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“China’s auto sales top 2.9m units in first two months”

March 11, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

China Daily reports that auto sales over Januari and Februari are up 84 percent compared to the same months in 2009. One reason for this incredible growth are govermen t incentives, mostly for cars with an engine capacity under 1.3 litre and even more for under 1.0. And the economy is growing as a whole so people who waited last year are in today. The annual spring festival did help a bit bit not as much as China Daily seems to think. The annual festival is, ya’kna’, annual. China Daily talks:

China’s auto sales maintained steady growth in the first two months of 2010, buoyed by the nation’s car purchase incentives and strong demand brought by the week-long Spring Festival holidays.

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Bugatti Veyron Mobile Phone from China

March 11, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

TopSpeed posted a post about a Bugatti Veyron Mobile phone for 200 dollar. But there is more, here is the Veyron GT, in red and black.

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Leaked Brochure: Greatwall’s Future loox Busy

March 10, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Someone got his or her hands on a internal Greatwall brochure about the brand’s future and put it on the web. Thanks, someone. As many other Chinese automakers Greatwall believes one brand is not enough so it will have three: Greatwall, Hover and Wingle. ‘Hover’ will so become a brand name.

The current ‘Greatwall H(over)3’ will be replaced by the Hover H5 and the current ‘Greatwall H(over)3 CUV’ by the Hover H5 CUV above.  Confusing it is, mad one would say, fortunately the brochure contained a chart:

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New Car: Changhe Suzuki WagonR E+

March 10, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

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.

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New Car: Haima Goes Wild with M2 Csport

March 10, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

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.

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BAW B40 to Debut at Beijing Auto Show

March 10, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto Works, or BAW, usually simply called ‘Beijing’ or ‘Beiqi’, showed a prototype B40 at the Beijing auto Show 2008. Two years later BAW will release the production car at the Beijing Auto Show 2010. The 3-door B40 is based on the good old Cherokee which BAW used to make in a joint venture with Chrysler. BAW is still building that one, now on their own and called the Qishi.

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Spotted: Mercedes Benz S65 AMG Limosine

March 9, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

This monsterlike machine belongs to the richest man of Zhejiang province, he got his money by investing in real estate. He has a lot of cars but this one is mad. A stretched Mercedes Benz S65 AMG limosine.

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Incalcu Policecar from China

March 9, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Today a very special police car from Beijing. It is a electric 4-wheel mini car and most likely used in parks or other public places. The characters on the bonnet say 警察, jingcha, meaning ‘police’. The two yellow characters say 巡逻, xunluo, meaning ‘on duty’. I had never seen the thing before even though I live in Beijing for seven long years.

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New Car: Chang’an BenBen Mini

March 9, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

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.

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SPy Shots: Brilliance FSV Sport

March 9, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Brilliance Automotive is slowly sexing up its range, newest addition is this sportsmodel based on the FSV, the FSV itself is based on the slightly bigger BS4. The ‘FSV sport’, as I call it for now until known better, got a load of extra plastic and a brand new front. The blackened grille loox really sporty, the normal FSV has too much chrome there and that ain’t helping top speed.

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