CarNewsChina.com - China Auto News http://www.carnewschina.com China Car News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:35:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Kia KX3 concept debuts in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-kia-kx3-concept-debuts-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-kia-kx3-concept-debuts-in-china/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:35:39 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60222 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Kia KX3 concept debuts in China

This is the new Kia KX3 concept, unveiled on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The Kia KX3 is a China-only compact SUV, developed to battle with cars such as the Ford Ecosport, Peugeot 2008, and Chevrolet Trax. The KX3 will be launched on the Chinese car market in the first half of 2015.

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The new SUV is based on the platform of the China-only Hyundai ix25, which in itself is based on a slightly stretched variant of platform underpinning the Kia Soul. The KX3 will be made in China by the Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia joint venture. Price will start around 110.000 and end around 170.000 yuan.

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Design very trendy with a broad shoulder, lots of black plastic, exhaust pipes integrated in bumper, a black rood spoiler, a usable rood rack in matte chrome, and a great ass. Power will come from two four-cylinder petrol units: either a 1.6 with 123hp and 151nm, or a 2.0 with 158hp and 192nm. Both engines are mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The 1.6 will be FWD only, the 2.0 FWD or AWD.

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A daring design up front with sharp headlights, a low lying bonnet, and a huge skid pad. This thing is ready for the mountains!

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Needs a bit more chrome here.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Ford Everest SUV debuts in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-ford-everest-suv-debuts-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-ford-everest-suv-debuts-in-china/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:56:18 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60212 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Ford Everest SUV debuts in China

The new Ford Everest SUV had its public debut on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show, after its media-debut last week in Beijing. The Ford Everest is a large body-on-frame SUV developed for Asian markets developed to take on cars like the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and Nissan X-Trail.

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Dashboard impresses, especially for a Ford. Nice fit and finish. Mid-sized LCD screen in the center console. The instrument binnacle consists of a analogue speedo and two smaller LCD screens. Shiploads of buttons on steering wheel.

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The Everest is a seven seat SUV with a 2+3+2 configuration. This is the second row.

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Third row.

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The Ford Everest will be available with three engines: a 2.0 turbocharged Ecoboost four-cylinder petrol with 238hp and 360nm, a 2.2 turbocharged Duratorq four-cylinder diesel engine with 150hp and 385nm, and a 3.2 turbocharged Duratorq diesel engine with 200hp and 470nm. Transmissions are a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, sending power to all-four wheels.

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The Everest is manufactured in China by the Jiangling-Ford joint venture. Mass production is set to start near the end of the year with a launch on the Chinese car market in Q1 2015. Price will range from around 300.000 to 450.000 yuan.

The Jiangling-Ford joint venture currently makes the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Classic, and will add the Ford Explorer and the Ford Transit Connect to the line-up in the near future.

The Everest is the third made-in-China Ford SUV after the smaller Kuga and Ecosport, which are both manufactured by Changan-Ford, Ford’s other Chinese joint venture.

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Impressive front with a giant heavily chromed grille will no-doubt impress Chinese car buyers.

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Still more chrome at the back. Bumper almost hip.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: new Ford Escort unveiled in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-new-ford-escort-unveiled-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-new-ford-escort-unveiled-in-china/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:09:34 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60204 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: new Ford Escort unveiled in China

The final production version of the new Ford Escort has been unveiled on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show. The Ford Escort is a China-only compact sedan. It will be launched on the Chinese auto market on January 20. Price will range from 90.000 to 130.000 yuan.

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Ford apparently doesn’t want to equip their automobiles with decent LCD screens. Their screens are the smallest in the business, with the 1980’s Nokia-style stuff in the Ecosport and Kuga being the worst examples. The Escort goes completely without any screen, making the dash look outdated, especially in China where local Chinese automakers equip even their cheapest 50.000 yuan offerings with the largest screens they can fit. Ford..?

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Sit up straight and there will be enough space for the legs, but not for the head.

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The Ford Escort is manufactured in China by the Changan-Ford joint venture. Power comes from a 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 113hp and 142nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Size: 4587/1825/1490mm, wheelbase is 2687.

