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Wey P8 PHEV Unveiled At Guangzhou Auto Show 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Guangzhou Auto Show, Hybrids, Reports, SUV on 11 23rd, 2017


The veil has been lifted on the 2018 Wey P8 at the ongoing Guangzhou Auto Show.

The latest in an increasing number of new energy vehicles in China, the Wey P8 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine alongside an electric motor on both the front and rear axles. All up, it delivers 335 hp and 383 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque, and will reportedly accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds.

Wey claims the P8 has a combined driving range of 660 km and can be charged to full capacity in four hours from a 220V home charger. Mated to the plug-in hybrid powertrain is a six-speed dual-clutch transmission driving all four wheels.

In terms of safety, the SUV comes standard with a host of increasingly-common safety features. Included among them are adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-change assist, blind-spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warning, 360-degree camera system, and a video streaming rear-view mirror.

Wey has no immediate plans to sell the P8 outside of China.

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Baojun Upgrades The 730 7-Seat MPV With 1.5-Liter Turbo Engine 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Baojun, china, GM, new cars, prices, SAIC on 11 23rd, 2017


Spending $15,000 on a new car in the US would land you a new Ford Fiesta with a few extras, but the same amount will get you a new Baojun 730 in China.

Upgraded for the new MY, the MPV is still based on a Lotus-tuned chassis, though it gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine rated at 147 HP (149 PS) and 170lb-ft (230Nm) of torque that’s mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Despite carrying a starting price of RMB 99,800 ($15,045), the MPV made by SAIC-GM-Wuling exclusively for the Chinese market comes with a few high-tech features, such as the active air intake grille, which controls the air entry into the engine compartment, allowing it to reach the optimal temperature faster, and reducing wind drag.

The 730 has a 2+2+3 seating layout, and is available with a new black and grey interior trim, dark wood-like accents, ice blue ambient lighting, dual-color seats and a 9-speaker Infinity sound system by Harman, which was custom made for this vehicle. Moreover, the automaker claims that the cabin is “segment-leading quiet”, thanks to sound-absorbing and soundproofing materials.

GM’s local joint venture expects the upgraded MPV to continue the success of the model introduced in 2015, which managed to achieve a 5-star safety rating from C-NCAP.

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Ferrari’s Portofino Now Speaks Mandarin As It Gets Launched In China 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, china, Ferrari, Ferrari 812 Superfast, Ferrari Portofino, Galleries, Guangzhou Auto Show, new cars, prices, Reports on 11 23rd, 2017

Ferrari has brought the new Portofino to China, as part of their 70th anniversary celebrations that featured a program spanning 60 nations.

The successor of the California T will have a starting price of RMB 2,908,000, or $438,382 at today’s exchange rates, in the People’s Republic.

The steep price is due to the local luxury tax imposed on imported vehicles. To understand just how expensive the baby Ferrari really is in China, you should know that for that money one would be able to buy a 488 Spider in the US and keep around $150,000 in their bank account.

Coinciding with the local launch of the Portofino, Ferrari walked away with the ‘China Performance Car of the Year‘ title, which was given to the 812 Superfast by a panel of 29 editors-in-chief, who voted it the most favored in Greater China after several rounds of screening and evaluation. The award was presented to the Prancing Horse in Guangzhou on November 16.

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Strong Demand In China Leads To Significant Rise In Global EV Sales 22
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in china, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 11 22nd, 2017


Sales for electrified vehicles exceeded 287,000 units in the third quarter of 2017, marking a 63% boost over the same period last year and a 23% increase over this year’s Q2 numbers.

China accounted for over half of global sales, while Europe followed as the second-biggest EV market in Q3, with North America trailing in third place, Autonews reports .

“The Chinese government is very focused on pushing up EV sales,” stated BNEF analyst Aleksandra O’Donovan. “One reason for that is the local pollution levels in the cities, and a second is for China to build domestic heroes to compete internationally in this market.”

At the same time, government incentives also play a big role in China where national subsidies make EVs “up to 40 percent cheaper than regular internal combustion cars,” added O’Donovan.

According to BNEF, global sales for full-electric and plug-in hybrid cars are expected to surpass 1 million units this year for the first time as charging infrastructure improves and the vehicles themselves now offer longer driving ranges.

