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Spy Shots: Chery M14 is Still not Death

March 12, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Chery brought the M14 as a prototype to the Shanghai Auto Show in 2005. Today, in 2010, it is still not on the market. But it ain’t death eiter, it’s been spotted testing several times over the years and now again. The M14 was to be China’s first hardtop convertible but they lost that title to the BYD S8. Second than might be, the car however doesn’t look much ready for Beijing Auto in April.

Update: some sources say the M14 will be renamed A6CC, the A6CC being another Chery conceptcar but without a folding roof. Not sure…

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Roewe 350 is OUT

March 12, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

A New Roewe is born and at first glance she loox healty. The 350 is a small sedan which will fit fine under the belly of the bigger 550. Engine(s): 1.5L VTi wit 78kw. That is not enough, but there is hope: rumors say Roewe will ad a turbocharged 1.5. Roewe has an 1.8T as well, I think it fits.

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TheTycho.com is BACK

March 11, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Actually, this site was never gone, lost or death. It was still there, men just didn’t see. Things however, did change: a brand new lay out and much more news every day. It’s all just getting started but soon all will be BIGger.

If you, dear reader, were here before at the good old site; welcome back.

Enjoy!

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Spotted in China: Jaguar XJS

March 11, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

A for China very rare machine was seen in a shopping street in Nanchang in Jiangxi Province. It is a beautifull example of one of England finest, the Jaguar XJS convertible. Jaguar never officially sold the XJS in China and the import of second had cars from abroad is forbidden. There are only two ways how the happy owner got his dream in land. He might have bought it from a diplomat but that was forbidden as well until this very year 2010. Unlikely indeed.

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“China’s auto sales top 2.9m units in first two months”

March 11, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

China Daily reports that auto sales over Januari and Februari are up 84 percent compared to the same months in 2009. One reason for this incredible growth are govermen t incentives, mostly for cars with an engine capacity under 1.3 litre and even more for under 1.0. And the economy is growing as a whole so people who waited last year are in today. The annual spring festival did help a bit bit not as much as China Daily seems to think. The annual festival is, ya’kna’, annual. China Daily talks:

China’s auto sales maintained steady growth in the first two months of 2010, buoyed by the nation’s car purchase incentives and strong demand brought by the week-long Spring Festival holidays.

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Bugatti Veyron Mobile Phone from China

March 11, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

TopSpeed posted a post about a Bugatti Veyron Mobile phone for 200 dollar. But there is more, here is the Veyron GT, in red and black.

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Leaked Brochure: Greatwall’s Future loox Busy

March 10, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Someone got his or her hands on a internal Greatwall brochure about the brand’s future and put it on the web. Thanks, someone. As many other Chinese automakers Greatwall believes one brand is not enough so it will have three: Greatwall, Hover and Wingle. ‘Hover’ will so become a brand name.

The current ‘Greatwall H(over)3’ will be replaced by the Hover H5 and the current ‘Greatwall H(over)3 CUV’ by the Hover H5 CUV above.  Confusing it is, mad one would say, fortunately the brochure contained a chart:

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New Car: Changhe Suzuki WagonR E+

March 10, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Changhe-Suzuki didn’t bother to update the WagonR for at least six years. There was no need, the car was selling wel, especially in the more rural areas but in city it is no stranger either. Finally now in 2010 the factory decided for a facelift that mostly hit the front, and hitted hard.

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New Car: Haima Goes Wild with M2 Csport

March 10, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

HaiMa comes from Hainan (Automotive) – Mazda, a Chinese Japanese joint venture that made Mazda’s for the Chinese market. Mazda left, Hainan kept the name and went for it alone. Most their cars are based on old Mazda’s from the joint-venture days but slowly slowly Haima is getting away from there. This is one of the escapees, an M2-based sportsmodel.

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BAW B40 to Debut at Beijing Auto Show

March 10, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto Works, or BAW, usually simply called ‘Beijing’ or ‘Beiqi’, showed a prototype B40 at the Beijing auto Show 2008. Two years later BAW will release the production car at the Beijing Auto Show 2010. The 3-door B40 is based on the good old Cherokee which BAW used to make in a joint venture with Chrysler. BAW is still building that one, now on their own and called the Qishi.

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