Skoda is working on a facelift for the Superb, it will debut in Europe in early 2013 and in China in the third quarter of 2013. These spy shots are, according to Chinese media, the very first pics of the 2013 Superb in the world. The facelifted car will get an all-new front, design-wise in line with the Skoda MissionL concept.
The Chrysler 300C will be launched on the Chinese car market on June 25 and that is a little later than we heard earlier. The 300C debuted with some noise on the Beijing Auto Show last month, Chrysler hopes to cash in on the still growing market for luxury sedans.
Here we have a very lucky Ferrari 355, seen in the great city of Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, the same city where we saw a lucky Roller. The ‘8’ is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture, 8 brings prosperity and wealth. Among all China’s lucky numbers the 8 has the strongest association with money. The Ferrari 355 was made from 1994 to 1999. It was never officially sold in China but some got in via the gray circuit. Power came from a screaming 3.5 liter V8 that pooped out 380hp at 8250rpm, good for a very neat 295km/h top speed.
Chinese media reports that the Ford Explorer SUV will be made in China from 2015. The Explorer will be made by the Jiangling-Ford joint venture that currently makes the old 2006 Ford Transit and the new Ford Transit for the Chinese market. Price for the China-made Explorer will range from around 300.000 to 600.000 yuan.
Geely has confirmed it is working on a Volvo S60L, a China-only stretched version of the S60. Geely says it will be made in China “at the earliest” from 2013 in the new Geely-owned Volvo-factory that will also make the XC60 SUV and a yet mysterious MPV. 2013 seems very optimistic to me since work on the factory hasn’t even started, 2014 seems a better guess.
New spy shots of the Roewe 550 plug-in hybrid, it has been in development for some two years but will finally hit the Chinese car market late this year. The car on pics is a test mule based around the facelifted 550 which will be launched in September. On earlier spy shots we saw a 550 hybrid based around the current car, indicating development took longer than expected.
The best-known Chinese manufacturer of electric cars released Tuesday the details of a crash and fire that destroyed an electric taxi and killed its three occupants in southern China early Sunday morning and said any gasoline-powered car also would have been destroyed by the impact.
Chinese news media reports Monday about the fire had caused alarm on the Internet in China and in financial markets by reviving fire safety concerns about electric cars. The crash involved a car built by BYD, in which Warren Buffett bought a 10 percent stake in 2008.
Seen in the super market in China, Lamborghini Milk Tea. “Hyper Favor”, guess they meant ‘flavor’ there. The name Lamborghini is written in Chinese only on the left side of the bottle, 兰博基尼, Lanbojini, exactly the same as the Chinese name of the famous Italian super car maker who very likely did not give permission for this fine idea. This kinda milk tea is literally tea with some milk, usually served ice cold. There are many different flavors, mostly based on red tea or green tea. A 0.5 liter bottle goes for around 5 yuan, or 0.79 USD, and that ain’t too much for a Lambo…
Spy shots from the facelifted Suzuki Splash testing in China. Suzuki launched the facelifted Splash last month, it will hit international markets in June. When it will be launched in China is not yet clear.
New spy shots indicate Fiat will bring back the Dodge Journey to China. The 2009 Dodge Journey, called JCUV in China, was sold as an import on the Chinese market and Fiat recently launched the Fiat Freemont in China, which is basically a rebadged 2011 Dodge Journey. Fiat so will sell two identical cars under different brands, likely because the Dodge-name is still stronger than Fiat in China.