English Press / Presse anglaise
Chang’an Suzuki have a very old lady in their line up – The Suzuki Gazelle. The Gazelle is basically the second generation Suzuki Cultus in sedan form which North Americans will happily remember was the Pontiac Firefly in the late 80′s and early 90′s, whilst the rest of the world weened themselves off low cost Suzuki’s (aside from India, they still love their Mauruti 1000) and onto bigger and not always better models the Firefly lived on in China happily under the Ling Yang name.
Suzuki have now decided the late 80′s car is due for a remake with the introduction of a new low cost model codename the M16a. Like the original Gazelle, the new model is very much going to be a low cost sedan with a 1.6L 109bhp engine. Other information hasn’t been revealed as of yet but expect more news to leak out in the very near future.
From Global Times:
Toyota Motor Corp and its two local joint-venture partners sold about 89,800 automobiles in China in November, up 40.7 percent from a year earlier, the Japanese automaker said Monday.
That follows a 80.6 percent year-on-year jump in October and a 63.5 percent rise in September, which were partly boosted by a low base from last year when sales tanked due to a surge in anti-Japan sentiment following a territorial dispute between China and Japan.
In the first 11 months of this year Toyota sold about 809,000 vehicles, up 7.9 percent from a year earlier.
Toyota officials said in August the Japanese automaker and its two local joint-venture partners were on track to sell 900,000 vehicles in China this year, up 7.1 percent from 2012.
In the Guangzhou auto show that closed on Saturday, Toyota launched three new models dedicated to appeal to the Chinese consumers.
Another Japanese auto brand Honda also unveiled new models at the auto show to gain back the attention of Chinese consumers.
Major Japanese automakers have reported sales growth of over 80 percent in October, according to statistics from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, though partly due to a low base number last year.
Toyota operates joint ventures in China with FAW Group and Guangzhou Automobile Group.
For those who are unaware, China’s Chang’e 3 rocket blasted off a couple of days ago on a mission to the moon with China’s first lunar module that will carry out the usual soil experiments. China’s space program is a major point of national pride for the vast majority of people despite its costs. The downside is that as the rockets lift off parts of them tend to come back to earth as they are cast off during the lift off process.
Villagers in Hunan Province and Jiangxi province were rather alarmed to find space debris falling around and into their homes over the past 24 hours as Chang’e makes its way from earth into the heavens. Nobody was hurt during the process, but it seemed to have been a narrow escape for some.
For the uninitiated, Chinese cities are divided into tiers. Tier one cities would include Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou etc where local purchasing power is on par with what you would find in a lower European country, go further down the tiers and you will find lower purchasing power but with increasing local incomes.
Forbes China recently announced a list of 30′s strongest counties, of which the majority where located in Shandong, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces – all of which have expanded considerably under China’s economic reform and even faster as production centers moved further away from major residential areas and further into the suburbs. Without boring you with a dry translation of what the Forbes article says, we can tell you that Forbes ranks cities, counties and villages based on their population numbers, city size, consumption power, transportation ability, goods transportation ability and revenue from local companies as part of eight areas they look at.
These counties are currently major potential hotbeds of automobile sales for foreign and Chinese brands in the automotive industry, these cities will likely expand at a rapid rate in the coming months and years with increased investment which will lead to greater automobile consumption. Even as the handful of first tier cities impose anti car barriers, there are still over 50 cities and counties with populations of less than six million people.
Previously we called this vehicle Beijing Auto’s first shot at the popular Ford Ecosport, which wasn’t exactly fair of us as it clearly looks nothing like an Ecosport, aside from being a small SUV with a spare on the trunk.
The SC20 is nothing overly remarkable, it’s a crossover that measures in at 4210*1720*1735 with a wheelbase of 2560mm riding on 16 inch wheels and weighing in at 1220kg. Remarkably, its also RWD but limited to 105bhp from the 1.5L petrol engine stuffed up front and having power sent through four speed autos and five speed manual gearboxes.
Expect this little SUV to hit the market in early 2014, with pricing circa 70,000RMB to 90,000RMB.
Automotive Business Review
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