Well, we kinda expected this. The Chinese government has reprimanded the organizers of the Chengdu Auto Show for allowing too much female flesh on the floor, the same thing happened in Beijing in April.
Apparently there were three cases that pulled the trigger; the Kia girl and the Citroen girl we saw earlier, and this almost-naked Ms Yan Yu who briefly posed with a Toyota Camry before things got so mad with ‘journalists’ taking pictures that she was quickly taken back stage.
Fortunately for the organizers the government only acted after the show was already over, but they will have to be careful next year. Now!, about Yan Yu… (NSFW in some countries!!!)
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Back once more to the Chengdu Auto Show where Audi launched the mighty RS5 Coupe earlier this week, with a very pretty babe in a plastic mini skirt. Audi indeed, knows how to please the crowd, like Kia does not. The RS5 Coupe is new for China and has to compete with successful offerings from AMG and M.
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Sichuan Yema Automobile has its factory near Chengdu, so they got to show something good on the Chengdu Auto Show. As usually they did. This year brought us the A-MPV, the B60X SUV Concept and this mad M31D MPV Concept. Design-wise it is a copy of the Toyota Alphard, albeit a bit sportier, mixed with some Nissan NV200, which is a popular car for China’s copy-makers, BYD is working on a clone as well.
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We have seen zillions of spy shots but now it is finally here, the China-made Ford Kuga officially debuted at the Chengdu Auto Show. Mass production of the Kuga at the Chang’an-Ford joint venture will start in November and it will be launched in early 2013. There will be two engines; 1.6 and 2.0, mated to a six-speed tiptronic. We know there will be at least three versions available: the base Kuga, a sporty S and the luxurious Ghia. Price is still a well-kept secret but we think it will start around 180.000 yuan.
Back in July all automotive media got red hot about the unexpected and very sudden firing of Joel Ewanick, marketing chief of General Motors. Why exactly he was kicked out remains unclear untill today but rumors say the reason was likely his very expensive soccer deal with Manchester United. GM however signed the deal anyway and new pictures from the Chengdu Auto Show prove Joel was right. A local Chengdu Chevrolet dealer hit the floor with a yellow Chevrolet Camaro with a giant Manchester United sticker on the bonnet.
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Here we have a very sporty Chery Cowin 1, seen on the Chengdu Auto Show. The normally rather boring Cowin 1 comes with a fat-ass body kit and some cool stickers: ‘WRC Auto Sports’ and ‘The Fast and the Furious’. Wheels are sadly standard and that ain’t too good for such a sporty vehicle. Buyers can take it right away from the floor, a local dealer is offering the package for 36.000 yuan and that is very cheap.
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Chang’an Automotive didn’t have much real news for the Chengdu Auto Show, but they did bring a sporty version of the Chang’an BenBen Mini, which is a rather popular Chinese minicar. It is not a production model but all parts can be ordered at the dealer, including this very cool British flag on the roof, much like a BMW Mini indeed…
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Just before the start of the Chengdu Auto Show on Friday we received pictures of three Lincolns turning up near the exhibition hall. We were kinda surprised because Ford had just announced Lincoln would be launched in China in 2014. We couldn’t really figure out what the cars were so doing there. New pics however learn Ford had nothing to do with it…
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We are going back to the Chengdu Auto Show once more, and once more again for a kinda pretty babe. Remember the Beijing Auto Show in April? There was a lotta flesh, even so much that the central Chinese government started to complain, saying that things had gone too far. Well, it seems that those ‘Chengduren’ didn’t hear all that!
Earlier on we checked a hottie doing a Citroen C4 and today things go much further with a sorta strange girl doing a Kia Sorento. I must say, if this babe would come my way, I might delay. NSFW but really on a very public auto show in China, with kids and grannies running around and such and such. Kia Girl, Click on Pics for Bigs®:
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The SouEast V5 Lingzhi sedan has been officially launched on the China auto market, price starts at 70.800 yuan and ends at 97.800 yuan. The SouEast V5 debuted in April on the Beijing Auto Show, it is based on the platform from the last-gen Mitsubishi Lancer that is still made in China by the SouEast-Mitsubishi joint venture.
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