The all new seven-seat BYD S7 SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 119.000 yuan and ends at 139.900 yuan, and that is much cheaper than expected. The BYD S7 is a more luxurious and powerful version of the BYD S6. The BYD S7 in turn forms the base for the upcoming super sonic BYD Tang Hybrid. The final production version of the S7 debuted in April on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
New Spy Shots of the new Qoros 3 Cross, a sporty crossover based on the Qoros 3 Hatch hatchback. The Qoros 3 Cross will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in December and launch on the China car market just before the end of this year. The 3 Cross got the typical cross treatment with extra plastic around the wheels, skid pads front and back, and slightly larger tires. But! There is no roof rack. All cross cars have a roof rack, to carry those camping supplies up mountain. The lack of a rack makes the Qoros 3 Cross a rather bad cross.
The Volvo S60L Hybrid will be launched on the Chinese car market in mid-2015. The S60L Hybrid is based on the Volvo S60L, a China-only stretched variant of the Volvo S60. The S60L Hybrid is a ‘Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle’, unlike the Euro-spec S60 Hybrid which is based around a diesel engine. The ‘S60L PHEV’ debuted in semi-concept form on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
The Cadillac SRX SUV will be manufactured in China from 2015. The SRX will be made by the Shanghai-GM joint venture, in a new factory near Shanghai city. The Cadillac SRX is currently imported into China and therefore expensive compared to the locally-made competition.
Toyota will launch a new sub-brand in China in 2015, it will be positioned under the Guangzhou-Toyota joint venture. The new sub-brand will be called Lingzhi (领志) in Chinese and Leahead in English. Leahead stands for ‘Leap Ahead’. The brand will focus on cheap electric cars aimed at young and hip car buyers in China.
The new VolkswagenJetta Sportline has been launched on the Chinese auto market, priced at 134.800 yuan. The Jetta Sportline is a sporty variant of the China-only Volkswagen Jetta sedan. The Sportline comes with a racy body kit, a sporty black upper grille, a sporty black lower grille, a subtle spoiler at the back, speedy multispoke alloys, and some sporty stitching inside.