The long very long extremely long awaited Chery-Riich Z5 will debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December. The Riich Z5 started life as Chery A6CC. Today we have a couple of leaked pictures, likely from a brochure. They show two new things: an extra air inlet on the bonnet and racing stripes. These didn’t show in any of the concept or pre-production cars, maybe they are options to make your Z5 even more cool.
The Greatwall Haval H6 debuted as an almost-ready concept at the Beijing Auto Show in April and is now getting ready to hit la market. A little more we know: it will get two engines, a 2.0 and a 2.4, both with permanent 4wd. A 2.5 TCI diesel will be available for export. Price will range from 92.800 to 158.800 yuan. Competition: Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai ix35.
The spy shots keep coming but Chery keeps waiting. It seems very much time to bring the new Tiggo to the market. The Tiggo is the sucessor of the Tiggo 3 and Tiggo DR. Engines: 1.6, 1.6 supercharged, 1.8, 2.0 and an 1.9 diesel for export. 5-speed manual, 5-speed auto or VVT, 4×4 or 4×2. Price will start around 90.000 yuan and up to 130.000. Size new Tiggo: 4390x1765x1705. Old car: 4285x1765x1705. Wheelbase stayed at 2510.
The new March, Machi in Chinese, is made in China by Nissan’s joint venture with Dongfeng Auto. The March has been listed on August 30 and costs between 70.000 and 100.000 yuan. Engine: 1.5 with 107hp and 138nm, a 1.2 supercharged will follow later.
The 2011 FAW-Besturn, ‘Benteng’ in Chinese, got a new front, a new back and an improved interior. It was listed on August 26 and costs between 98.800 and 125.800, depending on goodies and gearbox. The engine is a one for all: 1.6 with 76kw and 147nm, 5-speed manual or 6-speed auto.
The massive Jianling Yusheng SUV, formerly know by its codename ‘N350’, will finally make it to the market. Production will start in October and the Yusheng will be listed before the end of the year. Engines: a 2.4 Mitsubishi petrol 4-cilinder and a Ford Duratex 2.4 diesel. Price will likely start around 130.000 yuan.
The Benz A and B-class will soon be replaced so Benz sold the rights to the B-class to Beijing Auto and starts to sell the imported A-class from October. There is no other place like China to dump some old stock! Strangely, the horrible R-class is selling in great numbers in China as well meaning Benz problably made the right decision. Price will start around a hefty 230.000 yuan.
Luxgen is a brand from the Taiwanese Yulong Group. The new Luxgen7 SUV is made in Taiwan by Yulong and will be made in China by a joint venture between Yulong and Dongfeng. The Luxgen7 debuted in Taiwan in May and will make its China-debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in December. The China-made cars will be branded ‘Dongfeng-Yulong’.
The new BMW X3 will make its world wide dubut at the Paris Auto Show in October. The new car has been spied testing in China. This could mean BMW is adjusting some of the cars suspension-settings for China’s rougher roads.
It could also mean BMW will make the X3 in China in its joint venture with Brilliance Automotive. They might make it in China later but not yet, the X1 will see local production first. So likely the new X3 will be imported and car on pics is just busy adjusting settings and set up.
My good cousin HdF, who also lives in Beijing, found a very interesting vehicle on the streets. It is a Xiaoshuidi electric vehicle, Xiaoshuidi (小水滴) meaning ‘Small Waterdrop’. The vehicle saw the light in 2009 and was then called 小雨滴, Xiaoyudi, meaning ‘Small Raindrop’. Not sure why they changed the name, maybe Raindrop was already taken by another factory.