The Beijing Dongfeng BM021 Tricycle, a Special Story

While on holiday in the great city of Nandaihe in Hebei province I took a few pics of an old-looking tricycle. Back home in Beijing I completely forgot about it until I went through my holiday pics a few days ago, actually looking for a car completely different. The old tricycle caught my attention again and this time I decided to research the damn thing. Well, I found it this oldie was very special indeed…

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China goes Schoolbus Crazy

China has 1.4 billion people and some 200 million children that have to be ferried to school every day. Since there were no rules for this sort of transport local schools used whatever vehicles they could find to bring children to class without paying any attention to safety. Because of that things went wrong now and then, especially in the messy countryside. Continue reading “China goes Schoolbus Crazy”

Happy New Year

Nimen hao!

Happy New Year!, enjoy da party and I hope you’ll have a good one. 2011 was an interesting car-year and no doubt 2012 will even be better.

The ‘western-calender’ new year isn’t much of a party here in China, no firework and all (at least not in Beijing), for the big one we have to wait for the celebration of Chinese New Year in late January. Still, there is enough beer and champagne in town…

On pic a Tianjin-Xiali with a Cadillac logo on the c-pillar, to show that we all got to keep dreaming.

See you soon,

Tycho

BYD F6 police cars on Duty in North Korea for Kim’s Funeral

By now every automan has probably seen the bizarre images of Kim Jong-il’s funeral. The North Korean dictator was laid to rest with a long motorcade consisting of classic Lincolns, classic Merc’s and more Merc’s. The TV however didn’t show the cars that were all the way up front the motorcade, warning spectators and crowd that the dead Dear Leader was coming. Those cars indeed were Chinese BYD F6-es with North Korean military plates.

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The Chery Eastar parade car from China

Chery Eastar parade car

Hongqi is the most famous brand in Chine when it comes to parade cars. In 2008 however Chery tried to change that with help from the army and some astronauts. The Eastar parade car debuted in April 2008 and was used for a very special military parade.

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China to limit foreign investment in auto sector

China said on Thursday it will ‘‘withdraw support’’ for foreign investment in car manufacturing to encourage the domestic industry in the world’s largest car market.

Some of the world’s biggest car firms, including GM, Honda and Volkswagen, have long had operations in China, but the state Xinhua news agency said the government would ‘‘withdraw support for foreign capital in auto manufacturing’’. Continue reading “China to limit foreign investment in auto sector”

China issues charging standards for electric cars

Greatwall Peri EV

State media reports:

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced Tuesday that the country has issued four common standards regarding power charging of electric vehicles in efforts to better promote the environmentally friendly products.

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Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale arrives in China

Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale

There are good Lamborghini’s and there are fast Lamborghini’s, fast Lamborghini’s are better Lamborghini’s. The Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale is a better Lamborghini. It is based on the track-only Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo and just 150 will be made. This is the first one to arrive in China, pictured at Lamborghini’s dealership in Beijing.

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Spy Shots: facelifted Tianjin Xiali N3 hatchback testing in China

Tianjin Xiali N3 hatchback

Earlier this week we saw the first spy shots of the facelifted Tianjin Xiali N3 sedan, now we got the facelifted hatchback from all sides. Changes at the front are the same; the soft lines from the old car have gone and instead the N3 got it straight, bonnet seems a few cm higher as well.

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