The new Ford Escort is based on, and will replace, the current China-made Ford Focus Classic, which is a dressed up second generation Ford Focus standing on Ford’s C1 platform. The Focus Classic is manufactured alongside the current third generation Ford Focus, production will end as soon as the Escort is launched. In China, the platform underpinning the Escort is called ‘C1 MCA’.

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Chrome strip running into red large the hippest part of the otherwise rather boring design. Buyers in the segment where the Escort operates are known to be mid-aged and conservative, so the conservative design of the vehicle makes some sense. However, younger buyers will walk away and that is the booming market Ford should really be after, in a time where other brands are designing cars especially for the young.

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The 1.5.

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Potential buyer looking the other way. Grille kinda cool with five fat chromed bars.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Foton Salivana SUV debuts in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-foton-salivana-suv-debuts-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-foton-salivana-suv-debuts-in-china/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:18:00 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60196 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Foton Salivana SUV debuts in China

The Foton Salivana SUV debuted on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show, supported by a flock of fine looking ladies. The Salivana, formerly known as the Foton U201, formerly known as the Foton Toplander, is a large but stylish body-on-frame SUV. Foton is a brand under the Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC), making mostly commercial vehicles and pickup trucks.

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A car-like interior with the best looking Foton dasboard so far. Up until now Foton only made rather agricultural workman-style vehicles for serious off-road work in the countryside. They will always start but never excite. The Salivana has to change all that and make Foton acceptable in the big cities where the big money is.

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This black example might catch some attention in Beijing or Shanghai, fitted with a full-size roof rack, an extra bumper-bar, and shiny chromed six-spoke alloys. Sadly and badly, the engine is all-but-impressive. Power comes from a Mitsubishi2.4 liter four-cylinder 4G69 petrol engine with an output of 135hp and 200nm, mated to a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual, or a six-speed automatic. This engine is famous in China for powering all sorts of cheap ‘n simple Chinese SUV’s, but it is getting really old now and doesn’t seem to fit in new car like the Salivana aimed at a city audience.

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The white car is fitted with a basic roof rack.

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Small lady with big car: 4830/1910/1840mm, wheelbase is 2790. The Foton Salivana will hit the Chinese auto market in early 2015. Price will start around 110.000 yuan and end around 150.000 yuan, making the Salivana one of the cheapest large SUV’s on the Chinese market. It is big, it is cheap, it has a nice interior, and babes obviously love it. Now for that old engine…

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: China-made Range Rover Evoque unveiled in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-china-made-range-rover-evoque-unveiled-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-china-made-range-rover-evoque-unveiled-in-china/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:40:45 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60191 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: China-made Range Rover Evoque unveiled in China

The China-made Range Rover Evoque was unveiled on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show, coincidentally on the very same show as its Chinese clone; the infamous Landwind X7. The Evoque will be launched on the Chinese car market in January 2015, price will start around 400.000 yuan.

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The Evoque is manufactured by the Chery-JLR (Jaguar – Land Rover) joint venture, in a new factory in the city of Changshu in Jiangsu Province. Construction of the factory started in late 2012. The factory will only make the five-door variant of the Evoque, but the three-door variant will remain available as an import. The factory will also make the Land Rover Freelander, a stretched variant of the Jaguar XF, and most likely the future Jaguar C-X17 crossover SUV.

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The Evoque is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 237hp, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0 will be the only engine available for the  Evoque. The diesel engines won’t make it to China because most Chinese cities ban diesel engines for fear of pollution.

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‘Chery-JLR’ looks crappy on a badge so this one writes ‘Chery Land Rover’. The Jaguars will get Chery-Jaguar.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Landwind X7 unveiled in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-landwind-x7-unveiled-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-landwind-x7-unveiled-in-china/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:14:01 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60178 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Landwind X7 unveiled in China

The infamous Landwind X7 was unveiled on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show. The Landwind X7 is a Chinese clone of the Land Rover Evoque. Coincidentally, the China-produced Evoque debuted on the same show, and we bet the British were very interested in checking out just how flattered they should feel.

