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Chinese version of the 2018 Buick Regal GS is officially unveiled

Buick finally reveals the 2018 model year of the Regal GS, except the one we are seeing is for the Chinese market. But not to worry as the American version of the sporty midsize sedan will look almost identical as this one. In fact, the previous models look the same in both countries.

So far, we have only seen two images of the new 2018 Buick Regal GS. One of the exterior, and the other one of the interior. Based on what we can see here, the 2018 model year now comes with sportier bumpers with a pair of huge air vents. The new grille gets a mesh pattern, which is different from the standard Regal and the Tourx wagon that come with vertical fins.

Moving on to the profile of the Regal GS, its side skirts have become bulkier, paired with a set of huge black alloy wheels with Brembo brake calipers in red that acts as a contrast. As for the rear, the sedan will be having a more aggressive bumper and larger trapezoidal exhaust tips like the ones we saw in the spy shots earlier on.

Read the entire article Chinese version of the 2018 Buick Regal GS is officially unveiled

LMP3 cars are wrapped in Lightning McQueen and Jackson Storm liveries

It would be nice to see “Cars 3” protagonist Lightning McQueen and antagonist Jackson Storm engage in a real race in a real-world competition. But wait, McQueen and Storm – or their real-world representations – are actually set to duke it out on the race track at least for a limited period of time.

It turned out that Disney-Pixar has partnered with Craft-Bamboo Racing team to bring two of Cars’ main characters to life. The partnership – lasting for the first two rounds of the new FRD LMP3 Series in China – entails having two of Craft-Bamboo Racing team’s Ligier JS P3 racing units to be wrapped in Cars liveries. One of these Ligier JS P3s, the #95 prototype – is wrapped in Lightning McQueen’s special yellow and red livery.

The other race car, the #20 prototype, is covered in grey, blue, and black decorations representing Jackson Storm. Interestingly, while not being driven on the track, these two prototype racing cars feature eye decals on their windshield, which of course would be removed once McQueen and Storm get into the tracks.

Read the entire article LMP3 cars are wrapped in Lightning McQueen and Jackson Storm liveries

NEVS presents new (Saab) 9-3 Series Concept in China

NEVS has recently released photos of its updated 9-3 Series, and guess what? It is now powered by an all-electric powertrain, which means that it’s another candidate to look out for in the EV segment.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden or NEVS, in collaboration with Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area, recently announced the launching of its new car-sharing and ride hailing program which will be run in Tianjin, a Chinese metropolis with an estimated 15 million population. The program will allow customers to access this new lineup of 9-3 EV series, providing both the vehicle as well as the mobility services (delivery of the vehicle).

The Swiss company is also planning to release two other models which include the classic four-door saloon and a jacked-up wagon version, the 9-3X EV.

Read the entire article NEVS presents new (Saab) 9-3 Series Concept in China

BMW M6 GT3 Art Car by popular Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei is unveiled in Beijing

Almost all of us see various BMW cars as running works of art. That’s no surprise as the German automaker is always in the lookout for ways to further boost the cultural credentials of its releases. Ever since 1967, the German marque has been releasing vehicles to act as real life canvases for notable artists, but the finished outputs are mostly physical pieces. Recently, BMW's history of devoted Art Cars has reached new heights of creativity with their latest iteration. Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei made a one of a kind design for the BMW Art Car #18 that requires you to download a specific app to be able to immerse in the beauty and uniqueness of her modern creation.

BMW unveiled an Art Car that is unlike the previous ones, and it recently debuted at the Minsheng Art Museum. Cao Fei, the youngest ever to be commissioned for a BMW Art Car, utilized the M6 GT3 as its base. The new GT3 Art Car is set to mirror the speed of change in China, following Jeff Koons’ and John Baldessari’s creations before it. Although it does not look dramatic at the first glance, it will blow your minds once the augmented reality is used by the viewer. Various mediums that includes video, virtual and augmented reality were utilized in the production of the project. The smartphone app that was specifically used for this art installation is named the BMW Art Car #18, which makes use of augmented reality to project various colourful light particles above and around the car.

The non-reflective carbon body of the M6 race car was voluntarily chosen to blend flawlessly with the digital elements to further boost the immersion experience. The swirl of lights that surrounds the BMW vehicle in augmented reality not only looks awesome, but it also represents an Asian spiritual ceremony in which brand new objects including vehicles are being blessed, in this situation wishing good luck to both the car and driver. The Art Car required nearly 3 years to fully complete.

Read the entire article BMW M6 GT3 Art Car by popular Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei is unveiled in Beijing

Toyota Motor Corporation disclosed that it will be bringing two of its Mirai fuel cell vehicles to China by October of this year. Tests will then be conducted on these FCVs in order to determine how they perform under China’s environment. The brand will also study the quality of hydrogen in China and conduct other durability and quality tests.

