Atenza to Join First-gen Mazda6 and Ruiyi

faw-mazda first gen mazda6 from changchun factory

FAW-Mazda confirmed that it will start producing Atenza in Changchun later this year, as the all-new Mazda6 made its Chinese debut in Shanghai. It will join, rather than replace, the two older generations, called " Mazda6" (first-gen) and "Ruiyi" (second-gen) in the local market. Of varying sizes, the three generations of Mazda6 will compete in […]

GAC-Toyota Unveiled New Logo and EV Concept

new logo, brand from gac toyota

Following other joint ventures GAC-Toyota plans to launch a new auto brand focusing on the Chinese market. At the 2013 Shanghai auto show, the logo of that brand was revealed without, oddly enough, being named. The logo, said to represent the letter "I," was exposed on an EV concept. GAC-Toyota provided no details about either […]

Soueast V7, a Variant of Mitsubishi Galant: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

soueast v7 concept, derived form mitsubishi galant

The Chinese-built ninth-gen Galant has never reached its potential to rival Accord or Camry, with monthly sales rarely exceeding 1,000 since its first release in 2007. As its retirement is near, Soueast, a partner of Mitsubishi, is planning a new career for it. At the Shanghai auto show, it launched the V7 concept, which anticipates […]

Peugeot 301, Citroen C-Elysee: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

front view of peugeot 301

While languishing in Europe, Peugeot-Citroen is going full throttle in China, set to open its third vehicle plant in Wuhan in July, two months before the scheduled date. Built jointly with its Chinese partner Dongfeng, the plant will add 300,000 units to the annual production capacity of DPCA (Dongfeng-Peugeot-Citroen). 2/3 of the new capacity will […]

Hongqi L9, L7: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

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FAW’s multi-billion-Yuan project to revive the luxury brand Hongqi began to bear fruits two months ago when the first batch of H7s were delivered to the provincial government of Jilin. Later this year the H7, which targets Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, will get wider release, and the more luxurious L series will hit the […]

GAC Trumpchi GA3: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

front view, with smiing show girl

Guangzhou Auto (GAC) unveiled the GA3 compact in Shanghai, expanding its Trumpchi sedan line beyond the GA5. With a design inspired by the E-jet concept from last year’s Guangzhou Auto Show, GA3 is positioned as a stylish sedan with a sports car feel, employing independent suspensions in both the front and rear. Trumpchi GA3 has […]

VW Gran Lavida: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

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Lavida, the best-selling Volkswagen model in China in recent months, is expected to defend its leading position with the release of new variants. The nameplate aims to deliver nearly 400,000 units this year, up from 246,687 in 2012. That increase alone exceeds Shanghai-Volkswagen’s overall target of gaining about 100,000 in 2013 sales. The feat is […]

BYD S7 SUV: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

front view of byd s7 suv

BYD launched at the show the S7, a deluxe version of the S6, hoping to extend the success of its copycat SUV. Enlarged and empowered, the new SUV, close to a midsize in dimension, will hit showrooms next year in an estimated price range of 120,000-170,000 Yuan. With a 2735mm wheelbase (compared with the 2720mm […]

Kia Horki Concept: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

kia horki front

The joint venture of Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia launched a new auto brand "Horki" and the first model, a liftback concept, bearing it on Saturday. Positioned below Kia, Horki aims to attract Chinese consumers in less-developed areas with a low-cost product line derived from current or past Kia models. Horki is a phonetic rendering of the brand’s Chinese […]

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 […]

Venucia Viwa EV Concept: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

officials of dongfeng nissan on stage with venucia viwa

Venucia, Dongfeng-Nissan’s local brand, brought four models to Shanghai: R50 (a re-badged Nissan Tiida/Versa), D50 (a notchback version of Nissan Tiida), E30 (a re-badged Nissan Leaf), and the Viwa pure-electric concept. The last-mentioned was launched on April 20 as a key part of the "V-Blue Strategy," Venucia’s plan to develop and promote a green product […]