Haval H6 Coupe near Kunming After Shanghai and Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia, we continue our exploration of China following the Shanghai Auto Show and now fly all the way down north near the border with Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to the Yunnan province. We start with the province’s capital, Kunming. Kunming location in China At 3.27 million inhabitants, Kunming (just) qualifies as a Tier 2 city. See an excellent Tier city classification map and explanation here. This dictates the tastes of local consumers who give more room to premium brands such as BMW with an impressive presence of BMW 5 and 7 Series in town. Wuling and Jinbei examples in Kunming. However the first and most striking observation when arriving in Kunming is the prevalence of Wuling minivans and MPVs everywhere. The most popular vehicle here seems to be the Hongguang V, classified as a commercial minivan in China, with the Hongguang and Hongguang S3 also very frequent. I also spotted many … [Read more...] about Explore China 2019: The cars of Kunming, Yunnan
Bestune T77 in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia. This is the second stop in our 2019 exploration of China following the Shanghai Auto Show. You can consult the 1st stop Shanghai here. We are now in Manzhouli in eastern Inner Mongolia in the north of the country, at the border with Russia and Mongolia (see map below). At 300,000 inhabitants, Manzhouli qualifies as a Tier 4 level city. See an excellent Tier city explanation here. Manzhouli and its region to the south completes our exploration of Inner Mongolia, of which we visited the western part last year. Location of Manzhouli in China, Russian Doll market scenes. From Shanghai, I landed in Hailaer and drove 200km west to Manzhouli. On the way, the car landscape follows the “steppe” tastes we found in both Mongolia and western Inner Mongolia: large, luxurious foreign SUVs such as the Toyota Prado, Land Cruiser and VW Teramont, as well as full-size domestic pickup trucks led by the Great Wall Wingle 5 and the entire JMC … [Read more...] about Explore China 2019: The cars of Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia
Ini mesej jelas Pengarah Urusan dan Ketua Pegawai Elsekutif Persatuan Pengangkutan Udara Antarabangsa (IATA), Alexandre de Juniac kepada kerajaan ketika ucapan pembukaan Mesyuarat Agung Tahunannya ke-75 di Seoul, Korea Selatan, 2 Jun lalu. Namun, kewangan yang kukuh juga amat perlu bagi membolehkan industri penerbangan berada dalam kedudukan terbaik. Industri penerbangan mengharungi suasana suram sejak 2010 dengan sesetengah rantau terus berdepan cabaran. Apa pula impaknya kepada industri penerbangan negara? Persekitaran 2019 Perang dagangan dan dasar perlindungan akan memberi kesan kepada perniagaan kargo. Ini termasuk peningkatan kos bahan api, tenaga buruh dan infrastruktur semakin menekan margin keuntungan. Tahun ini akan menyaksikan syarikat penerbangan merekodkan keuntungan lebih rendah pada AS$28 bilion (RM116.51 bilion) walaupun IATA menyifatkan ia keuntungan yang kukuh di sebalik situasi mencabar. India dan China sahaja dijangka menyumbang 45 peratus kepada … [Read more...] about Cabaran getir sektor penerbangan
Despite finishing on the podium, our Ka hasn't received much in the way of attention since the inaugural EnduroKA race at Donington Park. We worked flat out on building the car in the month leading up to the race, so a break from the spanners seemed well earned. It also reminded our respective other halves what we look. But with the second round at Snetterton fast approaching, we thought it would be best to dust RF08 XWX off and have a poke around to see what needs doing. Olly had two hours to listen to every knock, squeak and rattle as he drove our Ka home from Donington, so he already knew it needed some TLC - although remarkably it fired up on the first key turn, which was impressive considering how long it had been sat idle. First up was a new set of brake discs, which had not been changed for race one. With 23,000 miles on the clock, they were probably the eleven-year old originals from the factory, too. On our spanner check we also noticed that the front hub top bolts had worked … [Read more...] about EnduroKA returns!
So this was always part of the Alpine playbook. Different versions with "handling and performance characteristics of their own", as the brand's MD puts it. Of course it was. The A110 was built - and therefore costed - to compete with head-on with other premium rear-drive sports cars, which means that quicker and more expensive options are essential. As recent spyshots have shown, Alpine is cooking up all manner of things... This is not that - but this is where it starts, with an added S on the end. Contained within that consonant is all the stuff that buyers will traditionally fork out more for. Firstly, that output. It represents a 40hp gain over the standard model and is said to be the result of a 0.4 bar increase in turbocharger pressure. Peak torque remains at 236lb ft, but is available over a broader range of engine speed. Alpine claims a more energetic delivery between 5,000 and 7,000rpm - although the claimed 4.4-second 0-62mph sprint is only 0.1 seconds superior to the 252hp … [Read more...] about Alpine launches ‘intense’ 292hp A110S