The past two weeks, inspired by the Shanghai Motor Show, which had 4 of our journalists, were marked by Chinese premieres and news. There were so many of them that some readers were perplexed, some were enraptured, and some were even outraged. But something else became interesting to us: what is the general attitude of the audience towards Chinese cars? Is there a shift, and how do the majority vote for or against?
Our curiosity is quite logical and easy to explain: in the comments, critics usually gather in detail indicating the reasons for the low popularity of Chinese cars, but the voting results, as they say, are not always so straightforward. Continue reading
Last week, the Shanghai Motor Show completed its work. What do we know about the largest of the world’s automobile exhibitions, which has been held since 1985? Ten years ago, many famous brands began to organize world premieres of their models in Shanghai. The Chinese quickly found their bearings and in 2015 built a huge new exhibition center for their main automobile exhibition. From time to time there are more and more journalists in it, but the number of new products has diminished compared to 2015. Did the salon in Shanghai, barely having time to compete with Frankfurt and Paris for the second place after Geneva, again slide to the level of the exhibition of local importance? We offer you a somewhat atypical review of Shanghai-2019 with an emphasis on the brands and models that emphasize the most characteristic trends not only in the exhibition but also in the Chinese automotive market. Continue reading
In the mid-sixties, Izhevsk decided to organize automobile production. The corresponding government order prescribed the creation of a car factory on the basis of Izhmash, where Moskvich clones would be produced. However, almost at the same time, an “automobile” GKB-88 was created at the engineering design bureau. It employed young and ambitious enthusiasts, in a short time created on the basis of the “four hundred and eighth” Moskvich new universal car, whose body was a cross between a sedan and a station wagon. Moreover, it was not a hatchback – the same as the newest French Renault 1 released in 1965: after all, the fifth door (also the boot lid) had a noticeable protrusion below the glass, which formed another visual volume. Continue reading
In 2006, the Korean company SsangYong ceased production of the three-door SUV frame Korando. A year earlier, the conveyor life of his five-door older brother, Musso, ended. In this situation, at the Taganrog Automobile Plant, which was actively looking for partners (primarily in Korea), it was decided to buy out the equipment and set up licensed production of these models under its own brand. So SsangYong Musso turned into a TagAZ Road Partner, and Korando took the name Tager. Continue reading
Unlike some “business fellows” like the Honda Accord, the sixth generation Camry does not indulge buyers with a choice of body: there are no station wagons or a coupe, although in some markets like North American, the Camry Solara coupe and convertible were offered. The restyling carried out in 2009 didn’t change the car too much – small external differences and the color touchscreen of the multimedia system instead of a monochrome display can hardly be considered an argument in favor of buying a restyled machine. Continue reading