Most Popular New Cars in November

China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM): Automakers in China delivered 1.6971 million new vehicles last month, 10.1% more than October and 26.86% more than Nov. 2009. Passenger car sales increased 29.27% on year to 1.3398 million units, including 933,900 sedans, 231,000 crossovers, 132,800 SUVs, and 42,100 MPVs. The market of commercial vehicles expanded 18.59% on […]

CPCA: Nov. Passenger Vehicle Sales Jumped 27% to 1.28 Million, Shanghai-GM and -VW Continuing to Lead

China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) reports on Tuesday that consumers in mainland China bought 1,281,145 passenger vehicles last month, 10.5% more than October and 27% more than a year earlier. The number includes 888,870 sedans, 220,704 microvans, 129,962 SUVs, and 41,609 MPVs. SUV and MPV markets continued to outperform, gaining 77.3% and 50.9%, respectively, on […]

JAC Yueyue: Cute as a Beauty Queen?

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The most popular superminis in China often look and sound cartoonish and baby-like: QQ, Benben (Benni), Lobo, Panda. And it is not just children they are targeting, but also young females. Although many connect baby cuteness with feminine attraction, few automakers have infantilized women so ostentatiously as JAC (Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd) has done with […]

2011 Volvo S80L Employs Smaller, GTDi Engine

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Lower price tags, increased fuel-economy, uncompromised performance, and same great looks. That is the 2011 long-wheelbase S80 released by Changan-Volvo on December 1. Yet many still wonder if the new S80L is as good as the A6L from FAW-Audi. Featuring the technology called GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection), the new 2.0L engine has comparable outputs […]

Shanghai GM Unveils Revamped Buick GL8 MPV

GM’s joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) launched the third generation Buick GL8 on Sunday to consolidate its lead in the MPV market. Four all-new trims are introduced with prices ranging between 288,000 and 388,000 yuan. They will go on sale in a month or two alongside two refreshed trims of the second […]

Geely Releases All-New Englon SC5-RV Subcompact

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The latest model rolling out of "The London Taxi Company" in China, Shanghai LTI, is nothing like the black taxicab TX4, which the Geely subsidiary has been building since 2008. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the SC5-RV is a small city car targeting young, single Chinese men. Earlier this year, Geely came up with a new […]

Lifan, Maker of Chinese “Mini Cooper,” Goes Public in Shanghai

Lifan Industry (Group) Co., Ltd (601777.SS), parent of Lifan Motors, issued 200 million shares today in Shanghai at 14.5 yuan per share. It was the first privately-owned auto company to go public in mainland China. Established in 1992 by Yin Mingshan and based in Chongqing, Lifan builds motorcycles, sedans, and engines. It posted revenues of […]

FAW Haima Releases Third Generation “Family”

Derived from the eighth generation Mazda Familia (323), Haima Family once rivaled Hyundai Elantra and Buick Excelle in China. In 2007, it was among the ten most popular passenger cars here, delivering 90,000 units. Since then, its sales have been falling steadily while the overall market nearly doubled in size. On Nov. 16, FAW Haima […]

The Most Expensive Chinese Car, $1.2-Million Hongqi HQE, is Getting Ready for Volume Production

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Hongqi HQE, which President Hu rode reviewing troops on Tiananmen Square last year, will soon be available to the public with a price tag estimated at 8 million yuan or $1.2 million. Under the code CA7600, it appeared on the list of upcoming models published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology last month. […]

Toyota to Invest $700 Million in R&D Center in Changshu

The Japanese automaker announced on 17 Nov. that Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co. Ltd. (TMEC) will be built in Changshu, a city 80km from Shanghai, with $698 million total investment. TMEC will be Toyota’s sixth R&D center, the other five in Japan, the US, Thailand, Australia, and Belgium. Fully owned by Toyota, it […]

Hummer-Inspired Chinese Trucks (3): BAIC Yongshi

Yongshi is a Jeep styled somewhat like a Hummer. It is the official successor of the first-generation Chinese military Jeep BJ212 produced by BAIC from the mid-1960s to early 1990s. Developed in a time when the marriage between SAIC and Chrysler Jeep , which lasted between 1983-2009, was in decline, the current Yongshi tries to […]

Hummer-Inspired Chinese Trucks (2): Xiao Long XL2060L

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Xiao Long Auto, the little-known company based in Wuhan–which is also home to Dongfeng, started to roll out the XL20 series off-road vehicles in October 2008. Among them the XL2060L pickup especially excites Chinese Hummer fans. While acknowledging influences from the Hummer and Germany’s Unimog, Xiao Long claims that it owns "full intellectual property rights" […]