The Truth About Cars » China. Tycho de Feyter The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:45:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » China. Tycho de Feyter BYD Launches Remote Controlled Car Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:31:52 +0000

BYD’s F3 received worldwide acclaim for being a Corolla ripoff. When the new F3 was announced at the Beijing Auto Show, Carnewschina wrote: “The new F3 is design-wise slightly better than the old BYD F3 which was a copy of the old Toyota Corolla, the new F3 is a copy of the new Corolla but slightly less obvious. For BYD, we call that a huge improvement!” Come on, Carnewschina, the new BYD F3 has something the Corolla does not have: A remote control. Not a remote control for doors. You can drive the car remotely like a toy.

According to a new Carnewschina  report, BYD says it is handy for parking, or when it rains and you don’t have an umbrella to walk to your car. The distance is 10 meters, and the speed is limited to a 2 km/h crawl.

The rest of the car is run of the mill: 1.5 liter engine with 109hp and 145nm, 5-speed manual, or a 1.5 turbo with 154hp and 240nm, mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DCT.  Says an incredulous Carnewschina: “This high-tech engine is, says BYD, developed by BYD.“

Probably because the F3 name is a bit tainted, BYD ditched the F3 and calls the new remote controlled car “Su Rui.” Which is Chinese  for “quick and sharp.”

China’s sharpest minds probably already are working on taking the speed limiter out of the remote control function,  for, well, starters.

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Fake In China: Destruction Of Bogus Taxi Fleet Ordered Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:47:11 +0000

Black taxis are a menace, in China and elsewhere.  The criminal taxi element and Chinese rip-off artists joined forces and created a whole fleet of fake taxis, Carnewschina reports.

The regulation Jettas were painted in the regulation colors of the Hefei taxi company, equipped with fake taxi meters and fake license plates.

Police in Hefei impounded the fleet of 156 taxis, and ordered their destruction. City workers received assistance of legal taxis drivers who finally could what they wanted to do for years: Take sledge hammers and smash the fake taxis to bits.

Fake license plates were torched.

Fake taxi meters went to the dogs.

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New Trends In Chinese Commercial Vehicles: Ragged Top Heavy Trucks Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:08:14 +0000

Tycho of Beijing’s Carnewschina is onto a rapidly trending phenomenon among the big boys of China: Heavy trucks with convertible tops. It appears to be an aftermarket mod that is not always strictly voluntary:  Trucks sometimes roll. Due to the amazing build quality of Chinese trucks and the help of a few hundred migrant workers, a rolled truck quickly is back on its many wheels. With parts essential for a repair safely secured, the chop-top truck is back on its merry way.

China has an “insatiable appetite for heavy-duty trucks,” as Forbes’ China-tracking Jack Perkowski wrote. China is the world’s largest market for heavy trucks, with nearly 1 million units of the big (and usually blue) units sold last year.

This brilliant blue FAW (with matching shirt) truck was seen in Xuzhou in Jiangsu Province. The topless trucks usually go unmolested by Chinese law enforcement, Carnewschina says: “Police, if on the road, which is extremely rare, will likely do with just a fine and let it all go, confiscating would be far too much paperwork!”

I you are into trucks that dropped their tops, head on over to Carnewschina, a virtual Topless Central when it comes to trucks.

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Fake In China: Lamborghini Diablo Goes To Hell Sat, 11 Aug 2012 13:51:31 +0000 Remember the DIY Lamborghini? In a garage somewhere in the less picturesque parts of Beijing, a man built a Lamborghini Diablo replica, fiberglass on hand-welded frame. No industrious Chinese will allow something like that to be forgotten as a one-off lunatic hobby project. Half a year later …

… Diablo Auto was born. Today at the Auto Tuning Car Show in Beijing, the industrious welder had his coming out as the CEO and owner of “the first supercar builder in China.”

Got that? In case you did not, Diablo thinks it’s so nice and says it twice: “The First Supercar Builder.”  “The First Supercar Builder in China.” While on the topic of twins: The engine is a Toyota v8 1uz twin-turbo engine, tuned up to some 450 horsepower.

The owner is Li Lin “Joe” Tao. According to Carnewschina, Joe built his first Diablo because he couldn’t afford the real thing. He had some demand, and built some more. According to Carnewschina, “the Lamborghini Diablo was never exported to China,” a fact that could come in handy just in case Lamborghini/Volkswagen will take Joe to court. Did you register the Diablo as a design patent in China, Lamborghini? Nein? Pound sand then.

This is Diablo Works, Beijing.

This logo, found by Carnewschina on the bodywork just behind the door would be more actionable.

That logo, found on the hood, is an improvement, however, the bull still shines through.

