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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 […]

Zotye’s Electric Two-Seater Exposed

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Zotye Auto, known as the maker of 5008 EV and the cheapest Chinese car, Jiangnan Alto (TT), is developing a micro pure-electric car looking like Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, according to the Chinese medium "Internet Info Agency." About half a meter shorter than the i-MiEV, a five-door hatchback, the Zotye model has only three doors and one […]

Battery Pack Defects Blamed for Zotye EV Fire

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On June 8, almost two months after a Zotye M300 (Langyue) EV caught fire which prompted the city of Hangzhou to pull all 30 electric taxicabs off the streets (see our post here), the investigation team from the Quality Supervision and Inspection Administration of the city and Zhejiang province, announced their findings at a press […]

Zotye to Release Re-Badged Fiat Palio, Siena

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Two more Fiat-licensed Zotye models are set to hit the market in the next few weeks, joining the M300 compact MPV (Langyue), a rebaged Fiat Multipla released last October. The Zotye version of Palio, a subcompact hatchback, will be called "Langjie" (previously said to be "Langlang"), the Zotye "Siena," a three-box sedan form of Palio, […]

Zotye Releases Chinese-made Multipla–Longyue

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Zotye Auto released the Multipla-derived Longyue today at Hangzhou Auto Show, which replaces the oddly named "Mutiplan." From late 2008, the Fiat Multipla 2 compact MPV had been assembled from KD kits in Zotye’s Changsha factory in Hunan Province, and marketed in China under the name "Mutiplan." Longyue, while retaining all basic features of Mutiplan, […]

Zotye to Challenge Tata Nano with a $2,765 Alto

China’s Zotye Auto plans to push the price of Jiangnan Alto, the current cheapest car in China, even lower. The new entry version will sell for only 18,800 yuan, or $2,765, and rival the $2,500 Tata Nano. The Alto microcar is presently built by two companies in China, Chang’an-Suzuki and Jiangnan Auto, the latter of […]

Zotye Aims to Sell 3,000 Electric Cars This Year

We reported last week that Zotye Auto, based in Zhejiang, had started leasing pure-electric cars to individual customers in the city of Hangzhou. While not knowing how many vehicles have been delivered, we hear from Zotye that it is extending its EV sales network to other cities such as Shenzhen and Shanghai, and aims to […]

Forget Leaf and Volt. You Can Have a Zotye EV Now!

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Zotye Auto is one of those lesser-known Chinese automakers that aspire to become a major player in the future global market of electric cars. While many are still waiting for the general release of Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, or BYD e6, Zotye already started delivering its affordable, high-speed, all-electric cars to individual consumers. And they […]