysler recalls 1,708 vehicles in China

August 1, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

BEIJING — China’s top quality watchdog said Friday that US automaker Chrysler will recall 1,708 Dodge JCUV [Journey] vehicles imported to the Chinese mainland over defects of the vehicle theft deterrent module.

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China Greatwall Motor aims A-share listing

August 1, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

China automaker, Great Wall Motor Co Ltd , plans to list in mainland China by issuing not more than 304.2 million A shares, to meet an estimated 3.2 billion yuan ($492 million) capital expenditure, the company said.

The company did not say how much money it plans to raise, but based on Great Wall’s Friday close in Hong Kong, the mainland listing could raise about HK$3.58 billion ($459 million).

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Chang’an C201 to get a 1.5 Turbo

July 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

More info on the upcoming Chang’an C201 sedan. Power will come from a 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder with direct injection, 121kw and a very healthy 250nm. The engine is developed by Chang’an and will also be used in other new Chang’an cars. The C201 is expected to debut early next year, price will start somewhere around 100.000 yuan. Via: 163.

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Spy Shots: new Volkswagen Sagitar for China

July 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The current Volkswagen Sagitar is based on the European Volkswagen Jetta. The new Sagitar however will be based on the American Jetta. The Sagitar is made in China by the FAW-VW joint venture. The new car will be listed before the end of the year, debut likely at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December.

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Spotted in China: Ferrari California & Ferrari 458 Italia

July 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

A very fine pair of Ferrari’s on a parking lot in front of the Workers Stadium in Beijing. One blue-ish California and one red 458 Italia. The happy owners were nowhere in sight so I could take all time to snap some shots at these maniac machines.

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