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China’s Qoros Enters LA Design Challenge

Does it have American aspirations?

by on Nov.12, 2014

The Q: QorosQloud Qubed conceives an intelligent, multi-dimensional personal management assistant.

Qoros, an unusual Chinese-Israeli joint venture, plans to unveil its third new model next week at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition. Curiously, the automaker will also be busy at another auto show half a world away.

On the very same day, November 20, a Qoros concept, dubbed the Q: QorosQloud Qubed, will make its debut as part of the L.A. Design Challenge, a competition that is part of this year’s Los Angeles Motor Show.

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The prototype, the maker explains, “conceives an intelligent, multi-dimensional personal management assistant. Q will learn from the driver over a period of time through the five senses, with the dynamics of the vehicle/driver relationship modeled in much the same way as a human relationship, developing and growing over time.” (more…)

China’s Qoros Aiming Up-Market with New Concept

Export market is a target.

by on Jun.23, 2014

The Qoros 9 Concept suggests what the maker's flagship might look like in 2020.

While it hasn’t been around all that long, its short history hasn’t stopped Qoros from trying to imagine what it could be like in the not-too-distant future.  And if the maker’s new Qoros 9 Concept is any indication, it expects to be targeting the fast-growing Chinese luxury car market.

Qoros debuted barely a year ago as a joint venture between China’s Chery Automobile and the conglomerate Israel Corp.  The two partners have made it clear that they view Qoros as a global manufacturer, and one that won’t follow the typical pattern for emerging Asian makers, targeting the low end with cheap econoboxes.

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The Qoros 9 is billed as a possible flagship sedan that could come to market by 2020 and, at least visually, it has all the right cues, such as the long nose and coupe-like roofline that flows into a tall, short deck, as well as a high beltline and Xenon lamps framed by LED accent lights. The tail, meanwhile, features a semi-circular LED lamp assembly that focuses the eye on an oversized “Q” logo.


Qoros Doubles Down in China

Chinese-Israeli maker adding hatchback to model line-up.

by on Dec.30, 2013

Qoros unveiled a teaser of its newest model for China in 2014: a hatchback.

New car buyers in China will have one more option in 2014. Qoros released a teaser photo of its second model that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The new vehicle, which will join the Qoros 3 in the company’s line-up, will go on sale in China after its debut in Europe.

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The yet-to-be-named model is a five-door hatchback that is likely to borrow much of its styling from the aforementioned Qoros 3. In fact, the photo shows the grille of the new model and it looks almost the same as the company’s other model. (more…)

Qoros: Chinese-Israeli Partners Aim to Challenge Auto Industry’s Established Order

Europe key, but will U.S. remain “secondary” to Qoros’ plans?

by on Mar.14, 2013

The Qoros 3 on display in Geneva.

It’s the world’s biggest car market, yet, when it comes to fully-assembled automotive exports, China is little more than a minor player.  But a new and unusual consortium pairing one of the Asian nation’s more ambitious domestic makers with an Israeli billionaire hopes to convince buyers around the world that Chinese cars don’t have to be cheap, shoddy and unsafe.

The product of a 50/50 joint venture between Chery Automobile and Idan Ofer’s Israel Corp., Shanghai-based Qoros Auto Co., Ltd. Made a splashy debut at this month’s Geneva Motor Show with a trio of concept vehicles it has spent the last five years pulling together.

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While Chery is one of China’s largest homegrown brands, the partners decided to reach outside for help in crafting a product line-up that could compete on a global scale. That was a costly but potentially significant decision considering that the current crop of domestic Chinese products don’t stack up well against the offerings of the established automotive order, whether from Honda, Hyundai, Chevrolet or Volkswagen.


China’s Car Boom Could Go Bust

Reining in sales in the name of clean air.

by on Mar.01, 2013

Ford CEO Alan Mulally during a recent trip to China. Ford's sales are booming but could slip if regulators curtail the Chinese market.

After a few stutters last year, China’s massive automotive market seemed to get back on track in January, sales surging 46% compared to year-earlier levels. Yet there’s growing concern that the good times won’t continue for long.

There are a number of reasons to be worried, including a still frail global economy, nagging regional issues that include an ongoing territorial dispute with Japan and declining foreign investment. Yet the biggest concern, it seems, may be China’s endemic and worsening problems with air pollution.

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That has already led Chinese regulators to call for a rapid switch to battery-powered vehicles. But with market demand lagging Beijing’s call, a growing number of observers fear the central government may soon put in place steps to curb automotive ownership.

A growing number of major cities, including capital Beijing and economic center Shanghai, have already put restrictions in place, such as monthly limits on new vehicle registrations – though such measures have generally been aimed at curbing traffic problems, rather than emissions issues.