Category Archives: New Cars

Spyshots of SAIC-Volkswagen Teramont SUV

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To cash in on China’s red hot SUV market, Volkswagen plans to roll out the Teramont through its two local joint ventures, with FAW and SAIC. The version from FAW-Volkswagen, under heavy camouflage, has been spotted several times around its plant in Foshan, Guangdong. Today we get a clear view of the SAIC-Volkswagen version. The […]

SAIC-GM to Launch “Chevrolet Cavalier”, a Sibling of Buick Excelle GT

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The Chevrolet product line in China will soon include a new member, the Cavalier compact sedan. Slotted between Chevrolet Sail and Cruze, the upcoming, China-made Cavalier is unrelated to the Chevrolet car in North America bearing the same name, the production of which was terminated in 2005. In substance, the new Cavalier is a re-badged […]

FAW-Volkswagen Showcases Carely EV

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At the green auto show currently underway at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Volkswagen and its partner FAW have unveiled the "Carely" EV, derived from the Bora compact sedan (a local version of Jetta). It is the first time that the China-only brand has made a public appearance. We have known since mid-2011 […]

Yema Auto revealed quaint M72 EV

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Responding to questions over his company’s copycatting activity, Huang Yong, Yema Chairman, once said: "Imitating is a way of learning. In developing new cars, we follow a process of learning, imitating, and surpassing." Determined to bring some of the best auto design ideas to China, Yema has in recent years showcased lookalikes of Audi A4, […]

Shanghai Volkswagen launched China-made Skoda Yeti

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The joint venture of SAIC and Volkswagen unwrapped the locally-built Skoda Yeti at the 2013 Chengdu Motor Show, which opened on August 30. Compared with the current imported model, the show car has an extended wheelbase of 2638mm and a stance slightly longer and lower. Modifications in exterior styling are largely limited to two places–the […]

Fourth-gen Toyota RAV4 hits Chinese showrooms

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The joint venture of FAW and Toyota announced release of the 2014 RAV4 at a ceremony held in Zhuhai, Guangdong, on Monday evening. The China-built crossover comes in 7 versions, powered by a petrol 2.0L (6ZR-FE) or 2.5L (5AR-FE) engine. List prices range from 183,800–272,800 Yuan (US$30,024–44,562). For the re-designed model, FAW-Toyota has moved the […]

Sichuan-Hyundai started rolling out County minibus

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The joint venture of Sichuan Nanjun Auto and Hyundai rolled out its first vehicle, a County minibus, at its Chengdu factory on August 8, a day deemed auspicious by many Chinese. Established in January this year, Sichuan-Hyundai aims to become a major commercial -vehicle manufacturer in China with 170,000 sales in 2017. Besides the Wenjiang […]

Chery Bets on Arrizo7 for Revival

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Last night Chery celebrated the release of the all-new compact, Arrizo7, with a party at the China Pavilion in Shanghai, built originally for the 2010 World Expo. Eight portal and video websites were invited to provide live coverage, and the party was shown in real time on large LED screens installed in the downtown of […]

BYD T5 Pure-electric Truck

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Last November at a press conference introducing BYD’s plan to electrify public transport, Chairman Wang Chuanfu talked about extending the company’s EV line beyond the e6, F3DM, and K9 to include a "T" series of light-duty trucks–the T3, T5, and T7. The cargo carriers will be designed to run delivery routes in urban areas at […]

FAW Bases 2014 Besturn B70 on the Second-gen Mazda6

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FAW has derived the entire Besturn lineup from Mazda6. The B70 in particular is, in its current form, modeled upon the first generation of the Japanese car (so is the B50). As the company prepares to release the locally-built Atenza, it upgrades the Besturn B70 by transplanting it to the platform of the second-gen Mazda6, […]

Chery’s Coaster-like Minibus Exposed

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Toyota’s Coaster is perhaps the most copied vehicle in China. In the past thirty years, it is estimated that the popular minibus has been cloned by well over a hundred local manufacturers. The copycats include not only little-known brands but mainstream players like JAC, King Long, and Higer. Realizing lawsuits could not stop the rampant […]

2014 Haima Family/M5 Exposed

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FAW Haima’s compact sedan will get a major makeover and new name for 2014. To be released in late 2013 or early 2014, the revamped Family will be placed in the newly-launched M series as M5, between the M3 and M6. Spy shots indicate the M5 will become slightly larger than the current Family, which […]

Specs of Hongqi L5 Ultra-luxury Revealed

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Hongqi ("Red Flag") L5, the entry model in FAW’s ultra-luxury lineup, hit headlines earlier this year when it served as the official ride of the French president Hollande visiting Beijing (as shown in the first two pics below). In a few months it will be made available to the public, or the wealthy few–as it […]