Baojun 730 hits the Chinese auto market
Published on July 30, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
The new Wuling Baojun 730 MPV has been launched on the Chinese auto market. Price starts at 69.800 yuan and ends at 81.800 yuan. The Baojun 730 is the first MPV under the Baojun brand, it debuted in April on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
The Baojun MPV is powered by the same engines at the Baojun 630 sedan and the new Baojun 610 hatchback: a 112hp 1.5 and a 143hp 1.8, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Size: 4685\1785\1735, wheelbase is 2750.
Baojun is an entry level brand under the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, in which GM has a 43% stake. The other partners are SAIC (aka Shanghai Auto) and Wuling Automotive. SAIC and GM are tied up in the giant Shanghai-GM joint venture that makes Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac cars for the Chinese market.
The 730 is an important car for the Baojun brand. The market for compact MPV’s is growing as more and more Chinese car buyers appreciate the practically of an MPV over the rigidity of a sedan for the same price. Compact MPV’s used to be mini vans with extra seats, but lately they have become a class of their own with more luxury and larger engines. The 730 fits perfectly in this trend.