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Top Gear filming in China for new series

Mon, 05 Dec 2011

Clarkson & May filming for Top Gear in China

Escaping from the furore over his One Show comments, Jeremy Clarkson is in China with James May filming for Top Gear.

After all the grief over his One Show comments (which, although a bit OTT, were actually not his views but an attempt to humorously demonstrate the BBC’s obsession with ‘balance’), Jeremy Clarkson has decamped to China – together with James May – to film for an episode of the new series of Top Gear.

It looks like the piece they’re filming revolves around Chinese car clones, with the Shuanghuan Noble (Smart), Shuanghuan CEO (X5) and the Chinese version of MINI – the Lifan 320. They also seem to be taking a look at cars in China which don’t pay ‘homage’ to the West with James May in a JAC Binyue and Jeremy Clarkson in a Greatwall Haval M2.

There should be plenty of opportunities to deliver more offensive comments when it comes to the obvious plagiarism by Chinese car makers, and every chance it will end up in a bit of controversy. But Clarkson has DVDs and Top Gear episodes to plug, so if anyone is daft enough to take his comments too seriously, that’s their problem.

The local Chinese also reckon the Top Gear boys will be off to Shanghai to film (the camera car is a Discovery with Shanghai plates) which could mean a play with real supercars in the city that is fast becoming the richest and most successful on the planet.

We’ll find out all the details when the New Top Gear series starts in January.

Source: Car News China

By Cars UK