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Buick Turns The Chevrolet Volt Into The Velite 5 For China

March 28, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Buick Turns The Chevrolet Volt Into The Velite 5 For China

Buick has released a teaser for the upcoming Velite 5 extended-range electric vehicle (EREV), it will debut on next month’s Shanghai Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market in Q3. The Velite 5 is a variant of the Chevrolet Volt with a different front and rear, manufactured in China by the Shanghai-GM joint venture.

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Borgward BX5 SUV Launched On The Chinese Auto Market

March 28, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Borgward BX5 SUV Launched On The Chinese Auto Market

The new Borgward BX5 SUV has been launched on the Chinese auto market, and it has become a fine looking car with an in-your-face grille and artfully sculpted fenders. Much better than the BX7. Price starts at 149.800 yuan and ends at 216.800 yuan.

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The Chery eQ1 EV Is What Mercedes-Benz Is Up Against In China

March 28, 2017 by Joey Wang

The Chery eQ1 EV Is What Mercedes-Benz Is Up Against In China

Chery has launched the eQ1 electric car on the Chinese market, just days after the company filed a trademark complaint against Mercedes-Benz. The Germans want to use the EQ name for an EV-sub brand, but Chery has been using the eQ EV brand since 2014. Their first car was the eQ and now we have the new eQ1.

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The Wuzheng Yuyan 1500 LSEV Is A Need Nothing More 3-Wheel Pickup Truck

March 28, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

The Wuzheng Yuyan 1500 LSEV Is A Need Nothing More 3-Wheel Pickup Truck

This little blue beauty is the Wuzheng Yuyan 1500, a new LSEV that I met on the the 2017 Jinan EV Show. It is a tiny 3-wheel electric pickup truck with a giant windscreen, a giant windscreen wiper, round lights, and without doors. Interestingly, the blue of the front-wheel arch if of a different kind than the blue of the body.

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This Is The China-Spec Ford F-150 Raptor

March 27, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

This Is The China-Spec Ford F-150 Raptor

This is the China-spec Ford F-150 Raptor. I met this fine avalanche white supercrew example at a Ford dealer in the great city of Jinan in Shandong Province. It had just arrived, fresh from the boat, still with its plastic protective covers on the alloys. The F-150 will be officially marketed in China for the very first time. Sales are set to start on March 8 and price will start at 560.000 yuan or $81.450. There are a notable differences between the U.S. spec and the China-spec car. Here they are:

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Aston Martin DB11 V8 To Debut On The Shanghai Auto Show In China

March 27, 2017 by Joey Wang

Aston Martin DB11 V8 To Debut On The Shanghai Auto Show In China

The new Aston Martin DB11 V8 will have its worldwide debut on March 19 on the Shanghai Auto Show in China. It will be powered by an AMG sourced 4.0 (3.982) liter twin-turbo V8 with 532 horses. This engine is based on the unit that powers the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Price in China is expected to start around 2.75 million yuan or $400.000. Price of the DB11 V12 starts at 3.25 million yuan or $470.000.

The debut in China makes sense; the Chinese market is the second-largest market worldwide for Aston Martin, and they want much more out of it. An SUV is finally on its way and the upcoming Lagonda ultra-luxury brand is mainly aimed at China. The DB11 V8 is also attractive financially. The size of the engine is just under four liter so the DB11 V8 stays out of the highest tax bracket, and that means Aston Martin can make a lot of money on it if they manage to keep the price up, and looking at the expected 2.75 million yuan price tag they are trying just that.

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Tesla Model X Crashes Into A Tree In China, Penetrated By Guardrail

March 27, 2017 by W.E. Ning

Tesla Model X Crashes Into A Tree In China, Penetrated By Guardrail

A very strange crash with a Tesla Model X in China. The accident happened a while ago, on January 29 in the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, but was recently brought to out attention after we wrote about the Model X transport drama. The Shenzhen accident saw a white X crashing into a tree with an iron guardrail penetrating trough the windshield.

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Production Of The Zotye T700 SUV Has Started In China

March 27, 2017 by Joey Wang

Production Of The Zotye T700 SUV Has Started In China

Production of the Zotye T700 SUV has begun. It will have its public debut on the Shanghai Auto Show next month and launch on the Chinese auto market in May. The T700 is the new flagship of the Zotye brand. It is the production version of the Zotye T600 S concept. Happily it is not a clone like the Zotye SR9. There are surely visible influences of Range Rover but overall it is a fine looking car.

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Chery Files Trademark Complaint Against Mercedes-Benz Over EQ Name

March 27, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Chery Files Trademark Complaint Against Mercedes-Benz Over EQ Name

Chery has filed a complaint against Mercedes-Benz at the ‘International Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce’. The reason: in 2016 Mercedes-Benz applied for a Chinese trademark for their new EQ sub-brand of electric vehicles. The problem: Chery has been selling EVs under their eQ sub-brand since 2014. Chery applied for a trademark in 2014 and it was granted in 2015. The application of Mercedes-Benz is pending. The company hopes to launch its EQ brand in China in 2018.

The difference: eQ and EQ.

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Toyota C-HR To Be Made In China, Times Two

March 23, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Toyota C-HR To Be Made In China, Times Two

The ultrahip Toyota C-HR will see production in China, times two. Toyota has two joint ventures in the country and each wants a part of the C-HR action. First up FAW-Toyota which will basically make the car as it is known abroad and under the C-HR name.

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