Category Archives: Brilliance

BMW-Brilliance Denied Environmental Permit for Tiexi Plant Expansion Project

bird view of the planned tiexi factory

BMW-Brilliance hit roadblock as the Chinese government denied environmental clearance for its project to double production capacity at the Tiexi plant. In a public notice issued on July 26, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said the project lacked effective measures to deal with unwanted byproducts. BMW and its partner Brilliance Auto produce vehicles in […]

A BMW Mini Van?

bmw-like minivan

Not exactly. But as the mini van is built by Brilliance, a Chinese partner of the German carmaker, the adoption of a double-kidney grille can be deemed as sharing of an important family trait. The upcoming low-cost van, called Jinbei Haixing X30, comes from a subsidiary of Brilliance Auto that is based in Chongqing and […]

Brilliance’s New Entry-Level Model Exposed


While other native automakers strive to go upscale, Brilliance has in recent years focused on developing smaller and cheaper models, extending the Zhonghua line downward to include the FRV, FSV, and H230. And this week its new entry-level car was spied, a supermini that is to compete with Chery QQ, Geely Panda, BYD F0, and […]

BMW’s New Plant in Shenyang Hit by Fire

BBA BMW China plant hit by fire

A large fire broke out Monday evening in the paint shop of BMW-Brilliance’s plant in Tiexi, Shenyang, causing damage to newly installed equipment. The flame lasted nearly three hours before being distinguished by more than 100 fire crews. No injuries have so far been reported. 32 fire trucks were sent to the scene. In a […]

Official Pictures of Long-wheelbase BMW 3 Series

long wheelbase bmw 335Li

The sixth generation BMW 3 series, debuted last October in Munich, is coming to China in both standard and long-wheelbase versions. They will appear at 2012 Auto China in Beijing later this month, and arrive in showrooms towards the end of the year. Spy shots of the long-wheelbase version, built specially for the Chinese market, […]

Jinbei S30 Compact SUV from Brilliance: Auto Shanghai in Pictures


The only SUV Brilliance Auto brings to the show, Jinbei S30 makes its debut and readies for release in this summer. Benefiting from Jinbei’s experience in building low-cost MPVs and mini buses, the compact crossover SUV is expected to be priced competitively around 70,000 Yuan. While some describes it as Brilliance’s first attempt to break […]

Foton Increases Auman Truck Capacity to 200,000


"Foton Auman GTL heavy-duty truck digital factory" became operational in Beijing on April 9, doubling the production capacity of Auman mid- and heavy-duty trucks to 200,000 units a year. Foton has been building Auman trucks in Huairou, Beijing, since 2002, which include the heavy-duty 9 series, mid- and heavy-duty 6 and 5 series, and mid-duty […]

Brilliance A4: China’s “BMVV”?


In its official website in English, Brilliance Auto, a BMW partner, ascribes "BMVV quality control process" to its own cars. And we think it means this seriously. The upcoming all-new Brilliance A4, likely to replace the M2 sedan (BS4), turns out to be a good mimic of the BMW 5 series. (part of a screen […]

Jinbei CDV: A Brilliant Imitator of Nissan NV200?


Leaked photos circulating online in the past two days apparently show Brilliance Auto has built a Jinbei compact MPV by replicating the Nissan N200 CDV (car derived van). (above: “Jinbei CDV;” below: Nissan NV200 ) Nothing has been reported before on this mysterious Jinbei CDV. It is certainly not on the official list of Brilliance’s […]

Brilliance China Returns to Profit on Strong BMW Sales

Hong Kong-listed Brilliance China (01114.HK), maker of Brilliance, Jinbei, and BMW vehicles, announced on Tuesday that it made a profit of 510 million Yuan last year, turning from a loss of 1.64 billion Yuan in 2009. In last November, Brilliance China sold its Brilliance-sedan division (or "Zhonghua" sedan), the main source of its heavy losses, […]