Huatai’s beautiful B11 is getting ready for its Beijing debut and what is likely one of the showcars was seen outside a Huatai facility with a sticker on the side which tell us what those pretty lines do hide:
FAW-VW keeps the Jetta alive. The ancient machine is still selling very well in China, to fleets, taxicompanies and private consumers alike. The Jetta is well known for it’s reliability, it just won’t break down. VW decided for a facelift of the front that brought the a bit more in line with VW’s other vehicles and that was about it. Job done. The price went down to 70.000 rmb for the 1.6.
Lifan is moving up to ‘urban’ city people with this brand new suv. Name loox to be a rather imaginative ‘SUV’. Size is 4550x1705x1495, wheelbase is 2600.
Power comes from Lifan’s trusted 1.6 with 78kw and 137nm which won’t make this a fast one, but who needs speed in town? No 4×4 either, just the front wheels to get all that power down the parking lot. Design is nice and neath, I especially like the roofline and the wheel arches and the fact it doesn’t really look like a copy of another car. Prices will start around 100.000 rmb.
A New Roewe is born and at first glance she loox healty. The 350 is a small sedan which will fit fine under the belly of the bigger 550. Engine(s): 1.5L VTi wit 78kw. That is not enough, but there is hope: rumors say Roewe will ad a turbocharged 1.5. Roewe has an 1.8T as well, I think it fits.
Changhe-Suzuki didn’t bother to update the WagonR for at least six years. There was no need, the car was selling wel, especially in the more rural areas but in city it is no stranger either. Finally now in 2010 the factory decided for a facelift that mostly hit the front, and hitted hard.
HaiMa comes from Hainan (Automotive) – Mazda, a Chinese Japanese joint venture that made Mazda’s for the Chinese market. Mazda left, Hainan kept the name and went for it alone. Most their cars are based on old Mazda’s from the joint-venture days but slowly slowly Haima is getting away from there. This is one of the escapees, an M2-based sportsmodel.
The good old Chang’an BenBen has been replaced by two new cars, this BenBen Mini and it’s sistercar the BenBen Love. The Love is basically just a facelifted old BenBen and will be available as a cheaper alternative next to this really new Mini. The little cars are very popular among first car buyers who might want to try a Chang’an-Suzuki Swift as their next vehicle.
Greatwall Motors has a new child and it is called ‘M2’. Is it a boy or a girl? Well, they call it a ‘crossover’ so it is a bit of both. It is made for ‘urban’ people, those are a cool lot who buy their sofa’s at Ikea. Ikea is hip in China. The M2 is based on Greatwall’s Coolbear, that car’s design is ‘based’ on a Unintended Accelerating vehicle from Japan.