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Skoda Kodiaq Coupe, 2 new SUVs are confirmed to roll out in China

In a leaked image following a presentation held in China, we learned that Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda will soon unveil 2 more new SUVs in China, resulting in a four-model lineup. Of the 4 rumored vehicles, one has been revealed to the public - the seven seat Kodiaq.

The Kodiaq model will possibly receive the coupe treatment, a roofline raked to the rear end will be expected. Even though it will likely affect the Kodiaq's trunk capacity, it shouldn't be a big deal since the space inside will compensate as the SUV's interior has a large space.

Also seen on the powerpoint presentation are 2 vehicle outlines labelled "Model Q" and "Model K". There's much speculation that Model Q is foreseen to be a 2nd-generation Yeti and will be possibly built bigger to become a real to life crossover. The all new Yeti is planned to be unveiled on the latter part of the year and will likely be premiered at Frankfurt Motor Show around September and will be put on sale before this year concludes.

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Citroen shows glimpse of new generation C5 for China

Citroen revealed that its entry to the Chinese market is moving forward with the planned release of the new generation C5.

While still on sale on this part of the world, the C5 has been discontinued in Europe mainly due to low sales. With this in mind, Citroen is hoping to give the current version the rest it deserves by coming out with a new model that it hopes to unveil by the start of the Shanghai Motor Show, which is set for April.

At present, there is still no actual model as the preview that Citroen has shown is available in two design sketches with one for the exterior and the other for its interior. Initial impression for the design though is not that optimistic, given that instead of revealing a new generation, the drafts simply show a facelift. Early photos though have shown that the front end will be redesigned entirely. In addition to having new headlights, the bumper and the grille will be new as well ensuring that it does have a new look.

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Leaked images: China-bound 2018 Buick Regal is an Opel Insignia Grand Sport

General Motors is getting ready to unveil its new Buick Regal sedan at the Shanghai Auto Show 2017 in April. But before GM had the chance to do so, leaked images of the new sedan have surfaced.

Actually, we already have a good idea of how would the China-bound 2018 Buick Regal would look like as early as December 2016. At the time, General Motors introduced the Opel Insignia Grand Sport, which will have its official debut this March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. This new large family car marks the second generation of the Insignia after nearly a decade. The Insignia Grand Sport features a new design made distinct by elegant lines as well as best-in-class aerodynamics. It is also underpinned by a new platform and loaded with new systems and technologies. Of course, it was openly known that the second-gen Insignia would be the basis for the new Holden Commodore and the new Buick Regal, and would be homologated for the requirements in the countries where they would be marketed. This means we could expect some differences in the exterior, interior and the mechanicals of these models.

As the leaked images reveal, it seems that the China-bound 2018 Buick Regal looks very similar to the Opel Insignia Grand Sport. The most glaring difference is found on the front end – the China-bound Buick Regal features the brand’s waterfall grille and the large winged Buick logo on the center. Of course, the badges are different on the 2018 Buick Regal.

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BMW hopes to draw in young Chinese customers with smallest-ever 1-Series sedan

BMW has officially launched its newest sedan at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The BMW 1-Series Sedan made exclusively for the Chinese market is the first compact sports variant under BMW. Since more and more people opt for the premium compact car segment not just in China but globally, BMW has explored a new product range to attract its targeted consumer group.

Jochen Goller, senior sales marketing for BMW, said that the smallest sedan is built for China’s “young generation”. Despite the small size however, the new BMW 1 Series’ build quality and performance has never been compromised.

Just like the BMW 2 Series, the 4-door variant’s main attraction goes to the LED dual headlights and double kidney grille. In other words, there is no shortage of BMW’s iconic styling cues with this one. Moreover, the compact sedan’s short overhangs and extended hood design make it a good competitor to other cars in its class. Some of which include Citroen DS5, Volvo S40, Mercedes Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3.

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WM Motor, a new China-based automaker, recently revealed its forthcoming lineup consisting of affordable electric vehicles. While there is a company is the U.S. that has the same name, they are not related. In offering electric vehicles that are affordable, WM Motor hopes that the average customer will be able to afford one without the need for any subsidies from the government.

For example, the Chevy Bolt has been priced at $37,495, including destination charges. Even as customers apply for a tax credit from the federal government for a maximum of $7,500, the price is still substantial at $29,995. The company said that they do not intend to be like Tesla but instead, it will offer electric vehicles aimed at mainstream customers.

Based on this, the company has presented four concept vehicles. The first is a multi-purpose vehicle with the second offering an SUV. Third on the list the high-riding estate and finally the last is a sedan. Though they may be different models, all of them have the same designs. The designs, according to a report by Car News China, were all the work of Sam Sun, the company’s chief designer.

