The new seventh generation (LF) Hyundai Sonata will be manufactured in China starting in November. The new Sonata will then officially debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2015 and launch on the Chinese car market in March 2015.
The Sonata will be produced by the Beijing-Hyundai joint venture that also make the current sixth generation Sonata, the fifth generation, and the fourth generation Sonata (!). China indeed has three Sonatas. The coming of the new LF will likely mean the end for the fourth generation, which has been built since 2002.
The new Hyundai Sonata will be powered by a 2.4 liter four-cylinder with 168hp and 201nm, or by a 2.0 turbo with 200hp and 252nm. Price is expected to start around 150.000 yuan.
New spy shots of the China-made Range Rover Evoque, looking almost ready for the Chinese car market. Production officially started back in May and the Evoque will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November and launch on the Chinese auto market just before the end of the year.
This is the new MG GT, looking completely ready for its launch on the Chinese car market on November 1. Price will start around 120.000 yuan and end around 150.000 yuan. The MG GT officially debuted in a box on the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show.
The brand new Hyundai ix25 SUV will be launched on the Chinese car market on October 9. Price will start around 140.000 yuan and end around 170.000 yuan. On pics a gray blue example, the very first non-orange car we see, and still looking good, although slightly less exciting. The production version of the Hyundai ix25 debuted last month on the Chengdu Auto Show.
Beijing’s annual bill for the infamous and endless traffic jams amounts to 70 billion yuan ($11.3 billion), a recent study has found. According to a 2014 survey conducted by Peking University’s National Development Research Institute, 80 percent of total loss relates to time wasted waiting, 10 percent to gas and 10 percent to environmental damage.
The new BYD-DaimlerDenza EV has been launched on the Shanghai car market in China. Price starts at 369.000 yuan and ends at 399.000 yuan ($60.000 – 65.000), and that includes all green-car subsidies but excludes the free license plate for electric cars which is worth about 90.000 yuan. Shanghai is currently the only city in China where the Denza is available. Shenzhen will follow later this month and Beijing will be served in November. The rest of the country will have to wait until 2015.
The Renault Megane RS has been launched on the Chinese car market, marking the very first time Renault sells a performance-orientated RS model in China. Price starts at 339.000 yuan and ends at 359.900 yuan (55.000 – 58.700 USD). The Megane RS is so expensive because it is imported and thus subject to China’s heavy import taxes.