While China is still considering a ban on new gasoline and diesel cars in the future, countries such as France and the UK have already announced they intend to ban such models by the year 2040, with the Netherlands being even more ambitious by targeting a 2030 ban.

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China’s Leap Motor LP-S01 Is A Four-Seat Electric Coupe 19
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Electric Vehicles, new cars, Reports on 11 19th, 2017

A week after we caught a glimpse of China’s upcoming Leap Motor LP-S01, the electric sports car has been revealed in full.

Based on the two teaser images we published last week, it appeared as if the LP-S01 would feature a low-slung roofline and an aggressive design. Sadly, pictures of the completed sports car reveal that it is far less sporty than we’d envisioned, instead looking like a blocky and bloated coupe that’s eaten far too many deep-fried pancakes.

Up front, the LP-S01 features a set of slim headlights and faux grille that appears to simply be a piece of black plastic. Elsewhere, there are a set of small alloy wheels and an interestingly-shaped hood with two large bulges. Moving to the rear, the LP-S01 has a hatchback design and a simple bumper with two red reflectors at the base.

Power comes from a single electric motor with 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0-100 km/h time of 6.9 seconds and a 360 km (223 mile) range.

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GM Targets Young Customers With China-Only Baojun 530 Compact SUV 18
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Baojun, china, GM, Guangzhou Auto Show, new cars, SUV on 11 18th, 2017


General Motors’ SAIC-GM-Wuling Chinese joint venture has unveiled the Baojun 530 at the 2017 Guangzhou Auto Show. Following hot on the heels of the 560 and 510, this is the brand’s third SUV, and it’s also their largest, being 4,655mm (183.3in) long, 1,835mm (72.2in) wide, and 1,760mm (69.3in) tall.

On the outside, it looks very similar to the Baojun 510 that debuted at last year’s Guangzhou show and its highlights include the large grille that’s flanked by two slim headlights, a floating-style roof, rectangular wheel arches and one-piece taillights.

Although no images of the interior have been released yet, we expect the new Baojun 530 to benefit from the same materials used in its smaller sibling, including leather and metallic trim, along with an infotainment system, climate control and multi-function steering wheel, among others.

Baojun says that their latest SUV has a McPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension, for “maximized ride comfort, handling and stability”, while power comes from either a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine or a 1.5-liter turbocharged unit.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but the Baojun 510 starts at RMB 68,800 ($10,373) in China, so we expect a higher tag for the 530.

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Audi Q5 Gets Long Wheelbase Version Exclusively For China 18
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi Q5, china, new cars, Reports on 11 18th, 2017


Audi has made a long wheelbase variant of the Q5, and they’re going to offer it in China from the first quarter of next year.

The images reveal that the Q5L doesn’t appear to be any different than the rest of the family, except for the slightly longer roofline and rear fenders.

According to CarNewsChina, the premium compact SUV’s wheelbase has increased by 8.8cm, or 3.47in, which results in additional legroom on the rear bench, something very much appreciated by Chinese customers.

Powering the new Audi Q5 L will probably be the 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit, which comes in two outputs, with 190 and 250 horsepower, with the latter available with four-wheel drive.

The local media doesn’t have much to say about Audi’s latest model that’s aimed exclusively at the People’s Republic, except that its starting price will be roughly 380,000 yuan, which equals to $57,297 at today’s exchange rates.

This sum could land you a new Audi S5 Coupe in the United States, or a Q7, as these can be had from $54,600 and $49,900, respectively, on our side of the pond.

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Audi Q5 Gets Long Wheelbase Version Exclusively For China 18
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi Q5, china, new cars, Reports on 11 18th, 2017


Audi has made a long wheelbase variant of the Q5, and they’re going to offer it in China from the first quarter of next year.

The images reveal that the Q5L doesn’t appear to be any different than the rest of the family, except for the slightly longer roofline and rear fenders.

According to CarNewsChina, the premium compact SUV’s wheelbase has increased by 8.8cm, or 3.47in, which results in additional legroom on the rear bench, something very much appreciated by Chinese customers.

Powering the new Audi Q5 L will probably be the 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit, which comes in two outputs, with 190 and 250 horsepower, with the latter available with four-wheel drive.

