New spy shots from the upcoming Hongqi L7 testing in China, and it seems there have been some new changes at the back. The production version was expected to debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April but Chinese media now say it will be launched ‘later this year’. And things get even worse… The same media also say the Hongqi (Red Flag) L7 will only be available for the government procurement, with sales to private buyers starting as late as 2014.
A fine FAW-Besturn B50 sedan with Toyota badges, seen in the great country of Russia by reader Roman from faw-cars.ru, thank you for the pictures! Besturn started business in Russia last year and currently only sells the B50, the FAW V2 and V5 will become available in March. Read more »
We have seen the FAW-Besturn X80 SUV complete naked in China but testing seems not over yet. New spy shots show s sleek silver example and we get a better look inside. The FAW-Besturn X80 will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April and it will hit the China car market in the first half of this year. Price is expected to start around 130.000 yuan and end around 220.000 yuan. Read more »
The best spy shot so far of the back of the upcoming FAW-Besturn X80 SUV, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in the first half of this year, debut is expected for the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The Besturn X80 is based on the platform of the last generation Mazda 6 that is made in China by the FAW-Mazda joint venture. Design all very nice but the exhaust pipes seem to hang out a bit lonely.
Here we have a Xiali N3 posing as the last generation Toyota Mark X. The conversion seems done professionally, with a neat body kit and all, which means there must be more Xiali’s like this. The front is a perfect copy of the Mark X, albeit a bit smaller. Read more »
The new FAW-Xiali N7 cross-compact will be launched on the Chinese auto market in March. In December last year we heard the Xiali N7 would be launched this January but apparently there has been some delay. The Xiali N7 is the production version of the FAW R008 concept that debuted on the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. The funky lines of the N7 are a bold move for FAW-Xiali where design is usually very conservative. The interior is even better:
These are the very first pictures of the interior of the production version of the Hongqi L7, and we are positively impressed. Beautifully crafted, top end materials and completely digital. Especially impressive is the center tunnel with a ‘floating’ layer of wood on top of it.
An extremely rare Hongqi CA72 has been spotted in Romania, parked rather lonely on a quiet street in front of a Dacia pickup truck. The Hongqi CA72 was made from 1959 until 1965. In 6 years only 198 cars were made, making the CA72 one of the rarest Hongqi’s. We only met two examples in China, both safely stored in museums.
The very first good spy shots of the interior of the upcoming FAW-Besturn X80 SUV, and we sadly see lots of gray plastic. The Besturn X80 will be launched on the Chinese auto market in the first half of this year, official debut is expected for the Shanghai Auto Show in April.
The best spy shots so far of the facelifted FAW-Besturn B50. It was expected to debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November last year but didn’t show. Debut is now expected for the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The facelift included a new grille, new head lights, new bumpers and an updated interior. Read more »