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Roewe SUV Seen Again, Twice, to be Called W5?

April 1, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Is it still alive we wonder, two Roewe SUV’s have been spotted at the Roewe factory and for the first time is has a name: W5. The W5 is based on the SsangYong Kyron. Even though Roewe’s owner SAIC recently had a lot of trouble with South Korean SsangYong it still owns 51% of that company.  A SsangYong-Roewe SUV is therefore possible and these pictures prove Roewe is at least still working on it. Things at SsangYoung are by la way improving too.

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Spy Shots: new SUV from BYD

April 1, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

No Maybach for BYD’s dreamers so they took another Toyota instead. This is BYD’s new yet nameless SUV, some say it’ll be S6, that loox very much inspired by a Lexus RX, at least from 3/4 behind. The machine seems fresh from the factory so launch at the Beijing Auto Show is expected.

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Brilliance-BMW Goes Big with 535Li

April 1, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Brilliance-BMW will start building the new 5 in China soon. And as Benz did only last week, BMW makes one special for China. Real Chinese men like to be driven. The 535Li is 14 centimetre longer than the standard car, all that space is for the passengers in the back. To emphasize the long-car’s Chineseness BMW came up with some very louzy photoshops:

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Benz will Not Sell Maybach to BYD

April 1, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

“Maybach is an important part of Daimler’s product portfolio. There is no other decision”, so a Benz spokesman said to Reuters.

“It’s not true, it’s market speculation. We got calls from the media and we have checked with Chairman Wang”, so a BYD spokesman said  to Reuters. Chairman Wang is Wang Chuanfu, BYD’s boss.

Rumors on a possible buy by BYD of Benzes Maybach brand surfaced earlier this week in the Chinese media and were taken to the outside world by websites as this one.

Can’t say we’re surprised, but an electric MayBYDbach would have been… well… yep!

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Brilliance-BMW 5 for Shanghai Police

March 31, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

The Shanghai traffic police received 20 brand new Brilliance-BMW 530’s for duty during the Shanghai Expo 2010. That old fashioned little party will start May first and last 6 months. The city counsel is expecting millions of visitors who must be impressed with Shanghai’s riches and that ain’t easy with a Santana. I did expect though that Shanghai would use Shanghai-VW’s (modern ones) or Shanghai-GM’s. I saw some pics of an electricalexpirimental police-Buickthing but that doesn’t really count. Come on SAIC, don’t let those northern cowmen (known as Dongbeiren in Chinese) steal your moment!

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Chery Riich M5 is OUT

March 31, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

The Riich M5 is an interesting looking car and based on the M1 hatchback. But medium-prenium Riich really tried to give it a face of it’s own that fits the new name. ‘M1 sedan’ would have been much more logical but in Cheryworld it is not. That is why we like Cheryworld even though it is sometimes a bit hard to find our way around.

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Spy Shots: Chery Riich G3

March 31, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Chery is rapidly expanding the line up of its luxury-middle-class-prenium brand Riich. This is number five; the Riich G3 based on the Chery A5. The biggest change is the front which loox completely new, the rest of the car seems all A5.

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Haima Does the QQ with new ‘Prince’

March 30, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Chery copied the Spark for the QQ and Haima copies the QQ for the Prince (Chinese: 王子, Wangzi). Well, that’s only fair. The pictures come straight from the Haima factory on the always sunny island of Hainan. It loox like some dealer-presentation but in these days noting is secret anymore.

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Alibaba’s Treasure: Green Auto Tricycle

March 30, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Alibaba.com is Asia’s biggest trade website, many small companies try to get their stuff noticed abroad. The Chinese are the funniest with all their copycats and other weird machines. Today we have a fast looking electric tricycle, designated SH8500Z, from a factory called Green Auto Industry from Wucheng in Shandong Province.

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Spy Shots: Dongfeng H30 Cross

March 30, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

The Dongfeng-Fengshen H30, usually simply called ‘Dongfeng H30’, is a rather boring looking machine from Dongfeng Automotive. Dongfeng has joint ventures with Honda, Nissan, Peugeot (PSA) and Kia. The Fengshen-brand is Dongfeng’s first all-by-itself adventure on the passenger car market. To make a boring car a little bit more exciting Dongfeng decided to go for the Cross-treatment.

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