Chinese car dealer Zhongsheng Group Holdings Ltd has bought 70 percent of the shares of German prestige tuner Carlsson. A spokesperson of the Zhongsheng company said they had a very simple explanation for it:

The problem is there are so many Mercedes, BMW and Audi cars in Shanghai and Beijing that those cars sometimes feel like mainstream cars, like driving a Camry in Los Angeles.

To give the partial acquisition a bit more shine Carlsson China also announced the Carlsson CGL45 Royal Edition especially designed for the China market.

Next to the aerodynamics package with an engine upgrade and an improved interior luxury this special edition gets an unique color scheme. The 3.0 liter V6 diesel unit has been boosted from 268hp and 618Nm to 310hp and 698Nm, while the 5.5-liter petrol V8 was taken to 441hp and 598Nm.

On the outside, the GL received wider wheel arches, a new radiator grille including a chrome and Carlsson logo, a modified front fascia and a set of custom wheels. The two-tone paintjob features black with orange and is the finishing touch.

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  1. Ugghhh ! Now don’t get me wrong … I’m no fan of Carlson’s customs but …….. haven’t we in the West sold just about enough of ourselves to the Chinese lately for the love of …

    Honestly . If this is the continuing wave of the future , lets all in the West simply hang it up ……. sell the entire bloody mess … including real estate to the Chinese .. and be done with it !


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