English Press / Presse anglaise
The Chery V5 has been on a mission for the past few years. It started off as a Chery V5 MPV under the Chery brand in 2006 but didn’t really roll out nationwide until 2008. Sales were okay, but then it became a Rely and shifted to the then brand new Rely brand, again as a V5, and now it is back with a mild ‘facelift’ that somehow makes it look worse than when it began.
The new V5 is likely to be on the market in early 2014 wit the same 1.8L engine as before, as well as manual/CVT gearboxes.
After years of seeing their Chinese breathen take Toyota models and make them their own in the Chinese market, Toyota have been overly cautious over the past few years by sending their international market models through the Chinese patent registry office to stop local offenders from getting Xerox happy once again. The latest model from Toyota to see such action is the below 4Runner which is so far only sold in the North American market and some other select nations. The 4runner is somewhat related to the Chinese made Toyota Prado SUV which is built in Chengdu and shares its heritage with the latest generation of Hilux pick up, but that’s not to say that it will be made in China in the near future, nor imported to the Chinese market.
Body on frame SUV’s are a dying breed in China, and should the 4Runner enter into the Chinese market it would largely be competing with other vehicles in the Toyota range, such as the Prado or the soon to be dead FJ Cruiser hence making it a long shot for China.
If the 4Runner does come China-side, don’t expect it to be a cheap low cost SUV, this will soon shoot up the luxury car charts and be priced in the low 400,000RMB segment.
“Dont look at me” “Dont Look at me” “Dont Photograph me and put me on the internet!”
Of course, that’s exactly what Tianjin Xiali what you to do. So here’s the new Xiali T012 hatchback in fetching tiger print camo. Under the hood there is a 1.5T engine which will hopefully be a little more powerful than the MG5′s 129 turbo supplied horses.
The Audi Q4 is heading to production in VW’s new plant in Foshan according to Chinese media reports. Despite there being no pictures or official images of the Q4 in testing or launching.
The Q4 is being sold as a crossover coupe which will be based on the new MLB platform and will of course rival the forthcoming BMW X4 when it comes into play later this year. The standard 2.0TFSI and 3.0TFSI models from the VAG portfolio will of course be the standard fare for the forthcoming crossover.
Pricing will be an interesting quandry for Audi China, the Q3 already fills the 300-380,000RMB gap and the Audi Q5 follows up from 390,000RMB so clearly there will be a slight amount of overlap.
French press / Presse française
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