Here we have a very fine and very red first generation Geely Meirenbao, translated & better known as the Geely Beauty Leopard outside China. The first gen Meirenbao debuted on the Chinese car market in 2003, priced around 110.000 yuan. Power came from a tiny 1.3 that pooped out 85hp, still good for a claimed 180 km/h top speed. The Meirenbao was advertised as ‘China’s first domestic sportscar’, which it was.
Late Saturday afternoon in Beijing, a sunny day, so it is time for some good Pink, and that we have… A fine pink Porsche 911 Cabrio and an even finer pink Ferrari 458 Italia seen by reader ShenzhenMax (thank you!) in an underground parking lot in the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. The 911 loox great in pink but sadly pink Porsche sportmachines are still quite rare in China. Earlier on we saw only a pink Cayenne and a pink Cayman.
New spy shots from the upcoming Chery-Quantum Qoros testing in China. The Qoros sedan is expected to debut at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show and it will hit the Chinese car market late next year. Much more is coming after that, Qoros will make at least four cars. The sedan is code named C11, there will be a hatchback based on the C11 which is code named C14. Next up is a CF16 cross-over and then a CF16 ‘city SUV’. Ambitious indeed, but that we like, let ’em come, because no market is ever crowded enough…
Party time in the great city of Changsha in Hunan Province. Production of the Fiat Viaggio was officially started, the Viaggio will hit the Chinese car market in September. The Viaggio is made in China by the Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture and is based on the Dodge Dart which again is based on Fiat’s C-EVO platform that also underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Fuel efficient cars are slowly becoming worth selling on the Chinese car market. Fuel prices are up and some car buyers even start to care a bit about penguins. Volkswagen is first to spot the new trend, the brand earlier launched to Golf Bluemotion and is now working on the Passat Bluemotion.
A new spy shot from the Luxgen 5 sedan testing in China. The Luxgen 5 will hit the Chinese car market in early 2013, debut is expected at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November. There will be two engines: 1.8 turbo with 150hp and 230nm or a 2.0 turbo with 170hp and 256nm. Gearbox: 6-speed automatic.
A very rare car seen in Beijing. This is the majestic Mercedes-Benz W140 S-class. This pristine white example is extra rare because 99% of W140’s sold in China were very black. The W140 was made from 1991 until 1998, it was also the first S-class that Mercedes-Benz officially sold in China. This white car was a S500, powered by a big 5.0 V8 with 330hp on tap. White lightning!
Oui oui, the Citroen DS4 & DS5 have been launched on the Chinese car market. Both automobiles are imported, local production at the new Chang’an-PSA joint venture won’t start before late next year. Price for the DS4: 242.800 to 272.800 yuan, DS5: 298.800 to 348.800 yuan. All China-bound DSses are powered by only one moteur; the 1.6 turbo that poupes out 160hp and 240nm, mated to a 6-speed tiptronic.
New spy shots from the Cadillac XTS testing in China. Earlier on we heard the XTS would be imported first before the locally produced version would be launched. New reports in the Chinese media however seem to indicate GM will skip the import-phase and move directly to locally-made XTSses in early 2013. Seems a sound plan since the imported car would be some 25% more expensive that the locally made XTS, so why bother?
Brilliance is working on a new A00-class hatchback for the Chinese car market, in size comparable with cars like the Chery QQ or BYD F0. The Brilliance A00 could be branded ‘Brilliance’ or ‘Jinbei‘, or both. Price will start around 30.000 yuan and will end around 50.000 yuan. The A00 will be positioned below the upcoming H230 hatchback.