Category Archives: New Cars

Haval H2, GWM’s New Compact SUV: A Preview

great wall haval h2

Haval, the SUV brand recently launched by Great Wall Motor (GWM), is to make its first appearance at an auto show later this month in Shanghai. The lineup will include a new entry model, the H2 compact. Latest spy shots show that the H2 to be debuted will look very different from the one exposed […]

FAW Jilin Rolls out V80, a Xenia-based Mini Van

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FAW started production of the Jiabao V80 van today at its new factory in the city of Jilin (in the province of the same name). While a member of the Jiabao series, the V80 actually shares a platform with Senya S80, a Chinese version of Daihatsu Xenia/Toyota Avanza. FAW claims that 37% of V80’s parts […]

Upcoming Release: Zotye T200 Mini SUV, a New Variant of Daihatsu Terios

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While Daihatsu’s unprofitable venture in China was ended three years ago, its Terios has taken roots and flourished there–under different nameplates. At FAW Jilin, Daihatsu’s former Chinese partner, the mini SUV became Senya M80. Over 2,000 kilometers away, in Zhejiang province, Zotye Auto has rolled out three versions of the Terios since late 2005: the […]

First Glimpse of Lifan 330, the Next-gen 320

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Aiming to increase passenger car sales to 180,000 this year, Lifan Auto plans to release three re-designed models this year: the 330, 530, and 630, which will replace the 320, 520, and 620 respectively. In the past week, the upcoming 330 was exposed for the first time as design images and spy shots of it […]

GWM Haval H5 to Get Mitsubishi’s Turbo 2.0L Engine

2013 gwm haval h5 suv

Great Wall Motor is to announce the release of 2013 Haval H5 later this month at the Shanghai auto show. The facelifted SUV will carry the new Haval logo just unveiled and be provided with an additional engine choice, the 4G63S4T, a turbo-charged 2.0L petrol engine from the joint venture of Shenyang Aerospace Mitsubishi. Below: […]

GAC Gonow’s New Van: Another Clone of Nissan NV200?

gonow copycat car nissan nv200

Fuel-efficient, comfortable, and spacious inside, the Nissan NV200 has earned worldwide admiration. In China, its followers are many, among both consumers and carmakers. BYD, Brilliance, SGMW all have been exposed copying the popular CDV. Last year, we also saw images, from a file of patent application, of a lookalike from the lesser-known Gonow Auto, a […]

Geely Released Englon SX7 SUV, a Re-badged GX7

geely sx7 suv

Aiming to increase annual sales to 2 million in 2015, Geely embraced a multi-brand strategy, launching three new marques in the past few years, Gleagle, Emgrand, and Englon (previously called Shanghai Maple and Shanghai LTI). According to official descriptions, the three brands emphasize three different qualities of Geely cars, those of being "stylish, luxurious, and […]

FAW-VW Ready to Launch Sagitar GLI

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Two years after its world premiere, the sport variant of the sixth-gen Jetta finally gets ready to meet audiences in China. Built at FAW-VW’s Chengdu factory and called Sagitar GLI, the local sedan version of Golf GTI is scheduled to launch at next month’s Shanghai auto show and go on sale around May/June. While it […]

Chery Tiggo 5 SUV Spied, Ready for Q3 Release

chery tiggo5 suv

When first unveiled at the 2007 Beijing auto show, the Tiggo 5 (codenamed T21) was seen as an upgraded version of the 3 (or T11, now simply called Tiggo), with which it shared a 2510mm wheelbase. And the 5 then bears little resemblance in styling to the 5 now as exposed by earlier this […]

SAIC Copies Ssangyong Korando for MG SUV

saic mg suv

The MG division of SAIC (Shanghai Auto) is preparing to launch its first SUV, spy shots from show. The upcoming MG car looks so close to Ssangyong Korando that it was mistaken for a facelifted version of the latter by earlier this month. The white test car exposed bears no logo, but the […]

Ford EcoSport Mini SUV Hits Showrooms, Priced from 94,800 Yuan

ford ecosport market launch

The joint venture of Changan Auto and Ford Motor announced today the pricing of the Chinese-built EcoSport in Hangzhou, putting the long-awaited mini SUV on sale across the nation. The six versions released, available on three trim levels, sell for 94,800-127,800Yuan (US$15,241-20,546). While competitively priced, the Changan-Ford EcoSport came with several disappointments. Most importantly, the […]

Nissan Teana Drops V6 Engines

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The revamped Teana from Dongfeng-Nissan hit the market on Monday in a price range of 177,800-244,800 Yuan. The Chinese variant of the Altima sedan abandoned two V6 engines, the VQ25DE 2.5L and VQ35DE 3.5L, opting for the 2.0L and 2.5L L4. With more efficient powertrains and a lowered price range, the mid-size effectively withdraws from […]

Dongfeng S30 Gets A New Appearance and Engine Choice for 2013

dongfeng s30 sedan

On March 15, Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle Company released the 2013 Fengshen S30 compact sedan, which came with a new look and an additional, 1.5L engine option. Prices remain largely unchanged, ranging from 67,800 – 88,800 Yuan (US$10,908-14,286). The restyling, which preserves the 2610mm wheelbase, makes the S30 look even more characterless. With a new, U-shape […]