The Greatwall Haval H5 is the successor of the Greatwall Hover. It comes in two: this one called ‘GKC Edition’ with a typical new Chinese front with a huge grille and one other called ‘European Style’ with a much more modest front. Except for the front both cars are completely identical and both will hit the market at the same time in a few months. Because this one is for China only it gets a petrol engine, diesel is forbidden for passenger cars in most of the country.
The Greatwall Haval H5 is the successor of the Greatwall Hover. It comes in two: this one called ‘European Style’ with a modest front and one other called ‘GKC Edition‘ with a typical new Chinese front with a huge grille. Except for the front both cars are completely identical and both will hit the market at the same time in a few months.
The H5 ‘European Style’ is also meant to spearhead Greatwall’s invasion of Europe, that is why the name. For that it got a Diesel which those Europeans like, especially the Italians ’cause a diesel means less tax and so more money for vino.
The Greatwall Haval M3 is a almost production-ready concept for a small SUV. The car proved very popular after it’s debut at the Beijing Auto Show. A staff member at the boot told me many a man wanted to order one right on sight. Guess Greatwall will hurry this one to the market, introduction is sceduled for the end of this year.
It was not only cars at the Beijing Auto Show, far far from that. Every make brought in a massive number of the most beautiful sexy show girls to get some more attention for the machinery. Today part 1 and we start with ‘The man on the Phone’.
Minicar maker FAW-Jilin is a subsidiary of FAW, First Auto Works, and based in Jilin City, Jilin Province. The Senya S80 is a small SUV based on the Senya M80 which in turn is based on the Daihatsu Xenia. Daihatsu and FAW-Jilin had a joint venture for selling Daihatsu cars under the FAW-brand from july 2009 until january 2010 when Daihatsu suddenly pulled out. The two also operated a joint venture for auto parts which was dissolved at the same time.
FAW-Jilin however kept the factory and the platforms, they paid for that but how much is not sure. The M80 is FAW-Jilin’s first ‘self-developed’ vehicle, they say, but actually a restyled M80 with some added luxury so FAW-Jilin can ask more money for it.
The Beijing Auto (Beijing Qiche in Chinese, abbriviated to Beiqi, from Beijing Auto Works, or BAW, a brand from Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation, or BAIC), C70EV concept is based on the Beijing 700 concept that debuted on the 2008 Beijing Auto Show. But a lot has changed, the car is much more developed and now got an interior.
It came as an ‘EV’, electric vehicle, concept but looking at the size it could easily use the old Saab 9-5 platform that BAW recenlty bought from GM. The Saab was at the boot as well, with a new front and called C71. Size of the EV71: 4800x1840x1598. Saab 9-5 (1997-2010)/C70: 4836x1790x1453.
The X-Power is a concept for a full-size SUV from Guangzhou Auto. Yesterday we heard the machine will start rolling of the line in 2011. The X-Power however is still very concept-like and no information on the engine appeared. The Guangzhou Auto Trumpche sedan, which will likely see production in september this year, had something called a ‘2.0FDi’ engine so the X-Power might get the same.
Guanzghou Auto is a brand from Guangzhou Automobile Corporation (GAC). In july 2009 GAC signed a joint venture with Fiat to produce Fiats for the Chinese market. Prior to that Fiat helped GAC with the development of their own line of cars, named Guangzhou Auto. Most ‘helpful’ was Fiat selling some older platforms, likely Alfa, to GAC. The Trumpche, Chuanqi in Chinese, stands on one of those.
The Trumpche came as a concept but yesterday we heard production will start in september this year, the X-Power SUV to follow in 2011, the same year the first Guangzhou-Fiats are sceduled to roll of the line. The Trumpche on the show had a badge on the back reading ‘2.0 FDi’. Could be a Fiat engine that came with the platform, no more details available for now.
The Beijing Auto Show 2010 is now over, but after more than 60 articles I am not done yet. Still got hundreds of pictures and about 25 more new cars I didn’t post about. I will so continue until I got ‘m all. New news will off course go first. Next big show is Shanghai in 2011, I hope to finish the coverage on Beijing 2010 before that one starts…
The YueYue is JAC’s entry into minicar territory where it will compete all Chinese Aygo-clones. The YueYue however is fortunately no copy of anything and has it’s own nice looking lines. The car will go on sale in about a month, price starts around 50.000 rmb. The yellow YueYue on the picture was spiced up a bit with sporty wheels.