Party time in China because the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture celebrates its 25th birthday. The joint venture makes Peugeots and Citroens for the Chinese car market. Therefore we will see a lot of 25 Anniversary specials this year, and the French kick off with the Citroen C3-XR. It gets an ultra larghe 11.6 inch touch screen and a lot of gold and glitter.
The new Beijing AutoHuansu S5 SUV has been launched on the car market in China, sporting a distinctive nose with a shiny Lexus-like grille and a big black hole on each side of the bumper. Price starts at 69.800 yuan and ends at 79.800 yuan ($10.130 – 11.680).
The new VolkswagenTeramont seven-seat SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 308.900 yuan and ends at 518.900 yuan ($44.833 – 75.312). The Teramont is the sister model of the Volkswagen Atlas. It is manufactured in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture.
Lifan keeps us busy. Earlier on the launched their Ford S-Max MPV and today we have the launch on the large new Lifan X80 SUV. Biggest surprise is the price. We knew it was going to be cheap, but didn’t expect it to be so cheap; it seats 7, it is just under five meters long, and powered by a 2.0 turbo petrol. Price starts at a scarcely believable..
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.
The new BorgwardBX5 SUV has been launched on the Chinese auto market, and it has become a fine looking car with an in-your-face grille and artfully sculpted fenders. Much better than the BX7. Price starts at 149.800 yuan and ends at 216.800 yuan.
Chery has launched the eQ1 electric car on the Chinese market, just days after the company filed a trademark complaint against Mercedes-Benz. The Germans want to use the EQ name for an EV-sub brand, but Chery has been using the eQ EV brand since 2014. Their first car was the eQ and now we have the new eQ1.
The Zinoro 60H plug-in hybrid has been launched on the Chinese car market. The 60H is the production version of the Zinoro Next concept. It is based on the long wheelbase BMW X1 Li. Zinoro is a sub brand of the Brilliance-BMW joint venture making new-energy vehicles (NEVs).
The new HaimaS5 Young has been launched on the Chinese auto market. As its name implies it is aimed at young car buyers, and not at the old and elderly and not even at the middle aged. Only at the young, all the others got to stay away. This sadly means I will not be able to buy one as I am very old indeed. I so wish Haima would make a car called S5 Old. Others might prefer an S5 Dead.