Today in China Car History the extremely rare Hongqi CA 5020 XBYA stretched wagon, seen in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province by a friend of a friend. The Hongqi CA 5020 XBYA was a wagon variant of the Hongqi CA 7246 stretched limousine, which was a stretched variant of the Hongqi CA 7200 sedan, which was based on the China-made Audi 100/200. Continue reading “China Car History: the Audi-based Hongqi CA 5020 XBYA stretched wagon”
The Suzuki Authentics sedan will be manufactured in China. Production will start in the second half of 2014 at the Changan-Suzuki joint venture. The Authentics is a C-segment sedan especially developed for the China car market. The Suzuki Authentics will compete with cars such as the Chevrolet Cruze and Nissan Sylphy.
The Chinese capital Beijing continues its crusade against the car to reduce air pollution and traffic jams with new measures aimed at reducing the number of cars on the road by limiting the number of available license plates.
The number of plates will go down to 150.000 in 2014, down from 240.000 this year, and only drivers with a permanent Beijing-residence permit can apply. The number of applicants in the latest lottery, in November, was more than 1.74 million.
The Kia K3 Koup, also known as Kia Forte Koup, will be made in China. Production will start next year at the Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia joint venture. The Kia K3 Koup is the coupe version of the Kia K3 sedan which is already manufactured in China by the same joint venture. The Kia K3 Koup will be powered by a 140hp 1.6 and a 200hp 1.6 turbo.
The decision makes Kia the first major auto maker to produce a coupe in China for the Chinese auto market. But the Kia K3 Koup won’t be alone very long. MG is working on an MG4 coupe , Mazda on a Mazda 3 coupe, and Volkswagen on a China-only Volkswagen Lavida coupe. Exciting times ahead…
The very first spy shots showing the Chevrolet Trax testing in China. The Chevrolet Trax will be made in China by the Shanghai-GM joint venture. The China-made Chevrolet Trax will debut on the April 2014 Beijing Auto Show and will be launched on the Chinese auto market in the second half of 2014.
The best spy shots so far of the new Chery Arrizo 3 sedan. The Chery Arrizo 3 will debut on the April 2014 Beijing Auto Show and will be launched on the China car market in the second half of next year. The Arrizo 3 is the second car under the new Arrizo sub brand, the first was the Chery Arrizo 7 that was launched in July.
The new Chery Tiggo 5 SUV has been launched on the China car market. Price starts at 93.900 yuan and ends at 150.900 yuan. The Tiggo 5 is the largest Chery SUV to date, it is positioned above the Chery Tiggo 3. The Chery Tiggo 5 will compete in a hyper competitive market with more than 30 cars from different brands fighting for the fat Chinese wallets. Main competitors are the Haval H6 and the Haima S7.
Volkswagen has stated it will start mass production of electric cars in China in 2016. Volkswagen will make the electric cars at each of its two Chinese joint ventures; FAW-Volkswagen and Shanghai-Volkswagen. Which cars Volkswagen will built is yet unconfirmed but the rumor mill says the E-up! and the E-Golf will be the starters. The much publicized FAW-Volkswagen Kaili EV will remain a make-the-government-happy pilot project without any form of mass production.
Volkswagen reckons the market for electric cars in China will start to grow in the future, when fuel prices and anti-pollution measures will make the petrol-powered cars less popular.
This is the ‘Binzhou Aircraft Carrier’, moored in the great city of Binzhou in Shandong Province. The giant ship is 260 meters long, 56 meters wide, and 31 meters high. Deck height is 12 meters and deck floor area is a massive 10.000 square meters. The Binzhou is modeled after the mighty USS Nimitz. The Binzhou however won’t sail the world seas any time soon because it is made of concrete and actually a building standing in an artificial lake.
Volvo and its Chinese owner Geely are considering export of the new Volvo S60L to the United States as an additional model to the standard Volvo S60 sedan. The Volvo S60L debuted last week on the Guangzhou Auto Show and will be hit the Chinese car market next month.