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Facelifted Hongqi H7 Hits The Beijing Auto Show In China

May 3, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Facelifted Hongqi H7 Hits The Beijing Auto Show In China

The facelifted Hongqi H7 has been launched on the Beijing Auto Show. The extensive facelift includes a giant shiny new grille, new headlights, a new bumper, a new rear bumper, new taillights, and a new boot lid. The interior didn’t change.

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Spy Shots: facelift for the Hongqi H7 in China

April 18, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: facelift for the Hongqi H7 in China

The very first Spy Shots of the facelifted Hongqi H7 sedan for China. It will debut on next week’s Beijing Auto Show and launch on the Chinese auto market in Q4. The facelift includes a new grille, new bumpers, new head lights, and a new boot lid.

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Spy Shots: Hongqi H7 ‘Blue Way’ plug-in hybrid testing in China

December 4, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Hongqi H7 'Blue Way' plug-in hybrid testing in China

New Spy Shots of the Hongqi H7 Blue Way (blue = green) testing in China. The H7 Blue Way is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of the Hongqi H7 sedan. The Hongqi H7 Blue Way, formerly known simply as H7 PHEV, has been under development since 2012 (!) and will finally hit the Chinese car market in early 2016 after much delay.

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FAW delivers eight Hongqi H7 sedans to the Chinese army

May 19, 2014 by Joey Wang

FAW delivers eight Hongqi H7 sedans to the Chinese army

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.

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Hongqi H7 launched on the Chinese car market

May 31, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Hongqi H7 launched on the Chinese car market

The Hongqi H7 sedan has finally been launched on the Chinese car market. Sales to the government started in early March, and from now on everybody can buy the H7. We kick of with the most interesting news: the Toyota 2.5 V6 has been deleted from the line-up.

Private buyers can only get the FAW 2.0 turbo or the Toyota 3.0 V6. An official FAW price list that leaked on the interwebs ten days ago still showed the 2.5 V6 as being available, and the vehicle truly exists. The 2.5  seems to be a government-only engine, for mandarins who desire a V6 but are on a limited budged.

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Hongqi H7 might hit the Chinese car market late this year

May 22, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

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New news on the Hongqi H7 sedan, a vehicle that is still struggling to make it to the market. Chinese media report today that the Hongqi H7 “might” finally hit the private Chinese car market late this year. Media quote anonymous sources “close to Hongqi”. Sales to the government and state owned enterprises started in March but only 500 cars have been delivered so far.

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FAW says it sold 500 (five hundred) Hongqi H7 sedans to the Government

April 1, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

FAW says it sold 500 (five hundred) Hongqi H7 sedans to the Government

FAW has officially announced it has sold a grand total of 500 (five hundred) Hongqi H7 sedans, all to the Chinese government, and more specifically to “more than 10 provincial governments and some ministries”. The Hongqi H7 was supposed to be the savior of the ailing Hongqi (Red Flag) brand, competing head-to-head with Audi, BMW and Benz on the market for luxury sedans. But it doesn’t, five hundred is absolutely nothing and the only customer is the government.

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Sources: Hongqi H7 won’t be sold to private buyers at all

March 8, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

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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.

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Deliveries of the Hongqi H7 have started, but only to the government

March 1, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Deleveries of the Hongqi H7 have started, but only to the government

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.

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Spotted in China: first Hongqi H7 in the Wild

January 2, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: first Hongqi H7 in the Wild

The first Hongqi H7 has been spotted in Beijing by reader Ali Khalili, thank you for the pictures! Last week we heard FAW dealers were taking orders for the Hongqi H7, focusing on sales to the government and state owned companies. This particular car loox brand new, has no license plates, and “had a bunch of military hats inside”, according to Ali. Read more »