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Hongqi LS5 SUV Edges Closer To Production In China

May 12, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongqi LS5 SUV Edges Closer To Production In China

Hongqi brought an updated version of the LS5 SUV to the Beijing Auto Show. It is officially still a concept, but it is much closer to production than the 2015 concept car.

The List of Changes (LoC) is long: at the front: new headlights, heavier chromed bars in the grille, a new bumper with a proper license plate area, a new lower bumper with a larger air duct and a prominent skid pad. At the middle section: new mirrors, wider side bars, a more pronounced chrome line above the windows, and larger wheels with new alloys. The rear: the rear door now ends above the bumper, instead of in the bumper, a new bumper, taller taillights, a new lower bumper with new exhaust pipe tips, and LS5 and Hongqi badges. The interior: completely new.

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Ten New Cars For China That You Cannot Get

May 12, 2016 by Joey Wang

Ten New Cars For China That You Cannot Get

China is the largest car market in the world, and is still growing fast. There are more models available for Chinese car buyers compared to other countries. They can buy cars from European manufacturers that are not available in the United States. They can also choose cars made by Japanese firms that are not sold in Europe. What’s more, they can even purchase models from U.S. manufacturers that are not marketed anywhere else. They can also buy from an endless variety of local brands, and on top of all that there are cars that are made in China specifically for the Chinese market by foreign automakers.

Chinese law requires foreign firms to form joint ventures with local companies if they want to manufacture cars in China. The maximum stake a foreign firm can hold is limited at 50%.  The cars that these joint ventures make are rarely exported, with a few notable exceptions like the Buick Envision and the Volvo S60 Inscription. This means that the vast majority of these vehicles remain exclusive to the Chinese market and inaccessible elsewhere. Here is the latest list of joint venture vehicles that are not available to the rest of the world – the forbidden fruit- , as seen on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

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This Is The New Beijing Auto EH400 Electric Sedan For China

May 12, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

This Is The New Beijing Auto EV400 Electric Sedan For China

This is the new Beijing Auto EH400, a full-size electric sedan for China dressed up with a bit of blue in the grille, because blue = green. The EH400 debuted late last month on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. It will cost around 200.000 yuan after green-car subsidies, but it is unclear when it will hit the market, if ever.

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Geely Emgrand GS Launched On The Chinese Car Market

May 12, 2016 by W.E. Ning

Geely Emgrand GS Launched On The Chinese Car Market

The all new Geely Emgrand GS had its public debut on the Beijing Auto Show and was launched on the Chinese car market at the same time. Price starts at 77.800 yuan and ends at 108.800 yuan. The Emgrand GS is a good looking crossover-hatchback designed by none other than Peter Horbury.

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Changan CX70 SUV Unveiled In China

May 12, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Changan CX70 SUV Unveiled In China

The new Changan CX70 SUV was unveiled on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, looking clean in white with a shiny bling bling grille. The CX70 has been launched on the Chinese car market, price starts at 68.900 yuan and ends at 84.900 yuan, and that makes it the cheapest seven-seat SUV in China.

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This Is The Qoros 3 Q•LECTRIC Sedan

May 12, 2016 by Joey Wang

This Is The Qoros 3 Q•LECTRIC Sedan

This is the new Qoros 3 Q•LECTRIC sedan. It is a concept previewing two things: the upcoming Qoros 3 Sedan Crossover, based on the Qoros 3 Sedan, and an electric version of that crossover. The exterior is dressed up with turquoise decorations, a closed grille, a mostly closed bumper, and a shipload of EV badges.

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This Is The Beijing Auto ArcFox-1 City Car Concept

May 12, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

This Is The Beijing Auto ArcFox-1 City Car Concept

This is the Beijing Auto ArcFox-1 concept car, a small convertible with wide black wheel arches and trendy blue decorations. The ArcFox-1 previews a future electric city car, just think a roof on and you got it. The ‘ArcFox’ name is going to be a new brand making fashionable electric cars, as opposed to cheap electric cars. ArcFox also showed a wild electric supercar which might see production in s small series.

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The Brochure Babes of the Beijing Auto Show Part 2

May 11, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

The Brochure Babes of the Beijing Auto Show Part 2

The Beijing Auto Show is over, but we are not quite done yet. Still more cars to come, and some babe:

Things used to be simple. There were to kinds of females on auto shows in China. The pretty babes half naked on the cars, and the smart girls handing our brochures at the information desk. But it isn’t so simple anymore. The Chinese government spoke out against the pretty babes, so they were gone.

That left the smart girls, but they were usually not pretty; so no photos, no media, and no buzz. Not good. A solution was quickly found: hire the pretty babes again, dress them up somewhat decently, and let them hand out the brochures. Brilliant. We call those females the Brochure Babes.

I made the rounds to say hello, starting with big, bigger, biggest at Geely. The hands-together posture is a traditional-Chinese hospitality thing. See Part 1 here.

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Top 10 Chinese Concept Cars At The 2016 Beijing Auto Show

May 11, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Top 10 Chinese Concept Cars At 2016 Beijing Auto Show

The massive 2016 Beijing Auto Show is 0ver, more than 80 manufacturers showed over 150 new cars, receiving some 800,000 visitors over ten days. It’s not easy for automakers to win the attention of spectators at such a giant auto show – they therefore bring in the eye-catching novelty of the ”concept car. A concept car is a vehicle that previews a future production car, future design, or future technology, often to test public reaction. Concept cars can roughly be divided into two categories: 1) close to production, and 2) downright outrageous.

Chinese auto shows used to be famous for the latter, but most Chinese automakers have become a bit more grounded now, focusing instead on new technologies such as electric power trains and autonomous driving. Happily, there was still enough to see for a Top Ten. More on FORBES.

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Zhiche Auto SUV Hits The Beijing Auto Show

May 6, 2016 by Joey Wang

Zhiche Auto Shows SUV Hits The Beijing Auto Show

Zhiche Auto brought one of their new electric SUV’s to the Beijing Auto Show, so we could have a good look at it. The vehicle, it doesn’t really have a name yet, stood on the stand of design firm IAT, the same company that gave it the Karlmann King. The Ziche, as I will call from now, looked remarkable solid for a concept car, and everything worked.

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