Spotted in China: Pagani Zonda R

A very carbon Pagani Zonda R seen in the good city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. The R has a 6.0 740hp V12. Pagani is very popular in China even though it doesn’t have an official dealer on the mainland, only in Hongkong.

But the monster machines come trough anyway, a dealer not far from my home in Beijing has three new Pagaini’s in his showroom. There are at least a couple of Zonda’s in Shanghai including some very limited editions, and check this. Thanks to XZ for the pic from Shenzhen.

Spy Shots: Chery Cowin 2 almost ready in China

New spy shots of the upcoming Chery Cowin 2. The car was expected at the Shanghai Auto Show but did not appear. Maybe Geely is ashamed of it. The Chery Cowin 2 is based on the old Chery Cowin which in turn is based on the ancient Seat Toledo for which Chery bought the rights from Seat way back in the late ’80′s.

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Spy Shots: facelift for the Haima Happin in China

The nicely named Haima Happin, Haifuxing in Chinese, will get a facelift. The front is all fresh with a new grille and bumper. The Happin is based on a last-last gen Mazda 2 sedan. Engine remains the same, a 1.3 with 97hp and 127nm.

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Wooden electric car from China

The great city of Kashgar in the remote Xinjiang province is normally not associated with car manufacturing. That might change. A father and son made themselves a wooden car powered by an electric engine. It is for sale. Asking price is 150.000 yuan or 23.000 dollar.

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Spy Shots: new Honda CR-V testing in China

Honda will launch its new CR-V SUV late this year. Worldwide debut is expected at Los Angeles Auto Show or Tokyo Motor Show. Debut in China will then be at the December Guangzhou Auto Show. Production in Japan and China will start at almost the same time in early 2012. How different than Ford that is!

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BYD’s Q1 profit down 84%

Chinese battery and carmaker BYD Co Ltd reported an 84 percent profit decline in the first quarter in a statement filed with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Wednesday, a day before going public in Shenzhen.

On news of the net income plunge, the H-share listed company’s stock fell nearly 7 percent in Hong Kong trading on Wednesday, its biggest decline in more than three months. The share price finally closed at 23.90 yuan ($3.70), a 4.59 percent fall from the opening price.

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Spy Shots: Chery A4 testing again in China

The Chery A4, codenamed M16, will likely debut at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. The A4 is based in the Chery-Riich G5. Engines: 2.0, 1.8 and 1.6. Price will start around 90.000 yuan. It will be the biggest Chery-branded car so far. See below for the first pics of the interior with loads of space for passengers in the back:

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Two rare Hongqi’s in Beijing; the first car

Last month I posted a story about a friend who found two extremely rare Hongqi’s in a parking lot in Beijing. Last weekend I finally had time to go and check the machines myself. Today the first car. Covered with a thick layer of dust but otherwise fine. Beijing is very dry so rust is no danger.

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Spy Shots: Geely GLEagle GX2 testing in Taiwan

Geely seems planning to export cars to the rebellious island-province  of Taiwan. A camouflaged Geely GLEagle GX2 was seen testing in Taipei. There seems to be changes on the front and at the back, grille loox more pronounced.

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