Beijing Auto once again brought the B40, B40V and B70V to the Beijing Auto Show. The B40 and B40V first appeared at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, the B70 at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. Beijing Auto says the B40 and B70 are now production ready and that they will be listed on the China car market this year.
FAW is slashing the price from the Besturn B70 with 15.000 yuan, that’s 2.281 dollar. The cheapest B70 goes from 131.800 tot 116.800 yuan, the most expensive B70 from 165.800 to 150.800. A price war is looming in the Chinese auto market but in this case a little bit more is going on, FAW is readying a facelift for the B70 that will likely debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April and so needs to get rid of some old cars.
The FAW-Besturn B70 gets a facelift and a new engine. Facelift most visible in new grille, just like we saw earlier on spy shots of the facelifted B50. New engine is a 1.8 with 102kw. The 2.0 engine will continue but that one only got 6kw more. The 2.0 is 27 kg heavier than the 1.8. Top speed though is a claimed 200 km/h for both cars. The facelifted B50 and B70 will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.
A Besturn B70 higher on its wheels, believed to be a test vehicle for an upcoming Besturn CUV. The front is like a B70 but the back is different, looking as if the new CUV will have a wagon-like shape. Engine is expected to be a Mazda-sourced 2.0, debut date yet unsure.
Only two days ago I posted an article about an article in China Daily saying that the government no longer wanted to buy automobiles from foreign-Chinese joint ventures but only from true patriotic Chinese-Chinese ventures. They didn’t lie. The National People’s Congress is in session now in Beijing and the delegates’ limosines of choice are FAW Besturn B70’s.
FAW has joint ventures with a many foreign makes but this one is sold under their own Besturn- name (pssst! it’s based on a Mazda 6 from JAPAN) so it’s all right for the Chinese government. This used to be an exclusive Audi A6 territory, oh the old days are gone…