Showing posts with label chinese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chinese. Show all posts

Monday, November 18, 2019

Of course the 2020 Ford Escape has a larger screen in China...



The 2 top photos are the Chinese market model.

And, like most Fords sold over there, it has a much larger screen available than the equivalent US models.
But in the case of the Escape, it also has a more upscale and different dashboard and console design.
The whole thing does seem more upscale. And less like the 2019 Ford Focus interior. (The one not sold over here anymore.)
Outside, the Chinese model also has a different front end.

Interesting...

Friday, August 05, 2016

Another day, another Chinese copy..



 This time, they copied some of the "almost 4 year old" VW Crossblue Concept.
(They probably figured people had waited long enough for the real thing.
And they would do a great service to the world by finally building one.)

It actually looks like a cross between the new Tiguan and the Crossblue concept.
And of course, it also looks like a cheap version of both..

This one is called the "Zotye Damai X7"
Notice that beautiful "Damai" logo on the grille. An especially classy touch.

Here is the actual Crossblue concept.


And here is the new Tiguan. The one we are still waiting for in the US.
So I'd say the Chinese clone is about 80% Tiguan, 20% Crossblue.

Whatever it looks like, I am still amazed how they are able year after year to copy western designs.
It's like a long running joke....

Monday, July 25, 2016

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer



 Looks like the  Lancer is not dead yet.
At least in China.

This newish/improved/revised model is for the Chinese market.
In other countries, Mitsubishi will now concentrate on SUVs and Crossovers. A well as Plug-ins and EVs.

I must say, this does look more like a Chinese design to me.
This is the current model.
Which, I think, still looks OK. Especially for how old it is.
Sure it's boring, but it was never ugly.

These idiots just gave up on it years ago...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

New Honda Avancier






That's right. Another SUV/Crossover thing from Honda.
Another ugly one.

At least the part where it says "for the Chinese market only" is good news.

The Avancier is a 5 seater that will be priced above the CR-V.
Powered by a new 2.0 Liter Turbo engine. Which will probably find its way under the hood of the next Accord.

There is nothing like this in the US lineup. Where Honda jumps from the CR-V to the 7/8 seater Pilot.
Nissan has the Murano while Toyota offers a 5 seater version of the Highlander.

This looks like a mash up of a bunch of designs from a few other manufacturers.
It has zero personality of its own.
It is so bad it's almost weird...

If the name sounds familiar, it is because Honda did produce a car named Avancier before.
It was a tall wagon based on the Japanese Accord and sold over there from 1999 to 2003.
A bit boring, but not ugly like this poor guy above.

Now, let us all get on our knees and pray for this thing to never make it to the US market.
Please....

"All new" Chinese Citroen C6




I guess this is the most Chinese Citroen ever.
Which is of course, not a good thing. If fact, quite terrible...

It is quite blasphemous. The last C6 was one of the most modern scan ever. While this should, at best, be a boring VW sedan.

I guess the Chinese market is super conservative and there is no room for anything fun.
I mean look at that interior. Not 100% ugly, but nothing that should be labeled as  Citroen.





Basically, this "C6" is based on a Chinese sedan from DongFen called the A9.
Which, itself, is based on the Citroen C5.
So, nothing all new.
And look, the DongFen version does look like a VW!

Let's hope this C6 is never sold outside of China...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

2017 Buick Envision price


The first Buick imported from China isn't cheap!

For now, 2 models will be available.
Priced at $43 000 and $45 600.
They all get GM's 2.0 Liter Turbo with a 6 speed auto (Not even the newest/better 8 speed)

They both come pretty loaded, although the big sunroof is still an option on both (?)
Apparently, a couple of cheaper models will be available at the end of the year. (weird...)

At $43 000, it's obvious the benefits of cheaper labor cost in China have NOT been passed  on to the consumer!

Let's compare to he competition. With other "pretty loaded" models:

-An Audi Q5 with Premium package is $43 700. (And that includes a sunroof)
-A Mercedes with a couple of packages is $45 000.
-The new and much better looking Lincoln MKX "Reserve"is $46 300.


We'll see if the Envision turns out to be popular in the US.
I am sure "made in China" will never ever be mentioned. So customers will have no idea.
And basically, anything that is raised up and has a hatch in the back sells these days...

