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2018 Audi Q5 L

2018 Audi Q5 L

Adding inches in extra interior space for the Chinese market

Audi first began production of the compact Q5 luxury crossover in 2008, with the latest second-generation model dropping in 2016 at the Paris Motor Show. Now, there’s a new long-wheelbase iteration, which just debuted at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show to offer Chinese buyers enhanced cabin space and more comfort.

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The Skoda Kamiq Is a Cool Crossover You Can't Buy

The Skoda Kamiq Is a Cool Crossover You Can’t Buy

Unless you move to China

Much like any mainstream automaker out there, Skoda also jumped on the SUV bandwagon, launching two crossovers over the last two years. Following the introduction of the midsize Kodiaq in 2016, Skoda unveiled the compact Karoq in 2017. Come 2018, and the Czech automaker is adding a third crossover to the lineup. It’s called the Kamiq, it was unveiled in China, and you won’t be able to buy it unless you move to the Asian country.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan

China-only model previews U.S.-spec four-door

Unveiled as a concept car at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the sedan version of the A-Class unveiled itself to the world in production form at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. As expected, the A-Class Sedan is pretty much a shrunken CLA, boasting a coupe-style roof and a short deck lid. Shown here is the longer wheelbase version developed specifically for the Chinese market.

Set to go on sale in the second half of 2018, the A-Class L sedan is produced at produced at Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC), a joint venture between Daimler and BAIC Motor. While the A-Class L won’t be sold outside China, a regular wheelbase model will follow in the second half of the year to take on the Audi A3 Sedan in Europe and the United States. And AMG variant is also likely, but until that happens, let’s find out what sets the A-Class Sedan apart from its hatchback sibling.

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Meet the Volkswagen Lavida - One of Volkswagen's Most Important Models in the Chinese Market

Meet the Volkswagen Lavida - One of Volkswagen’s Most Important Models in the Chinese Market

It’s awfually familiar isn’t it?

With 3.2 million vehicles sold in 2017, Volkswagen is doing extremely well in China, and it’s not surprising that the company’s current strategy includes the introduction of nine new models in the said market in 2018. One of those cars is the Arteon, which we already saw break cover in Europe and the U.S. But unlike these two markets, China is getting the Arteon with a CC badge. Another new model is the Lavida, which was redesigned after six years on the market and launched at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show.

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Lynk & Co Pulls the Sheets Off of the 02 Premium Crossover

Lynk & Co Pulls the Sheets Off of the 02 Premium Crossover

If Geely’s millennial sub-brand hopes to make an impression, it did just that with the 02

Lynk & Co. is making another statement with the launch of its latest vehicle, the eponymously named 02 crossover. Unveiled in Amsterdam, the 02 — it’s pronounced as “zero-two” — is the latest creation from the off-the-cuff sub-brand that Chinese automaker Geely created in 2016. Despite its name, the 02 is actually the third model to come out of Lynk & Co., following in the footsteps already laid by the 01 SUV and the 03 saloon. The compact crossover is expected to spearhead the automaker’s plan to ingratiate itself to a younger market that embraces a “shareable and ultra-connected” lifestyle with plans to offer the model online or through a subscription service.

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Mercedes; ehhh Daimler; has a new EV, but You'll Never See it

Mercedes; ehhh Daimler; has a new EV, but You’ll Never See it

Of course, it’s for China

Over in China, Mercedes has partnered up with BYD to create a company known as Shenzhen Denza New Energy Automotive Co. You’ve probably never heard of them before, but they have an EV known as the Denza 400 that was built just for China. The Denza just got a facelift, and with it, comes a new name to symbolize its new range. It’s now known as the Denza 500, and while it might look like a hatchback, it’s actually a sedan with, well, no ass at all.

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Xiaopeng Says it Scored $350 Million in Extra Funding, $800 Million Total

Xiaopeng Says it Scored $350 Million in Extra Funding, $800 Million Total

Investors include Alibaba and Foxconn

Xiaopeng Motors, also known as Xpeng, first made waves at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show with the introduction of the G3, an all-electric SUV that it’s planning to release later this year to combat the Tesla Model X. Now, the latest in a litany of Chinese electric car startups is dreaming of a bigger piece of the electric car market, and according to the South China Morning Post, it has accumulated a fresh batch of investments totalling $350 million. All told, the company says it has received around $800 million in funding from investors like Chinese e-commerce colossus Alibaba and iPhone manufacturer Foxconn.

