The JAC Heyue iEV4 has been launched on the China car market. The iEV4 is a small full-electric sedan. Price without subsidies is 169.800 yuan or 27.600 USD. State and local subsidies however bring price down to only 99.800 yuan or 16.200 yuan. Initially, the Heyue iEV4 will only be available in Shanghai and Anhui Province.
The Maxus G10 has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 129.800 yuan and ends at 219.800 yuan. The G10 is the second car under the Maxus brand, which is owned by the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). SAIC bought Maxus from the British LDV Group in 2010. The Maxus V80 was launched in China in September 2011.
The KTM X-Bow GT has been launched on the China car market, priced at 1.35 million yuan or 220.000 USD. The X-Bow GT is the ‘civilized’ variant of the all-open KTM X-Bow, it comes with a windshield and a tiny bit of comfort. The X-Bow GT is street legal in China, making it one of the craziest cars in country.
The new Kia Shuma has been launched on the China car market. Price starts at 179.800 yuan and ends at 226.800 yuan ($29.300 – 37.000). Happily, the Korean brand still knows how to launch a a new sporty car; with babes! The Kia Shuma, aka Kia K4 Koup, is one of the very few small sports cars on offer in China.
The new third generation BMW X5 has been launched on the Chinese auto market. Price starts at 877.000 yuan and ends at 1.77 million yuan ($143.000 – 290.000). BMW expects China to become the largest market for the X5 within five years. The range includes the xDrive35i with 306hp, the xDrive50i with 408hp, and most interestingly the xDrive30d; a 3.0 V6 diesel with 258hp and 560nm.
Lamborghini China has started to accept reservations for the brand new Lamborghini Huracan. Price for the basic car is set at a staggering 4.29 million yuan or 709.000 USD. However, super car buyers in China will have to wait until the fourth quarter when the first Hurracans are expected to arrive on Chinese shores.
The Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost has been launched on the China car market, priced at 122.900 yuan. The 1.0 Ecoboost is only available in the high-end S version and has been positioned on top of the Fiesta range in China. The 1.0 liter 3-cylinder has an output of 126hp and 170nm, and is mated to a 6-speed DCT. Read more »
The Porsche Macan will have its China-debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April and launch on the China car market in July. Pricing is set at 688.000 yuan for the S and 988.000 yuan for the Turbo ($113.000 – $163.000). The Porsche Macan will be powered by a 335hp 3.0 V6 (Macan S) or a 400hp 3.6 V6 turbo (Macan Turbo). Next year a 235hp 2.0 4-cylinder turbo will become available as well, which will bring price down to some 550.000 yuan.
The Porsche Macan is highly anticipated in China. The Porsche brand is very strong and SUV’s are very hot. The cheaper Macan will bring Porsche within reach of a giant audience with enough cash to spare for luxury car. Sales are expected to boom from the beginning and China is likely to become the biggest market worldwide for the Macan in 2015. Late last year rumors surfaced about local production of the Macan in China but this has been strongly denied by Porsche.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale has been launched on the China super car market. Price starts at 4.48 million yuan or 740.000 USD. The Ferrari 458 Speciale is the hard core version of the Ferrari 458 Italia, fitted with a more powerful engine and more computers. Power comes from a screaming 4.5 liter V8 engine with 605hp and 540nm, mated to a seven-speed DCT, good for a 0-100 in only 3 seconds.
Koenigsegg has released a teaser of the Agera One:1 super car which will debut on the Geneva Motor Show next month. The Koenigsegg One:1 is a special edition Agera based on the Agera R. The One:1 was developed for by FFF Automobile, China’s most famous super car broker and Koenigsegg dealer. The One:1 will be limited to only six examples and they will all go to China.