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Spy Shots: Stretched Changhe-Suzuki Wagon R

November 10, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The good old Suzuki Wagon R, made in China by the Changhe-Suzuki joint venture, gets a big brother. It will be sold alongside the standard Wagon R. This yet nameless variant is stretched by some 15 centimeters behind the behind the C-pillar for more space in the back.

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Cadillac SLS 2.0 Turbo listed & priced in China

November 10, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Cadillac SLS 2.0 Turbo has been officially listed on the China car market. The engine comes from Opel and is also used, among others, in the Buick Regal/Opel Insignia. The 2.0 Turbo will debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show later this month.

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Geely GLEagle GC7 from all sides in China

November 10, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Geely GLEagle GC7

Earlier this week we had the first official pics of the new Geely GLEagle CG7 sedan. Today we have live-pics from the vehicle from all sides and it doesn’t look bad at all. Neat lines, a touch of class, Geely is certainly improving on its design, and one Peter can make things even better.

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Extreme Tuning from China: Brilliance Coupe with a Twinturbo V6

November 9, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

When the Brilliance Coupe was launched back in 2007 it was only the second homegrown Chinese coupe on the market, after the Geely Meirenbao. I liked the Brilliance a lot, it looked great and it came cheap. Unfortunately not many others liked it so almost nobody bought one and neither did I.

There are however some people who really, really, love the Brilliance Coupe. Some love it so much that they change the standard 4-cylinder for a Mitsubishi 2.5 Twin Turbo V6, like the men from tuning company DreamPower BJ.

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Spy Shots: new Chery QQ testing in China

November 9, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

New spy shots from what is likely to be the new Chery QQ3. Chery has been working on it for a while, an earlier ‘new’ QQ3 was rejected at the very last moment and Chery’s designers had to go back to the drawing board. New-new Chery QQ3 loox more original and modern, but for now it is still a wait-and-see what Chery will come up with. I wouldn’t be surprised if the first design will end up on the market right next to this new car, called ‘QQ Classic’ or something similar.

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Spy Shot: new Mitsubishi Galant for China

November 9, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Mitsubishi Galant will debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show later this month. The Galant is made in China by the SouEast-Mitsubishi joint venture. The current car is, to say the least, visually challenged so nobody buys it.  New car loox more clean but unfortunately as exciting as a dead cow in Holland.

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Bentley sales up 84% in China; biggest market in two years

November 9, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

In the first nine months of 2011 Bentley sold 1,103 cars in China, up 84 percent from the same period in 2010. In 2002, when the British motoring icon first entered China’s market, it only delivered 41 cars. By 2010, the number grew to 815.

But this year has seen the most remarkable growth in sales of its cars, which are usually priced at 4 million yuan ($599,000) to 5 million yuan in China.

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Land Rover Evoque listed & priced in China

November 9, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The Land Rover Evoque has been officially listed on the China car market. There is only one engine and one level which makes pricing easy. The 5-door costs 628.000 yuan and the 3-door, marketed as ‘coupe’, costs 638.000 yuan. Power comes from a 2.0 turbo with 240hp and 340nm. Via: Sohu.com.

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Official: new Toyota Camry in China, including hybrid

November 9, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Toyota Camry was officially launched on the China car market yesterday. It comes in two kinds: the standard ‘Camry’ (pictured) and a sporty ‘Camry SE’. The new ‘Camry HEV’ hybrid is based on a standard car. The Camries, including the hybrid, are made in China by the Guangzhou-Toyota joint venture.

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Spotted in China: Lamborghini Gallardo in lime-green

November 8, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

A very fine looking Lamborghini Gallardo parked near a shopping center in my street in Beijing. Painted in lime-green with black racing stripes and blacked out wheels.

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