China’s Hawtai B35 is Now a Porsche Cayenne Clone

China’s Hawtai B35 is Now a Porsche Cayenne Clone
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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...

BMW To Export Chinese Built 5-Series Sedans, Engine Plant Also Being Opened

BMW To Export Chinese Built 5-Series Sedans, Engine Plant Also Being Opened
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BMWs in certain markets may be getting a “Made In China” code in their VIN numbers starting at the end of 2011, as the company plans to export Chinese made 5-Series sedans to certain markets. The Truth About Cars quotes the CEO of BMW’s Chinese operations as stating “We will find some markets, maybe in the… Continue Reading...

Fiat Sets Up Alfa Romeo Joint Venture In China

Fiat Sets Up Alfa Romeo Joint Venture In China
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Fiat will build Alfa Romeo vehicles in China starting in July, 2012, as part of a joint venture with local partner Guanhzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd. Company president Zeng Qinghong told Automotive News that “Besides the Fiat brand, after talks between the two shareholders, we will introduce the Alfa Romeo brand to the venture company.”  No timetable… Continue Reading...

Mazda 323 Lives On In China

Mazda 323 Lives On In China
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For the past decade, China’s economy has continued to expand with little sign of slowing down. Volkswagen took advantage of an opportunity to continue offering its past models such as the Volkswagen “Jetta King” (Mk2 Jetta), the Volkswagen Bora Classic (Mk4 Jetta), as well as various Audi vehicles in the Chinese market in order to… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Malibu To Get 1.6L 4-Cylinder Turbo In China

Chevrolet Malibu To Get 1.6L 4-Cylinder Turbo In China
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The Chevrolet Malibu will get a 1.6L 4-cylinder turbo powerplant when it debuts in China, similar to its Buick Regal platform mate. While North America will forgo this engine in favor of larger displacement 4-cylinder engines, the 1.6L mill still produces 186 horsepower. GM is attempting to position Chevrolet as an upmarket, rather than bargain… Continue Reading...

Spyker Bought By American Private Equity Firm

Spyker Bought By American Private Equity Firm
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U.S. private equity firm North Street Capital, has purchased Spyker, after a deal to sell the Dutch outfit to Russian investors fell through. The Financial Times reported the news after viewing a preliminary draft of the announcement. It’s unclear how the Spyker sale will impact parent company Swedish Automobile, and its attempts to restructure Saab,… Continue Reading...

Ford May Build Electric Cars In China

Ford May Build Electric Cars In China
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Ford may begin building electric cars in China via joint ventures with Chinese auto makers, replicating the tactics of rivals like General Motors and Daimler AG, parent company of Mercedes-Benz. China is looking to add 1 million EVs by 2015 as part of an effort to curb emissions and the dependence on fossil fuels. Ford… Continue Reading...

Mazda To Develop Chinese Market Sub-Brand

Mazda To Develop Chinese Market Sub-Brand
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Mazda and Chinese joint venture partner Chang’an are reportedly developing a new sub-brand for the Chinese market, with their first offering based on the outdated but still excellent 1st generation Mazda3. Mazda still sells the older Mazda3 in China, while importing the current Mazda3 hatchback. The current car will be joined by a Chinese made… Continue Reading...

BMW To Invest $1.4 Billion In Chinese Operations

BMW To Invest $1.4 Billion In Chinese Operations
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BMW will expand its Chinese joint venture with local automaker Brilliance, in an effort to build 300,000 cars per year in China. BMW’s joint venture near Beijing currently builds the 3-Series and 5-Series, and will add the X1 crossover in 2012. Plans call for new factories dedicated to vehicle assembly, stamping and a paint shop…. Continue Reading...

Great Wall, Spyker, In Talks Regarding Saab

Great Wall, Spyker, In Talks Regarding Saab
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With the apparent collapse of the deal between Hawtai and Spyker, the Dutch parent company of Saab is now courting Chinese automaker Great Wall in an apparent bid to find a partner for the ailing Saab brand. Hawtai was apparently unable to get the necessary approval to complete a transaction with Saab worth 150 million… Continue Reading...

Saab Could Sell Chinese Built Cars In America, Priced At $10,000

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Saab Could Sell Chinese Built Cars In America, Priced At $10,000
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Saab’s partnership with Chinese automaker Hawtai could see the ill-fated Swedish luxury brand use its dealer network to sell cheap Chinese cars in America, with some priced at the magic $10,000 mark. “We laughed when the Japanese came,” Victor Muller, Saab’s chairman, told Automotive News. “We laughed when the Koreans came. But we will not… Continue Reading...

