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Patent Applied: Volkswagen Cross Up! leaks in China

January 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen Cross Up! leaks in China

The Volkswagen Cross Up! concept debuted last year at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Thanks to China’s notoriously leaking patent office we now know that it will be built and how the real thing will look like.

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Spy Shots: Audi A8L 50 TFSI testing in China

January 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Audi A8L 50 TFSI

Interesting spy shots from a new Audi A8L 50 TFSI testing in China. According to Chinese media ’50’ has nothing to do with a turbocharged V10 (too bad…) but with a complete new suffix naming system that Audi will introduce in China.

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China’s Largest Electric Car Charging Station Opens in Beijing

January 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

China's Largest Electric Car Charging Station

China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery swapping station has been put into operation in Beijing, sources with the city’s power supply authorities said Sunday.

Gaoantun charging station, located in the eastern Beijing district of Chaoyang, has been installed with more than 10 types of EV charging or battery swapping machines, covering all charging modes that are available in China.

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Transformers: Hasbro makes special ‘Dragon Edition’ Optimus Prime for China

January 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Hasbro Optimus Prime for China

‘Transformers’ are extremely popular in China, billions have seen the movie and fans buy loads of toys and other merchandise. Hasbro therefore decided to thank its Chinese customers with this China-only ‘Dragon Edition’ Optimus Prime. The Chinese Year of the Dragon started last week on January 23th and the whole of China starts a massive buying spree in the week-long holiday that follows. Hasbro, waned to be a part of that.

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A Gift for a Friend: Kim Jong-il got a Hongqi HQ3 from China

January 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Kim Jong-il Hongqi China

When the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visited China in May 2011 to ‘learn about’ the Chinese economy he visited several state-owned enterprises, one of those was a factory from First Auto Works (FAW) in Changchun, Jilin Province. Chinese state media at the time only said Kim “visited assembly lines from FAW and FAW Jiefang”. Thanks to a post on a South Korean army fan-site we now know a little bit more. Kim got a Hongqi and ordered 3000 army trucks…

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Extreme Tuning in China: Volkswagen Santana, the Best of the Best

January 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen Santana tuning China

When I wrote an article about the history of the Volkswagen Santana in China I came across many interesting pics of modified Santana’s. The pics didn’t really fit in the history so I saved them for another day. That day is today!, here we go, Chinese Volkswagen Santana madness! On the first pic a brilliant blue example with a bang new front.

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Chinese farmer invents new car

January 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chinese farmer invents new car

Here we have a very interesting car, invented by a farmer from Henan Province to spread pesticides over his rice fields.The pesticides sit in the white barrel on the back. The car stands very high on its feet so it can go over the earthen walls that separate the rice plants.

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(recent) History: the Geely Pride SRV

January 28, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Geely Pride SRV

Here we have a very funny car that was waiting for a story. Car in case is the Geely Pride SRV wagon, based on the Geely Pride hatchback. The Pride, called ‘Haoqing’ in China, was made from 1998 until 2007. The Pride SRV joined the party in 2002.

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Don’t Drink and Drive-poster from China

January 28, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Don't Drink and Drive-poster from China

A poster from the Beijing Public Security Bureau, aka ‘the police’, telling citizens not too drink and drive. Good message, drivers shouldn’t drink too much indeed. The car however is crashing in a big glass of cold beer, and ain’t that every drunk’s dream? They better had it crash into a dog, or into a child. Car is a Greatwall Florid. Poster hang on a restaurant in Beijing.

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Spotted in China: abandoned Mercedes-Benz S-class

January 28, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: abandoned Mercedes-Benz S-class

It is always sad to see a great car in sad shape. This abandoned W126 Mercedes-Benz S-class was in a very sorry state. Flat tires, a thick layer of dust, no plates, and the famous star was gone. I found this tired oldie in an alley not far from my home in Beijing.

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