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BMW mulling electric venture with Great Wall for China - UPDATE

Update (16 October 2017): Great Wall Motor Company has issued a statement in response to rumours of a potential tie-up with BMW. See bottom of article for details. German luxury marque BMW is looking into a business venture with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall to produce electric vehicles, according to a new report...

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Jaguar XEL revealed for China ahead of Guangzhou debut
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Jaguar XEL revealed for China ahead of Guangzhou debut

British luxury marque Jaguar has revealed the XEL sedan for the Chinese market, essentially a long-wheelbase version of its medium-sized XE. Only one image of the lengthened sedan has been released thus far, though overseas reports say the XEL sports a 100mm-longer wheelbase than the standard car, giving it a generous 2...


Peugeot Citroen ute due by 2020 with global aim
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Peugeot Citroen ute due by 2020 with global aim

The PSA Group, parent of Peugeot, Citroen and most recently Opel, has announced it will develop an all-new vehicle platform with ChangAn Automobile that will underpin its upcoming one-tonne ute, which will launch "by 2020". In an agreement signed this week, the French and Chinese companies announced they would co-develop a new architecture to be implemented at ChangAn's manufacturing facility in Dingzhou, China, dedicated to light commercial vehicles (LCV)...


MG GS: first Chinese car to get ANCAP five-star rating
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MG GS: first Chinese car to get ANCAP five-star rating

Crash safety scorer ANCAP has awarded the updated 2017 MG GS crossover SUV a five-star rating - the first time a vehicle from China has hit the mark. It's a fairly significant milestone, given we're seeing a steady rise in the number of China-made brands and vehicles on offer...


Byton: Chinese EV start-up teases first model
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Byton: Chinese EV start-up teases first model

Future Mobility (FMC), a Chinese electric start-up firm, has launched its own car brand named Byton. Additionally, it has teased its first model, ahead of an official reveal at next year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The all-new EV, which is said to be a medium SUV, is scheduled to go into production in 2019 following its reveal at the 2018 Las Vegas event, and will offer a zero-emissions driving range of around 500 kilometres...


Sales of Chinese cars are up 66 per cent
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Sales of Chinese cars are up 66 per cent

China-made cars, SUVs and light commercials are still niche players, but their popularity has grown in 2017 after a few years of regression. Industry sales figures show that 3080 Chinese new vehicles have been sold this year to the end of August, up 66.3 per cent over the same period in 2016. Hold your horses though — this is 0...


Qoros Model Young SUV revealed in China
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Qoros Model Young SUV revealed in China

Chinese manufacturer Qoros has unveiled its Model Young SUV at the Chengdu motor show, previewing the brand's push to go more upmarket with its upcoming vehicles. The Model Young is about the same size as a Mazda CX-5, and looks like something of a cross between a Subaru XV and a Kia Sportage - check the photos below and see for yourself...


Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor to co-develop EVs in China
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Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor to co-develop EVs in China

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor Group have announced their collaboration on developing and selling electric vehicles (EVs) in China. Dubbed eGT New Energy Automotive, the joint venture will design and develop a new EV with intelligent interconnectivity, primarily aimed at the Chinese market...


2018 LDV T60 ute and D90 SUV in Australia from October
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2018 LDV T60 ute and D90 SUV in Australia from October

The Australian distributor for Chinese manufacturer LDV has confirmed it will be launching the T60 ute in Australia on October 1, with the D90 SUV to follow on November 15. The T60 ute will be powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, developing 110kW of power and 360Nm of torque...


2019 Ford Focus to be sourced from China for North America
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2019 Ford Focus to be sourced from China for North America

The next-generation Ford Focus, due to hit the North American market in 2019, is set to be produced at the company's plant in China for American customers, the company revealed recently...


China's Land Airbus scrapped
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China's Land Airbus scrapped

The Chinese Land Airbus, a road-straddling train concept that allows traffic to pass underneath it, has been scrapped - according to new reports. Developed by Transit Explore Bus (TEB), the concept was recently involved in a trial program which included a 300-metre-long test track in the Chinese city of Qinhuangdao in August last year...


2018 Lexus LS350 debuts in China, not for Australia - UPDATE
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2018 Lexus LS350 debuts in China, not for Australia - UPDATE

The 2018 Lexus LS350 has quietly broken cover this week, debuting at the Shenzen-Hong Kong-Macao international auto show in China. While there's no official press release from the Japanese marque, yet, the LS350 will be powered by the same 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine found in other Lexus 350 models, such as the smaller GS350...


Chinese commercial brand LDV going strong
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Chinese commercial brand LDV going strong

Chinese van maker LDV - a subsidiary of massive conglomerate SAIC, China's biggest car-maker - is doing well enough to be considered a small success story in Australia this year. Under importer Ateco Automotive, sales this year sit at a very respectable 625 units, up 29 per cent on the same period last year (under the same importer)...


HKG K550, K750 revealed in Shanghai
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HKG K550, K750 revealed in Shanghai

The Hybrid Kinetic Group (HKG) has revealed its K550 and K750 SUV concepts at the Shanghai motor show, following the reveal of the H600 sedan in Geneva earlier this year. In terms of design, both the K550 and K750 don't stray far from the somewhat generic styling already seen on the H600 - penned by iconic Italian design house, Pininfarina - including the slim headlights extending into the trapezoidal grille, though there are slight variations between the two when it comes to shape and size...


MG GS seven-seater in the plan, electric SUV under consideration
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MG GS seven-seater in the plan, electric SUV under consideration

The next-generation MG GS will likely offer a seven-seat variant and will be launched by the end of the decade, according to company executives. Speaking with Australian media in Shanghai last week, general manager for MG Australia, Zhu Chao, said the next-generation GS will likely spawn a three-row version that will straddle the medium and large SUV segments, similar to the Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan X-Trail...


2018 MG ZS review: Quick drive
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2018 MG ZS review: Quick drive

The 2018 MG ZS arrives later this year to take on the Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR, but is it up to the challenge? James Wong takes a quick spin for a first impression.


2018 LDV D90: Petrol power, sharp pricing for Australia
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2018 LDV D90: Petrol power, sharp pricing for Australia

Initial details for the 2018 LDV D90 have been released this week ahead of the new Chinese SUV's local launch later this year. Measuring just over five metres long and around two metres wide, the D90 will take on the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, along with other large seven-seat SUVs including the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger when it arrives in local showrooms in late September...


SAIC Motor planning model onslaught
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SAIC Motor planning model onslaught

Chinese automotive giant SAIC Motor has confirmed plans to launch a number of new passenger car and SUV models before the end of the decade, though whether some or all of these new vehicles will be sold globally is still to be confirmed...


2018 LDV T60 review: Quick drive
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2018 LDV T60 review: Quick drive

James Wong gets a first drive of China's latest ute, the 2017 LDV T60, before it arrives in Australian showrooms later this year.


MG E-Motion concept previews brand's next chapter
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MG E-Motion concept previews brand's next chapter

The MG E-Motion concept is the sports car everyone has been waiting for, from the Chinese-owned British brand, and it’s also a very important step towards the company’s future, according to the man who designed it. Speaking with media at the company’s research and design centre in Shanghai, Shao JingFeng, head designer at MG's parent company, SAIC Motor, said the electric sports car concept previews what to expect from future models...