The local media doesn’t have much to say about Audi’s latest model that’s aimed exclusively at the People’s Republic, except that its starting price will be roughly 380,000 yuan, which equals to $57,297 at today’s exchange rates.

This sum could land you a new Audi S5 Coupe in the United States, or a Q7, as these can be had from $54,600 and $49,900, respectively, on our side of the pond.

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MG6 Plug-in Hybrid Comes With An App-Based Remote Control Driving System 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in china, Guangzhou Auto Show, MG, MG6, PHEV on 11 17th, 2017


SAIC Motor has used the Guangzhou Auto Show to introduce the new MG6 plug-in hybrid.

Set to become one of the company’s first new energy vehicles, the MG6 plug-in hybrid will be launched next year and it has been designed to embrace elegance, performance, and valve.

MG didn’t have much to say about the model but confirmed the car will come equipped with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an electronic shifter, and an infotainment system with internet connectivity as well as a 10.1-inch display. The Chinese press release also mentioned an automatic parking system and a “remote control driving system” that will apparently allow drivers to control the vehicle at low speeds through a mobile app.

Autocar reports the model is powered by a 1.0-liter petrol engine that is backed up by an electric motor that produces 83 PS (61 kW). MG says this setup will enable the car to produce a combined maximum output of 228 PS (167 kW) and 622 Nm (458 lb-ft) of torque. Little else is known about the car but it will reportedly consume 1.5 L/100 km (156.8 mpg US / 188.3 mpg UK).

In the future, the MG6 plug-in hybrid will be joined by an electric version of the ZS crossover. It will eventually be sold alongside a production version of the MG E-Motion concept.

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Jaguar XEL Debuts In China With A Stretched Wheelbase 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in china, Guangzhou Auto Show, Jaguar, Jaguar XE on 11 17th, 2017


Following a preview earlier this year, Jaguar has unveiled the new XEL at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China.

Designed to compete with the Audi A4L and Mercedes C-Class L, the XEL has a wheelbase that has been stretched 3.9-inches (100 mm) to span 115.5-inches (2935 mm) overall. The added length benefits rear seat passengers and helps to create a more accommodating cabin.

The entry-level XEL Elite Edition comes nicely equipped with a panoramic glass sunroof, an automatic dual-zone climate control system, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display. Higher-end variants can be can be outfitted with ambient interior lighting, illuminated door sill plates, and a Meridian audio system. Other options include perforated leather upholstery, a digital instrument cluster, and wood trim.

Under the hood, two engines will be available. The entry-level unit is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 PS (147 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of 230 km/h (142 mph).

Higher-end variants can be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 250 PS (184 kW) and 365 Nm (269 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the dash from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) is cut to 7.3 seconds and the top speed climbs to 240 km/h (149 mph).

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China Has Made Another Ford F-150 Clone, This Time Of The Raptor 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Ford, Ford F-150, new cars, Replica, Trucks on 11 17th, 2017


The Chinese are back at it, creating a pickup truck that takes obvious design inspiration from the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Reports from China say that the vehicle comes from a company dubbed Projen and while sales of the pickup have yet to commence, we wouldn’t be surprised if the carmaker has some difficulties actually bringing it to the market.

Back in 2012, JAC Motors unveiled a direct copy of the Ford F-150 to its dealers in China. However, Ford managed to prevent the company from building the pickup, revealing to the press that it had gone to the trouble of securing design patents in China. Given the popularity of the F-150 Raptor, we’d be surprised if Ford didn’t also have patents for the hardcore pickup in China as well.

Either way, the design of the Projen is hilariously similar to the real thing. For starters, the blacked-out front grille is essentially identical to the Raptor, as are the headlights. Additionally, the Projen includes a silver skid plate, beefy wheels, tires, and tailgate and taillight designs similar to the Raptor.

If the Projen does somehow reach the production line before Ford steps in, it will allegedly carry a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine.

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Volkswagen To Invest $12 Billion For EVs In China 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Reports, VW on 11 16th, 2017


Volkswagen has announced that it will invest over 10 billion euros ($12 billion) on a fleet of new-energy vehicles in China.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, VW China head Jochem Heizmann revealed that by 2025, the investments will result in the introduction of 40 locally-produced vehicles, created in collaboration with local joint venture Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motor).

Bloomberg reports that VW intends on introducing 15 models based on its MQB platform while the remaining vehicles will use a selection of new platforms.

