English Press / Presse anglaise
Chery are set to refocus their attention on a core range of products after a disastrous expansion into a range of sub brands which did not resonate well with consumers in China. The new plan will see Chery focus on four core brands within its range: Arrizo, Fulwin, Tiggo and QQ.
The Arrizo range of vehicles has not yet launched although it was aired at the Shanghai Auto Show last month under the aplha nameplate
The Fulwin range is currently made up of just the Fulwin 2, although that is eventually expected to be expanded to include other A0 A-segment vehicles.
The Tiggo range is currently made up of just the Tiggo3 sedan although that is expected to be expanded to include the Tiggo 5 which is currently known as the Beta SUV which was aired at the Shanghai Auto Show last month.
The QQ range is currently made up of the new QQ hatchback which is aiming to be a low cost fashionable city vehicle.
BMW are planning to bring the wagon variant of the current 3-Series sedan to the Chinese market very soon according to spy pictures along with leaked model information. The 3-Series Wagon wont see Chinese production immediately but will rather be imported into China along with the short wheel base 3-Series which is sold alongside the stretched 3-Series which is made locally. The Wagon will likely use the same 2.0T power train that is offered in both low and high output in the Chinese market, a smaller 1.6T Chinese made 3-Series is likely to launch soon as well.
The 3-Series GT has already arrived at BMW dealerships in China although pricing has yet to be announced, the official launch of the GT will happen on June 26th.
GAC’s latest addition to its Trumpchi range, the GA3, will launch in early July according to Chinese media reports. The GA3 will be the cheapest model in the range with prices starting at a rumored 80,000RMB, the GA3 has already been shown at the Shanghai Auto Show and will be available for consumers to buy from early July onwards.
The GA3 is thought to be based on the Alfa Romeo 166 platform that is shared with the larger GAC models, some Alfa styling is also noted on the rear door handles. Power will initially come from a 1.6L engine although a 1.3T option is also in the pipeline.
In addition to the GA3, GAC are also planning for a new large SUV and large MPV for the Trumpchi range. A new GS7 SUV to sit above the current GS5 and an all new GA7 MPV for business orientated users will be arriving soon, in particular the MPV will make use of a 1.8T engine
At a recent Honda China event, Honda announced that they plan to introduce 12 models into the Chinese market by 2015 including the introduction of locally made hybrid models.
The new model range includes both new generations of vehicles and facelift vehicles. Honda will introduce new engines for the Chinese market including 1.5L i-DCD and a 2.0L i-MMD with both mid size hybrid vehicles. Honda also plan to introduce the Honda Link system, a system similar to GM’s OnStar system which will allow for inter-vehicle technologies.
The Honda C-Rider model has already been introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show and will launch on June 26th. The C-Rider will be produced by Guangzhou Honda.
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