Read the entire article China-based WM Motor unveils 4 low-cost EV concepts, first model is set to arrive in 2018

Back at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September, Kia Motors of South Korea provided us with a preview of the latest version of its B-segment fighter, the new 2017 Kia Rio. Marking the first of the next generation Rio, the model previewed in Paris has been designed and engineered to cater to the demands and wants of a broader group of customers, with global sales set to commence in the first quarter of 2017.

However, what we saw in Paris is the five-door hatchback version of the Kia Rio. The South Korean carmaker has yet to unveil the sedan form of the Kia Rio, which will be due for the 2018 model year. While we are frustrated that we couldn’t see – for now – how the new Kia Rio sedan would look, perhaps the new Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China will tide us over.

But don’t get us wrong. The Kia K2 sedan unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show is intended for the auto market in China. However, the K2 sedan we just saw in China could provide a good preview of the design of the sedan version of the Kia Rio that would be marketed in the United States and Europe. The K2 and the 2017 Rio share several characteristics. For instance, the hood and the headlights of both models are very similar. Moreover, both models feature the general tiger nose grille design of the front end, although that of the Rio hatchback is bigger. Moreover, the rear end of the K2 features the new quarter-flanking taillights found on the Rio hatchback. Overall, the rear end of the K2 looks very similar to that of the 2017 Cadenza, primarily because of the duckbill spoiler and sleeker trunk design. This could mean that the design of these parts could be also be seen on the 2018 Rio sedan.

Read the entire article 2017 China-only Kia K2 provides early glimpse into 2018 Kia Rio sedan

General Motors disclosed that it hopes to have a stronger presence in the Chinese market with the plan to release both the Chevrolet Colorado and the Chevrolet Silverado. The automaker added that at the same time that the two models will be released to this market, it will also be exported starting in 2017.

For the Colorado to be released in China, it will be equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine. However, the Chinese counterpart will have output of 305 hp with peak torque of 269 lb.-ft. (365 Nm) instead of the usual 308 hp and torque of 275 lb.-ft. (373 Nm) in the U.S. market. Meanwhile the Silverado to be released to this Asian market will have the 6.2-liter engine which can deliver 420 hp and maximum torque of 460 lb.-ft. (624 Nm). General Motors has said it will reveal the full details and the price list near the actual date of the launch.

It was last year when GM came out with the second generation 2016 Chevrolet Colorado. This was also significant as it was also the first time a diesel version of this model has been released. It was fitted with a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system that allowed some of the gases to be diverted to the fresh intake air stream. No wonder the company was proud to say that it was the cleanest diesel truck engine it has ever made.

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Buick is looking forward to how everyone responds to its own take on the future of mobility after taking the wraps off its new Buick Velite Concept at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show. This new concept features a beautiful and innovative crossover body accentuated by an elegant interior. Powered by a high-performance plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain, the new Buick Velite Concept displayed at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show provides a preview of Buick future electrified models that will be marketed under its Buick Blue strategy.

The concept’s name -- Velite – was first used on a roadster concept designed by Buick and built by Gruppo Bertone and unveiled at the 2004 New York International Show. If your knowledge of history is a bit rusty, Velite is a group of elite soldiers of the French Army under the direct command of Napoleon I as imperial guard. Now, Buick rehashed the moniker to name its latest creation, the Velite Concept.

Buick’s new Velite Concept was developed by the Shanghai-based Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), which is an engineering and design joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. In developing the Velite Concept, PATAC leveraged GM’s global resources and took inspiration from water and traditional Chinese culture. Its aerodynamic crossover body features flowing lines as well as sculpted curves – thereby conveying Buick’s new design language. Its front end features a wing-shaped front grille flanked by sleek intelligent matrix LED headlights. Its interior, meanwhile, makes use of recycled materials and features induction ambient lighting and a panoramic sunroof.

Read the entire article Buick unveils Velite Concept with PHEV powertrain at 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show

What is it with China and supercar crashes? This year, we’ve had more than the usual share of reports about vehicular accidents in China involving high-end cars. Just recently, a McLaren 570S ended in a one-way trip to the local scrapyard after what seems to be another over-speeding incident. And before the year ends, another vehicular accident took place in the city of Kunming in Yunnan Province.

Apparently, a lightly modded Lamborghini Aventador and a bus got tangled up in a road accident. From what has been reported, the Italian supercar was in the process of hurriedly trying to change direction when it hits the side of the bus.

The Lambo came from the other side of the road when the driver made a rather rash decision to make a tight turn somehow ending up hitting the bus. Luckily, it looks like the Italian supercar received only minor damages and none of the passengers (on both vehicles) seemed to be injured.

Read the entire article Another Lamborghini Aventador meets unfortunate fate in China

Had we known supercars will be treated roughly by their reckless owners, then buyers should have been thoroughly scrutinized before releasing these majestic beasts to their care. It is heartbreaking to witness a supercar wrecked into unrecognizable pieces, its glory days gone in a blink of an eye, all because of thoughtless driving. And it looks like many of these supercar crashes happen in China, the latest one involving a McLaren 570S.