The automaker’s ambitious China plans come just a couple of months after the country revealed its cap-and-trade policy. These new regulations will require automakers to obtain a new-energy vehicle score (zero- and low-emission vehicles) of at least 10 per cent in 2019 and rising to 12 per cent in 2020.

According to Heizmann, the selection of new vehicles will allow VW to meet these requirements. However, he admitted that it will be difficult to achieve a fleet-wide average fuel consumption level of 5 liters per 100 km (62 miles) in China by 2020.

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Volkswagen To Invest $12 Billion For EVs In China 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Reports, VW on 11 16th, 2017


Volkswagen has announced that it will invest over 10 billion euros ($12 billion) on a fleet of new-energy vehicles in China.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, VW China head Jochem Heizmann revealed that by 2025, the investments will result in the introduction of 40 locally-produced vehicles, created in collaboration with local joint venture Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motor).

Bloomberg reports that VW intends on introducing 15 models based on its MQB platform while the remaining vehicles will use a selection of new platforms.

The automaker’s ambitious China plans come just a couple of months after the country revealed its cap-and-trade policy. These new regulations will require automakers to obtain a new-energy vehicle score (zero- and low-emission vehicles) of at least 10 per cent in 2019 and rising to 12 per cent in 2020.

According to Heizmann, the selection of new vehicles will allow VW to meet these requirements. However, he admitted that it will be difficult to achieve a fleet-wide average fuel consumption level of 5 liters per 100 km (62 miles) in China by 2020.

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Saleen S1 Sports Car Headed To L.A. With 450 HP 13
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in china, Electric Vehicles, LA Auto Show, Reports, Saleen on 11 13th, 2017


The Los Angeles Auto Show recently announced Saleen would unveil its latest vehicle at this year’s event and it now appears the company will showcase the S1 sports car.

According to China Daily, Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technology CEO Charles Wang confirmed the company’s first model in China will be the S1 sports car and it will be launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The model will be a two-door coupe that features a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine that produces 450 hp (336 kW) and 425 lb-ft (577 Nm) of torque. Autoguide reports the engine will be four-cylinder sourced from Ford and it will enable the S1 to have a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).

Little else is known about the S1 but Car News China says the model was recently shown in China and is heavily influenced by the Artega GT. The model will reportedly have a carbon fiber body and Wang confirmed an “electric version will follow in 2018.”

The S1 will be built at a new plant in Rugao, China and construction is slated to be finished by June. The factory will reportedly be able to build up to 150,000 vehicles annually. That sounds like a lot of capacity for a sports car but Wang confirmed the company intends to follow in the footsteps of Porsche and “produce all sorts of passenger cars including sedans, SUVs and crossovers.”

Photo Credits: Car News China

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GM’s Latest SUV, The Wuling Hong Guang S3, Costs Less Than $9,000 10
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in china, GM, new cars, prices, SAIC, SUV on 11 10th, 2017


If you live in China, for a mere RMB 56,800, which comes out to just $8,558 at the current exchange rates, you could get GM’s latest SUV, the Wuling Hong Guang S3.

This makes it more affordable than the entry-level Ford Fiesta on our side of the pond, and it stays that way even in its range-topping guise, which can be had at RMB 81,800 ($12,325).

However, there’s a major catch here, because the Wuling Hong Guang S3 is a China-only vehicle, made by the automotive giant’s local joint venture, SAIC-GM-Wuling, so don’t expect to see it in Western markets, not now, not ever.

For what it’s worth, the Wuling Hong Guang S3 has an exterior design reminiscent of old Chevys and Daewoos, but it has been adorned with LED DRLs integrated on the sides of the front bumper, fog lamps, and a floating-style roofline.

Inside it gets a clean layout, with dual-tone leather trim depending on the selected grade, an 8-inch LCD screen, large electronic instrument display, and a quartz clock, for what the automaker describes as an added “sense of luxury”. It has a 2+2+3 seating layout, and all three rows of seats have their own air-conditioning vents and USB ports.

Based on the same platform as the Hong Guang MPV, the SUV also features a multi-link independent rear suspension, and some safety features such as ESC, hill-start hold control, cruise control, and others.

The engine family includes two members: naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions of a 1.5-liter unit.

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