Year Of The Dog – Holiday Notice

Year Of The Dog - Holiday Notice

Hello Readers,

we are on a short holiday for the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Dog will officially start on Friday. The whole country is on the move to celebrate and eat and get drunk on baijiu. There won’t be much auto news in any way so we are safe. We will be back in full force next Monday.

Greetings from Beijing, and a Happy Chinese New Year.

Tycho 

First Photos Of The Interior Of The Great Wall ORA iQ5

ORA iQ5

The very first photos of the interior of the upcoming ORA iQ5, and surprisingly it doesn’t have anything like a big touch screen. There is a digital instrument panel and a small screen in the center stack.

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This Is The New Not-So New Kia Sportage SUV For China

Kia Sportage

This is the new Kia Sportage for China, but it is not totally new. It is based on the same platform as the Hyundai ix35, which in turn is based on the old Hyundai ix35.

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The First Geely Was A Fake Mercedes-Benz E-Class Based On A Real Audi 100

Geely

Geely wants a part of Daimler. After a public rejection in November the Chinese company is now buying Daimler stock on the open market. The Germans better watch out because Geely founder Li Shufu wants Daimler really bad, especially the Mercedes-Benz brand.

How bad is really bad? Very bad. As my colleague Erik explained earlier on in his brilliant article about Geely’s early history it has always been Li’s dream to build a “Chinese Benz”. Geely’s very first car was in fact a fake Mercedes-Benz. And we now have more information about this car.

Read all about it on ChinaCarHistory.com.

Jeep Announces Pricing For The Grand Commander In China

Jeep Grand Commander

Jeep has announced pricing for the Grand Commander, their new seven-seat flagship for the Chinese car market. The Grand Commander will launch in April with a price ranging from 239.900 to 330.800 yuan ($38.120 – 52.580).

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Spy Shots: Zotye Traum D50 SUV Is Almost Ready For China

Traum D50

Zotye’s new Traum brand is expanding fast. The T70 was launched last month, the Meet3 is on the way, and next up is this D50 SUV. It looks a tad more conservative than the other two, but not unpretty.

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Spy Shots: 2019 Volkswagen Touareg Is Naked In China

2019 Volkswagen Touareg

A completely naked 2019 Volkswagen Touareg SUV has been spied in Beijing, painted in black with an R logo in the grille. The new Touareg will have its worldwide debut in April on the Beijing Auto Show.

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