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Saleen Is Now Chinese, Steve Relegated To Vice Chairman

November 15, 2017 by Joey Wang

Saleen

Saleen, in all appearances, is now a Chinese company. Last week we reported about the re-launch of the Saleen brand in China, with a new Chinese partner, a new factory in China, and a new supercar.

The Chinese partner appears to be in charge. Their name is Jiangsu Secco Automobile Technology Corporation, founded in 2009. They do not have a website. A Chinese company directory says that they are active in: automobile industry technical research, automobile parts manufacturing, and the automobile industry technical advisory services.

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Saleen S1 Mid-engined Supercar Launched In China

November 9, 2017 by W.E. Ning

Saleen S1

The U.S. tuner Saleen has been re-launched in China, they first tried in 2014 but that didn’t work out. This time they have a new Chinese partner and a brand new car: the Saleen S1, looking very much like the original Artega GT but with a longer tail. Artega GmbH, the current owner of the Artega brand, sold the know-how, the production facilities, and tools for the Artega GT to Saleen in 2015.

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Ford Sign Joint Venture To Make Cheap EVs In China With Zotye Auto

November 9, 2017 by Joey Wang

Zotye Ford

Happy faces: Peter Fleet, Ford vice president and president for Ford Asia Pacific, and Ying Jianren, board member of Zotye Auto.

Ford has signed a joint venture agreement to make cheap electric cars in China. The Chinese partner is none other than Zotye Auto, infamous for ripping off being inspired by Western automakers such as Porsche, Volkswagen, and Audi. Ford better keep an eye on its new friend.

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Zotye Dreams In German With New ‘Traum’ Brand For The Young

June 29, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Zotye Traum brand

Zotye Auto, famous for their SR9 Porsche Macan clone, is launching a new car brand in China. The brand is called Traum, which is German and means dream. It is the second automaker in a short time to go for a German name after Weltmeister. What is that all about..? The Chinese name has nothing with dreams of Germany; Junma (君马) is best translated as Supreme Horse. The English slogan is Driven by Dreams. The Chinese slogan, translated, Dream for a Horse.

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Official Images Of The NEVS 9-3 And 9-3X Concept Cars

June 1, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

NEVS 9-3

NEVS has released official images of the 9-3 and 9-3X concept cars, previewing an electric sedan and wagon, both based on the last generation Saab 9-3. The concepts will be unveiled on June 7 on the CES Asia in Shanghai. Design is still very Saab but NEVS has added a fine looking new front with a black grille with a blue line (blue is the color of green in China) and small LED lights that shine like diamonds.

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China Approves JAC-Volkswagen EV Joint Venture

May 23, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

China Approves JAC-Volkswagen EV Joint Venture

Chinese regulators have given their final approval for the new JAC-Volkswagen joint venture that will make affordable electric cars for the Chinese market. The joint venture contract has a duration of 25 years and planned annual output is 100.000 units.

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NEVS ‘Saab’ 9-3 Will Be Unveiled On June 7 In China

May 9, 2017 by Joey Wang

http://www.autohome.com.cn/news/201705/902203.html#pvareaid=102624

The production version of the NEVS 9-3 will be unveiled on June 7 on the CES Asia in Shanghai. The NEVS 9-3 is a new electric car based on the Saab 9-3.  The latest spy shots show that NEVS didn’t change much to the Saab’s design; they closed the grille and added a new bumper.

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New Chery Tiggo 5 Will Hit The Chinese Auto Market In Q3

May 8, 2017 by W.E. Ning

Chery Tiggo 5

This is the new Chery Tiggo 5 SUV and it looks a trillion times better than the outgoing car. It has style, stance, and sportiness. The new Tiggo 5 will hit the Chinese auto market in Q3. Price will range from 90.000 to 150.000 yuan.

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Kia Pegas To Launch On The Chinese Car Market in August

May 8, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Kia Pegas

The new Kia Pegas will be launched on the Chinese car market in August. Price will range from 65.000 to 85.000 yuan. The Kia Pegas is a China-only A-class sedan aimed at young first-car buyers. The Pegas will be the cheapest sedan in Kia’s China lineup.

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Citroen C-Aircross Will Be Manufactured In China Starting 2018

May 3, 2017 by W.E. Ning

Citroen C-Aircross

The production version of the Citroen C-Aircross SUV concept will be manufactured in China, starting next year. It will be a China-only model made by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture. The compact SUV will be based on the PSA PF1 (aka PSA-A) platform that also underpins the new third-generation Citroen C3.

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