One Minute Walk-around: Volkswagen Teramont

Today in One Minute Walk-around the massive Volkswagen Teramont, probably the best looking SUV on the market today. The Teramont is the Chinese sister of the North American Volkswagen Atlas. It was launched earlier this year and costs between $46,000 and 76,000.

The Teramont is made locally by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture and is positioned between the Tiguan and the Touareg.

There are three engines available: a 2.0 turbo with 186hp, a 2.0 turbo with 220hp, and the interesting 2.5 liter VR6 turbo with 299hp (not 300). All engines are mated to a seven-speed DCT and all models have four-wheel drive.

The interior is luxurious with loads of leather but sadly its touch screen is far too small for 2017; a problem that Volkswagen seems unable or unwilling to fix. Screen size MATTERS in China.

Leaked: New Baojun SUV For China

Baojun SUV

Baojun is a brand under the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, in which General Motors holds a 44% stake. The new is code-named CN202. It appears to be a long-wheelbase seven-seat variant of the Baojun 510 SUV.

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Official Photos Of The New ArcFox (?) LITE Mini EV For China


Official images of the ArcFox Lite, a new  electric mini car for China. ArcFox is a new brand under Beijing Auto, focused on making ‘cool’ and somewhat premium electric cars for the young an hip.

The official photos however refer to the vehicle as the ‘Lite’, without any ‘ArcFox’. It has a LITE badge on the bonnet. Chinese media call it the ‘Lite by ArcFox’.

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New Official Images Of The Hongqi H5 Sedan For China

New photos of the Hongqi H5, a new mid-size sedan for China’s famous Hongqi (Red Flag) brand. The H5 will launch later this year, price will start at a steep $30,000. The H5 is based on the Mazda 6 Atenza that is made in China by the FAW-Mazda joint venture. FAW, or First Auto Works, is also the owner of Hongqi.

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New Photos Of The Changan Raeton CC For China

The Changan Raeton CC is a sporty sedan with a confusing name. It is not really a ‘CC’ sedan coupe, and it is not at all based on the Raeton, which is a much bigger and more expensive car. The Raeton CC is  in fact and instead the successor of the long-running Changan Eado sedan.

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Visiting The Scene Of The May 1 Beijing Electric Bus Charging Station Fire

On the early afternoon of May 1 there was a huge fire at a electric-bus charging station at the Crab Island amusement park in Beijing. At least 55 buses burned out to the ground, another 20 buses partially burned down, and a dozen of charging poles completely burned to the black. I went to the area last week and found out that all the buses are still there. More videos and many photos below:

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One Minute Walk-around: The Zotye E200 EV

Today in One Minute Walk-around the Zotye E200, a small two-seat electric car for the Chinese auto market with a striking and original design. The E200 costs 59,800 yuan ($8,950) after green-car subsidies. Power comes from an electric motor with 82hp and 165nm.

Top speed is 120 kilometers per hour and range is 155 kilometers. Charging takes just half an hour for 80% battery on a fast charger or 8 hours for a full load on 220V. It is a tiny little thing: 2735/1600/1630, and wheelbase is 1810. They are very popular at the moment, I seem them all over the place in Beijing and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the E200 eventually becomes Zotye;s best-selling car.