The Ford F-150 Raptor has been launched on the Chinese car market, marking the first time that Ford officially sells the big pickup truck in China. It comes only in crew-cab and there are only two high-end trim-levels available. Price starts at 499.800 yuan and ends at 548.800 yuan ($72.380-79.477).
Party time in China because the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture celebrates its 25th birthday. The joint venture makes Peugeots and Citroens for the Chinese car market. Therefore we will see a lot of 25 Anniversary specials this year, and the French kick off with the Citroen C3-XR. It gets an ultra larghe 11.6 inch touch screen and a lot of gold and glitter.
The new Beijing Auto Huansu S5 SUV has been launched on the car market in China, sporting a distinctive nose with a shiny Lexus-like grille and a big black hole on each side of the bumper. Price starts at 69.800 yuan and ends at 79.800 yuan ($10.130 – 11.680).
The new Volkswagen Teramont seven-seat SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 308.900 yuan and ends at 518.900 yuan ($44.833 – 75.312). The Teramont is the sister model of the Volkswagen Atlas. It is manufactured in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture.
The Changan CS95 SUV has been launched on the Chinese auto market, looking very clean here in white. Price starts at 159.800 yuan and ends at 229.800 ($23.185 – 33.342). The CS95 is the largest passenger car Changan Automotive has ever made. It will compete with cars like the Trumpchi GS8 and the Haval H8.
Lifan keeps us busy. Earlier on the launched their Ford S-Max MPV and today we have the launch on the large new Lifan X80 SUV. Biggest surprise is the price. We knew it was going to be cheap, but didn’t expect it to be so cheap; it seats 7, it is just under five meters long, and powered by a 2.0 turbo petrol. Price starts at a scarcely believable..
This is not the Ford S-Max. This is the Lifan Xuanlang, a new Chinese MPV that looks a lot like the Ford. Really a lot. Lifan does that kind of stuff all the time. They think that is cool. It is also very cheap. The Xuanlang seats seven and price starts at just 69.800 yuan and ends at 106.800 yuan.
The new Borgward BX5 SUV has been launched on the Chinese auto market, and it has become a fine looking car with an in-your-face grille and artfully sculpted fenders. Much better than the BX7. Price starts at 149.800 yuan and ends at 216.800 yuan.
Chery has launched the eQ1 electric car on the Chinese market, just days after the company filed a trademark complaint against Mercedes-Benz. The Germans want to use the EQ name for an EV-sub brand, but Chery has been using the eQ EV brand since 2014. Their first car was the eQ and now we have the new eQ1.
The Zinoro 60H plug-in hybrid has been launched on the Chinese car market. The 60H is the production version of the Zinoro Next concept. It is based on the long wheelbase BMW X1 Li. Zinoro is a sub brand of the Brilliance-BMW joint venture making new-energy vehicles (NEVs).