Published on October 10, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
This is the Hongqi CA7202 E3L limousine, based on the Hongqi CA7202 E3 Shijixing (Century Star) sedan. The CA7202 E3 was the last Hongqi (Red Flag) based on the Audi 100/200 that was made by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. The CA7202 E3 arrived in 2000, long after the Audi 100/200 was replaced with the first generation Audi A6. The E3L arrived two years later in 2002.
Published on October 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
Interesting news here. In a general article on scientific cooperation between companies and the Chinese army sat one paragraph that attracted our attention immediately:
[quote] With the cooperation of China’s First Auto Works, a civilian automobile manufacturer, the NUDT research team believes commercial driverless cars will soon be seen on the roads in China. [unquote]
FAW is First Auto Works, parent of Hongqi and joint venture partner of Volkswagen, Toyota, Mazda and GM. NUDT is the National University of Defense Technology, involved in developing everything from handguns to nuclear submarines. An interesting pair indeed to develop such a vehicle. The article doesn’t say anything else about the project but we will try to keep a close eye on developments. The rest of the story is quite interesting as well, see below:
Published on September 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
Production of the new Hongqi H7 seems to come on steam, this pic was taken a few days ago on a giant parking lot near the factory in Changchun. The Hongqi H7 will hit the Chinese auto market in October, production started in July and it debuted on the Beijing Auto Show in April.
Published on September 21, 2012 by Joey Wang
New spy shots from the upcoming facelifted FAW-Besturn B70, it will debut sometime in the middle of next year. The facelift includes an all-new more aerodynamic front, some smaller changes at the back and a new and kinda crazy dashboard.
Published on September 13, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
FAW has applied for patent on a new small size SUV code named T012. It will be made by Tianjin-FAW, a subsidiary that makes most of FAW’s smaller cars. The T012 will be launched on the Chinese car market late next year, a ‘concept’ is expected to debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013.
Published on September 12, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
A fantastic Hongqi CA773 Parade Car, seen in the Sanhe Classic Car Museum in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province. The parade car was based on the CA773 sedan which was made from 1969 until 1976. This particular parade car was made in 1974.
Published on September 7, 2012 by Joey Wang
FAW has applied for patent on the Oley hatchback, based on the FAW Oley sedan which was launched on the Chinese auto market in April. The hatch loox kinda sporty with some crossover thingies, it will likely hit the market sometime next year.
Published on August 23, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
The FAW-Besturn B90 as been launched on the China auto market. Price starts at 105.800 yuan and ends at 149.800 yuan. The Besturn B90 debuted in April on the Beijing Auto Show and is the biggest Besturn-branded car so far. Read more »
Published on August 13, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
This is it, the final production version of the FAW-Besturn X80 SUV. It will be launched on the China auto market in early 2013, debut is expected on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November. The X80 is based on the platform of the Mazda 6 sedan which is made by the FAW-Mazda joint venture.
Published on August 10, 2012 by Joey Wang
FAW has been fooling us! The FAW R008 will be called Xiali N7 when it hits the market later this year. The change makes some sense, the Xiali N7 will be made by Tianjin-FAW which also makes the Xiali N3 and Xiali N5. But we kinda liked ‘R00′, is sounded cool and different. Xiali N7, does not.