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Time for A Break III

April 25, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Those journalist are gettng younger, older and more farmer-like all the time. Second press day at the Beijing Auto Show. Car is a Geely Emgrand GT, more on that one later.

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Beijing Auto Show Live: Chery Riich G3

April 25, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

The G3 is a new small sized sedan from Chery’s luxury brand Riich. The G3 shared platform and engines with the Chery A5. See it as a Volkswagen-Skoda relationship but done with Chery as the cheaper alternative and introducing Riich as a new more expensive brand out of nowhere. Some guts but it seems to work, the brand sells very well in China. The G3 is the third Riich sedan besides the bigger G5 and G6.

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Beijing Auto Show Live: BYD i6

April 25, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD sells so many small sedans customers and the factory lost their way alike. One way to solve the problem would be some different brandnames, like many Chinese carmakers do. BYD didn’t do that just yet, instead they brought the i6, a new full-size sedan.

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Beijing Auto Show Live: Greatwall Voleex C70 Concept

April 25, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Greatwall goes into sedans, and to do that properly in China one needs a new brand. The sedans will go under the ‘Voleex’-brand name, the SUV’s as ‘Haval’ and commercial vehicles such as pick up trucks as ‘Wingle’. Three brand indeed, it makes things so much more clear. The C70 is a concept for a full size sedan to compete with machines as the new Huatai B11 and the Roewe 750.

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Beijing Auto Show Live: BAW C60 ‘Saab 9-3′

April 25, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

BAW bought the platforms for the old Saab 9-3 and 9-5 from GM before Spyker bought the rest. BAW brought the two Saabs to the show, both with a different from although they didn’t change the 9-3 as much as the 9-5 based C71 we saw earlier. Both cars are ‘made in Sweden’-Saabs because the new BAW-factory won’t be ready in about a year.The C60 has the same 2.0 Turbo as the C71, engine came with the platform.

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Beijing Auto Show Live: HNUSP (Hunan University) L11680 Bus

April 25, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

A very special bus from HNUSP, it has two wheels on each side in the midle and one wheel at the front and one wheel at the back. HNUSP started as a research project by scientist and students from Hunan University and is now a large spin-off automotive research company, although still affiliated with the university. They had a boot inside the exhibition hall as well, more on that later, first this incredible L11680 prototype.

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Beijing Auto Show Live: Lifan SUV

April 24, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Lifan Motor makes small hatchbacks and medium sedans. But in China, suv’s still make the money. So Lifan is in with this Lifan SUV. It doesn’t have a real name. Likely Lifan thought: “the simpler the better”. Why don’t they then call their sedans ‘sedan’? Things off course get confusing for customers if you sell more than one sort of the same car. Another Lifan suv might therefore be called ‘SUV 2″.

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Beijing Auto Show Live: Shuanghuan Noble goes Tiger

April 24, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

2010 is the Year of the Tiger in China so Smart-copycat Shuanghuan came with a Noble special-tiger-edition, roofracks included. It’s not a concept or a funcar for the show, customers can really buy it. Shuanghuan always sais the Noble isn’t a copy because the engine is in front. That is their opinion. The Noble-Tiger is powered by a 1.1 litre four cilinder with 33.5kw and 72nm. Growl! It costs 50.700 rmb. The skinny girl is from Russia, I asked, she needs to eat more butter.

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Beijing Auto Show Live: Dongfeng I-Car Concept

April 24, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

A nice concept from Dongfeng. And it was about time the boys from Wuhan got a little creative, their line up including the joint venture machines is rather boring. This one might change that, a bit. The I-Car, guess what, is a plug-in electric. Size: 2999x1670x1540. ‘2999’ has to do with a Chinese tax-law, cars under 3 meter pay less. The range of the I-Car is 60 kilometer. That is all the info Dongfeng wished to share. No plans for production in the near future.

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Time for A Break II

April 24, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Ducati is from Italia. Italians ate too much la pasta and don’ta knowa the differenca betweena automobilea and a motorcycla anymora. How can it be those people founded Olivetti Computers? Now back to the cars.