The Changan CS85 confirms the Chinese carmakers’ trend towards coupe SUVs. After detailing January wholesales it is now time to study this month’s new locally-made launches so you can on the bleeding edge of the fastest-evolving new car market in the world. In a freefalling market at -15.8% but -17.7% for passenger cars, new launches keep hitting the market at breakneck speed, simply because they were conceived at a time when the market was still soaring. In fact, this month’s novelties reflect the most recent trends the Chinese market has seen in recent years: out of the 10 new nameplates hitting dealerships in January, 6 are SUVs and 3 are EVs. You can also keep track of the fast-expanding list of all active Chinese brands by consulting our Exclusive Guide to all 178 Chinese Brands, updated live. 1. JAC Refine S4 (#85 – 7.586 sales) Focused on the speedy electrification of its lineup, JAC lost 13.8% in 2018 to fall below the 200.000 annual wholesales mark, as its combustion models were in desperate need of attention. The Refine S4 SUV’s timing is therefore perfect, and its spectacular initial score, over 7.500 units, shows how needed it was. In fact, it directly accounts for… Read full this story
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