Spy Shots: Tianjin-FAW R008 testing in China
Published on February 8, 2012 by Tycho de Feyter
The Tianjin-FAW R008 is a funky small cross-overish hatchback based on the Xiali N5. the R008 debuted at a concept at the Shanghai Auto Show in April last year, the production version will likely debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April this year. It will be cheap, price is expected to range from 45.000 to 55.000 yuan.
The R008 concept. Tianjin-FAW is a wholly owned subsidiary of FAW. They make all sorts of small and medium sized cars for the cheap end of the market that are sold under the FAW and Tianjin-Xiali names.
Some are still based on the ancient Daihatsu Charade platform, some on old Toyota platforms. Tianjin-FAW cars are a rare thing to see in the big cities but they sell very well in the rest of the country.
Size: 3920/1645x/1485, wheelbase is 2405. Power will come from a 1.3 with 91hp and 120nm, mated to a five-speed manual.