While this may be the first in China, the Mirai has been tested in different countries like Australia, U.K., the U.S., and even Scandinavia. The testing to be done is China is under the project titled “Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles in China” and will begin on 2017 and end by 2020.

In addition to the tests being conducted, the brand will also conduct promotional activities in order to determine how customers in this country react to the Mirai. An example of such an activity includes, but not limited to, putting the Mirai up for exhibit during domestic events. Toyota says that the main objective of these events is to make consumers know more about FCVs.

Read the entire article Toyota to start 3-year test for Mirai FCV in China by October 2017

Two years after Citroën revealed the Aircross Concept at the 2015 Auto Shanghai in China, the production model will then be introduced at the same event this week. Love it or hate it, the C5 Aircross will be having the same eccentric exterior just like the C4 Cactus, except the Aircross will be having a much larger body measuring at 4.5 meters long, 1.84 meters wide, and 1.67 meters tall.

Citroën released a couple of videos online to put emphasis on the “Progressive Hydraulic Cushions” as this is one of the highlights of the SUV - in fact, the all-new suspension benefits from this.

Both damping quality and ride comfort have both been improved with this technology. The two hydraulic stops are for rebound and compression, creating a two-step suspension. Reports say that no less than 20 patents were registered during the development of the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions.

Read the entire article 2017 Citroen C5 Aircross is revealed with an eccentric new look

Jeep has been releasing teasers about the Jeep Yuntu Concept months before the auto show in China. Just last week, they revealed a new sketch that we have not seen before. But this week, the Yuntu finally made its debut at the 2017 Auto Shanghai as the company’s newest and largest SUV,

Three-row SUVs have been a thing for a while now. But it doesn’t mean that those buyers actually need a third row - it’s just nice to have. However, a lot of SUVs now with a third row are barely useful, because there’s just too little space. But Jeep’s Yuntu has something interesting to offer.

As you enter its unique cabin, you will be welcomed by three rows of seats (that accommodate six passengers), which is uncommon for a Jeep, and is also what they are highlighting in this concept. Light brown wood trims can be found all around the center console, to the steering wheel, and the door panels, giving it a touch of elegance. Floating elements can be found inside which include the center console, and a long horizontal LCD screen that stretches from the gauge cluster to the passenger dash. More screens are found on the back of each headrest as individual entertainment systems for the second and third row passengers. The Yuntu has a total of eleven large touch sensitive displays.

Read the entire article Auto Shanghai 2017: Jeep Yuntu Concept combines iconic and futuristic features, might soon enter production

When it comes to automakers, many are familiar with those coming from Europe. China appears to be slowly catching up with a host of new companies joining the auto manufacturing business. One of these is Zotye Auto which was established in 2005 and is based in Yongkang, Zhejiang.

Zotye caught the public’s eye when it unveiled the SR9, a clear, if not blatant, copy of the Macan from Porsche. Heads are turning once again as the Chinese automaker recently revealed that it will be presenting a new concept on this year’s Shanghai Auto Show. Styled as the Concept S, the company said it is inspired by the Lamborghini Urus. Those familiar with their work though knows what inspired really means.

Initial preview has not helped at all as the two sketches are appalling, to say the least. The images though show that both the rear section and the side profile are undoubtedly similar to the Urus. It even has the same squared wheel arches and the similar doors. Even the taillight and the bumper are the same. The only difference would be that the rear end has six tailpipes.

Read the entire article Concept S from Zotye looks like Chinese Lamborghini Urus

One of the many advantages of buying muscle cars is that they are never perversely expensive. Of course, it won’t be as affordable as the budget cars but they do offer excellent value. A good example of this is the Chevrolet Camaro, which in the U.S., is priced roughly at about $26,000.

However, the same cannot be said of other big markets like China. General Motors just announced that in China, its sixth-generation Camaro will have a starting price of RMB 399,900, which in current exchange rates comes in at about $58,000. That’s right, it is indeed double the U.S. price.

There are many possible reasons for the high difference in price and one of this is that the turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to the automatic eight-speed transmission costs almost the same as that of the high-end ZL1 in the U.S.

Read the entire article Chevy Camaro for Chinese market is priced at $58,000, US version is being sold for half this price

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.

Read the entire article Skoda Kodiaq Coupe, 2 new SUVs are confirmed to roll out in 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.

Read the entire article Citroen shows glimpse of new generation C5 for China

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.

Read the entire article Leaked images: China-bound 2018 Buick Regal is an Opel Insignia Grand Sport

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.

Read the entire article BMW hopes to draw in young Chinese customers with smallest-ever 1-Series sedan

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.

Read the entire article GM set to release Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado in China

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
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