Haval is Greatwall’s new brandname for SUV, it should have been ‘Hover’ but GW was unable to register that name in any country abroad so Haval it was. The H6 came as a concept but will see production within a year. It stands on the same platform as the H5’s but is 20 centimeter lower to give it a more sporty/crossover/luxurious look. Greatwall doesn’t specify the engine so likely it will be another 2.4.
Brilliance had a nice slogan for the full-electric A0: “Imagine Green Future”, I imagined me and the girl with funny hair on a sunny beach. The A0 is all about the environment and Brilliance used a lot of recycled materials. The seats are made of recycled plant fibers, the roof from recycled soyabean fibers and the carpets(!) from recycled polyester fiber. But off course, we believe. The electric motor has 70 kw, good for a 130km/h top speed.
The B90 is a concept for a large size SV from Beijing Auto, and because the times are changing it is a hybrid. But!, with a 5.7 litre V8 with 248kw and 498nm. No info available on the electric engine which makes me hope it isn’t actually there. Size: 5220x2010x2000, wheelbase is 2950.
Earlier we saw an expirimental car and two expirimental buses from HNUSP, which stands for Hunan University Science Park. The experimental car was born as a research project from students and scientist from the university. The buses and Zhongqi Sedan however, are not.
HNUSP is now a large spin-off automotive research company, although still affiliated with the university. After the bus-madness they decided to go for a ‘normal’ sedan called Zhongqi. HNUSP brought two cars; a black machine with an SAIC 1.8T and a blue hybrid.
Fengshen is a new subbrand for passenger cars from Dongfeng Automotive, they sell two cars so far: the S30 sedan and the H30 hatchback. Sales are not going too well, mostly because of the rather boring design of both vehicles. So Dongfeng came up with this H30 Cross with a new front, blacked wheel-arches and roofrails. Engine is a 1.6 litre with 78kw and 142nm. Price starts around 80.000 rmb. Chinese people love this kind of vehicles, the cross-versions of other brands are usually the top sellers of the range, so likely sales will indeed go up.
JAC showed the Vision IV concept and guess what, it is a hybrid. It has a conventional engine up front and an electric motor. Power for that one comes from breaking and from a solar panel in the roof. Range is 450 kilometer combined and 250 electric. Size: 3650x1800x1500. No plans for production of this one yet but the hybrid technology will be used in normal JAC’s within two years.
When Fiat ran crying from it’s joint venture with Nanjing Automotive in 2008 it sold the Palio and Siena platforms to small automaker Zotye. Earlier, Fiat sold Zotye the Multipla and Lancia Lybra platforms. The Multipla went into production last year and now the Palio and Siena are ready. Above the Langjun, Zotye’s take on the Siena with a brand new front and back.
FAW is not only one of the biggest passenger car makers in China but also one of the biggest in trucks and buses. Actually it all started with a truck at FAW, a beautifull machine called the Jiefang, which means Liberation, in 1956.
FAW brought a few trucks and buses to a boot outside the main hall and this schoolbus-concept looked very nice. It is meant to show that FAW can do more with a bus than just building the normal flat nosed vehicles. Children in China don’t go to school by bus but maybe one day FAW can export some to America.
The new BYD S6 SUV is finally out. Many say it loox too much like a certain Lexus. Many cars look like a certain Lexus. Besides, the BYD will be much cheaper. But still all no good, hopefully BYD will try better next time. (unlikely…)