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BMW iX3 to commence Chinese production in 2020

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BMW iX3 to commence Chinese production in 2020

The upcoming BMW iX3 electric SUV has been confirmed for production in China from 2020, alongside the combustion-powered version. During the company's annual general meeting this week, CEO Harald Krüger confirmed BMW will extend its partnership with regional partner Brilliance Auto...

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BMW Group first global carmaker awarded Chinese autonomous test license
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BMW Group first global carmaker awarded Chinese autonomous test license

BMW Group has become the first worldwide carmaker to obtain a Shanghai Intelligent Connected Autonomous Driving Test License, allowing it to put self-driving vehicles through their paces on Chinese roads. Although it has demonstrated Level 3 autonomous technology under closed, Government-supervised conditions on a stretch of Chengdu highway in 2016, the license opens the door for more advanced testing...


McLaren 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection revealed for China
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McLaren 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection revealed for China

The McLaren 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection has been unveiled for the Beijing motor show, sporting unique appointments tailored for Chinese tastes. Designed in collaboration with Chinese fashion designer, Mr. Cabbeen, the bespoke McLaren 570GT by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is limited to just five units, and sports a unique black/gold colour scheme...


2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class L debuts in Beijing
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class L debuts in Beijing

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the updated C-Class L for the Chinese market at the Beijing motor show, bringing similar upgrades to the standard-wheelbase version sold globally. Key upgrades for the C-Class L include the new digital driver instrument cluster, EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology for select engine variants, a revised design for the LED headlights, and minor design changes inside and out...


2020 Toyota C-HR EV announced for China
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2020 Toyota C-HR EV announced for China

Toyota has confirmed it will launch an electric C-HR in the Chinese market in 2020 at the Beijing motor show. As reported by Autocar, the Japanese manufacturer announced three new electrified models it will be bringing to China in the coming years, including plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of the Corolla and Levin sedans due next year, in addition to the all-electric C-HR...


Volvo aiming for 50 per cent electric sales by 2025
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Volvo aiming for 50 per cent electric sales by 2025

Volvo Cars has announced plans to have 50 per cent of its sales be electric by 2025, following on from its announcement all its vehicles will be plug-in hybrid, battery-electric or mild hybrid by 2019. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the driver behind this decision is China...


Great Wall and Haval ponder longer warranties for Australia
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Great Wall and Haval ponder longer warranties for Australia

Great Wall/Haval local management is considering market-leading warranties to convince skeptical Australians its little-known Chinese product is worth looking at. While the group has no trouble selling cars at home — about 1.07 million in 2017 — it’s still battling to break through with Australian buyers...


Geely Concept Icon revealed in Beijing
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Geely Concept Icon revealed in Beijing

Geely has unveiled the Concept Icon, its take on the Volvo XC40, at the 2018 Beijing motor show. According to its designers, the Concept Icon has been built around two key words: high tech and inspiring. It was penned at Geely's studio in Shanghai, and is unashamedly aimed at young buyers...


Jeep Grand Commander debuts in Beijing
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Jeep Grand Commander debuts in Beijing

The Jeep Grand Commander has been officially revealed and detailed for the Chinese market at the Beijing motor show. We've already seen the design of the exterior and interior, but the Grand Commander's public debut also brought new details of the company's first three-row SUV since the Commander of last decade. Jeep has confirmed the 2...


Volvo S90 Ambience: Luxo-concept headed for Beijing
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Volvo S90 Ambience: Luxo-concept headed for Beijing

Volvo has cranked up the luxury in the S90 sedan, adding an "industry-first sensory experience" to the already sumptuous S90 Excellence. Set for a Beijing motor show debut, the S90 Ambience relies on a smartphone app to control seven visual themes, which in turn sync with sound and scent systems to deliver a unique experience...