MG Anticipating Benefits From Partnership With General Motors, SAIC

MG Anticipating Benefits From Partnership With General Motors, SAIC
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MG Rover may have been able to retain much of its British character after being acquired by Chinese automaker SAIC, the company’s tie-in with General Motors may see the next generation MG Rover products use GM technologies, including platforms. The Roewe 750 sedan, formerly based on the Rover 75, may be based on the Epsilon… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen China Gets Four Different Passats, Including Long Wheelbase Version

Volkswagen China Gets Four Different Passats, Including Long Wheelbase Version
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Volkswagen could barely sell one generation of the Passat here in the United States, but over in China, VW is selling no less than 4 different Passats, from the mid-1990’s B5 chassis car to the all-new, “Made for America” Passat that will be sold here. The New Passat, as the current car is dubbed, will… Continue Reading...

Saab Going On Tour To Promote Resurgent Company, Chinese Partnership

Saab Going On Tour To Promote Resurgent Company, Chinese Partnership
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Saab is hitting the road in an effort to promote its new financial backers, but the road show will have to wait for approval from several authorities who must approve Saab’s transactions with China’s Hawtai Motor Group and Russian financier Vladimir Antonov. CEO Victor Muller will target major media events and car shows in an… Continue Reading...

Saab Property Sale To Russian Banker Blocked

Saab Property Sale To Russian Banker Blocked
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Saab’s attempt at selling off assets to a Russian financial magnate Vladimir Antonov has stalled after the European Investment Bank told the Swedish auto maker to essentially find a new partner within a set time frame. The EIB and other parties have expressed concerns regarding Antonov’s reported Russian mafia connections. All parties involved are understandably… Continue Reading...

BMW And Brilliance Create 5-Series Plug-In Hybrid

BMW And Brilliance Create 5-Series Plug-In Hybrid
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BMW and Chinese automaker Brilliance have joined forces to create a plug-in hybrid version of the 5-Series long wheelbase sedan sold in the Chinese market. Set to be revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, the 5-Series plug-in will back an unspecified displacement turbocharged engine making 215 horsepower and a 94 horsepower electric motor…. Continue Reading...

BYD Establishes Office In California

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BYD Establishes Office In California
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BYD, China’s 4th largest automaker, has finally established a location in Southern California, although the digs are modest to say the least. BYD’s new home in America is an office within a used car dealership in Glendale, a Los Angeles suburb. According to reports, the dealership is being used to train BYD technicians, and BYD… Continue Reading...

Ford To Focus On Rural China With New Sedan

Ford To Focus On Rural China With New Sedan
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Speaking to Autocar Magazine, Ford‘s European design chief Martin Smith said “Our marketing people are telling us there’s demand for an affordable family saloon,” and Ford appears to be moving in that direction for the Chinese market. The Blue Oval will prepare a concept for the Beijing Auto Show, but rather than target the wealthy… Continue Reading...

BYD S6 DM Is China’s Latest Generic Car

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BYD, perhaps China’s best known car maker, is an acronym for “Build Your Dreams”, but their current product offerings look like someone else’s dreams shamelessly copied and sold under the Chinese automakers own badging. BYD’s S6 DM is a blatant rip-off of the Lexus RX crossover, and even has a dual-mode hybrid system similar to… Continue Reading...

Ferrari Ups Sales in China by 50 Percent

Ferrari Ups Sales in China by 50 Percent
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China is increasingly becoming the market place for luxury brands, and Ferrari‘s banner year in the Chinese market will likely force the Italian supercar maker to shift more of its energy to the Far East as China and Hong Kong gobble up more and more cars. With 300 cars sold in 2010, China sold 50%… Continue Reading...

BYD B6 Electric Car To Debut In 2011

BYD B6 Electric Car To Debut In 2011
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BYD, the Chinese automaker backed by American investment magnate Warren Buffet, has delayed plans to bring their B6 electric car to America to better engineer the car for American tastes. The Wall Street Journal, having spoken to a BYD representative, claims that, “the holdup was caused by BYD’s efforts to make the car roomier, especially… Continue Reading...

BMW M3 Tiger Edition Video Released; Master Splinter Edition Coming For Year Of The Rat

BMW M3 Tiger Edition Video Released; Master Splinter Edition Coming For Year Of The Rat
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BMW has released a Jurassic Park-esque video of its new BMW M3 Tiger Edition. The video doesn’t show us much, other than that the marketing department in China has a little too much time and money on their hands. The Tiger Edition, as you all know by now, is an M3 designed to commemorate the… Continue Reading...

Electric Taxis Roll Out In China

Electric Taxis Roll Out In China
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The Chinese city of Shenzen recieved a fleet of 40 electric taxicabs last week, marking a historic milestone for China and electric vehicles. The taxis, made by Chinese automaker BYD have a top speed of 140 km/h, and are capable of getting 300 miles on a single charge.BYD, backed by American investor Warren Buffet, is… Continue Reading...
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