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Hongqi H7, first official pics leaked in China

Published on April 13, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongqi H7, first official pics leaked in China

Here we have the very first official pics of the upcoming Hongqi H7, leaked straight away from FAW, or First Auto Works, the owner of the Hongqi (Red Flag) brand. The Hongqi H7 will debut at the Beijing Auto Show later this month, to compete with such fine cars as the Audi A6L, the Benz E-class, BMW 5-series and Volvo S80.

Hongqi H7, first official pics leaked in China

The Hongqi H7 based on the Toyota Crown made by the FAW-Toyota joint venture. Power comes from three engines: a FAW-developed 2.0 turbo and two V-sixes from Toyota: 2.5 and 3.0, these engines also power the Crown.

Crossing the bridge indeed, this H7 has to revive the ailing Hongqi-brand, which will be hard because Hongqi never managed to develop any car of its own, something Chinese car buyers of today know very well. As far as we can see; we say: no chance again, no matter the chrome, it’s just a Toyota in the end…

Pics via: Sohu.com.

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  1. Alf- April 14, 2012 Reply

    Hopeless, absolutely hopeless. Looks old already.

  2. acs- April 15, 2012 Reply

    Hyundai produced Mitsubishi Debonair derivatives before making their own luxury designs, so this isn’t any different.

  3. dragin- April 15, 2012 Reply

    While FAW leans on joint ventures, and old foreign technology, considering it “good enough for government work”, the lesser tigers devote blood sweat and tears in developing their own. and so we are left to only guess what the outcome will be…..

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