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What name should Trumpchi switch to?

January 29, 2018 David Zatz 0

Long ago, Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC), which builds cars with Fiat Chrysler in China, decided to sell in the United States. Their name, in Mandarin, was created to sound like passing good fortune, but the English transliteration didn’t work out so well — “Trumpchi.”

According to Reuters, the company was surprised to find out that people were associating their brand name with Donald Trump, which the Motor Design Director said “might not be very positive promotion.”

GAC’s Trumpchi brand is relatively inexpensive, but a focus on quality has paid dividends, and the brand has risen to #6 in China.… Read the rest

BMW X7

Is this the production BMW X7?

January 21, 2018 David Zatz 0

BMW has released some photos of the X7 iPerformance Concept, but not the production car itself. Today, those photos have surfaced from a location near BMW’s facility.

The biggest vehicle ever made by BMW, the X7 is a full-size SUV, chasing sales where they seem strongest; it will have three rows of seats, and will hold either six or seven people.… Read the rest

Honda, Volvo, Lincoln win NACTOY

January 15, 2018 Chris Van Der Doelen 0

The Honda Accord, Volvo XC60 and Lincoln Navigator have won top honors as the North American car, truck and utility vehicles of the year in Detroit.

The NACTOY awards, which fashion themselves as the Oscars of the automotive industry, are decided by ballot by 61 media jurors in the U.S.… Read the rest