Sensational photos of the one-off Koenigsegg Agera R BLT that was impounded by Chinese customs in October 2012. The extremely powerful supercar still sits in a customs warehouse in the city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong Province. The photos date from November last year, showing a very dirty and very tired car after two years idle.
A giant Soar Automobile Rolls-Royce Phantom ‘wedding car, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Matthijs van L., thank you for the pictures! This is the long-wheelbase version (SWB here), painted in virgin white with a loud and shiny grille, Rolls-Rolls stickers on the front doors, and wheels completely covered by soul-mirroring chrome.
The vehicle is ‘inspired’ by the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom. It is based on a Great Wall SUV platform and powered by a China-made Mitsubishi 2.4 four-cylinder petrol with 135hp and 200nm. She is a huge white whale: 6900/1920/1750, wheelbase is 4800 and weight is 2090kg. Shanghai is a good place for spotting Soar, earlier on we saw a golden LWB.
A slightly overloaded truck, Spotted in China on the southern section of the mighty Fifth Ring Road in Beijing by Reader Lao Wei, thank you for the pictures! The truck is transporting crushed hardboard pallets, and dangerously overloaded on each side and on top. The load is kept together with a only six flimsy looking ropes.
A very happy Suzuki Swift, Spotted in China in the Fengtai District in Beijing. The shady Suuz’ is is wrapped in an eye smoothing matte Pink wrap, and further sexed up with black windows, black window frames, darkened headlights, and sporty matte black five-twin spoke alloys.
Big bad supercar crash in China. An Audi R8 V10 crashed into a fence in the great city of Shenyang in Liaoning Province. The crash happened late at night on a snowy road. The fence divided the main road from a bicycle lane. The driver was slightly injured and taken to a local hospital. Fortunately, there were no bicycles around.
Spy Shots of the facelifted BYD F3 in China, scheduled for debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April with a launch on the Chinese car market early in H2. The facelift includes a new and very shiny grille, new headlights, new taillights, and new bumpers. The facelift comes just one year after the last facelift of the BYD F3.
A mellow yellow Chevrolet Corvette, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Antoine Chalendard, thank you for the pictures! The super iconic American sportscar loox magnificent in yellow topped by a black roof and standing on shiny five-twin spoke alloys.
A brand new Beijing Auto Senova EV200 electric taxi, Spotted in China in the Fengtai District in Beijing. The taxi is based on the sedan version of the Senova EV200 hatchback, which in turn is based on the petrol-powered Senova D20.
The Senova EV200 electric taxi is part of a pilot project consisting of 500 cars that will be put to work in the southern suburbs of Beijing. The project is a continuation of a similar scheme with 200 Beijing Auto E150EV (the predecessor of the EV200) that started last year in the north eastern suburbs.
The new project was announced on the very last day of 2014 but it hasn’t officially started yet. The example I found in Fangzhuang is probably one of the first cars to hit the road.
We all know the ‘new driver’ warning stickers. China got these too. They usually say ‘xin shou’ (新手), which means ‘new hand’, as opposed to ‘old hand’. This particular sticker, Spotted in China in a Mini on the Fifth Ring Road in Beijing, adds an interesting detail: (女). The character ‘nu’ means ‘woman’. So we got to be extra careful here! I stayed away clear but sometime later I somehow ended up alongside to the right, finding a smiling man on the passenger seat and a visible nervous female behind the wheel. Sadly I couldn’t get a shot at it. Hope they good…
Just yesterday we explained that Tesla has far too few Supercharger stations in China, and that if you have a Tesla anywhere west or anywhere country, you have a huge problem charging it. An innovative Tesla owner riding up mountain near Chengdu in Sichuan Province found a suitable solution: tapping juice from the public electricity network, which is cabled on giant concrete poles.