Category Archives: BAIC

New Subcompact SUV from BAIC Yinxiang

baic's subcompact suv, made in chongqing

Outside the Chinese capital, BAIC (Beijing Auto) currently has vehicle production capacities in two places: Zhuzhou, Hunan, where BAIC E130/150 and Weiwang vans are made, and Chongqing, where a long product line covering various vehicle types has been under development (BAIC also plans to open vehicle plants in Zengcheng, Guangdong, and Zhenjiang, Jiangsu). The Chongqing […]

Former DENZA Designer Joined BAIC Senova

Peter Arcadipane

Peter Arcadipane, who left BYD-Daimler for BAIC, was in spotlight at the Senova release ceremony held on Saturday evening, introducing the Saab-derived midsize sedan. Peter Arcadipane, BAIC’s design chief, at the Senova release ceremony Designer of several Mercedes-Benz cars including CL, CLS, and M, Peter Arcadipane, an Australian, had recently worked on Daimler’s EV project […]

BAIC Releases Senova D Series, a Descendant of Saab 9-5

senova brand video with nicolas cage

The Senova ("Shenbao") D series sedan, developed by BAIC (Beijing Auto) on basis of the first-gen Saab 9-5, goes on sale today, carrying list prices of 139,800 to 215,800 Yuan. BAIC, which has made its fortune by being a partner of Hyundai and Daimler, places great hopes on the midsize to drive forward its own […]

Hyundai Mistra: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

front view of hyundai mistra

Beijing-Hyundai named its new sedan, slotted between Sonata and Elantra, Mistra after the Greek town of Mystras. Developed specially for the Chinese market, Hyundai Mistra has a wheelbase of 2770mm, longer than we thought when it was spied earlier this year. It will have a Kia version, the upcoming K4. Called "Mingtu" in Chinese, the […]

BAIC E150 EV Will Soon Be Available to Beijing Residents for US$16,000

baic e150 ev

Following the examples of Shanghai and Guangzhou, the city of Beijing will soon begin providing subsidies and special car plates to private EV buyers. The pure-electric version of BAIC’s E150 subcompact is poised to become the first model to benefit. Having over 5 million cars and plagued by air pollution, the Chinese capital has strong […]

Nicolas Cage to Endorse Senova, BAIC’s “Saab”

shenbao's brand ambassador nicolas cage

Beijing Auto (BAIC) disclosed on Wednesday at a promotional event in Hong Kong that it would hire Nicolas Cage to market its upcoming “Shenbao,” or Senova, cars. The contract-signing ceremony will be held on March 2. A face of several luxury brands and well-liked in China, the US artist is deemed a suitable brand ambassador […]

Beijing Hyundai Targets 1 Million Sales for 2013

sales of beijing hyundai

The joint venture of BAIC (Beijing Auto) and Hyundai sold over 0.85 million cars in 2012, exceeding the target of 0.8 million for the year, according to Li Feng, the company’s Vice General Manager. Compared with 2011, deliveries in the last year rose almost 15%. Expecting the high growth rate to continue, Beijing Hyundai set […]

Foton Launches MP-X S, Modeled upon Toyota HiAce

foton mpx s mpv

Foton Motor unveiled a new series of the MP-X MPV, the S class, in Beijing on December 24. Inspired by Toyota HiAce, the MP-X S has two wheelbase variants: 3,110mm and 2,570mm. The long-wheelbase version has a stance 5380mm long, 1920mm wide, and 2285mm high, the short-wheelbase version 4840mm, 1920mm, and 2105mm. Compared with the […]

Beijing-Hyundai Santa Fe Goes on Sale for US$35,250-49,690

hyundai santa fe beijing

At a ceremony held at China National Convention Center in Beijing on Sunday evening, Hyundai and its Chinese partner BAIC announced the release of the third-generation Santa Fe. Swimmer Sun Yang, an Olympic champion, showed up as the product’s spokesman (shown below). With two powertrain choices–2.0T GDI and 2.4 GDi, the locally-built mid-size SUV comes […]

BAIC “Shenbao” D320 (C70G), a Saab 9-5 Variant: 2012 Guangzhou Auto Show in Pics (4)

baic saab d320

Beijing Auto (BAIC) launched today the "Shenbao" marque for its upcoming high-end passenger car lineup and the first model carrying it, the D320. Previously called C70G, the D320 sedan is built on BAIC’s "M-trix" platform, derived from the GM2900 that gave rise to the first-gen Saab 9-5. "Shenbao," whose official English translation is currently unknown, […]

Ground Broken on BBAC’s New Plant for Producing Mercedes-Benz Compacts

beijing benz factory

The foundation stone was laid for "BBAC Phase II" in Beijing on Tuesday, a plant for building Mercedes-Benz compact models based on Daimler’s MFA platform. The new factory will expand the joint venture’s production base in Beijing Economic-Technological Development Zone, which already includes a vehicle plant (making Mercedes-Benz C-, E-, and GLK-Class), an engine plant […]

BAIC Caught Copying VW Tiguan

baic vw tiguan china

To be exact, BAIC (Beijing Auto, Beiqi) was exposed, by, developing a long-wheelbase version of the Tiguan SUV through reverse engineering. The Tiguan-derived model is believed to be a production version of the C51X concept BAIC showcased at the 2012 Beijing auto show. Above: BAIC C51X Concept Previously we learned that the C51X was […]

High Costs Threaten Beijing’s Only E-Bus Line

beijing electric bus

In China’s plan to promote sustainable mobility, electrifying city buses is a priority. Yet, in Beijing, a pioneer in adopting battery all-electric buses, the fleet of e-buses on its streets has shrunken in the past four years after the 2008 Olympics, plagued by high operation costs. Beijing first deployed all-electric buses powered by on-board batteries […]