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Spy Shots: facelift for the FAW-Besturn B90 in China

Published on June 19, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: facelift for the FAW-Besturn B90 in China

Spy shots showing a facelifted FAW-Besturn B90 testing in China. The facelift comes surprisingly quick, the Besturn B90 was launched on the Chinese car market only in August last year. The grille seems to be the focus of the facelift with three giant chrome bars replacing the current 5-bar design.

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The current Besturn B90. Price starts at 127.800 yuan and ends at 199.800 yuan. The Besturn B90 is based on the Mazda 6 which is made in China by the FAW-Mazda joint venture. Engines come from Mazda as well: 2.0 or 2.3, both mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Size: 4880/1812/1472, wheelbase is 2780.

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Chrome bar is bigger, compare:

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It seems FAW wants to make the Besturn B90 a more impressive car by adding more chrome. Chinese car buyers do indeed appreciate Bling very much, but the real problem is Besturn’s image as a car maker on the cheap using old platforms and engines from other automakers. As long as that doesn’t change sales won’t go up, not even with a ton of extra chrome.

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  1. dragin- June 19, 2013 Reply

    These new bowed grille bars do not look comfortable in the old straight grille opening.
    But at FAW it seems to go with the “good enough for government work” attitude.
    In the mean time the joint venture partners can be counted on to bring in the big dollars.

  2. dragin- June 19, 2013 Reply

    These new bowed grille bars do not look comfortable in the old (straight) grille opening.
    But at FAW it seems to go with the “good enough for government work” attitude.
    In the mean time the joint venture partners can be counted on to bring in the big dollars.

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