Almost two years ago, BMW announced that it would be producing a stretched 3-Series variant for the Chinese market. Now the 3-Series LWB will debut at this year’s Auto China 2012 show in Beijing. Since the majority of the more affluent Chinese prefer to be chauffeured around, the 3-Series LWB gives the German automaker a… Continue Reading...
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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Hawtai B35, it debuted almost two years ago resembling a mash-up of Porsche, Bentley, and Audi styling. The Chinese automaker went back to revamp the model and plans on bringing this revamped SUV to the Beijing Motor Show this year. The front grille, that previously resembled something… Continue Reading...
Despite lacking any medical certification or clinical background, we’re certifying one Chinese fellow as a crazy person: crazy-awesome that is. Sculptor Zhu Kefeng oversaw 600 transformer sculptures built out of old car parts and opened the exhibit to the public. We typed it right — 600. It’s true that new cars are (or were) selling like… Continue Reading...
Volkswagen, the German automaker whose name translates to the “People’s Car,” is creating a low-cost sub-brand that will offer products to people in emerging markets. According to Volkswagen head of research and development, Ulrich Hackenberg, the automaker has garnered expertise in low-cost vehicles production and will create products that are tailored to these individual markets…. Continue Reading...
Luxury auto makers are all flocking to the Chinese market, and Jaguar Land Rover have been lagging behind. Today, they have signed a deal with Chinese automaker Chery to manufacture and sell vehicles in China. The deal comes after news that Jaguar, and owner Tata motors have been seeking out a deal in the past… Continue Reading...
A horrible accident involving a Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder occurred in Beijing, leaving the driver dead and his two passengers seriously injured — both female. While that may not be groundbreaking news in and of itself, the Chinese government is moving quickly to censor any internet searches involving the word “Ferrari” as a result of the… Continue Reading...
Before you start grumbling about fees at your local DMV, have a look at how much some people in China need to pay just to get a new license plate, it’s more than a lot of people spend on their car. China’s rapid expansion is leading to more than a boom in the country’s automotive purchases. As… Continue Reading...
Three years ago, British motoring show Fifth Gear organized a daring loop-the-loop stunt special that presenter Tom Ford described as, “the biggest and bestest thing Fifth Gear has ever done.” In preparation of the stunt, Fifth gear and a team that included a Cambridge physicist laid the plans for a massive 40-foot loop in a Suffolk… Continue Reading...
Doo-dads to keep speeding cameras from catching your license plates on film are all over the market, but one Chinese man thought of a better, or at least different plan to speed in his Porsche without penalty. According to a story originally reported by the China Car Times, an industrious individual decided to live above… Continue Reading...
The Audi A6L (pictured above) was specifically designed and manufactured for the Chinese market. It has become extremely popular with high-placed government workers and business owners. But now, the Chinese government is putting their foot down, saying that all government vehicles will be Chinese, potentially putting a hit out on the A6L’s sales. This is… Continue Reading...
The Chinese market love extended-wheelbase variants of luxury vehicles – mostly because many of its buyers prefer to be driven around in their cars rather than doing the driving themselves. Looking at just how popular Rolls-Royce EWB variants are for their Ghost and Phantom leaves no surprise that other luxury automakers such as Infiniti are… Continue Reading...
The all-new 2013 Lexus ES was recently spotted in China. It looks like the luxury Japanese automaker will follow in its newly released GS footsteps with more aggressive styling in its entry-level model. One quick glance at the above photo reveals that the new-generation ES will feature a much more prominent front-end design similar to… Continue Reading...
This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise but it seems that Chinese consumers are less enthusiastic toward million-dollar cars in a cooling economy. Christian Mastro, Lamborghini‘s Asia Pacific general manager told Automotive News last friday that economic uncertainty may be causing consumers to hesitate before spending. “The number of people able to spend this kind of… Continue Reading...
Listen kids, if you thought it was tough to get your driver’s license in America, wait until you see China’s test. Sure it’s filled with questions on road laws, dangerous chemicals and safety concerns, but some of these questions are ridiculous. Traditional true or false sections are replaced with right or wrong statements and some of… Continue Reading...
According to a statement by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), China’s monthly sales of passenger-vehicles suffered its steepest decline in more than seven years due to a Lunar New Year holiday season hiatus that deprived dealers of a week’s worth of sales. Figures indicated that sales fell to 1.16 million units in January, a… Continue Reading...
What better way to ring in the Chinese new year than with some special edition Aston Martins? Available only for the Chinese market, 88 special “Dragon88” models of the V8 Vantage S, Virage, and DBS will be made featuring some Chinese cultural references and iconography. This news comes right after Rolls-Royce announced that their “Year… Continue Reading...
Coda CEO Phil Murtaugh knows a thing or two about the car industry and expects to be selling their cars by the end of the month. Before taking the reigns at the Los Angeles startup, Murtaugh spent 10 years as the head of GM China. Not surprisingly, his current project takes advantage of the connections he… Continue Reading...
We have to give credit where credit is due. One thing that the Chinese automakers are clearly excelling at is perfecting the art of copying existing vehicles. The newest victim is the Ford F-150 which JAC Motors out in China has just pulled off with surprising accuracy. Set to debut in April at the Beijing… Continue Reading...
BMW is cashing in on the chauffeur craze in China by offering a stretched version of the 3-Series exclusively to Chinese customers. The longer wheelbase sedan will be sold as a 335Li, and will offer more legroom to Chinese consumers who want to be driven around but can’t afford a legitimate chauffeur car like Bentley… Continue Reading...
When GM sold 9.03 million vehicles globally to become the world’s largest automaker of 2011, a great deal of the American automaker’s success came down to its dominant popularity in the Chinese market. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), the best selling car in China for 2011 was the Buick Excelle. While… Continue Reading...
China is the new land of opportunity as businessmen gain newfound wealth from its booming economy. However, some have learned the hard way that money cannot buy happiness. Last week, a Porsche owner was upset that his Cayenne SUV, worth a reported 2.7 million yuan, suffered a string of problems during the 2 months he… Continue Reading...
RUF, known for their amazing Porsche creations, looks to have beaten Porsche at creating the rumored long-wheelbase Panamera for the Chinese market. The tuning specialist decided to take matters into their own hands, creating the Panamera XL, a 211.4-inch long Panamera aimed at the higher-end Chinese market for those who wish to be chauffeured around… Continue Reading...
Don’t head to the optometrist just yet. If the parking lot outside the California Pizza Kitchen and P.F. Chang’s seems particularly crowded with Mercedes-Benz SUVs, you’re probably seeing just fine. The company had some good news to release with the new year, they managed to surpass the 2 million SUVs sales mark. According to a… Continue Reading...
Things aren’t just “made in China” anymore, in fact the country’s surging economy is significantly supporting industries like the luxury car market. BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and more are all aiming their crosshairs at the Chinese economy, hoping it can be the saving angel capable of salvaging growth. That’s still likely to be the case, though… Continue Reading...