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China loves SUVs, and that segment is the fastest growing of all, recording a 82.94% increase in Jan-Oct 2010 compared to the same period a year ago. The SUV market now accounts for nearly 10% of total passenger car volume, according to reports, and is still on the rise.

The Audi Q7 is out of stock, Shanghai VW is selling 10,000 units of the Tiguan per month, demand outstrips supply for Dongfeng Honda’s CR-V and models such as the Mercedes-Benz GLK, BMW X5, Nissan Qashqai, Toyota Highlander and Renault Koleos are enjoying brisk sales. So it’s no wonder that local carmakers want a bite of the pie.


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The “Porsche Cayenne” you see above is from an automaker called Hawtai, not to be confused by local biscuit company Hwa Tai. While it borrows cues from the big Porsche and a front grille design from Jaguar, the B35 sits on the previous gen Hyundai Santa Fe’s platform (Hawtai used to have a JV with Hyundai). Diesel engines developed by Italy’s VM Motori will power the B35, which will also have ZF gearboxes. It will be launched next year.

The gold one is already on sale. Clearly a previous gen Kia Sorento with an Audi inspired nose, the G3 is made by Gonow, which is a now subsidiary of GAC. State owned GAC is also the owner of the Changfeng brand. The G3 is powered by a Mitsubishi sourced SOHC 2.0L engine with 120 hp and 170 Nm. A manual gearbox send power to the rear wheels.

Take a closer look after the jump.

Hawtai B35
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GAC Gonow G3
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