Huatai B11; the Numbers (some)

More details emerged on Huatai’s luxury B11. Size: 4943x1856x1516, wheelbase: 2770. Weight: 1486. Engine: SAIC’s 1.8 turbo (18K4G) that also drives to Roewe 550 and 750. In the 750 it delivers [email protected] and [email protected] Other engines are Huatai’s own 2.0 diesel and a Mitsubshi-sourced 2.4 petrol (4G69).

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BYD Interested in Maybach-brand???

According to a report on one of China’s largest automotive websites, auto.sina.com, BYD has expressed interest to acquire the Maybach-brand from Mercedes Benz as the Germans will pull the plug in one or two years.

An unmaned BYD official told Sina.com that BYD was very interested in Maybach and would “launch the acquisition” as soon as Benz makes the final decision to quit.

Earlier this month MB and BYD announced a partnership to produce electric vehicles for the Chinese market, so the two are friends already. Still I don’t think Benz will ever consider to sell the Maybach-brand to anyone, let alone to a batterymaker turned carmaker from China.

Hard to say how serious BYD really is, but it is good to see the brand keeps dreaming…

“I see Volvo as a tiger: it belongs to the forest and shouldn’t be contained in the zoo”

“I see Volvo as a tiger: it belongs to the forest and shouldn’t be contained in the zoo. The heart of the tiger is in Sweden and Belgium,” he said, referring to the two countries where Volvo has its main plants. “Its paws should extend all across the world.”

Said Geely Chairman Mr. Li Shufu, a new Chinese hero who finally got his Volvo. For only 1.8 billion dollars Geely buys one of the most famous automotive brands in the world. Ford on the other hand sold it’s last possibility to compete with Benz and BMW, it won’t work with Lincoln, never.

Some of the latest news on the deal from China Daily: Geely is planning a new Volvo factory in Beijing with an annual capacity of 300.000 cars. Volvo made 330.000 cars in 2009. Chinese ‘experts’ have high hopes on Volvo’s technologies: “Li Shufu has a very strategic target that can be boosted by Volvo’s green technologies.” Volvo is not considered very green in the west but compared with many a Chinese car it is as green as grass.

More importantly, Geely gets all Volvo’s safety knowledge in house which it will use to improve the much critisized safetly of it’s own cars. It is so far unclear what will happen to the Volvo factory in Chongqing, a joint venture with Chang’an Auto that makes the S40 and S80. Earlier rumors said the factory would continue but that is likely only until Geely starts up the new one in Beijing.

Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Li Shufu and Ford’s Chief Financial Officer Lewis Booth after signing the agreement on Sunday.

Shuanghuan Noble Police Car

Shuanghuan became world famous when it copied the Smart. “But our engine is in the front!”, so Shuanghuan said. Indeed, it is not the same. Chinese police likes the little not copied car to check on civilians in crowded areas and neighbourhouds with small streets and many alleys.

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Chery-Rely X5 is OUT

Rely is one of Chery’s brands and their long awaited X5 suv is finally on the market. The good looking thing comes with only one engine, a 2.0 Ateco with [email protected] and [email protected] That torque might make it a little useful off road. Price is 159.800 rmb. Nice price for a nice machine, but there is one thing about it I really like:

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Dongfeng-Nissan Livina Facelift

Dongfeng-Nissan couldn’t wait for the Beijing Auto Show because with all that news nobody would care about the Livina. So they had their little ceremony yesterday to reveil the facelifted machine. The Livina is a kind of cross vehicle, crossed between an mpv a wagon and a hatchback, but strangely Nissan decided for a crossover-version that even more strangely became a great succes. First picture above: the new Livina crossover.

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Foday Brings on the Big Front Grille

Foday Automobile, Fudi in Chinese, from Guangdong is a small and not too known maker of honest suv’s and pick up trucks. One of their children is called ‘Little Superman’. But for a small company, things are relative of course in China, their English website is perfectly in order. That is sadly, to put it mildly, not always the case in this country. Website is fine, now Foday wants some fame and to do that they will facelift their biggest machine, the Explorer III, quit a bit.

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Spy Shots: Facelifted FAW-Toyota Vios

The current FAW-Toyota Vios is not a hot seller, most likely because the sedan trunk seems glued to the machine which was designed as a hatchback. Engines are getting a bit old too. But FAW-Toyota wants one car to compete with the many cheap sedans from Brilliance, Chery and BYD so it will bring this facelifted Vios to the Beijing Auto Show in April.

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i7 Too Ugly? Greatwall will offer an Alternative

Greatwall showed a lot of guts when it brought the mad i7 into the open. Many warned that the Chinese market wasn’t ready yet for such a wild machine. But which market would, ever? So Greatwall went ahead and found out those boring naysayers were actually right.

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