Berichten in October 2017

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The Technology That Powers Volvo’s Polestar 1

Published on October 18, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Polestar 1

Yesterday we saw the launch of the new Polestar 1, a concept previewing a new hybrid coupe of Volvo’s new electric performance brand (yes I know…), and today we have more about the underlying technology. Let’s start with the powertrain:

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Wagons Are Cool Again: Buick Excelle GX Launched In China

Published on October 18, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Buick Excelle GX

General Motors has launched the Buick Excelle GX in China, a good looking compact wagon with a lot of style, and one could even call it cool. Wagons in general are cool again in China. There are fanatic wagon clubs, wagon-dedicated websites, and most importantly: wagons are popular among youngsters who consider themselves to be cool, and that is a hot market.

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Volvo Launches New Polestar Brand With Concept Coupe

Published on October 17, 2017 by Joey Wang

Volvo Launches New Polestar Brand With Concept Coupe

Volvo has launched a new brand. It is called Polestar and it will build sporty high-end electric cars. Their first car will be the Polestar 1, the production version of the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe. Production will start in 2019 in a new factory in Chengdu, China. Next up is the Polestar 2 which will be aimed at the Tesla Model 3, and then it is time for the Polestar 3 which will do battle with the Tesla Model X.

The Polestar 1 is a brilliant looking car with an empty grille and beautiful wheels. So far so good. There is however a big question:

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Youngman Lotus Is Back With Small MPV

Published on October 16, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Youngman Lotus is back, with a new small MPV called the CX20. The brand has a troubled history. The vehicle appears to be based on the Changan CX20, and even carries the exact same name badge, so there is likely some sort of cooperation with Changan Auto.

The back story starts with as a joint venture between the Chinese bus maker Youngman Group and Malaysia’s Proton, then the sole owner of the Lotus brand. The joint venture was initially called Youngman-Proton, it made several Proton-branded cars for the Chinese market. Then Youngman managed somehow to get its hand on the Chinese right for the Lotus name, both in English and Chinese (莲花) .

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First Official Image Of The Jaguar XEL For China

Published on October 13, 2017 by Joey Wang

Jaguar XEL

We got another ‘limousine’ for the Chinese car market. This is the new Jaguar XEL, a long-wheelbase variant of the Jaguar XE. Wheelbase has been extended with 10 centimeters for more space in the back.

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New Photos Of The Changan Raeton CC

Published on October 13, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Changan Raeton CC

The new Changan Raeton CC will be launched on the Chinese car market in November. The name is a tad confusing. It is not a CC-version of the Raeton sedan, which is a much larger vehicle, but the successor of the Eado sedan.

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XPeng Shows Near-production ready Electric SUV

Published on October 13, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

XPeng Motors

XPeng Motors is one of many Chinese EV startups. But unlike many of their colleague-companies they actually seem to have a real car. The vehicles on these photos are part of a first-batch “1.0” pre-production run of 15 cars.

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New JMC Tiger Pickup Truck Launched In China

Published on October 9, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

New JMC Tiger Pickup Truck Launched In China

The new JMC Tiger pickup truck has been launched in China. The Tiger gets the new ‘Storm Trooper’ front, just like every other new JMC. Pretty or not, it is certainly special. The Tiger is just under 5 meters long, it is only available as a double-cab with five seats.

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