When Fiat ran crying from it’s joint venture with Nanjing Automotive in 2008 it sold the Palio and Siena platforms to small automaker Zotye. Earlier, Fiat sold Zotye the Multipla and Lancia Lybra platforms. The Multipla went into production last year and now the Palio and Siena are ready. Above the Langjun, Zotye’s take on the Siena with a brand new front and back.
FAW is not only one of the biggest passenger car makers in China but also one of the biggest in trucks and buses. Actually it all started with a truck at FAW, a beautifull machine called the Jiefang, which means Liberation, in 1956.
FAW brought a few trucks and buses to a boot outside the main hall and this schoolbus-concept looked very nice. It is meant to show that FAW can do more with a bus than just building the normal flat nosed vehicles. Children in China don’t go to school by bus but maybe one day FAW can export some to America.
ChinaDaily reports that Volkswagen will build two new factories in China, the factories are a part of a new 2.2 billion dollar expansion plan. ChinaDaily talks:
Volkswagen AG, Europe’s biggest automaker, will build two plants in China as part of a 1.6 billion euro ($2.2 billion) expansion plan to capture growth in the world’s most dynamic auto market. The German carmaker, which operates in China through two joint ventures, reiterated its long-term goal to sell 2 million vehicles a year in the world’s biggest car market.
“Growth in China has surpassed all expectations,” Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn said in a statement on Monday.
BAW’s new B40 will hit la market soon and to spice things up a bit BAW brought this ‘Special’ as well. It is a concept so far but with enough liking they might actually built it. The special is a roughed up version of the normal B40 with a winch and without real doors.
Geely’s sub-brand GLEagle broufht this very fine looking sportmachine to the show and HURRAY it was not a hybrid or a plug-in electric. The GS5, ‘GS’ stands for ‘Geely Star’, has a choice of two engines, a 1.3 and a 1.5. This is unusual for a concept car and means production will start soon, Geely states the GS5 will roll off the line from 2012.
The Green-i EV is a plug-in electric concept car from Chang’an Auto, better known as Chana outside China. It can be charged in only ten minutes at a special charger, strangely Chang’an didn’t say how many kilometer the Green-i could drive on that. Likely so, not very far. Size: 3230x1670x1650. And that is all the information Chang’an wished to share.
Voleex is Greatwall’s new brand name for sedans and other normal passenger cars. Haval is the new brandname for SUV’s and Wingle for commercial vehicles such as pick up trucks. The C50 is a medium sized sedan that’ll slot above the C30 and under a new large sedan which will likely look like the C70 Concept.
The L-DDC4 is a research project from students and scientist from Hunan University backed by an spin-off automotive research company called HNUSP which stands for Hunan University Science Park. The L-DCC4 is based on the same principle as HNUSP’s incrdible buses we saw earlier: two wheels on each side of the middle and one wheel in fron and one wheel at the back. Power goes trough the wheels in the middle, steering with the wheels at the front and back.
The new Roewe 550 XT is a sportyhorty 550. It comes with “F1 Paddle Shift Shifting” and a lot of extra kit like 16inch wheels and a Webaso sunroof. The engine however is the same as in the normal 550 so this XT will likely be slower than the normal car thanks to all that extra weight.