Honda Announced Pricing for Crider Compact

honda crider

Honda and its Chinese partner GAC (Guangzhou Auto) announced the release of Crider this evening in Beijing. Available in three trim levels, the new compact sedan is priced in the range of 114,800 – 149,800 Yuan (US$18,675 – 24,368). In GAC-Honda’s lineup, Crider fills the space between City and Accord, thus substituting Civic, which is […]

More Chinese Cities Consider Limiting Car Consumption

In a recent poll of auto executives, the median estimate of peak annual sales of new vehicles in China was 35 million units. The forecast comes very close to the combined production capacity planned by 12 major automakers for 2015. Why 35 million? It is a good approximation because, we think, it is supported by […]

New Subcompact SUV from BAIC Yinxiang

baic's subcompact suv, made in chongqing

Outside the Chinese capital, BAIC (Beijing Auto) currently has vehicle production capacities in two places: Zhuzhou, Hunan, where BAIC E130/150 and Weiwang vans are made, and Chongqing, where a long product line covering various vehicle types has been under development (BAIC also plans to open vehicle plants in Zengcheng, Guangdong, and Zhenjiang, Jiangsu). The Chongqing […]

Minor Explosion of BYD e6 Charger in Hong Kong

byd charging station in hong kong

A fast charger serving BYD e6 taxis exploded in Hong Kong earlier this week, causing no injuries. The affected charging station was closed for investigation. The accident happened just one month after BYD e6 taxi service was launched in Hong Kong. The EV maker, which was based in the neighboring city Shenzhen, said at the […]

Shanghai-GM Broke Ground on Cadillac Plant

cadillac plant corner stone laid

The joint venture of SAIC and GM started construction of a Cadillac plant in Shanghai today, which will open in 2015 with a designed production capacity of 160,000 units a year. At a ceremony held in the Pudong district, officials from the city government as well as the JV, including GM CEO Dan Akerson and […]

BMW Starts Field Testing of ActiveE in Beijing

bmw activee project i

A fleet of ActiveE started to roam the streets of Beijing on Tuesday as BMW’s "project i" entered the second phase in China–after the field testing of the Mini E. 20 Beijingers were given keys of the pure-electric sedans, and for 4,200 Yuan a month (after paying a deposit of 30,000 Yuan) they can drive […]

Spy Shots of Lifan’s New Flagship Sedan, the 820 Midsize

lifan 820 exposed in road testing

With sales more than doubled in the past three years, Lifan has become a potent rival among native carmakers. To sustain its rapid growth, it plans to radically revamp and expand its product line. The small, copycat models, which helped the company gain a foothold in the market, will all soon be replaced by the […]

Only 269 Pure-electric Cars Were Sold in Shanghai despite Heavy Subsidies

saic pure electric car

Shanghai’s program to promote EVs, carried out with much fanfare in the past two years, has achieved little success. At a press conference held on June 7, the municipal government disclosed that private consumers had bought only 269 pure-electric cars, of which 121 went directly to individuals, 148 to vehicle-leasing companies. One of the pilot […]

Volvo to Roll out XC60 in Daqing before Year End

volvo-xc60

Geely-Volvo has got the go-ahead from the Chinese government for its carmaking project in Daqing, Heilongjiang, where production is scheduled to begin towards the end of this year, says the city’s Development and Reform Commission. The first Volvo vehicle to be made in Daqing will be the XC60 compact SUV, according to several other sources. […]

Arrizo 7: Upcoming Compact Sedan from Chery

chery arrizo7

Implementing its new brand strategy, Chery plans to organize its confusing product lines under four nameplates. Three of them are familiar–QQ, for mini models, Fulwin, for subcompact and compact sedans (hatchbacks or notchbacks), and Tiggo, for SUVs. The fourth is a new tag, Arrizo, which in combination with specific numbers will designate larger compact and […]

Best-selling New Cars in May

Sales of automakers in China increased 9.81% from a year earlier to 1,761,500 units in May, data from CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers) show. Compared with the previous month, deliveries dropped 4.36%. The commercial vehicle market, which shrank in 2012, saw recovering demand, with May sales up 12.88% on year. Passenger car sales climbed […]

Passenger Car Sales Rose 9.9% in May to 1.399 Million

China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) recorded 1,399,169 sales of China-built sedans, SUVs, MPVs, and mini vans in May, 9.9% more than a year earlier. Within the country, deliveries rose 13.4% on year to 1,335,574. All sectors except mini vans saw growing demand.   Sedans MPVs SUVs Microvans Total Wholesales in May 936,448 87,002 235,179 140,540 […]

Changan Set to Open Dianjiang Proving Ground Next Month

changan auto's dianjiang proving ground

Changan Auto will soon be able to test-run cars on its own tracks, as the Dianjiang proving ground enters the final phase of construction. Costing 1.3 billion Yuan, the new facility can reduce almost by half the time needed for developing new Changan vehicles, according to the company’s spokesperson Jiang Aiqun. Located in the Huangsha […]

Spy Shots of Haval H9, Great Wall’s New Flagship SUV

haval h9 front view

With an ambition to surpass Jeep and become the world’s largest SUV brand in 3-4 years, Great Wall’s Haval runs on an unrelenting schedule for new model launches. In two years, its lineup is expected to double. The full-size H8 will hit showrooms in fall, followed by the compact H2 coming towards the year end. […]