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Borgward crossover teased, debuts in Frankfurt
Behind the name Borgward is the Chinese car manufacturer Foton Motor. They resurrected this brand to make a better image in Chinese market. And of course this SUV was developed by Foton Motor. http://www.sinaimg.cn/qc/photo_auto/photo/01/85/53280185/53280185_950.jpg They are currently building a body-on-frame SUV based on a copied Hilux platform.
Jul 27th, 2015 1:59pm
2016 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S details emerge, will have 3.0-liter turbo-six
Basically all downsized turbo engines are heavier than their larger displacement NA counterparts due to all kinds of reinforcements (because turbo engine has higher combustion pressure), the addition of turbo housings, intercoolers, etc.
Jul 24th, 2015 11:45am
Tesla Model S gains a Luuudicrous Mode, 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds
Model S is a good car but there are still rooms for improvement. By adding more battery units and stronger motors they could make it infinitely more powerful, in theory. But having a heavier car would ultimately result in more electricity consumption, making it less eco-friendly compared to other EVs. Interior may also deserve a better design and finish.
Jul 18th, 2015 12:40am
Undisguised 2016 Porsche 911 facelift (991.2) returns in most revealing spy shots yet
Turbocharging is for engine downsizing and downspeed, meaning less mechanical friction loss within piston-conrod-crank, less inertia, less pumping loss through valves and throttle. It could dramatically reduce CO2 emission by as much as 20 to 30% which is HUGE in the world of automotive engineering. They are doing this for meeting emission standards, rather than trying to appeal to any automotive press.
Jul 18th, 2015 12:17am
Magna acquires Getrag gearbox manufacturer for a massive €1.75 billion
One of the world top three automotive suppliers, one of the biggest companies in Canada. And they expand their business by constantly taking over other companies.
Jul 17th, 2015 12:42am
Detroit Electric SP:01 to have Pure and Performance versions, up to 286 PS
Surprisingly they've managed to get plenty of orders from China. The world premier of this car was in China as well and I guess that's where the main market is.
Jul 17th, 2015 12:21am
Mother doesn't allow firefighters to smash BMW’s window to free her stuck child
This news shocked the entire China two days ago but it was later confirmed to be untrue. The mother did actually smash the window, so did the pedestrians. But they didn't manage to break through the glass until the firefighters came with hatchets.
Jul 15th, 2015 11:13pm
Citroen C-Quatre spied undisguised
I don't think there are 'VW bento' and 'Chevy Cobalt' in China.
Jul 14th, 2015 11:34pm
Citroen C-Quatre spied undisguised
Exactly.
Jul 14th, 2015 11:32pm
Volvo acquires Polestar and promises potent electrified models
They used to team up with Heico instead of the Polestar, right?
Jul 14th, 2015 12:12pm
Latest Volkswagen Tiguan spy shots show slightly more details
To answer your question, Chinese market accounts for over 50% of Tiguan sales worldwide, meaning that more Tiguans are being sold there than the rest of world combined. The new Tiguan must have been developed with China in their mind. I live in Canada but I don't even care that much about what North America is getting.
Jul 12th, 2015 9:39am
Toyota Sienta revealed with hybrid version
I would definitely love to see more coverages of JDMs on WCF.
Jul 10th, 2015 4:41am
Latest Volkswagen Tiguan spy shots show slightly more details
Surprisingly the long wheelbase version will not be sold in Chinese market, where the current Tiguan and Yeti are both offered exclusively in LWB configuration, perhaps because China is getting the 7-seater Crossblue anyway.
Jul 9th, 2015 12:44am
Corvette Z06 reportedly lapped the Nurburgring in 7:08
We have no idea what kind of tires they used. Are those street-legal? Are those the same as that of production vehicles?
Jul 8th, 2015 12:31am
2016 BAC Mono introduced with a new engine [video]
The second pic shows how compact it is. Cant imagine packing 305hp in such a small footprint. Amazing.
Jul 8th, 2015 12:28am
Renault asked Daimler to examine quality control for TALISMAN
Because of the collaboration between Daimler and Nissan-Renault? Daimler helped their Infiniti as well.
Jul 6th, 2015 8:05pm
Next-gen Mercedes CLS to ditch Shooting Brake version
Apart from the CLS shooting brake, has anyone seen the CLA shooting brake on the road?
