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All-New, 2016 Ford Taurus Lands in China Looking More Sophisticated

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For the first time ever, the Ford Taurus will be sold in China and the all-new, 2016 Ford Taurus that was unveiled at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show is a testament to just how globally dominant the Asian market has become. The car is notably more sophisticated than the bulky model currently sold in North America.

Ford says the 2016 Taurus was designed specifically to meet the needs of Chinese buyers, which explains its long wheelbase. It borrows styling cues from the Mondeo/Fusion, with design highlights including a shield-like, clipped trapezoidal five-bar grille flanked by slender headlamps, a simple side profile accented by a pronounced character line, LED taillights, and 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels.

The ‘smartly designed’ interior boasts many luxury features, such as power-reclining rear seats, cup holders that can hold different-sized tea bottles, and a full panoramic sunroof. It also comes with more than 25 “intelligent” storage spaces and ample room for rear passengers.

Powering China’s 2016 Ford Taurus is a twin-turbocharged 2.7L EcoBoost V6 that supposedly delivers power in a “stronger, smarter package.”

The all-new, 2016 Ford Taurus will be built at the Changan Ford Hangzhou Plant, the sixth assembly plant producing Ford vehicles in China. We wouldn’t be surprised if a version of it is eventually offered in North America.

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Move Aside U.S., China is Now Cadillac’s Largest Market

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Well, that was quick… Just days after we reported that China will eventually overtake the United States as Cadillac’s largest market, the middle kingdom now accounts for the most Cadillac sales.

Cadillac’s sales fell 4.1 percent to 10,298 units in the U.S. during the month, while its sales jumped an almost unbelievable 116 percent to 18,011 units in China.

Granted we’re only going by January’s results, 2017 will most certainly be the year China overtakes the U.S. given the brand’s sales momentum in the world’s largest market.

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen stated:

“Cadillac begins 2017 with a continuation of the robust global growth of 2016, a year in which we sold more products worldwide than any point in the past three decades. We are growing the business significantly and attracting a youthful and affluent demographic, elevating the aspirational character of the brand. This is particularly the case in China, where our growth is explosive and sustained.”

The U.S. ended 2016 with a comfortable lead over China in terms of Cadillac sales, accounting for 170,006 deliveries compared to China’s 116,406 units. Expect a flip-flop in 2017.

Do you find it strange that a “communist” country is now the largest single market for an iconic car brand that was once the very embodiment of capitalist ideals? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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China Fines GM for “Monopolistic” Pricing

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General Motors has found itself on the wrong side of the Chinese government, having been found guilty of “monopolistic” pricing.

According to , the government accused the American automaker and its partner SAIC Motor Corp Ltd. of setting minimum pricing on vehicles sold under the Cadillac, Chevrolet and Buick badges and slapped the joint venture with a fine of 201 million yuan (approximately $29 million).

The company said in an emailed statement:

“GM fully respects local laws and regulations wherever we operate. We will provide full support to our joint venture in China to ensure that all responsive and appropriate actions are taken with respect to this matter.”

It has been speculated that Chinese government officials fined GM in retaliation to President-Elect Donald Trump selecting a trade adviser with a long history of speaking out against America’s dealings with China.

Sources who spoke with Reuters claim the investigation was underway long before the U.S. elections. However, we find it a bit suspicious that it took until now for the government to penalize such blatant market manipulation.

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Qoros Looks to Revolutionize the ICE With Camless Engine

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Despite being just an upstart, Chinese automaker Qoros is quickly making a name for itself in the world of automotive. It has patented a new engine technology that could revolutionize the internal combustion engine.

Together with the founder of Koenigsegg, Qoros’s engineers are developing a camless engine, an innovation that has for the longest time been considered science-fiction. The company unveiled its so-called “QamFree” engine technology at the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show in a working prototype.

Basically, the QamFree design eliminates traditional camshafts and uses hydraulic or electronic actuators to control the engine’s valves, a setup that allows for optimal tuning. The end result is more power and fewer emissions.

In the words of Qoros:

“Through pneumatic, hydraulic or electric actuator, it achieves an independent control of each valve and replaces the traditional camshaft valve control system, thoroughly liberating the respiration of the engine. Compared to traditional engines, the QamFree engine can achieve the integrative effect of stronger power output, lower fuel consumption, reduced emission and smaller engine package.”

Qoros promises impressive results. Its naturally-aspirated, 1.6L QamFree engine is said to produce 230 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, a similar output to that of a conventional turbocharged 2.0L engine.

The enterprising automaker hasn’t announced when the QamFree engine will be available, but it is committed to bringing the technology to market.

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