The brand new BMW 1-Series Sedan has been launched on the Chinese car market. Prices start at 204,800 yuan and end at 332,000 yuan ($29,800 – 46,540). The 1-Series Sedan is for China only; there are currently no plans for export to other countries.
We will be off to the great city of Jinan in Shandong Province for the 2017 edition of the Shandong EV Expo, the largest low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) show in China and in the world. We went there in 2015 and it was great fun. We will have a good look at the latest vehicles, the ripoffs, the batteries, and the bikinis.
We will also visit a few car markets to check out all the weird cheap-ass cars and pickup trucks that are not on sale in Beijing. We will be back in full force next Monday with reports from the show and from the city.
Greetings and see you soon,
The new Yudo car brand has been officially launched in China. Yudo is going to make a line of electric SUVs and crossovers. There won’t be any sedans or supercars. Their first two cars will be the Pi 3 and the Pi 1. Pi as in π, the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet.
Dongfeng’s Fengshen brand is working on a new crossover SUV called the AX4. A grainy image of the vehicle popped up in a product presentation for dealers. It looks stylish in the typical Chinese-crossover style; black wheel arches, black A-pillars, roof rails, and a partially closed D-pillar.
This is the new Beijing Auto Weiwang S60, a new SUV with an enormously shiny grille. The S60 is the new flagship of the Weiwang brand, it will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April and launch on the Chinese car market in H2.
The very first Spy Shots of the new MG6 for China, scheduled for launch on the Chinese auto market in the second half of the year. The new MG6 will be a traditional sedan instead of a fastback. It will be based on the same platform as the Roewe i6, and it will also use the same engines and have the same interior.
We have a bunch of new photos of the Borgward BX5 SUV for China, looking very decent in white with a big black grille and sharp eyed headlights. The BX5 will be launched on the Chinese car market on March 24. Price will range from about 120.000 to 180.000 yuan.
This is the brand new Baojun 510, a small crossover utility vehicle (CUV) for China. It was launched on the Chinese car market earlier this week. Baojun is a brand under SAIC-GM-Wuling, a three-way joint venture between Shanghai Automotive Industry Company (SAIC), General Motors (GM), and Wuling Motors. GM has a 44% stake in this joint venture.
And the world gains another Chinese car brand; it is called Yudo and it will make electric cars only. It is based in Putian in Fujian Province. Their Chinese name is Yundu. They have received an official government license to produce cars and they will show their first vehicle on the Shanghai Auto Show in April. It is code named A301, a fine looking compact crossover SUV with a Lexus snout.
Ford is finally going to sell the F-150 Raptor officially in China. Sales are expected to start next month. The first shipment of Raptorii left the United States earlier this month and the first vehicle has arrived at a Ford dealer in Shanghai. They always get it first down there, just today I went to a Ford dealer here in Beijing but they didn’t have the Raptor yet. Anyway, as soon as they have it I will check it out.
There are a notable differences between the U.S. and the Chinese versions. Here they are: