The FordF-150 Raptor has been launched on the Chinese car market, marking the first time that Ford officially sells the big pickup truck in China. It comes only in crew-cab and there are only two high-end trim-levels available. Price starts at 499.800 yuan and ends at 548.800 yuan ($72.380-79.477).
A wondrous white FordMustang convertible on black license plates, Spotted in China on a car market in east Beijing. The good Ford was in great shape; paint was smooth, the hood was as new, no rust or rot, and original down until the wheels.
This is not the Ford S-Max. This is the Lifan Xuanlang, a new Chinese MPV that looks a lot like the Ford. Really a lot. Lifan does that kind of stuff all the time. They think that is cool. It is also very cheap. The Xuanlang seats seven and price starts at just 69.800 yuan and ends at 106.800 yuan.
This is the China-spec FordF-150 Raptor. I met this fine avalanche white supercrew example at a Ford dealer in the great city of Jinan in Shandong Province. It had just arrived, fresh from the boat, still with its plastic protective covers on the alloys. The F-150 will be officially marketed in China for the very first time. Sales are set to start on March 8 and price will start at 560.000 yuan or $81.450. There are a notable differences between the U.S. spec and the China-spec car. Here they are:
Ford is finally going to sell the F-150 Raptor officially in China. Sales are expected to start next month. The first shipment of Raptorii left the United States earlier this month and the first vehicle has arrived at a Ford dealer in Shanghai. They always get it first down there, just today I went to a Ford dealer here in Beijing but they didn’t have the Raptor yet. Anyway, as soon as they have it I will check it out.
There are a notable differences between the U.S. and the Chinese versions. Here they are:
The new Lincoln Continental has been launched on the Chinese car market. China is only the third country in the world to get the new Lincoln flagship after the United States and Canada, underscoring the vital importance of China for the Lincoln brand.
Sales are on the up even without the Continental. In the third quarter of this year Lincoln sold 20,988 cars in China, plus 191% compared with the same period in 2016. Lincoln is getting very close to Infiniti which sold 29,000 cars in Q3. They are catching up with Cadillac (77,028), but still very far away from Audi (440,023), BMW (371,976) and Mercedes-Benz (344,791).
The LincolnContinental will finally launch on the Chinese car market on November 28. Originally it was scheduled to launch in September, what caused the delay is unknown. Price of the Continental will start at 420.000 yuan or $62.000. The Continental will be imported into China, there are no plans for local production.
This is not a Ford. This instead is the first image of the new Hawtai Lusheng E80, a midsize sedan that will be launched on the Chinese car market next year. Hawtai took a good look at the Ford Taurus and copied the hood, grille, lights, bumper, A-pillar, and even the mirrors. Sadly we cannot see the rest of the car but we bet it will be Ford all along.
And the cloning continues. The latest example is this Lifan Xuanlang MPV, which looks far too much like a Ford S-Max. The proportions are the same, overall design is the same too, and so are the roof line, windows, the bonnet, the lights, the ‘Aston Martin’ grille, and even the alloys.