Going through the old archives can be a bitch, seeing stuff you rather don’t want to remember. There are some exceptions, such as this brilliant Jiefang CA10 water truck. I met this monster all the way back in the summer of 2003 when I just arrived in Beijing (still here!). The truck was in active service, used for spraying water on the overheated asphalt around the famous Beijing Workers Stadium, which was very close to my then home.
The first spy shots of the new Besturn X70 testing in China. The X70 is a compact SUV that will be launched on the Chinese auto market in 2015. Price will start somewhere around 70.000 yuan. The X70 will be the smallest SUV of the Besturn brand, a subsidiary of First Auto Works (FAW).
A very neat Hongqi Century Star stretched limousine, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in east Beijing. The limousine is based on the base Hongqi Century Star sedan, which is based on the Audi 100 which was made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. FAW (First Auto Works) is also the owner of the famous Hongi Red Flag brand. The white color makes it a very special car as 99% of these limousines came in black.
A beautiful black Hongqi CA7180 A2EL1 stretched limousine, Spotted in China in the Sanlitun embassy area in Beijing. The vehicle was in very good shape with smooth looking paint, shiny chrome, and all parts accounted for. The tires however looked a bit old and in need of a replacement, especially in those rainy cold conditions.
The FAW Junpai D60 SUV will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q4, and that is later than previously expected. Price will start around 70.000 yuan and end around 120.000 yuan. ‘Junpai’ is a new brand under the First Auto Works (FAW) umbrella, the D60 is their first car. Junpai-branded cars will be manufactured by Tianjin-FAW, a FAW subsidiary.
First Auto Works (FAW) has launched a new passenger car brand in China. The new brand is called ‘Junpai’ (骏派) in Chinese and ‘Jumper’ in English. The brand will use the standard FAW logo, see top-right. The first Junpai car is the upcoming FAW Junpai D60, formerly known as the FAW Xiali T102.
Next up are a small SUV, a compact SUV, and a compact sedan. The latter is likely the vehicle currently known as the ‘Besturn B30‘. FAW recently said there will be no Besturn-branded car below the current Besturn B50, indicating the B30 project will be transferred to the new Junpai brand.
First Auto Works (FAW) has applied for patent on the Hongqi 77X for the Chinese car market. We first met the Hongqi 77X in June 2012 when it was still in its design phase. Design has been finalized now and the 77X is scheduled for debut on the April 2015 Shanghai Auto Show.
Spy Shots showing the facelifted Besturn B50 sedan testing in China. The new Besturn B50 will be launched on the China auto market in mid 2015. The facelifted B50 comes with a large sporty grille and a very sleek profile, almost with a fastback shape just like the recently launched new Besturn B70.
First Auto Works (FAW) has delivered eight Hongqi H7 sedans to the Chinese army. The vehicles will be used to transport top army officials who are no longer allowed to buy foreign brands. The Hongqi H7 was launched on the China car market in May 2013, but sales to the civil government started earlier with 500 cars delivered in April last year.