New spy shots from the Hongqi L7 limousine testing in China, it will be launched on the Chinese auto market later this year, but only for the government, private buyers will only be able to get one in 2013. Power will come from a 6.0 V12 with 400hp and 580nm, and that seems barely enough to move the 3.15 ton L7 forwards any fast.
Chinese media are reporting today on a huge investment plan by First Auto Works, or FAW. Total investment in research and development over the next 5 years is 35.5 billion yuan or 5.7 billion USD. The ailing Hongqi (Red Flag) brand is the biggest benefactor with 10.5 billion yuan, showing that FAW is serious about resurrecting the once-famous brand.
The best spy shots so far of the new FAW-Besturn B70 testing in China. The bodywork at the back is completely different compare with the current car, with a new fastback-like design. The new Besturn B70 will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April and it will be launched on the Chinese car market in the first half of this year.
New spy shots of the production version of the FAW-Xiali T012, design-wise based on a the T012 concept car that debuted on the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. The T012 will be made by Tianjin-FAW-Xiali, an FAW subsidiary that also makes the Xiali N3, the Xiali N5 and the new Xiali N7.
Nameless sources working for Hongqi told Chinese media that the new Hongqi H7 will never be sold to private buyers. The sources say the H7 is destined only for sales to the government, local governments, and state owned enterprises. However, another source says the H7 will be launched on the private market in the second half of 2013.
The very first spy shots of the production version of the FAW-Xiali T012, design-wise based on a the T012 concept car that debuted on the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. Xiali didn’t change that much. Lights are bigger, grille slightly different, other bumpers, normal tires, and that’s about it.
The FAW-Xiali N7 has been launched on the China car market, price starts at 45.900 yuan and ends at 53.900 yuan. 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 conservative FAW-Xiali where design is usually rather boring.
FAW has confirmed that the new Besturn X80 SUV will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The X80, the first SUV under the Besturn brand, will then be launched on the Chinese car market soon after the show. Price is expected to range from 120.000 yuan to 200.000 yuan.
The very first spy shots of a new FAW-Besturn MPV, Chinese media say it will be launched on the China auto market in 2015. The yet nameless MPV will be based on the Mazda 8 MPV that is made in China by the FAW-Mazda joint venture. All Besturn branded vehicles are based on Mazda’s.
The first batch of Hongqi H7 sedans has been delivered to the local government of Jilin Province, which bought 13 cars for its provincial-level officials. The Hongqi H7 is still not available on the normal Chinese car market. FAW, the owner of the Hongqi-brand, said 10 other government entities have ordered the H7, but FAW didn’t say how many cars were involved. Jilin is an easy first victory because FAW is based in the provincial capital Changchun.