Last week I was in Shenzhen where I was invited for a test drive in the brand new Denza EV. I was a passenger in this ‘Denza Blue’ example driven by one of the factory’s development-test drivers who knew the vehicle inside and out. We drove on steep and challenging roads through the hills in the far eastern part of the city.
Profits of Chinese carmaker BYD decreased 15.5 percent year-on-year to 361 million yuan ($58.7 million) in the first half of this year. The profit fall was “mainly due to the decrease in the traditional automobile business”, the Shenzhen-based carmaker said in a statement.
A very hip BYD F0 hatchback, Spotted in China on the Beijing Asian Games Village car market in Beijing. The good BYD is wrapped in an eye smoothing matte Pink wrap, and further sexed up with darkened windows, racy tires, and sporty nine-spoke white alloys that are in urgent need of a clean-up.
This is the new BYD T5 electric light-truck, a vehicle that could revolutionize transport in China. The BYD T5 will have a top speed of 50 kilometers per hour and a range of about 400 kilometer, making it a perfect solution for transportation within city limits.
New spy shots showing the facelifted BYD G6 sedan testing in China, debut is scheduled for the Chengdu Auto Show in September with a launch on the China car market in October. The facelift comes with a new heavily chromed grille, new headlights, new rear lights, new bumpers, and a new engine.
BYD has applied for patent on a new mid-size passenger bus, about the size of a Toyota Coaster. It is most likely electric, with the batteries stored in the boxes on the roof. The new bus looks rather futuristic with the design around the headlights mimicking the BYD Qin and BYD Tang road cars.
BYDwill join this year’s China Rally Championship (CRC) with the BYD Qin plug-in hybrid, marking the first time ever for a hybrid car to compete in rallying. The CRC is China’s official national rally championship with six scheduled events for 2014, supervised by the ‘Federation of Automobile Sports of PRC’ (FASC). Other participants in the CRC include y Suzuki with the Swift, Lifan with the 330, and various dealer-teams with the usual Impreza’s and EVO’s.