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GAC Could Make its U.S. Launch Via FCA Dealerships

GAC Could Make its U.S. Launch Via FCA Dealerships

This partnership could benefit both sides

For those who were surprised to see GAC Motors at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, don’t be. The Chinese automaker has made plans to enter the U.S. market known. Now it looks like it may have found a door to enter, one that’s being opened by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. A report from The New York Times revealed that the automakers are in discussions on a partnership that will allow FCA dealerships to sell GAC models in the US as early as 2019.

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China's GAC Motor is Bringing Compact Sedan andElectric Concept to the Detroit Auto Show

China’s GAC Motor is Bringing Compact Sedan andElectric Concept to the Detroit Auto Show

U.S. sales are slated to begin in 2019

Rumors about certain Chinese carmakers planning to come to the U.S. have been flying around for years, but nothing has happened as of early 2018. However, there are signs that we may soon get vehicles made in Asia. Trumpchi, a brand owned by GAC Group, is supposed to begin selling an SUV in North America in 2019, while GAC itself has already tested U.S. waters with a couple of concepts at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Fast forward 12 months and GAC is bringing another batch of new vehicles to Detroit.

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China Government Bans 553 Cars Because Pollution

China Government Bans 553 Cars Because Pollution

Strong-arming the death of fossil fuels 553 cars at a time…

It’s no secret that China has some of the worst air pollution in the world even with a huge improvement over the last year. And, the Chinese government thinks it can make it even better. It all starts with the banning of 553 vehicle models that don’t meet fuel consumption standards. We have yet to see a full list of specific vehicles that have been banned, but we do know they include models from Chevy, Audi, and Mercedes Benz – models like the Audi FV7145LCDBG sedan (Audi A1,) Mercedes BJ302ETAL2 sedan, and Chevy’s SGM7161DAA2 sedan (Similar to a Chevy Aveo). The production ban will commence on January 1st, 2018 according to the China Vehicle Technology Sevice Center and is the first official ban on specific vehicles in the country.

Wang Liushend, an analyst at China Merchants Securities, said, “To emphasize a cut back on energy consumption, such documents will surface frequently in the future. It’s an essential move to ensure the healthy development of the industry in the long run.”

As far as the number of vehicles actually produced in China, your guess is as good as ours, but according to the secretary general of the China Passenger Car Association, Cui Dongshu, those 553 models account for a “very small” percentage. Of course, vehicles are a very small part of China’s pollution problem, with air quality typically getting much worth in the winter months, as such, the country has worked tirelessly to switch homes from coal to natural gas heating and it has even reduced steel production by as much as 50 percent in some areas.

In the end, this ban might help the country a little bit, however, it’s a long road to travel, and you can surely expect the country to initialize more bans in the future. It has even said that it would like to jump on the wagon of banning vehicles powered by fossil fuel at some point – much like France and the U.K. have aimed to do by 2040. Is this what we can expect in the future. Will more countries, including the U.S. begin strong-arming automakers to quit producing certain vehicles? Is the move away from fossil fuels happening too soon? Are we really ready to go fossil fuel free in the next 20 years? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Fastest Selling Car in History is.... the Lynk & Co 01

Fastest Selling Car in History is.... the Lynk & Co 01

Pre-orders of 6,000 units took less than three minutes to fill up

From a mysterious start-up a year ago to a record-breaking company today, Lynk & Co is living it up in the auto industry. The Geely-owned car brand that prides itself more on being a connected and sharable mobility brand than a traditional automaker has made headlines for receiving 6,000 orders for the 01 SUV, all in a span of 137 seconds. The record sales event occurred after Lynk & Co’s first online store started pre-selling the 01 SUV on November 17. What was supposed to be a three-day sales event took less than three minutes to complete, a startling pace for a company that only has one model in its portfolio, and is itself barely a year old.

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FCA Could Be Bought by a Chinese Automaker

FCA Could Be Bought by a Chinese Automaker

Four Chinese brands reportedly looking to score a deal

Formed in 2014, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) alliance has been doing very good these past three years, which is why Sergio Marchionne is on the lookout to either sell the company or make another merger with a big brand. FCA was refused by General Motors back in 2015 and Marchionne’s attempts to find a new collaboration have been unsuccessful so far. However, it seems that FCA is actually on the brink of finding a new owner. According to new reports, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has received at least one offer in August from a "well-known Chinese automaker."

That’s the word from Automotive News, which claims that the over was slightly higher than FCA’s current market value, but the Italian-American alliance rejected it for not being enough. There’s no detailed information as to what Chinese automaker made the offer, but speculation has it that FCA is negotiating with more than one company. Also, a source close to FCA said that company executives have traveled to China to meet with Great Wall Motor Co., while different sources claim talks with Dongfeng Motor Corp., Zhejiang Geely, and Guangzhou Automobile Group.

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