The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, a wagon, has been launched on the Chinese auto market. Price starts at 325.000 yuan and ends at 375.000 yuan. The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer is imported into China and thus very expensive. The Insignia sedan is made locally, rebadged as the Buick Regal. Continue reading “Opel Insignia Sports Tourer hits the Chinese auto market”
The Beijing Auto Shenbao D-Series will be launched on the Chinese car market on May 11. The Shenbao D-Series, formerly known as the Beijing Auto C70G, is a sleek looking sporty sedan based on the old Saab 9-5. Price will range from 165.800 yuan to 235.800 yuan. The Shenbao got a decent English name as well: Senova.
SouEast Automotive has announced it will launch a sporty SUV on the Chinese car market in 2015, priced between 100.000 and 150.000 yuan and powered by 1.5 turbo and 1.8 turbo engines. The SUV will be based on the same platform as the SouEast V5 and SouEast V6. The platform comes from the Mitsubishi Lancer which is made in China by the SouEast-Mitsubishi joint venture. The market segment for 100-150.000 yuan SUV’s is getting more crowded by the day; competition is fierce, margins are low, but numbers can be very high.
A fantastic black-over-yellow Bugatti Veyron, seen in central Beijing by reader Ali Khalili, thank you for the pictures! The mighty Bug was spotted when it was loaded into a container in front Volkswagen’s China headquarters. The Veyron had been on show in the attached showroom for a while, in the same place where I earlier on met a Veyron Blue Centenaire and a Lamborghini Murcielago LP650-4 Roadster.
Today we have a very beautiful Chinese car girl getting all-hot with a Toyota 86. The trendy Japanese sportscar was launched on the Chinese car market in early March and sales are booming. The first customized cars have been spotted and some have gone to the track, like this fine white example which was set up for drifting. The pretty babe makes some final adjustment to the engine and suspension. Click on Pics for Bigs™. Slightly NSFW.
A very rare and very red Toyota Celica Liftback, seen parked next to red BMW 1 in the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. The fifth generation ‘T180’ Toyota Celica was made from 1989 until 1993. It was never exported to China but some cars arrived via diplomatic or gray channels. The T180 was available with a 1.6, a 2.0, a 2.0 turbo and a 2.2. The Shenzhen car seems a low-spec variant and is thus likely powered by the 1.6. This red example is the third vintage Toyota Celica we meet in China, after a T180 Coupe and a T200 Liftback.
A Nissan NV200 MPV in taxi colors, seen parked on a street in central Beijing. Nissan has scored great victories with the NV200; New York and London have selected the vehicle to become their new standard-taxi. The photos indicate Nissan has plans to try something similar in China.
A beautiful black Ferrari F430, seen late at night in parked on a street in the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. The F430 was painted in some sort of non-shiny piano black which made the vehicle look extremely fast.
French President François Hollande was in Beijing for an official state-visit, focused on trade. Countries agreed many new deals, the biggest being France selling 60 (sixty) Airbus airplanes to China. Hollande thus must have been satisfied. But he was likely even more happy because he was the very first head of state to be ferried around in a brand new Hongqi L5 state limousine. On first pic President Hollande arriving at the Great Hall of the People.
The Zoye Z300 AT has been launched on the Chinese car market, priced from 76.999 yuan to 86.999 yuan. The Z300 AT comes with a 4-speed ‘tiptronic’ automatic transmission. The Zotye Z300 was launched in May 2012 and so far only available with a 5-speed manual.