Chairman & president of Brilliance Automotive, Mr. Qi Yumin, said some interesting things to journalists during a recent conference, confirming older reports in the process.
The production version of the Brilliance Greater China sedan will be based on the platform of the last-gen BMW 5Li that was made in China by the Brilliance-BMW joint venture. The joint venture changed to the new 5Li last year and leaving a platform unused is unheard of in China.
Brilliance has announced another change of name; the Brilliance Junjie FRV will from now on be called the Brilliance H320. The change comes with a facelift that brings the H320 in line with the other Brilliance automobiles. The facelifted car debuted at the Beijing Auto Show in April, by that time however it was still called Junjie FRV. The H320 will debut on the Chinese car market later this month.
Another pleasant surprise from Brilliance Automotive. This is the Brilliance A00 (code name), a new small hatchback that will hit the Chinese car market in early 2013, its debut is expected on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November. Development has gone very fast, or more likely very secretly. Only in late June we saw the first pics of a clay model and this blue car on pics seems very ready for production.
A Brilliance-Jinbei Haise van is kinda confused. It is many thinks. Most of all an Audi Q7 but also a Land Rover, a Ford, a Volkswagen, a Benz, a BMW, a Nissan, a Toyota and a Honda. Badges like these go for 15 yuan on the market. All together still some 165 yuan spend. Jinbei means ‘Gold Cup’, that badge is the real thing. This curious case reminds us of a very messed up BYD F0 we saw earlier.
Brilliance is working on a new A00-class hatchback for the Chinese car market, in size comparable with cars like the Chery QQ or BYD F0. The Brilliance A00 could be branded ‘Brilliance’ or ‘Jinbei‘, or both. Price will start around 30.000 yuan and will end around 50.000 yuan. The A00 will be positioned below the upcoming H230 hatchback.
The best spy shots so far from the upcoming Brilliance H230 hatchback, based on the H230 sedan that debuted on the Beijing Auto Show in April. The sedan is a fabulous looking machine but the loox of this hatchback are horribly wasted by a very ugly blacked-out front.
Competition in the minivan-segment is heating up yet again with this BMW-inspired Jinbei Haixing minivan. Jinbei is a brand from Brilliance Automotive which is also BMW’s joint venture partner in China, Brilliance-BMW makes the 3, 5 and X1. Targets for the Haixing, meaning ‘Sea Star’, are the dominant minivan-makers Wuling and Chang’an. Jinbei is not attacking alone, earlier on we saw new entries from Jonway, Beijing Auto and Changhe. Read more »
The all-new Brilliance H230 sedan debuted at the Beijing Auto Show in April, it will be launched on the China car market on August 31, price will start around 60.000 yuan. Brilliance is also working on a hatchback version of the H230 which will likely debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November.
Spy shots from the Brilliance V6 Concept that will debut at an auto show later this year. The V6 is a mid-size crossover that will be launched on the Chinese car market in late 2013. Size-wise it seems about comparable with the new Brilliance H230. That would make the V6 some 4.5 meter long.
The new Brilliance-Jinbei S30 has been launched at the China car market. For now it is only available with an 1.5, a 1.5 turbo and a 1.3 will follow later. Price starts at 59.800 yuan and ends at 67.800 yuan. The S30 is a small-size SUV-cross thing aimed at first-car buyers looking for something different. Jinbei is a brand from Brilliance Auto famous for its minivans and small buses, the S30 is Jibei’s first passenger car.