New Hyundai Sonata will be manufactured in China from November

New Hyundai Sonata will be manufactured in China from November

The new seventh generation (LF) Hyundai Sonata will be manufactured in China starting in November. The new Sonata will then officially debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2015 and launch on the Chinese car market in March 2015.

The Sonata will be produced by the Beijing-Hyundai joint venture that also make the current sixth generation Sonata, the fifth generation, and the fourth generation Sonata (!). China indeed has three Sonatas. The coming of the new LF will likely mean the end for the fourth generation, which has been built since 2002.

The new Hyundai Sonata will be powered by a 2.4 liter four-cylinder with 168hp and 201nm, or by a 2.0 turbo with 200hp and 252nm. Price is expected to start around 150.000 yuan.

October Holiday

October Holiday

Hello Readers,

China celebrates its 65th birthday from 1 to 7 October with the traditional October Holiday. The whole country will be out and on the road visiting famous places and family and friends. We will stay around in Beijing, eating too much fat food and drinking too much cheap beer. Car sales always top during holidays in China but news is usually slow. We will back in full force next Tuesday.

See you all soon!

Tycho

Spotted in China: first generation Ford Windstar LX

Spotted in China: first generation Ford Windstar LX

A wondrous white Ford Windstar LX, Spotted in China in the Fangzhuang Residential Area in Beijing. The good Ford was in reasonably good shape. Some panel gaps had widened up a tad too much but the paint was all right, no rust in sight, and all parts were in place. The Windstar however, was in  dire need of a good clean-up inside and out.

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Spotted in China: first generation Audi A6

Spotted in China: first generation Audi A6

A beautiful black first generation Audi A6  sedan, Spotted in China in the Fangzhuang Residential Area in Beijing. The good Audi was in a surprisingly good shape; well maintained, with a clean body, no rust, and no missing parts, but in dire need of a good clean-up inside and out.

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Spy Shots: China-made Range Rover Evoque is Almost Ready for the Chinese car market

Spy Shots: China-made Range Rover Evoque is Almost Ready for the Chinese car market

New spy shots of the China-made Range Rover Evoque, looking almost ready for the Chinese car market. Production officially started back in May and the Evoque will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November and launch on the Chinese auto market just before the end of the year.

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Spotted in China: Lamborghini Gallardo in shiny blue with tron stripes

Spotted in China: Lamborghini Gallardo in shiny blue with tron stripes

A super speedy Lamborghini Gallardo supercar, Spotted in China in the great city of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province by Reader Lao Wei, thank you for the pictures! The lunatic Lamborghini is wrapped in an eye killing shiny blue wrap, and sexed up to the max by a web of yellow tron stripes.

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Spotted in China: Bentley Continental GT Wald Black Bison Edition

Spotted in China: Bentley Continental GT Wald Black Bison Edition

A beautiful blue Bentley Continental GT Wald Black Bison Edition, Spotted in China in the great city of Chengdu by TFCSC. The Black Bison Edition a mad monster car based on the Bentley Continental GT, modified by the mad Japanese tuner Wald International.

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MG GT is Ready for the Chinese car market

MG GT is Ready for the Chinese car market

This is the new MG GT, looking completely ready for its launch on the Chinese car market on November 1. Price will start around 120.000 yuan and end around 150.000 yuan. The MG GT officially debuted in a box on the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show.

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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto B70 seen testing in China

Spy Shots: Beijing Auto B70 seen testing in China

New spy shots showing the Beijing Auto B70 testing in China. The Beijing Auto B70 is the four-door variant of the Beijing Auto BJ40.

The B70 debuted as a concept on the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, and the last time we saw it was on the 2012 Beijing Auto Show where it was called ‘B70V’. New reports in Chinese automotive media indicate Beijing Auto will ditch the B70 name tag altogether and go instead for ‘B40 4-door’.

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Transporting helium filled balloons, the Chinese Way, Part 3

Transporting helium filled balloons, the Chinese Way, Part 3

An electric tricycle transporting a flock of about one hundred helium filled balloons, Spotted in China near the Flower Market near the eastern section of the Third Ring Road in east Beijing. The balloons were dancing dangerously wild in the summer wind but the two men crew just chatted about like all was all right.

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