GUANGZHOU SPORTS SEDAN
Sports sedan is a word often used in China, but very rarely do the cars they are attached to resemble anything like a sports sedan that CCT could easily recognise. Guangzhou Auto have been busy buying technology from their JV partners Toyota, and also buying platforms from Fiat. Guangzhou Auto have large plans for their own brand, with Guangzou Auto being all the way down in the south of China, they are easy to forget when compared to ‘local’ such as SAIC, or Dongfeng.
GREAT WALL COOLBEAR
The Great Wall Coolbear has been doing the auto show concept car circuit since its debut in ’06, but it looks like the Coolbear is actually getting close to production. Despite being an obvious clone of the Scion Xb
The Chery M14 is one of Chery’s mythical cars, one that we’ve heard much about over quite some time, but never actually appears to get closer to production. The M14 was designed by Pininfarina, and was well received when shown to the crowds at various auto shows. Engine rumours focus on 1.6l, and 2.0l engines, reportedly tuned by ‘Cherypower’, gearboxes will be manual and CVT form.
BAW LUXURY SEDAN
Beijing Auto Works (BAW) were once an automotive giant in China, producing SUV’s and military equipment for the Peoples Liberation Army, but in recent years the demand for WW2 SUV technology slowly waned off. BAW had a joint venture with Daimler-Chrysler, but the split of the company left BAW producing Mercedes vehicles only. Jeeps are no longer assembled in partnership with Jeep, although BAW do make the last Jeep 2500 under their own brand now. From the Mercedes JV, BAW have obviously learned how to put together luxury vehicles, including design, and engineering. BAW’s concept cars were very stunning, and from a design point of view were clearly on par with large luxury sedans such as the Jaguar XF, and Lexus models.
The SouEast V3 is one of the finest sub 100k RMB sedans on the road today, and it looks like the V5 will follow in its footsteps. SouEast have been studying from their JV partner, Mitsubishi, especially with regards to the modified 2006 Lancer that they sell in China. The V3 appears to be very similar in design, although its much better equipped than the Lancer. The V5 might be based on the Mitsubishi Galant platform, which SouEast also produce with Mitsubishi.