Jul 6th, 2015 8:03pm
SAAB owner NEVS talks about the new factory in China to make EVs
@Alfa_Tifoso You're probably right but I personally don't think Mahindra can actually take on the NEVS. The NEVS was founded by a Swedish-Chinese businessman who has a strong connection to Chinese government. The entire resurrection plan was carried out with various financial backups and incentives from two Chinese cities (each city in China acts as an investment group). I highly doubt if they are willing to let Mahindra to get involved as China isn't very friendly to investments coming from India. And being a Chinese I know very well that city government officials always want to boost their regional GDP by making endless investments, in exchange for their own promotions. Each city government won't even let other Chinese cities co-develop their investment plans.
Jul 3rd, 2015 11:50pm
2016 European Car of the Year candidates announced
Totally agree. I will pick the Mirai. Toyota engineers spent almost two decades developing FCVs and open sourced some 20,000 patents for their FCV researches (while Tesla only has about 500 patents).
Jul 3rd, 2015 10:17pm
SAAB owner NEVS talks about the new factory in China to make EVs
Building electric cars was to get the initial investment and incentives from Chinese government. They want to build ICE cars once they could turn around the struggling business.
Jul 3rd, 2015 10:12pm
2016 Toyota Land Cruiser spied in the flesh
Slightly resembles the Ford Everest. http://img3.cache.netease.com/photo/0008/2014-11-17/AB9GU18V2O3F0008.550x.0.jpg
Jul 3rd, 2015 7:16am
Chevrolet unveils their Active Phone Cooling system [video]
American customers are relatively easier to be carried away by these kinds of trivia features or marketing stunts, while paying less attention to basic specifications of their cars. By comparing each automaker's website or commercials for Europe and America, it's not hard to find that European customers care more about technical specifications rather than 'onboard wifi hotspot' or 'heated cup holders'.
Jul 3rd, 2015 7:06am
Prototype BMW 1-Series with 218 PS direct water injection 1.5-liter engine revealed
I wouldn't agree. A typical FCV runs on a hybrid of two powertrains (fuel cell and traditional electrochemical battery). Why would it use an ICE as its third powertrain?
Jul 2nd, 2015 9:26pm
2016 Toyota Mirai to have an EPA-estimated range of 312 miles
'15k three years' = '5k a month'?? I couldn't figure out the math.
Jul 1st, 2015 7:58am
Honda BR-V crossover prototype teased ahead of Indonesian Auto Show debut
It could be a 7-seater version of the China-only XR-V, manufactured alongside the Vezel/HR-V in China. http://img3.xcarimg.com/b163/s6531/608_456_20141208115831599434.jpg http://pic.xcarimg.com/img/news_photo/2014/12/09/SdAgK0HcGf8949.jpg
Jun 30th, 2015 5:24am
2016 Audi A4 Sedan and A4 Avant officially introduced with up to 120 kg weight loss [videos]
1320kg is just insane. The lightest 3 series and XE (two lightest cars in the class) are both around 1475kg, but they are RWD anyway.
Jun 29th, 2015 8:05am
2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class facelift officially unveiled; A45 AMG upgraded to 381 PS
A well equipped A45 in China is way over 100k.
Jun 27th, 2015 9:03pm
Porsche reportedly suing Zotye for copying the Macan
Indeed, like I said in some other Chinese copycat posts on WCF, very few of these styling-copied cars were commercially successful in recent years. However many of those engineering-copied cars (yet with original styling) are selling well in China.
Jun 26th, 2015 8:27pm
Aston Martin reveals DB9 GT with 547 PS 6.0-liter engine
In 2003 they had a limited production DB7 GT as well, to celebrate the end of production of the legendary DB7, which was the most successful AM model by then. Even the 'GT' badge was identical to those on the new DB9 GT. http://photo.netcarshow.com/Aston_Martin-DB7_GT_2003_photo_01.jpg
Jun 24th, 2015 12:48pm
BMW exec hints next-gen 1-Series could be rear-wheel driven
Yes indeed. FWD sounds far less exciting but it makes much more sense from an engineering point of view. Not every BMW customer wanted a street racer.
Jun 23rd, 2015 12:34am
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