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“FAW Car 2009 net profit up 49.8%”

March 7, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

ChinaDaily reports that FAW’s (First Auto Works) net profit is up 49.8% compared with 2008. FAW has joint ventures with Volkswagen, Toyota and Mazda and produces cars under their own Besturn and Hongqi brands. The numbers are yet another sign that the Chinese market keeps growing fast despite the recession everywhere else. The numbers do not include FAW’s commercial vehicle sales. China Daily talks:

FAW Car Co, a unit of one of China’s three largest auto makers, First Automotive Works, said Thursday its net profit rose 49.8 percent to 1.6 billion yuan ($234 million) in 2009 from a year earlier, fueled by strong sales.

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New Car: Greatwall M2 Crossover

March 7, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

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.

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China Toy Car: Beijing Taxi

March 7, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

A very nice 1:43 model of a Beijing Beijing-Hyundai taxi, found it for 3 US dollar in the supermarkt in my street. The colors are fine, wheels as the real thing and scale well done. But the panel gaps are a bit on the wide side and Beijing Taxi’s don’t have blackened windows. Nevertheless, considering the price a nice addition to my collection.

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Spotted: Maybach 62S in my street

March 6, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Illegally parked on a bicycle lane in my street, this very impressive monster of a machine, a Maybach 62S. It is so much bigger than it loox on photo’s, a full 6.2 meters long and 2 wide. Still, the Chinese didn’t really notice, when a Lambo is parked somewhere thousands get their camera phones out. The Maybach just ain’t striking enough.

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FAW-Besturn B70 for National People’s Congress

March 5, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Only two days ago I posted an article about an article in China Daily saying that the government no longer wanted to buy automobiles from foreign-Chinese joint ventures but only from true patriotic Chinese-Chinese ventures. They didn’t lie. The National People’s Congress is in session now in Beijing and the delegates’ limosines of choice are FAW Besturn B70’s.

FAW has joint ventures with a many foreign makes but this one is sold under their own Besturn- name (pssst! it’s based on a Mazda 6 from JAPAN) so it’s all right for the Chinese government. This used to be an exclusive Audi A6 territory, oh the old days are gone…

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New Car: Chery Fulwin 2 Sedan

March 5, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

A new Chery fell from the tree, meet the Fulwin 2 sedan. In Chinese it is called 风云, Fengyun, which literally means ‘windcloud’ but is used to describe a hard wind or storm. The English name ‘Fulwin’ comes from ‘full wind’. The old Seat based Fulwin was known in some markets as ‘Fulwin’ and as ‘Fengyun’ in others. When the new Fulwin was still only a prototype Chery called it ‘Storm 2’ in English. Chery likes confusion among its foreign customers, anyway: this is the Fulwin 2 until Chery changes the name again.

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Spy Shots: Facelift for Brilliance BS4

March 4, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Brilliance Automotive, BMW’s partner in China, is readying it’s successful BS4 (Junjie in China) for some new life with a face lift. Most notable changes are up front and at the back.

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Spy Shots: Geely Emgrand EC825

March 3, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Geely’s factories are kicking out the very first Emgrand EC825’s. The production model will be on the Beijing Auto Show starting end of April. Geely showed the EC825 on several autoshows, the earliest prototype was called Geely EC1. Than later Geely thought it nice to have some more brandnames around and the car became the Emgrand EC825.

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Spy Shots: Jiangling N350 SUV

March 3, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Jiangling Motor, aka JMC, which means Jiangling Motor Corporation, is working on a new SUV and a pickup truck based on the platform of  X8. De X8 is the car that has to make us all forget the Landwind drama in Europe. If the X8 succeeds, it is for sale in China now, the new car will follow soon. It is codenamed N-350 but that doesn’t sound very cool, X9 might be better and BMW hasn’t got that one yet. The N-350 wears a weird logo on its nose which looks a bit Toyota Reitz-a-like, it is not the JMC logo so maybe they try to fool us men.

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“Govt to exclude JV cars from purchase”

March 3, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

China Daily reports that the government will no longer buy cars made in a joint venture with a foreign automaker. That means no more Audi’s, BMW’s and Benzes. Humble public servants will have to use Geely’s, Chery’s and BYD’s now. The government hopes that the new rules will “boost” the true domestic automakers. It might boost ‘m a bit, the government spent 80 billian yuan on cars in 2008, that is 11.7 billion US dollar.  China Daily talks:

The proportion of home grown brands may make up at least 50 percent of new purchases of government-owned cars, as required by a draft plan on procurement of official cars, Jinan Daily reported Friday.

The plan will also change the guidelines for vehicles to be purchased, basically excluding mostbrands made by joint ventures, the newspaper reported.

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