The accident happened near Shanghai and is one of the first McLaren 570S crashes that has been reported. From the photos posted by GlobalCarWanted, the exotic car has been heavily damaged, the accident completely ruining the front end of what was once a regal masterpiece. Heavy dents are also found on both sides of the supercar which could be an indication that it must have spun around hitting the guardrail for quite some time before coming to a full stop.

There hasn’t been any official statement on what really happened before the crash but judging by the looks of the British supercar, it looks like high speed is a factor to be reckoned with. It is said that the supercar came on a head-on collision with a larger car. Upon closer look, images from the accident show an SUV parked on the emergency lane which some speculate might have been involved.

Read the entire article McLaren 570S is a total wreck after huge crash in Shanghai, China

China has since been wracked with various controversies including territorial disputes, discrimination and sexism. It is at conflict with Japan, the Philippines and other Asian nations because of territorial boundaries and has lately been flooded by anti-discrimination groups for a discriminatory TV commercial. Now, it has once again caused a stir in the online community after a debate over another issue on sexism that sparked recently.

The debate started after news of a women’s-only parking spot spread like wildfire. Apparently, a highway service area in the eastern metropolis of Hangzhou is offering extra-large parking spaces specifically only for women drivers. There are eight out of the 370 spots at the said service area that are reserved for women only. Around 1.5 times wider than the normal parking spot, these women’s-only spots are each framed in pink and marked with a pink skirt-wearing icon representing a woman.

According to its service area manager Pan Tietong, the parking spaces are bigger to accommodate women drivers who do not have superb driving skills. He said that there have been a couple of incidents where security guards assist “unskilled” female drivers with backing up into spots and sometimes park the car themselves. Tietong believes that this is a “humane measure” as it helps boost women’s confidence in parking their vehicles and a bigger area would make them feel a lot more comfortable with parking.

Read the entire article Parking slots for women in China under fire for being sexist

A gray McLaren P1 crashed at a highway near Hangzhou City in China. The right-rear and the left-front parts of the vehicle were severely damaged. A Chinese Buick LaCrosse was also hit.

According to observations, the McLaren P1 hit the Buick LaCrosse, which explains the left-front damage. The former then steered away, damaging the right-rear. However, details of the accident and its cause are still unclear. On a positive note, the driver is safe.

This recent tragedy is another addition to the long list of supercar accidents in China, which has led many to conclude that the country is barely ready for high-powered supercars.

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BMW revealed that it will be releasing a new generation of the BMW X1. At present, it already has attained record sales of more than 800,000 units. In China alone, around 200,000 units of its first generation were sold, with around 140,000 of those manufactured locally at BMW Brilliance's Tiexi facility.

The new generation of the BMW X1 manages to redefine its class and enhances how the brand values customer requirements considering that it focused on having a full understanding of their needs.

Take China for example, for this market the brand developed the X1 to have a long wheelbase. By having a long wheelbase, the X1 is able to set the benchmark as it relates to quality and versatility. It also offers a high standard when it comes to the amount of space offered in the rear.

Read the entire article BMW releases long-wheelbase variant of X1 to China market

LeEco, a well-known Chinese technology company that is formerly known as LeTV, recently announced its own self-driving electric vehicle (EV) concept dubbed as the LeSEE. This is one of the company’s initiatives in the automotive industry following its investments in Faraday Future and Aston Martin.

During the event at the LeSports stadium in Beijing, China, LeEco CEO Jia Yueting even performed a live demo of the LeSEE’s self-driving and self-parking features using voice commands through a smartphone app. The company also revealed a number of new smartphones and television (TV) sets, and a virtual reality (VR) headset.

LeEco, a leading investor of the Chinese car-hailing mobile app Yidao Yongche, hopes to produce its EV concept to build autonomous taxis, which will come with front lights that indicate their availability.

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Signifying the importance of the Chinese auto market, some companies have recently introduced models that were specifically designed to meet Chinese preferences. One such car is the reborn Lincoln Continental. The new car is designed to be chauffeur-driven, with its long wheelbase and spacious rear seats, a fact that would be appreciated by the high-end Chinese customer this car is obviously designed for.

This premium treatment for the rear seat passenger is shown in the feel of the leather seats as well as a "chauffeur" button. Lincoln China deputy general manager of marketing Pei-Wen Hsu explains that Chinese customers have very high demands specifically in the areas of craftsmanship, fit and finish.

The new Lincoln was refined with those premium requirements in mind. The leather in Continentals for the Chinese market was made to feel tighter. This is because the American preference for plush seats is seen as sloppy by Chinese standards.