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The Landwind X7, formerly known as the Landwind E32, will be launched on the Chinese car market in March 2015. Price will start around 120.000 yuan or $19.600. The X7 is powered by a Mitsubishi-sourced 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 190hp and 250nm, mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. The X7 is based on a shortened variant of the platform that also underpins the Landwind X8.

Landwind is a Chinese car maker jointly owned by Jiangling Motors and Changan Auto, coincidentally (0r not?) both joint venture partners of Ford, with Jiangling-Ford and Changan-Ford respectively. Ford owned Land Rover-Range Rover until 2008 when they sold it on to the TATA conglomerate of India.

Price for the imported Range Rover Evoque starts at 528.000 yuan and ends at 668.000 yuan ($86.300 – 109.200). Price for the China-made Range Rover Evoque will start around 400.000 yuan. Cheaper, but still quite a bit more expensive than the Landwind X7. Some Chinese car buyers might be tempted to give it a try.

One might wonder whether Range Rover might kick Landwind to court. Probably not. Changan Auto is a mighty player in China. They are owned by the China South Industries Group Corporation (CSGC), a giant state-owned industrial conglomerate and one of the largest weapon makers in country with close ties to the Chinese armed forces, and the army RULES. Sue that, Rover… Jiangling is a smaller player, but not unimportant. Still state owned and one of the main suppliers of vehicles for the Chinese police and paramilitary forces.

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Dash partly Evoque clone (compare) and partly nicer. Screen is much bigger than the Evoque’s and seats look much more luxurious.

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Infotainment system runs on Android. Can do radio, television, SMS, the internet, email, phone, and satnav.

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Enough space for the legs, real ones or cloned. Door design a bit messy, but at least not copy. Carpets very thick but gray is the wrong color. Should be red, like:

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Red. With roof rails. They look like this from the top.

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Yellow with yellow wheels and a babe. No roof rails. Earlier on we heard roof rails would be standard on every X7, but that now appears to be untrue. A big disappointment.

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Blue with blue wheels. No roof rails again.

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The 2.0 turbo, completely covered.

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The clone with the curves.

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Not a Range Rover Evoque. This is the new Landwind X7 from China.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi GA6 unveiled in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-guangzhou-auto-trumpchi-ga6-unveiled-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-guangzhou-auto-trumpchi-ga6-unveiled-in-china/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:12:37 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60169 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi GA6 unveiled in China

This is the new Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi GA6 sedan, unveiled at the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show in Guangzhou City, China. Guangzhou in the hometown of Guangzhou Auto, so each year they have to come up with something special, and again they succeeded because the GA6 is the largest car for the brand so far.

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A fine looking interior with a lot of darkness and some alu detailing. Screen very small for the day. Instrument binnacle very normal. Gear lever looks kinda hip. More black on the seats and doors and floor. Almost a BMW!

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Materials seem all right. Start button. Aircon controls looking spacy. Sporty steering wheel in leather futted with a shipload of buttons. Screen shows just the time, and the wrong time for that.

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Exterior is by far the best we have seen from Guangzhou Auto and probably one of the best looking Chinese cars ever. The area around the C-pillar is especially well done. It will be very interesting to see how it all looks with a lighter color, red or white. This boring brown just doesn’t show the lines at their best.

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Rear lights are almost the rear.

The Trumpchi GA6 will be launced on the Chinese car market just before the end of this year. Price will start around 160.000 yuan and end around 220.000 yuan. There will be two four-cylinder petrol engines available: a 1.8 turbo with 177hp and a 2.0 turbo with 220hp, both mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DCT.

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Chrome strip over lower bumper. GA6 plate not straight.

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The 1.8 turbo with a nice engine cover. Check that out, Beijing Auto!

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Front very good as well. Fatass chrome strip on bonnet very daring. Big chromed grille flanked by tiny angry lamps.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: the Beijing Auto Senova CC debuts in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-the-beijing-auto-senova-cc-debuts-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-the-beijing-auto-senova-cc-debuts-in-china/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:46:20 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60163 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: the Beijing Auto Senova CC debuts in China

The brand new Beijing Auto Senova CC sedan debuted on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The Senova CC is a concept previewing an extra sporty variant of the Beijing Auto Senova D60. The bodywork however is exactly the same, bar for a heavy body kit including a hefty front spoiler and a large wing on the back.

