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Chinese electric automaker is doing the Ford Aston Martin grille Thing

Published on December 7, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Chinese electric automaker is doing the Ford Aston Martin grille Thing

This is the Dojo Pioneer, an electric vehicle from China manufactured by a company called Jiangsu Daojue Industrial Corporation, based in the great city of Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province. The Dojo Pioneer (Kaitazhe, 开拓者) is fitted with a grille nicked from Ford which nicked it from Aston Martin. The front as a whole is nicked from a Ford Fiesta, including the location of the logo and the super sharp headlights.

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The Dojo Pioneer is basically a slightly upmarket variant of the Dojo Cool Run (Kupao, 酷跑). The Cool Run, designated A101, sports a different logo than the newer Pioneer but they are both sold under the Dojo brand.

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The Cool Run is based on the petrol-powered Changan BenBen Mini, priced from 36.900 yuan to 48.900 yuan. It is not unusual for Chinese automakers to sell platforms, with body but without the engine, to electric carmakers for conversion to electric cars. Changan Automotive supplies various platforms to various companies, including Jiangsu Daojue Industrial Corporation.

In this particular case however things are a bit more fuzzy. Changan Automotive has a giant joint venture with Ford, called Changan-Ford, that makes Ford-branded cars for the Chinese market, including the Fiesta and the Mondeo. But is is unlikely that Changan knows what Jiangsu Daojue is doing exactly with their BenBen platform, they normally couldn’t care less as long as they get paid. Ford almost certainly didn’t know. That is, until now.

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The Changan-Ford Fiesta hatchback for the Chinese car market. Price starts at 79.900 yuan and ends at 122.900 yuan.

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Back now to the Dojo Pioneer, designated A106, seen here with a pretty lady who sure likes to drive electric. LED fog lights and extra sporty alloys for the show. Power comes from a 13.4 hp electric motor sending horses to the rear wheels. Battery is lead-acid. Top speed is a decent 40 kilometer per hour and 0-30 (thirty) is gone in 9.6 seconds. Range is 120 kilometer. Charging takes 8 hours on 220V or 30 minutes for 80% battery on a fast charger.

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Size of the Pioneer:  3520/1570/1490, and curb weight is 850 kilo. The Pioneer can seat five humans or one absurdly tall model. Price for all this pretty including green-car subsidies: 43.000 yuan or  just under $7000. More expensive than a base BenBen, but cheaper than a Fiesta, and Ford isn’t selling anything electric in China anyway.

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In blue with LED fog lights and sporty alloys.

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A white Pioneer at the factory with standard fog lights and a rather special EV-license plate. Note the long line of Cool Runs on the left.

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  1. bydforthewin- December 7, 2014 Reply

    Looks more like an Aston Martin Cygnet to me.

  2. marco loglio- December 8, 2014 Reply

    This EV could be decent if they could use lithium battery instead the obsolete lead acid battery that are completely to fase out from the market of the EV. With lithium battery the car could be much lighter and could achieve a much higher speed. Normally an EV with 13 Hp motor and lithium battery can reach 75/80 km/h speed .
    Secondly the range could be much improved. In the same space and weight of the lead acid battery we have 4 times the energy densitywith lithium cells of second generation. Then there is no way to fast charge the lead battery thing that is easy and common with the lithium battery. With the cold weather of these days the lead battery loose 50 % of the capacity while the lithium battery are not affected by the external temperature.
    Finally the price is now very similar between the 2 chemisteries. lithium battery is available at a low of 160 USD for 1 kw/h

  3. D Mitra- December 8, 2014 Reply

    Excellent article, Tycho! I have recommended this article to readers on China Car Forums.

    Of note, this was previously called A201 when shown at an EV expo in early March, and I then had written a couple of posts on this. As always, your articles are very enjoyable and informative.

  4. D Mitra- December 8, 2014 Reply

    UPDATE: Discovered that this is also made/sold by small EV maker T-King as “Oushang” (唐骏欧尚).

    Sorry for double posting.

  5. dragin- December 9, 2014 Reply

    “…unlikely that Changan knows what Jiangsu Daojue is doing exactly with their BenBen…as long as they get paid. ”

    You recently featured an EV called Jummer, made by Greenwheel. Well that EV company also converts
    Chang’an models, namely the CV9 crossover, and the Chang’he Ideal, (back when Chang’he was its subsidiary) .

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