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Spy Shots: facelift for the Chevrolet Epica in China

February 17, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chevrolet Epica in China

New spy shots from the facelifted Chevrolet Epica. Yez the old Daewoo-based Epica will continue again. There is still a lotta space on the Chinese car market for cheap ‘n cars that are easy to maintain. The Chevrolet Epica is exactly such a car, it is made in China by the Shanghai-GM joint venture.

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Spy Shots: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet testing in China

February 17, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet testing in China

Spy shots from the brilliant Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet testing in China. According to Chinese sources the CrossCabriolet will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April, it will be listed as an import for ‘almost 1 million yuan’, or 159.00 USD.

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Dongfeng minitruck starts production in Thailand

February 17, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Dongfeng Xiao Kang

The Dongfeng Xiao Kang, a well-known minitruck model of China, has been put into mass production in Thailand to address rising local demand, the company announced on Thursday.

The factory, located in Gateway Industrial Estate in Cha Choeng Sao province, is estimated to produce 5,000 units of minitrucks per year, Pitaya Tanadamrongsak, managing director of DFM minitruck (Thailand), Dongfeng Motor’s exclusive dealer in the country.

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Unload the Spanish boat; Seat Leon arrives in China

February 17, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Seat China

The Seat Leon hatchback/cross-over/mpv/thing will be listed in China late this month. The first shipload of Leons arrived yesterday at the port of Tianjin. The Leon is indeed an import and will therefore be very expensive. Volkswagen wants Seat to be its sporty-premium brand in China so they don’t bother bringing the cheapies, only the Leon FR and Leon Cupra will be sold.

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Update: Citroen denies it can’t find DS-dealers in China, says it has 13

February 17, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Citroen DS China

PSA Peugeot Citroen’s car venture in southern China said on Thursday that it is on schedule to bring its DS models to China in the second quarter, denying a media report that claimed otherwise. Changan PSA Automobile (CAPSA) plans to open 16 dealership outlets in China initially and 13 are already under construction, it said in a statement.

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Ten brand-new Mercedes-Benz E300L’s burned to Ashes in China

February 17, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Mercedes-Benz E300L fire China

Sad news… There was a horrible accident on a highway in Hunan Province on February 9. A huge transport truck loaded with 12 brand-new Mercedes-Benz E300L’s went up in flames, the fire destroyed 10 of the Benzes, total loss is estimated at 5 million yuan. Fortunately the driver and co-driver weren’t hurt.

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Spy Shots: Audi TT RS testing in China

February 17, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Audi China

New spy shots show the Audi TT RS testing in China. Audi does sell the TT in China but not the RS. That so, will change, the 5-cylinder 365hp sportscar will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April.

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Citroen can’t find Dealers in China for DS models

February 16, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

PSA Peugeot Citroen’s car venture in south China might have to postpone its plan to sell imported Citroen DS models as it has been unable to find any dealers, the Shanghai Securities News said on Thursday. The setback will likely also delay plans to manufacture the DS-range in China, production was scheduled to begin in 2013. Read more »

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Advertising Cars in China: the Geely Beauty Leopard, with a beauty

February 16, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Here we have a sweet old advertisement for the Geely Beauty Leopard, Meirenbao in Chinese. The ad is from 2003 when the Meirenbao debuted as China’s first self-developed sports car. The pic shows a very fashionable lady with a camcorder, making a movie of herself with her brandnew Meirenbao.

The car and girl are Photoshopped in front of a skyline which has to stress how modern that Leopard was. When it just came out the Meirenbao cost only 100.000 yuan, power came from a tiny 1.3, hardly enough for racing but sure good enough for this pretty lady.

More on the Meirenbao and its successors, see here, here, and here,

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History: the Yellow River JN150 truck from China

February 16, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Yellow River JN150 truck from China

A sunny Thursday afternoon in Beijing, I just came back from a walk in the car park. Time so for some history! Today we have another very early Chinese truck. This is the Yellow River JN150,officially known as ‘China’s first domestically made heavy truck’.

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