Category Archives: New Cars

Hongqi L9, L7: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

faw v12 engine

FAW’s multi-billion-Yuan project to revive the luxury brand Hongqi began to bear fruits two months ago when the first batch of H7s were delivered to the provincial government of Jilin. Later this year the H7, which targets Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, will get wider release, and the more luxurious L series will hit the […]

GAC Trumpchi GA3: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

front view, with smiing show girl

Guangzhou Auto (GAC) unveiled the GA3 compact in Shanghai, expanding its Trumpchi sedan line beyond the GA5. With a design inspired by the E-jet concept from last year’s Guangzhou Auto Show, GA3 is positioned as a stylish sedan with a sports car feel, employing independent suspensions in both the front and rear. Trumpchi GA3 has […]

VW Gran Lavida: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

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Lavida, the best-selling Volkswagen model in China in recent months, is expected to defend its leading position with the release of new variants. The nameplate aims to deliver nearly 400,000 units this year, up from 246,687 in 2012. That increase alone exceeds Shanghai-Volkswagen’s overall target of gaining about 100,000 in 2013 sales. The feat is […]

BYD S7 SUV: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

front view of byd s7 suv

BYD launched at the show the S7, a deluxe version of the S6, hoping to extend the success of its copycat SUV. Enlarged and empowered, the new SUV, close to a midsize in dimension, will hit showrooms next year in an estimated price range of 120,000-170,000 Yuan. With a 2735mm wheelbase (compared with the 2720mm […]

Kia Horki Concept: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

kia horki front

The joint venture of Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia launched a new auto brand "Horki" and the first model, a liftback concept, bearing it on Saturday. Positioned below Kia, Horki aims to attract Chinese consumers in less-developed areas with a low-cost product line derived from current or past Kia models. Horki is a phonetic rendering of the brand’s Chinese […]

Hyundai Mistra: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

front view of hyundai mistra

Beijing-Hyundai named its new sedan, slotted between Sonata and Elantra, Mistra after the Greek town of Mystras. Developed specially for the Chinese market, Hyundai Mistra has a wheelbase of 2770mm, longer than we thought when it was spied earlier this year. It will have a Kia version, the upcoming K4. Called "Mingtu" in Chinese, the […]

Venucia Viwa EV Concept: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

officials of dongfeng nissan on stage with venucia viwa

Venucia, Dongfeng-Nissan’s local brand, brought four models to Shanghai: R50 (a re-badged Nissan Tiida/Versa), D50 (a notchback version of Nissan Tiida), E30 (a re-badged Nissan Leaf), and the Viwa pure-electric concept. The last-mentioned was launched on April 20 as a key part of the "V-Blue Strategy," Venucia’s plan to develop and promote a green product […]

Geely KC Concept: Auto Shanghai 2013 in Pics

geely kc concept designed by volvo's peter horbury

A day before the motor show opens to the media, Geely launched the KC Concept luxury sedan at Shanghai Fashion Center. The first born on an all-new platform for midsize and large cars, the concept showcases the talents of Geely’s international design team in service of Chinese aesthetics. Working with his Chinese colleagues, Peter D. […]

DFSK Unwraps New Low-cost MPV “Fengguang”

dfsk new mpv launched in shanghai

Dongfeng Sokon (DFSK), the microvan division of Dongfeng Motor, launched a seven-seater MPV today in Shanghai. Previously exposed as F505 and Q05, the new car was named "Fengguang" and priced between 50,000 -70,000 Yuan (US$8,090-11,330). Directly targeting SGMW’s Wuling Hongguang and Changan Honor, Dongfeng Fengguang sits on a 2725mm wheelbase and is 4365mm long, 1720mm […]

GAC-Honda Launched New Compact Sedan “Crider”

honda concept c at bejing auto show, with show girl

The empty slot between GAC-Honda’s City and Accord was finally filled as the joint venture launched on Thursday the "Crider," which, unsurprisingly, is a variant of the Civic. As Honda builds the popular Civic with another Chinese partner, Dongfeng, GAC has long wished for a substitute compact. Last year Honda promised to fulfill that wish […]

Skoda Rapid Goes on Sale, Priced from 79,900 Yuan

chinese-made skoda rapid

The collection of Chinese-built Skodas officially increased to four items on April 18 as Shanghai-Volkswagen (SVW) released the Rapid. Available in three trim levels–Active, Ambition, and Elegand, the compact sedan is priced between 79,900-116,900 Yuan (US$12,927-18,927), and thus noticeably cheaper than its two siblings, the re-designed Jetta from FAW-Volkswagen and Santana from SVW. Built on […]

Volvo V40 Hits Chinese Showrooms

volvo v40

On Tuesday Volvo Car announced the pricing for the V40 in China, putting the compact on sale in the world’s largest auto market. Available in four trim levels–Fashion, Comfort, Elegance, and Prestige, the V40 hatchback sells for 239,900-325,900 Yuan. A turbo-charged L5 petrol engine of 2.0L was provided on all four trim levels, and comes […]