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This is a good interior. Approved without question. Red and black and gray and carbon Perfect. Red = Porn. More cars need red interiors. Dash otherwise the same as standard car. Compare.

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Looking fast even with the bonnet open. Chassis slightly lowered.

The Senova D60 is based on the second-generation Saab 9-3. Beijing Auto bought the rights to the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 from GM in 2009. The deal included the Saab-developed 2.0 turbo and 2.3 turbo four-cylinder petrol engines. What then, is under the bonnet here..?

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The Saab 2.0 turbo! The standard D60 is only available with a  1.8 turbocharged petrol with 177hp and 240nmas in the standard car. The 2.0 turbo delivers 204hp and 270nm. The fact that the engine now appears in this CC concept likely means that it will soon become available in the D60 range.

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Whether the CC will make it into production is yet unclear but Beijing Auto says they are ‘studying the possibility’. Well, let’s hope they make the right decision, with that red interior please.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: the Beijing Auto Senova X65 debuts in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-the-beijing-auto-senova-x65-debuts-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-the-beijing-auto-senova-x65-debuts-in-china/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:57:14 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60156 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: the Beijing Auto Senova X65 debuts in China

The brand new Beijing Auto Senova X65 SUV debuted on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The Senova X65, previously known as the Beijing Auto C51X, is the first SUV under the Senova brand. The X65 will be launched on the Chinese car market in H1 2015 and price will start around 120.000 yuan.

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Nice looking dash with light colors, very sporty dials, and a large-size screen in the center console. Oddly, said console is all black, not matching at all with the rest of the interior, and the same goes for the are immediately surrounding the gear lever.

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The X65 appears to be rather specious inside with a lot of room for the legs. Alu detailing on doors an interesting choice but again not really matching with the rest of the color scheme.

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White skid pad in a black bumper with alu exhaust pipes. Beijing Auto wants it all!

Beijing Auto says the Senova X65 is based on their Matrix platform, which is derived from the platform of the Saab 9-3. BAIC, the mother company of Beijing Auto, bought the rights the the platforms for the Saab 9-3 and the last-generation Saab 9-5 from GM in 2009. The deal included the Saab-developed 2.0 turbo and 2.3 turbo engines.

The X65 will be powered by the 2.0 turbo, here good for 201 hp and 290nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Later on a 1.5 turbo will become available as well which will bring price down to about 100.000 yuan.

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Design of the front the strongest part. Typical Senova grille, looking somewhat airplane.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: the Beijing Auto Senova D80 debuts in Chinahttp://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-the-beijing-auto-senova-d80-debuts-in-china/ http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/11/21/2014-guangzhou-auto-show-the-beijing-auto-senova-d80-debuts-in-china/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:17:21 +0000 http://www.carnewschina.com/?p=60149 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: the Beijing Auto Senova D80 debuts in China

The brand new Beijing Auto Senova D80 debuted on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The Senova D80, previously known as the Senova D90, is based on the platform of the V212 Mercedes-Benz E-Class L, the stretched variant of the W212 E-Class. The E-Class L is made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture.

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Very nice dash with a giant touch screen and ‘carbon-fiber’ detailing. The D80 is surprisingly far in its development, this is not a concept, it is basically the production car, bar for a few details here and there. The F80 will be launched on the Chinese car market next year, but when exactly is unclear.

The Senova D80 will compete with fine cars such as the Hongqi H7 (based on Toyota Crown) and the Roewe 950 (based on Buick Lacrosse). The Senova D80 will be powered by the same engines as E-class: a 1.8 turbo and a 3.0 V6 mated to a seven-speed automatic. The 3.5 V6 will not be available in the D80.

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Chrome rim around center console maybe a tad too much, and doesn’t really go with carbon. Leather on dash-top looks good. Instrument binnacle looks rather ‘normal’.

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Based on a stretched Benz so a lot space for the legs and the girlfriend.

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Two great looking asses. Wide C-pillar and huge rear lights.

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A true Chinese-German limousine.

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