Spy shots from new cars for the China market.

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Volkswagen Passat/Magotan Wagon to be Imported in China?

May 18, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

The Volkswagen Passat (called Magotan in China) Wagon was spotted near a Volkswagen facility in China. The Magotan sedan is a succesful imported model so Volkswagen wants more. The market for wagons ain’t big in China. Volvo, Audi, Benz and BMW don’t even bother to import any. Guess Volkswagen thinks it is time to try. The competition will no doubt closely follow developments and when sales are any good more wagons can be expected soon.

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Huatai to Finally Launch Hyundai Matrix (?)

May 18, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Huatai and Hyundai are good friends. Huatai (Hawtai in English) produces the old Santa Fe and Terracan under licence for the Chinese market. This Matrix would be the third. Production of the Matrix in South Korea ended in 2007 and by that time there where already stories in the news of a Huatai Matrix.  Now 3 years later it might finally happen, that is, according to Chinese websites which bring the news with two pictures of the Matrix with a Huatai badge. But we’ve seen such a picture before…

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Spy Shots: Geely GLEagle EX7

May 16, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

The EX7 debuted as a concept on the Beijing Auto Show but was than called Emgrand EX7. The car on these pics however shows a very large GLEagle-logo. Maybe Geely decided the GLEagle-brand fits the EX7 better. The car loox ready for production and will indeed roll off the line before the end of this year, price will start around 150.000 rmb.

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Spy Shots: new Chery Oriental Sun

May 14, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Chery’s big, and cheap, Ortiental Sun has been on the market for many years and a new car is now finally coming. About the name: in Chinese it is called ‘dongfangzhizi’, 东方之子, which means ‘Oriental Sun’. Chery however, decided to use ‘Eastar’ for the English translation and foreign markets. The new Oriental Sun stands on the same platform as the Chery-Riich G5 and will be offered as a cheaper alternative, it will share most of the G5’s bodywork as well.

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Spy Shots: Chang’an L31 MPV

May 14, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Chang’an Auto, aka Chana, has joint ventures with Ford and Suzuki and makes the Volvo S40 and S80 as well, but those likely not for so long anymore. Chang’an got their own cars as well but their line up is a bit messy. It consist of minivans, minicars and small hatchbacks and sedans that all don’t really look alike and overlap eachother. This new L31 won’t change that, it doesn’t look like the others at all and will be priced almost exactly as the CM8 minivan. The L31 however, is meant for city folk while the CM8 is more a commercial vehicle made to resemble a passenger vehicle.

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Spy Shots: Guangzhou Auto Trumpche

May 14, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

The Trumpche from Guangzhou Auto will start rolling of the line in September. That leaves the Guangzhouren another 3 months to get their showcar to the dealers and it loox like they’ll make it.

The Trumpche stands on an old Alfa 166 that Fiat sold to Guangzhou Auto  somtime in 2008. Engine: a 2.0 with “more than” 60kw and “more than” 100nm. That’s all Guangzhou Auto wants to share with the world right now, hope it’s a bit more than 60kw, the Trumpche isn’t a small car.

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Roewe 550 to be Branded ‘MG’ in the UK

May 13, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Two MG’s were spotted while out testing in the UK. On the left the MG6, on the right the Roewe 550 sedan with an MG-front which makes it likely the cars will come as a MG-couple to England. Engines: the 1.8 turbo for sure but MG needs a diesel as well since British folks, like most Europeans, like tractor-engines in otherwise nice vehicles. MG doesn’t have a diesel and neither does mother SIAC, so they need to go shopping. Maybe at VM Motori from Italy, or Fiat, or GM. The Sixes will be build in the ancient factory in Longbridge, great history though, and hit the market somewhere before the end of this year.

Thanks to MG-Rover.org for the pictures.

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New MG3 NAKED

May 13, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

The new MG3 will hit the market in October, one completely uncamouflaged car was found unguarded in a park near the factory. The photographer however, only managed to click two shots from the front.

Size: 3999x1728x1517, wheelbase is 2520. Engine is the same 1.5 litre unit as used in the Roewe 350, in the MG3 is comes with [email protected] and [email protected] Top speed is 182km/h. Transmission: 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto.

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Spy Shots: Hyundai Verna hatchback

May 12, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

The new Hyundai Verna debuted at the Beijing Auto Show and will be made in China by Hyundai’s joint venture with Beijing Automotive. But they ain’t done yet; these spy shots show the new Verna hatchback. The car was seen testing somewhere near the Beijing-Hyundai factory in Beijing and will hit the market before the end of the year.

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Chevrolet Traverse Comes to China

May 12, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

GM has applied for a patent for China on the Chevrolet Traverse. It will be on sale somewhere at the end of this year as an imported vehicle. Like many other western automakers GM decided not to built big suv’s in China. Chinese consumers prefer expensive vehicles imported because they don’t want to worry about quality and safety.

Western automakers don’t mind because they can make more money on vehicles exported to China than vehicles locally made. The Traverse starts around 30.000$ in North America, that price will likely move close to 50.000$ in China. The difference is caused by high Chinese import taxes and the ‘imported-premium’ which will rolls straight into GM’s coffers.