Radten is a new Chinese EV brand backed by Chery. The first model RT1 to launch by the year-end, annual production capacity 100 000

Raoten RT1

It wouldn’t be a good day without another Chinese EV startup. Radten (Chinese name Ruiteng) is a brand of Chery Automobile. This week they officially opened its factory in Shijiazhuang, roughly 300km from Bejing in Hebei province. The full name of the automaker is Hebei Ruiteng New Energy Automobile Co. The English name is Radten Motors. The first car is called RT1, and they claim it is near the mass production version and will launch it in the second half of the year.

The plant’s annual capacity is 100 000 cars. It seems Chinese EV startups still didn’t learn not to scale too early too fast. Having a vast empty plant because ‘who knows, maybe we will jump from 0 to 100 000 cars in a year’ is still a popular mindset in China.

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Chery Tiggo 3x Queen Edition Is Pink From The Factory


A couple of trends are unique to the Chinese car market, like trim levels created specifically for female customers. Done to varying extents, cars like the Nio ES8 have a “queen seat” that could almost lay flat, while others are entire trim levels. Ora, Wei, and Chery seem to be especially fond of making “Queen” and “Goddess” trims. The latest such car is the new Chery Tiggo 3x Queen Edition, only for the ladies, and perhaps for a queen.

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Chery QQ to be resurrected as electric micro

Ah, Chery QQ. These little Chevy Spark clones were everywhere back in the late 2000s when I arrived in China. Usually powered by a mighty 0.8L 3 cylinder, the QQ gained widespread popularity due to its very affordable price, cute design, and generally a lack of competition back in its era.

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Chery Jetour’s new SUV spy photos leaked. It will hit the market this year

Jetour X50 spy photos
Jetour X50 spy photos

Jetour X50, a new SUV exposed in spy photos during testing. The new SUV looks like the previous Jetour’s X70, but we hope the X50 or X50S would differ with a range and tech features.

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BYD developed the first EV with manual transmission. Demand might surprise

BYD e3
BYD e3 version manual transmission for driving schools

BYD always had a great smell in commercial vehicles. They prove it again with the launch of the electric model e3  dedicated to driving schools. To meet the needs of such a niche market, the new model can simulate the manual transmission of fuel vehicles.

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Chinese car makers New Zealand sales are up

Chery New Zealand

China’s Chery and Great Wall automakers made significant inroads into New Zealand’s new car market last year, but they are still a long way from catching up with the traditional market leaders, the Motor Industry Association of New Zealand said Monday.

Sales of new vehicles last year at 84,640 units were up 5.2 percent from 2010, with passenger car sales up 3.2 percent to 64,019 units and commercial sales up 11.9 percent to 20,621.

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