July 13, 2016 by Joey Wang
Citroen is the most localized car maker in China, having more China-only cars in their lineup than any other brand. It sells eight Citroen-branded cars on the Chinese market. Six of these are made locally and five of those are China-only. Citroen also sells six cars under the DS brand; four are made locally and three of those are only for China.
That adds up to a total lineup of 14 cars, 8 of which are exclusively for China. Soon the Citroen C6 will be added to the list, again locally made and locally sold.
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June 13, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
This little beauty is the cheapest pickup truck in China. It is called the Dongfeng Xiaokang K01. It costs 25,900 yuan or $3,929. For that money you get a very basic vehicle that can carry two passengers plus a 1770 kilo load. Mini pickup trucks like the K01 are widely used for a wide variety of work. They are bought by transport companies, construction companies, and often double as a mobile market stall.
June 4, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
Volkswagen is very strong in China but there is reason to worry about the future. They have been so busy adding ever more sedans to their Chinese lineup that they completely missed the SUV boom, resulting in a locally-made line with nine sedans, only one SUV, two hatchbacks, two wagons, and an MPV. Of these 16 cars a whopping 10 are made only for China: cars you cannot get unless you live there. Here they are:
May 27, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
This big beauty is the Hongqi L5, the most expensive Chinese car. It costs five million yuan or $760,000. Hongqi, Red Flag, is oldest automaker in China. They are famous for their enormous state limousines and parade cars. The L5 pays respect to this heritage. Design is retro-modern and inspired by the majestic Hongqi CA770 state limousine.
May 24, 2016 by Joey Wang
There is a new trend on the Chinese car market: cheap but trendy compact SUVs for young first-car buyers, aged 25 to 30, living in the cities and busy at work.
As usual, the locals are the first to move. Almost every Chinese automaker is working on a new compact SUV. Some focus on sporty, some on practical, and some on a bit of added luxury. A few automakers are going even further and are launching complete new brands for the young.
Size of these cars ranges from four to five meters, and price from 70,000 to 130,000 yuan ($10,800 – 23,150). They are all loaded with tech like large touch screens and WiFi hot spots. Here are 13 brand new examples:
May 20, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
This little beauty is the cheapest car in China. It is called the Jiangnan TT. It is manufactured by Jiangnan Auto, a subsidiary of Zotye Automobile. The list price of the TT starts at 20,800 yuan but dealers offer a 5,000 yuan discount, and that brings the price down to just 15,800 yuan, or $2,415!
Buyers get a very basic car for the money; but it still seats four, it has enough space for groceries, and it can calmly cruise on the highway.
May 19, 2016 by Joey Wang
The market for electric cars in China is booming, supported by subsidies and other incentives like free license plates and free parking places and public charging stations are now popping up everywhere. In 2015 sales of new-energy vehicles (electric and plug-in hybrids) stood at 188,700 units, up a staggering 223% compared to 2015.
Subsidies can be as high as $13,800, making NEVs attractive for a large audience, and that in turn attracts more automakers. There were more than 50 new NEV’s on display at last month’s Beijing Auto Show; here are the ten most interesting full-electric examples:
May 14, 2016 by Joey Wang
The Tesla Model X has been launched on the Chinese car market, with deliveries set to start later this month. There are three variants available: the Model X 90D, the Model X P90D, and the China-only Model X P90D Signature Red edition. The Model X 75D base model is not available in China, but might be added to the lineup later.
May 13, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
The LeSEE Super EV beats Tesla Model S with faster acceleration from 0-100 km/h, more distance per charge and it has a higher speed at its fastest point.
Jia Yueting, CEO of LeEco.
The LeSEE electric sedan was one of the hottest cars at the Beijing Auto Show. It is widely described as the “Chinese Tesla killer”, and the company has stated that it has Tesla in its sights. We have heard that one before. So does the LeSEE have what it takes?
May 12, 2016 by Joey Wang
China is the largest car market in the world, and is still growing fast. There are more models available for Chinese car buyers compared to other countries. They can buy cars from European manufacturers that are not available in the United States. They can also choose cars made by Japanese firms that are not sold in Europe. What’s more, they can even purchase models from U.S. manufacturers that are not marketed anywhere else. They can also buy from an endless variety of local brands, and on top of all that there are cars that are made in China specifically for the Chinese market by foreign automakers.
Chinese law requires foreign firms to form joint ventures with local companies if they want to manufacture cars in China. The maximum stake a foreign firm can hold is limited at 50%. The cars that these joint ventures make are rarely exported, with a few notable exceptions like the Buick Envision and the Volvo S60 Inscription. This means that the vast majority of these vehicles remain exclusive to the Chinese market and inaccessible elsewhere. Here is the latest list of joint venture vehicles that are not available to the rest of the world – the forbidden fruit- , as seen on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.