Fourth-gen Toyota RAV4 hits Chinese showrooms

toyota rav4 released in china

The joint venture of FAW and Toyota announced release of the 2014 RAV4 at a ceremony held in Zhuhai, Guangdong, on Monday evening. The China-built crossover comes in 7 versions, powered by a petrol 2.0L (6ZR-FE) or 2.5L (5AR-FE) engine. List prices range from 183,800–272,800 Yuan (US$30,024–44,562). For the re-designed model, FAW-Toyota has moved the […]

Sichuan-Hyundai started rolling out County minibus

sichuan hyundai rolls out county mini bus

The joint venture of Sichuan Nanjun Auto and Hyundai rolled out its first vehicle, a County minibus, at its Chengdu factory on August 8, a day deemed auspicious by many Chinese. Established in January this year, Sichuan-Hyundai aims to become a major commercial -vehicle manufacturer in China with 170,000 sales in 2017. Besides the Wenjiang […]

Best-selling New Cars in July

Top 50 best-selling sedans in July 2013 Rank Models Makers Deliveries 1 Volkswagen Jetta FAW-Volkswagen 25,097 2 Volkswagen Sagitar FAW-Volkswagen 24,835 3 Volkswagen Lavida Shanghai-Volkswagen 24,241 4 Buick Excelle Shanghai-GM 24,093 5 Volkswagen Bora FAW-Volkswagen 20,499 6 Nissan Sylphy Dongfeng-Nissan 18,714 7 Toyota Camry GAC-Toyota 16,988 8 Chevy Cruze Shanghai-GM 16,857 9 Volkswagen Magotan FAW-Volkswagen […]

Changhe Auto Seeks to Quit Changan

The governor of Jiangxi Province Lu Xinshe recently called for a "restructuring" of the local vehicle maker Changhe, giving an official boost to its effort to break away from the Chongqing-based Changan Auto. According to Securities Daily, on behalf of Changhe provincial officials are negotiating with Changan and its owner, the central government, on the […]

SGMW to Release Baojun 630 Hatchback Next Year

baojun 630

Not content to be the largest microvan maker in China, the three way joint venture of SAIC, General Motors, and Wuling (SGMW) plans to build a complete passenger-car line under the Baojun brand. Utilizing outdated platforms from Shanghai-GM, the company has developed Baojun 630 compact (derived from Buick Excelle) and Lechi subcompact (a re-badged Chevrolet […]

BMW-Brilliance Denied Environmental Permit for Tiexi Plant Expansion Project

bird view of the planned tiexi factory

BMW-Brilliance hit roadblock as the Chinese government denied environmental clearance for its project to double production capacity at the Tiexi plant. In a public notice issued on July 26, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said the project lacked effective measures to deal with unwanted byproducts. BMW and its partner Brilliance Auto produce vehicles in […]

Chery Bets on Arrizo7 for Revival

chery officials and designers at the launch ceremony

Last night Chery celebrated the release of the all-new compact, Arrizo7, with a party at the China Pavilion in Shanghai, built originally for the 2010 World Expo. Eight portal and video websites were invited to provide live coverage, and the party was shown in real time on large LED screens installed in the downtown of […]

Jummer (Jimma): A Hummer Two-seater from GreenWheel EV

greenwheel jimma jummer

Among the many Chinese makers of low-speed, short-range electric vehicles GreenWheel stands out as a more competent one, having a long product line and relatively advanced development and manufacturing facilities. Over thirty models are showcased on its website, ranging from school buses to sedans, trucks, and golf cars. The most eye-catching vehicle from the Shenzhen-based […]

BYD Delivered 30 K9 Electric Buses to Changsha

electric buses in changsha hunan

In exchange for having a BYD production base, the city of Changsha placed an order for 1,000 K9 buses in 2010, which would all be locally made. After a number of delays the first batch were finally delivered on July 16 (not counting the two K9s that had been in field trials). 30 of the […]

GAC-Honda to Build Acura in 2016

acura-concept-suv-x-1

Honda China announced that it signed an agreement with GAC (Guangzhou Auto) on Wednesday to jointly manufacture Acura-brand cars in China. Aiming to roll out the first local-built Acura in 2016, the two sides are working on details of the production plan. Earlier this year, Acura launched at the 2013 Shanghai motor show the "Concept […]

BYD T5 Pure-electric Truck

byd t5 electric truck van

Last November at a press conference introducing BYD’s plan to electrify public transport, Chairman Wang Chuanfu talked about extending the company’s EV line beyond the e6, F3DM, and K9 to include a "T" series of light-duty trucks–the T3, T5, and T7. The cargo carriers will be designed to run delivery routes in urban areas at […]

FAW Bases 2014 Besturn B70 on the Second-gen Mazda6

faw besturn b70 next gen

FAW has derived the entire Besturn lineup from Mazda6. The B70 in particular is, in its current form, modeled upon the first generation of the Japanese car (so is the B50). As the company prepares to release the locally-built Atenza, it upgrades the Besturn B70 by transplanting it to the platform of the second-gen Mazda6, […]

Chery’s Coaster-like Minibus Exposed

chery rappan minibus

Toyota’s Coaster is perhaps the most copied vehicle in China. In the past thirty years, it is estimated that the popular minibus has been cloned by well over a hundred local manufacturers. The copycats include not only little-known brands but mainstream players like JAC, King Long, and Higer. Realizing lawsuits could not stop the rampant […]

Chinese Auto Exports Dipped to 486,800 in H1 2013

Data from CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers) show that overseas sales of China-made vehicles lost momentum in the first half of 2013 due to depressed demand and appreciation of the Yuan. Compared with H1 2012, shipments fell 0.6% to 486,800. Exports of passenger cars posted a positive growth of 2.3%, significantly lower than the […]