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TopGear to get a Chinese edition on China’s CCTV.

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Rumors had been going on for awhile. Yesterday I met an old friend who works for China’s state broadcaster CCTV. He confirmed that China will get its own edition of TopGear, in Chinese.

Status of the project: rights to the TopGear formula are secured by CCTV, hosts are selected, and production has started. TopGear China will be made in Beijing and broadcasted from Beijing. No decision has been made yet on the date for the first show.

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That’s all for now, more as soon as I get it…

Update: one commenter says that Cao Yunjin will likely be a co-host on TopGear China. Cao is a moviestar and tv-personality and was born in 1985. (Thanks)

Cao Yunjin

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  1. Tonight on Top Gear China, we discuss which luxury supercar will make your son the envy of his ivy-league college mates! Also in this episode the best plebeian car for the same son to drive through local villages and uphold the illusion of a Chinese middle class.

  2. i come from china..
    i heard it recently.
    maybe there will be a xiang’sheng actor called CaoYunJin as a co-presenter.
    but i’m not interested in topgear china version…the car show here is not popular and i doubt the crew can get any supercars.

  3. for the love of god, don’t ruin the name…
    cctv is famous for its piracy violations and unbiased reports.
    also, with the congestion in china, especially in beijing, where will they test all the cars, tibet?
    it’s absolutely impossible to find a tv personality that fits the show, they are all either too political or too stupid. if by all means hallelujah if there is one, there is no chance we will hear a joke that goes like this: audis are driven by cocks. because the “standard issued” government company car is audi a6 2.0t/ the “standard issued” military official car is audi q7 or a8.
    i can go on all day with this.

    bbc for your own good. don’t do this.

    and jezza, do you know that they talk rubbish about you here in cctv?

  4. I think it will be interesting to see an “unbiassed” comparison of e.g. Shuanghuan SCEO vs. BMW X5 (I bet the SCEO wins LOL) or Mercedes C-Class vs. Geely Merrie 300, Great Wall Wingle vs. Toyota Hilux… (list goes on)

  5. instead of great wall ute,u won’t see cars like gtr 32 to 34 in chinese version. it won’t be as funny as uk version. it won’t showing some crazy action and language. that about it. as a chinese, i wanna be the host to make it perform good.


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