2018 Skoda Kamiq revealed
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2018 Skoda Kamiq revealed

The new Skoda Kamiq crossover has been officially revealed ahead of its debut at the Beijing motor show later this week, with the new model to go on sale in China in just a "couple of months" time. Joining the larger Karoq and Kodiaq in the Czech brand's Chinese line-up, the Kamiq is the littlest member of its SUV family, measuring 4390mm long, 1781mm wide and 1593mm tall – roughly the same size as a Nissan Qashqai...


2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan leaked
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2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan leaked

The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan has been outed in a single image online, ahead of its official reveal at the Beijing motor show later this week. In terms of design, the A-Class Sedan looks largely identical to the related hatchback from the B-pillar forward, but features a traditional sedan roofline and boot at the rear...


2018 Audi Q8 teased
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2018 Audi Q8 teased

Audi has teased what appears to be the upcoming Q8 crossover on social media this week, ahead of a potential debut at the Beijing motor show. While the German marque doesn't explicitly say the vehicle in the images is the Q8, though the side profile of the vehicle in the shadowy images – accented by the fluorescent tape tacked onto certain areas of the body – strongly suggest this is the case...


MG X-Motion concept teased
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MG X-Motion concept teased

MG has teased a new concept for the Beijing motor show later this month, dubbed X-Motion, said to preview a new SUV that will go on sale in China some time next year. A trio of shadowy images has been released by the now Chinese-owned British brand, showing a striking and aggressive crossover taking design cues from the beautiful E-Motion sports car concept revealed last year...


2018 Nissan Terra launches in China
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2018 Nissan Terra launches in China

The 2018 Nissan Terra has been launched in China this week, accompanied by new details about what makes this body-on-frame SUV tick. For the first time we have details of the Terra's powertrain – it features a 'QR25' four-cylinder petrol engine making 135kW of power and 251Nm of torque...


Tesla Model Y to commence production in 2019 – report
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Tesla Model Y to commence production in 2019 – report

Tesla is aiming to commence production of the new Model Y SUV from November 2019, according to a new report out of the US. Reuters claims two anonymous sources "with knowledge of the supply chain" have confirmed the Silicon Valley-based EV specialist will kick off manufacturing of its second crossover model late next year, along with the commencement of Chinese production two years later...


Volkswagen Lavida Plus revealed for China
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Volkswagen Lavida Plus revealed for China

Nope, you're not looking at a Passat, nor an Arteon. This is the new Volkswagen Lavida Plus, a bigger version of the Lavida already offered in China. As you might have gathered, it's not bound for Australia anytime soon. Where the current Lavida is built on the PQ34 platform debuted on the Mk4 Golf and Mk1 Audi A3, the new Plus rides on the latest MQB architecture which underpins everything from the new Volkswagen Golf and Polo to the Tiguan and Passat...


2018 Ford Escort revealed for China
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2018 Ford Escort revealed for China

The Chinese-market Ford Escort has received a comprehensive update for 2018, likely in line with the all-new Focus also revealed overnight. Upgrades include a revised exterior, which appears to draw inspiration from the new Focus range, a new 1.5-litre 'Ti-VCT' petrol engine, and additional luxury and technology features compared to the current model...


Buick Enspire concept headed for Beijing
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Buick Enspire concept headed for Beijing

Buick will use the an event before the Beijing motor show to reveal an all-electric crossover concept, dubbed the Enspire. It's just a teaser at the moment, but the Enspire looks to be a slinky, smooth-edged continuation of the formula laid out by the Avenir (2015) and Avista (2016)...


China's LDV and MG making inroads
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China's LDV and MG making inroads

Sales of China-made new vehicles in Australia have risen 64 per cent to 1727 units over the first quarter of 2018. For context, Q1 sales of Italian-built vehicles were 1032, while 940 Swedish-built cars found a home. The figure for China-made cars almost topped the number sourced from France (1782). The biggest sources of imports were Japan (89,614), Thailand (77,746) and Korea (42,934)...