Read the entire article Lincoln stays competitive in China by meeting premium demands of the market

In a historic event for electric car manufacturer Detroit Electric, its first production-specification sports car SP:01 was exported to China directly from its UK assembly line. This marks Detroit Electric’s first foray into the Asian market. Jowett Motors (Asia) Ltd, Detroit Electric’s new importer for the Chinese market received the first SP:01 pure electric vehicle during a ceremony at the Detroit Electric’s Leamington Spa, UK main assembly plant.

During the turnover ceremony, Detroit Electric Head of Engineering Ben Boycott handed over the new white SP:01 to Jowett Motors Chairman Dr Richard Lee. The new car is planned to be used as a demonstrator car to accommodate numerous requests from prospective customers whose interests were piqued when the SP:01 was shown in the Auto Shanghai 2015. The first SP:01 handover fulfills the initial stages of Detroit Electric’s plan of penetrating the Asian region.

The next step for the company is to choose a distributor for the Japanese market. Detroit Electric Chairman and CEO Albert Lam said that they are proud to be able to partner with Jowett Motors. Jowett has an established and proven sales record in the Chinese market covering the exclusive and high performance sports car niche. Lam added that Jowett Motors’ interest to partner with Detroit Electric shows the importer’s confidence in the upcoming range of pure electric vehicles that Detroit Electric plans to produce full-scale soon.

Read the entire article Detroit Electric ships first electric SP:01 sports car to China – marks start of Asian expansion

Ford is seeing outstanding success in China with sales nearing 1 million units for this year. In November 2015, Ford sold 106,283 vehicles. Of these, 84,546 units were sold by Changan Ford Automobile (CAF) while 20,608 units were moved by Jiangling Motors Corporation, (JMC).

November saw a 9% increase compared with the same month in 2014, contributing to the year to date total of 990,356 units. Ford’s passenger car joint venture – CAF witnessed a 22% increase from 2014, selling 84,546 vehicles in November.

Year to date sales reached 739,465 which is a 3% increase from the previous year. The Ford Mondeo took the spotlight in November as sales went up 13% to 12,431. Sales of SUVs continue to climb with the Ford Kuga and the Ford Edge sales exceeding 10,000.

Read the entire article Ford reaps success in China, posts 9% higher sales in November 2015

There was a recent report about a Koenigsegg Agera R being involved in an accident in China. Although, it was initially difficult to get more details on the model of the car involved, it was later confirmed that a chassis #082 Koenigsegg Agera R had crashed in Chongqing city in China.

The Swedish hypercar allegedly was being driven at a high speed when the driver suddenly lost control. The aerial photos of the incident show evidence of fluid around fifty metres on the highway’s right side with the car coming to a halt in proximity to the central reservation.

In the photos, it appears that no other vehicles have been damaged but this has yet to be confirmed. This particular model was probably from the first batch of China’s imported Koenigsegg Agera units and one that served as a model in the early promotional pictures used by Koenigsegg.

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The brand new Qoros 5 SUV is brought to us by Qoros international design teams working at Shanghai and Munich. While the Qoros design is not a complete deviation from what the market is used to seeing, it is a special ‘‘one of a kind’’ version of the current trends in mainstream SUV design.

Since this is the very first mid-size SUV that Qoros brings to the Chinese market, it is logical to expect some nobility from it, for it is meant to capture what Chinese consumers like. This SUV calls upon the latest trends of design elements that have made appearances in the 2015 Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks in terms of sportiness, artistry, minimalism and futuristic looks.

Qoros 5 SUV brings us a style full of clean-cut lines and colors that will evoke in us a sensation of eternity. Good designs, regardless of the industry they’re from, have certain qualities that they share. A good design will always follow the principles of symmetry, proportion and simplicity.

Read the entire article 2016 Qoros 5 SUV debuts in China

Have you ever driven a luxury vehicle over a bridge made, not of concrete or steel, but of paper? Someone sure has, and very recently. In celebration of 45 years of the Range Rover family as well as to highlight the same number of years of Range Rover innovation, Land Rover's flagship Range Rover luxury SUV – piloted by Land Rover Experience Chief Instructor Chris Zhou -- crossed a bridge made of paper in Suzhou, China.

The event was held ahead of the Guangzhou Motor Show in the country. It surprised everyone to know that this Land Rover-commissioned bridge – made from high quality paper from specialist British manufacturer James Cropper PLC -- features no glue or bolts to hold it in place.

It took around three days to construct and complete the hand-built paper bridge in Suzhou, an ancient water city known for its bridges and is even dubbed as ‘Venice of the East’. After the event was completed, the Range Rover became the first premium SUV to cross such bridge, just as it became the world’s first luxury SUV when it was launched in 1970.

Read the entire article Range Rover SUV crosses bridge made of pure paper in Suzhou, China [w/video]
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