More pictures at If anyone needs Carnewschina owner Tycho as a witness, I have his number. For a fee. This is industrious China, after all.

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Fake In China: China Copies Bikini Car Wash, Needs More Displacement Sat, 04 Aug 2012 16:32:29 +0000

Forget Mao suits: “Chinese youngsters know Justin Bieber, hamburgers and Middle East warfare,” reports the culturally clued-in Carnewschina. “They also know this thing called ‘Bikini Car Wash’, many Chinese websites are full with big-breasted American babes bikini washing big engined American cars.”

A car wash in Shanghai made it reality. Except, well, the babes are Chinese.

Someone give the lady a wand,  and a pressure washer.

This looks more like the staff of one of those Chinese hair salons where there is no cutting of hair.

Apart from the lack of displacement on the part of the ladies, the car is no big-engined American metal either, but one of those Teutonic-Italian Lamborghinis. Half-baked American cultural revolution, I’d say.

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Chinese Overload! Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:17:57 +0000 Tycho de Feyter, who blogs about Chinese cars in, is very much concerned about the well-being of his Chinese compatriots. So much, that he tracks the overlo9ading of vehicles.  This “slightly overloaded truck” was seen on China’s tropical island province Hainan. The truck carries big sacks of styrofoam to a recycling facility. Not much weight, but the truck could easily be blown away.

This slightly overloaded truck was seen on the outskirts of Beijing.

The owner of this slightly overloaded tricycle  must be a colleague of the truck owner in Hainan. He brought the whole family. If he loads just a few more sacks, he soon will be able to afford a truck! If he will live that long.

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Fake In China: Shaanxi Hearts Escalade Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:24:41 +0000

Members of the Chinese car industry are busy hiring foreign engineers and designers. That trend apparently has not reached China’s Shaanxi Province yet. The province is home to state-owned conglomerate Shaanxi Victory. It’s automotive4 division made unremarkable trucks and vans. Very few knew of this venture. Now, Shaanxi is famous all the way to Detroit. The company copied the Cadillac Escalade as the master design for its new S102.

“The front looks very much like the good old American Cadillac Escalade EXT,” says Tycho de Feyter, who tracks the purloining of IPs at Carnewschina.

The truck is not on the road yet, but a picture and specs are on the company website.

The real thing, in case you forgot.

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Carbuzz Builds Chinese Firewall To Lock Out Lone Dutchman Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:03:34 +0000

Man on a mission: Tycho at the Beijing Auto Show

Yesterday, we reported about Carbuzz purloining content from Carnewschina, and that it is continuing to do so despite vows of repentance. This morning, Carnewschina proprietor Tycho de Feyter opened his laptop in Beijing in order to visit vengeance on the presumptive “leader in car news and industry information.” He keyed in the Carbuzz URL and looked at an empty screen.

“ is completely down since this morning (Chinese time),” de Feyter telegraphed from Beijing.  “Maybe the owners got word of the mess?  I hope they stay down, but sadly I can’t do my other articles on these bastards anymore…”

It turns out that Tycho was mistaken. Instead of taking the site down, Carbuzz erected a firewall that keeps out China.Everybody in the world can access Carbuzz, try it from China, and you get a blank screen. Writes de Feyter in today’s report from Beijing:

“The little redneck content-thieves from are trying to hide their criminal activities in China. They went quite far to do so by locking out all Chinese IP’s. is therefore no longer visible in the whole of China. I guess CarBuzz’ advertisers don’t like that very much. They will even like less what will happen next, but I don’t say what that is…”:

This is yet another episode of an unfolding man bites dog story. China erects a firewall to keep 1.3 billion Chinese in China. Carbuzz erects a Firewall to defend against one man in Beijing: Tycho de Feyter, the man on a mission.

Heavily SEOd, but mentally challenged Carbuzz forgot one thing: The circumvention of the Chinese Firewall is a national sport in the Middle Kingdom, and what can poke holes into the Chinese firewall can easily overcome a firewall hastily thrown up around a Carbuzz server that appears to be somewhere in Israel.

You need some determination to do that, but spurned Tycho has the determination. Last we heard was that Tycho is running each of the Carbuzz stories through Google to document from where they were stolen.

Should Tycho’s digging be successful, this could spell trouble in an unexpected country: India. Most of the alleged content in Carbuzz is served via  The owner of that URL is Bitgravity, Inc., Bitgravity is owned by Tata Communications, and, tada!, Tata Communications is a member of the sprawling Tata conglomerate.

Carbuzz: Instead of erecting firewalls to lock out Chinese IPs, wouldn’t it be simpler to give credit where credit is due?

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