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Old Pic: first China-made Volkswagen Jetta runs off the Line

December 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen Jetta China

It is December 5 1991, the first FAW-Volkswagen Jetta MK2 runs off the assembly line in the great city of Changchun in north-east Jilin province. ‘000001’ is the number and indeed earlier this year the good old Jetta reached the 2-million milestone.

It is still in production today in basically the same shape but the first big facelift is expected in 2013. May the Jetta live on forever!

 

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Spy Shots: new SouEast V5 sedan testing in China

December 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

SouEast V5 sedan

New spy shots of the upcoming SouEast V5 sedan. The V5 has been around for many years as a concept and is SouEast first self-designed car. All other SouEast vehicles are basically no more than rebadged Mitsubishi’s. The platform for the V5 though ain’t self developed yet, it will be based on the platform of the Mitsubishi Galant.

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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto C70G (old Saab 9-5) testing in China

December 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Saab is almost dead but at least some of the brand’s DNA will survive in China. Not by Pangda or Youngman but by good old Beijing Auto that bought the rights to the ‘old’ Saab 9-5 and Saab 9-3 from General Motors in 2010. The Saab 9-5 will return as C70G (or C70), it will likely debut at the April 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

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New BMW 1-Series 3-door leaked in China

December 29, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

New BMW 1-Series 3-door leaked in China

The Chinese patent bureau has leaked again. This time it is the new BMW 1-series 3-door which will likely debut at the Geneva Auto Show next year. Lines seem in line with the 5-door, only difference is the somewhat ‘thicker’ bodywork above the rear wheel.

The 1-series is imported in China, there are no final plans for local production yet. See below for more pics straight from the bureau:

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China-made Fiat C-Medium will arrive in Q3 next year

December 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Fiat C-Medium China

Mr. Zheng Xiancong, general manager of the Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture, spoke to Chinese media about the upcoming Fiat C-Medium sedan. It will arrive in the third quarter of 2012, it will be based on the modular C-EVO platform that also underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Dodge Dart.

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Aston Martin One-77 in an underground parking in China

December 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Aston Martin One-77

The Aston Martin One-77 will always be a very rare supercar. Only 77 will be made and only 5 are allocated to China. This is the second car we know about, seen here in an underground parking in the great city of Shenzhen (hello B.S.!) in southern Guangdong province. The first car was a white example we saw in May at a supercar-party in Shanghai.

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China launches its own Beidou-GPS system

December 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

State media reports:

China started to run its own satellite positioning system, Beidou, on Tuesday as the country climbed the global tech ladder and challenged the monopoly of the West.

Beidou, or Big Dipper, the domestic version of the US Global Positioning System (GPS), started providing navigation, positioning and timing data on a pilot basis to China and the neighboring area for free on Tuesday, Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office, said.

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Extreme Tuning from China: Mazda 3 sedan

December 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Extreme Tuning from China: Mazda 3 sedan

Here we have a very nice modified Mazda 3 sedan seen somewhere in cold Hebei Province. The Mazda 3 is made in China by the Chang’an-Mazda joint venture and the standard car is rather boring indeed. This one though, is not. Lotta wings, gold wings!, and a very low F-1 style front spoiler that seems right ‘n ready to cut trough the dirty snow laying around.

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Chang’an B501 will be listed in China in June 2012

December 28, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Chang’an B501 small-size sedan debuted at the Guangzhou Auto Show last month. It will be listed on the China car market in June 2012. Price will range from 50.000 yuan to 70.000 yuan and that is cheaper than expected.

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Hyundai i40 to be listed in China in April 2012

December 28, 2011 by W.E. Ning

Hyundai i40 China

We saw the spy shot and now got it confirmed; Hyundai will bring the i40 to China as an import, it will debut at the April 2012 Beijing Auto Show it will be listed in that same month. The i40 will be distributed by the Beijing-Hyundai dealer network.

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