English Press / Presse anglaise
One naughty person has leaked information on the future BYD product range onto BYD owners forums over at autohome.com.cn, and the news is rather interesting. As not all CCT readers can understand Chinese, let us break it down for you.
Second Generation F3 – It will cost around 1000RMB more over the previous gen due to improved materials with a launch date of around March or April
BYD S7 SUV – A new improved version of the current popular S6, but gaining 7 seats, AWD and launching in May 2014.
Qin: Will hit the market in December. Shenzhen price tag will be 110,000RMB after subsidies.
G5: Will launch in Sept next year, based on the Su Rui platform but with no physical Su Rui design elements
S1: New SUV which will have Toyota RAV4 and Ford Kuga design elements
S3: A mid size SUV, launching in 2015
M3: A small MPV similar to the Wuling Hongguang. Will be sold under an independent sales network.
When Chinese brands release yet another 50,000RMB vehicle nobody bats an eyelid, there are dozens of low cost manufacturers that are using the 50,000RMB price barrier as a method to keep their factories ticking over, suppliers happy, and local governments happy with the employment rate. There was always an unspoken rule in the Chinese market, foreign brands stayed above the 100,000RMB segment and Chinese would stay below, but with increased competition means that rules, even unspoken ones, get tossed out the window. The Chinese are going up market, and the foreign brands are coming down to meet consumers half way.
Suzuki struck the first blow with their latest Alto model, coming in at just under 50,000RMB or around 9,000USD. The Alto model has sold exceptionally well, not as well as other Chinese well known nameplates such as the QQ, but strong enough. Ford are now planning to play the downmarket game with the introduction of the latest incarnation of the Ford Ka to the Chang’an-Ford JV in Chongqing.
The Ka will of course sit below the current Ford Fiesta in the Ford food chain, and if you believe Chinese media reports the new car will sit in at just 50,000RMB; an extremely low sum for a high flying brand. Engines haven’t yet been confirmed but of course the rumor mill provides: a 1.0L three cylinder turbo and the 1.3L naturally aspirated engine from the Fiesta are rumored to be transplanted into the Ka.
There are also rumors that VW and its partner FAW are also planning to enter into this market segment with a new, China only and China designed, low cost car with the first hints of the new model expected to air in 2014.
The latest incarnation of the much loved Jeep Cherokee has arrived in China at the Shanghai port, according to the images below which were snapped in a warehouse not too far away where the unloading and loading happens. The much talked about SUV has already made headlines across the Chinese auto industry for its interesting design style and also across Western media for the woes that Chrysler have had in getting this model into production. But it seems that its finally here. Expect sales to start soon with prices from around 350,000RMB for the base 2.4L rising very fast to the early 400,000RMB range for the larger 3.0L V6.
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