But to me, this looks pretty boring already. It really has no personality.
I mean it's not "Acura ugly" or "Lexus weird". Just blah.
And that interior is borderline vulgar (At least in pictures)

I sat a few times in the Lincoln MKX and was really, really impressed.
I think this would be my choice if I needed something like that.




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

LeEco LeSEE





I know, what a weird title.

LeEco is a Chinese company that is pretty much the equivalent of Netflix here (Even weirder right?)
They have a deal with Aston Martin to produce an all electric version of the rapid Sedan in 2018.
And, most important (or even weirder), they are the big investor behind the new Faraday Future electric car company.
That company still claims they are building a $1 billion car factory near Las Vegas.
(The whole thing sounds really, really fishy)

Faraday was not able to even show a running prototype of the car they are supposed to build in that factory.  (They had a stupid FF Zero1design study model a few months ago)
Since this is directly from the parent company, it might very well be that car. Or a version of it.

Of course, since this is a Chinese concept, it does come with outlandish claims/specs:

- The production version will come out "sooner than later". (good to know...)
- Will be made "In the US, China or elsewhere".
- Voice command for self drive and self park
- Front end doubles as smart screen
- Competes with Tesla (Like everything else these days)
- Production car will be "very close" to this concept
- 130MPH top speed
- No mention of range. At all. (Which is basically what people care the most in an EV...)



Here is a really obnoxious CGI video of the whole thing.
My advice: turn the sound off! The soundtrack is quite horrific.
(But fits perfectly the general obnoxious mood of the whole "art piece")

Hey, this might actually be all true. And really come out, who knows.
I mean I would be the first one to love a super good looking, futuristic luxury EV.
And yes, competition would be great for Tesla (They might start making more reliable cars)

At least, they didn't call it "LeCAR"...









Monday, December 14, 2015

New SAABs coming ?

 Saab's new Chinese owner, NEVS, has just come up with a plan for the swedish zombie car maker.

First, they still want to keep producing an updated version of the old 9-3. A car that came out about 13 years ago. So good luck with that.

NEVS claims that model will "generate the cash it needs to bring out four more models".
Again, good luck.
They say the design will be updated. What it will need by 2017 will be an all new design.
Not sure what they mean by "updated".




Here are the new guys.

All new designs are based on the Phoenix platform Saab was working on while they went under.
The company also claims that all these new models will be sold in the US.
All of these will be electric only.
Cars sold in Europe and the US will be built in Sweden. While the ones for China will be built locally.
It all sounds good, I must say. And these drawings above look pretty nice. Really.
(Better than what Saab was working on as the "next 9-3")

There was a time, just a few years ago, when people were laughing at the idea of brand new Volvos under Chinese ownership. Look at them now.

So even though sarcasm is very tempting here, I am actually pretty optimistic about this.

A Saab rebirth and re-invention as a modern "all electric" car company.
Why not...

What do you think?

Sunday, November 15, 2015

2017 Buick Envision




The Envision is the midsize crossover Buick really needs. Right now.
The Enclave is old. A new one is still at least a year (or two) away.
And the Encore is just too small to sell in big numbers.

So a Buick version of the Cadillac XT5 is what they need.
It came out in China a few months ago. Now we hear a USD version will be on sale next spring.
That's the good news.
The bad news? We also hear it will be imported from China.

Which is quite a big deal.
So far (as far as I know) the only mainstream Chinese import we get here is a few units of the Volvo S60.
Now Buick!

To calm things down, GM is only rumored to import 30 000 to 40 000 units a year.
But you know that if it's popular, they'll bring over plenty more.
And you know that once they get a taste of that cheap Chinese labor, there is no turning back.

And so it begins....

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New "Karma" promo video




Pretty amazing. This has to be the ultimate PR BS video.
This new promo video for Karma (no more Fisker, or even "Elux) manages to actually say nothing. For a whole 1 minute and 28 seconds.

The last words are "are you going to wake up?". Yes. Really...
It sounds like a weird translation of Chinese text. (Which it probably is, since this is now a Chinese company)

Besides the weird video (Which could very well be about VW these days) , I still think the Karma is one of the best looking car on the road. And I do wish them well, since I'd like to see more of these on the road.

So there...