October 19, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
Clone Country China is at in again; the latest victim is the BMW i3, ripped off by Chinese car maker Yema for a new compact hatchback code named B11. Yema though did make a few improvements: they added a proper set of doors and usable roof rails. Otherwise it looks horrible, with an ugly blue grille and wheels smaller than my scooter’s.
September 9, 2016 by Joey Wang
The BMW X1 xDrive 25Le has been launched on the Chengdu Auto Show in China. The X1 xDrive 25Le, what a great name that is, sounds nice, is a hybrid variant of the BMW X1 Li, the long-wheelbase X1 for the Chinese market. The X1 xDrive 25Le will hit the market in late Q4. And because the X1 xDrive 25Le is a new-energy vehicle is has blue bars in the grille, and blue iPerformance stickers on the doors.
June 28, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
Spy Shots of the interior of the facelifted BYD Qin plug-in hybrid show a brand new dashboard with a giant Tesla-like touch screen in the middle. It seems slightly smaller, narrower in particular, than the 17 inch screen of the Tesla Model S. The instrument binnacle and center tunnel are all new too.
June 21, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
BYD is working on a facelift for the Qin plug-in hybrid sport sedan, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q3. The facelift includes a new grille, a new rear bumper, new badges, and blue wheels!
The facelift comes at a curious moment; in April BYD launched the Qin EV300, a full-electric version of the Qin, which is based on the non-facelifted car. Are they going to facelift that one too, just two months after launch..?
May 23, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
This is the new Zinoro 60H for China. Zinoro is a sub brand of the Brilliance-BMW joint venture making new-energy vehicles (NEV’s). Their first car was the lease-only Zinoro 1E, based on the old BMW X1. The 1E will be discontinued. The new Zinoro 60H is the production version of the Zinoro Next concept, it is based on the new long wheelbase BMW X1 Li.
April 12, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
The new BYD Yuan compact SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market, sporting a very nice albeit a bit busy design. Price for the petrol versions starts at 59.900 yuan and ends at 121.900 yuan. Price for the hybrid version starts at 209.800 yuan and ends at 249.000 yuan. The hybrid thus is 88.000 yuan more expensive than the top-spec petrol version, but there is a good reason for that.
March 8, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
We got to go back to the Geneva Motor Show because all the excitement about Borgward and Volkswagen made us almost miss an incredible hybrid supercar from China that had its world debut in Switzerland.
The blue monster is called the TechRules GT96 TREV, it has 1044 horsepower and a 2000 kilometer range. TREV stands for ‘Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle’, basically a hybrid combining an electric motor and a turbine-engine range extender.
December 4, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter
New Spy Shots of the Hongqi H7 Blue Way (blue = green) testing in China. The H7 Blue Way is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of the Hongqi H7 sedan. The Hongqi H7 Blue Way, formerly known simply as H7 PHEV, has been under development since 2012 (!) and will finally hit the Chinese car market in early 2016 after much delay.
December 1, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter
The latest Spy Shots of the BYD Yuan for China, showing that the new SUV is ready for the Chinese car market where it will be launched in the first quarter of 2016 for about 150.000 yuan. The photos show a long line of blue-white examples, featuring big black bumpers, a shiny grille, and sporty alloys.
November 26, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter
A super sonic BYD Tang SUV, Spotted in China at a restaurant in Beijing by Reader Lao Wei, thank you for the pictures! The Tang is getting powered up to get ready for another speedy hybrid ride. The BYD Tang launched on the Chinese car market in June, but they are still rather rare in the capital.