Former DENZA Designer Joined BAIC Senova

Peter Arcadipane

Peter Arcadipane, who left BYD-Daimler for BAIC, was in spotlight at the Senova release ceremony held on Saturday evening, introducing the Saab-derived midsize sedan. Peter Arcadipane, BAIC’s design chief, at the Senova release ceremony Designer of several Mercedes-Benz cars including CL, CLS, and M, Peter Arcadipane, an Australian, had recently worked on Daimler’s EV project […]

BAIC Releases Senova D Series, a Descendant of Saab 9-5

senova brand video with nicolas cage

The Senova ("Shenbao") D series sedan, developed by BAIC (Beijing Auto) on basis of the first-gen Saab 9-5, goes on sale today, carrying list prices of 139,800 to 215,800 Yuan. BAIC, which has made its fortune by being a partner of Hyundai and Daimler, places great hopes on the midsize to drive forward its own […]

Most Popular Sedans, SUVs, and MPVs in April

New vehicle sales climbed 13.38% in April from a year earlier to 1,841,700, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). The market shrank 9.5% compared with March. Deliveries of passenger cars reached 1,441,400, up 12.96% on year, while those of buses and trucks rose 14.9% to 400,300. In the first four months of 2013, […]

Passenger Car Sales Gained 12.5% in April

Automakers based in China delivered 1,440,156 passenger cars in April, 12.5% more than a year earlier. However, compared with the previous month, the count was down 9%. SUVs continued to lead the growth, with sales increasing 49.3% on year to 236,964.   Sedans MPVs SUVs Microvans Total Wholesales in April 970,345 89,281 236,964 143,565 1,440,156 […]

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 […]

Tata Daewoo Teams Up with CHTC

CHTC (China Hi-Tech Group Corporation) and South Korea’s Tata Daewoo has recently signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing on jointly building commercial vehicles in China. The pair aims to release their first products in the second half of 2014. According to SASAC, the government agency supervising state-owned assets, the cooperation project will start by […]

Angry BMW X1 Owner Crashed Into Dealership

bmw crash in zhuzhou hunan

In the country where consumer complaints easily get ignored, car drivers often resort to extreme measures to fight for their rights–or simply to take out their anger. This is true especially with luxury car owners, who tend to come from privileged groups and have short tempers. In the past, we have seen oxen and donkeys […]

FAW-Volkswagen to Release Bare-bones Jetta

faw-vw jetta with bare essentials

The joint venture of First Auto Works (FAW) and Volkswagen was exposed road-testing a stripped-down version of its Jetta compact (a derivative of the PQ25 platform and not the sixth-gen "Jetta" based on the PQ35), which would lower the starting price of the popular sedan to around 70,000 Yuan (US$11,400). FAW-VW Jetta, an all-time best-seller […]

Weichai Power’s First SUV Exposed

suv from weichai power built in chongqing

Weichai Power, one of China’s largest manufacturers of diesel engines, is on track to release its first passenger car, a mini SUV, in 2014, spy shots indicate. Called "Weili" and bearing the brand of "Yuzhou," the upcoming Weichai SUV is revealed to have a 2502mm wheelbase and an exterior style inspired by Hyundai Santa Fe. […]

Zhongxing to Build Its First Sedan on Changfeng Platform

zhongxing sedan

The Volvo lookalike showcased by GAC-Changfeng, now dissolved, four years ago re-emerged at this year’s Shanghai motor show–under the Zhongxing brand. The re-badged compact, previously called CP2 or Changfeng Acumen/Acuman, will be Zhongxing’s first foray into the sedan market, as we learned from the manufacturer of SUVs and pickup trucks. In last December, Zhongxing and […]

Atenza to Join First-gen Mazda6 and Ruiyi

faw-mazda first gen mazda6 from changchun factory

FAW-Mazda confirmed that it will start producing Atenza in Changchun later this year, as the all-new Mazda6 made its Chinese debut in Shanghai. It will join, rather than replace, the two older generations, called " Mazda6" (first-gen) and "Ruiyi" (second-gen) in the local market. Of varying sizes, the three generations of Mazda6 will compete in […]

GAC-Toyota Unveiled New Logo and EV Concept

new logo, brand from gac toyota

Following other joint ventures GAC-Toyota plans to launch a new auto brand focusing on the Chinese market. At the 2013 Shanghai auto show, the logo of that brand was revealed without, oddly enough, being named. The logo, said to represent the letter "I," was exposed on an EV concept. GAC-Toyota provided no details about either […]