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Brilliance is a Chinese brand that most of you have never heard of, but it exists, and the company even has a partnership with BMW on the former’s domestic market. Together with BMW, Brilliance owns half of BMW Brilliance, which is a joint venture that manufactures, distributes, and sells products of the German brand in China. The Asian corporation also owns a minibus company named Jinbei, which operates on its domestic market. You might think that Brilliance is a small player, but it had the capacity to built 800,000 cars in 2010, and it has since invested in expanding its capabilities. Back in 2007, Brilliance launched a model in Europe, the BS6, which was followed by the BS4. The first of them was crash-tested by Germany’s ADAC, which only gave it a star out of five for its performance. While Landwind was the first Chinese brand that attempted to sell vehicles in Europe and failed, Brilliance Auto got the unwanted change of being second. With the help of BMW, the employees at Brilliance might have a shot at developing models that could attain decent results in European crashworthiness tests, which is an important step that must be undertaken to guarantee a chance of success on the Old Continent. According to reports, the Brilliance V7 is set to become the brand’s most expensive model ever offered. With that in mind, along with BMW’s collaboration with this company, there is a chance that the Chinese might consider selling it in Europe. The latter hypothesis could explain why Brilliance bothers with testing its prototype in winter conditions in Europe, and this could be one of the reasons why they are undergoing these efforts. A look at the spyshots reveals a conventionally-designed SUV, with familiar shapes, but without any blatant copying of Western brands. It features a front grille that reminds us of an older off-roader from Mitsubishi, but with a twist in the form of a triangle-shaped element. Meanwhile, its front and rear lights do not resemble anything else on the European market.
Chery has released the first images of the interior of their new flagship Chery Tiggo 8 SUV. The place looks very clean with a digital instrument panel and nice materials, but the main touch screen seems almost Volkswagen-small, especially compared to what BYD is doing. The instrument panel looks star ship, with a large central dial flanked by two smaller ones. The steering wheel is remarkable button-free. Chery hasn’t disclosed how large the screen is, but this really seems no better than 8 inches. We also have some new images of the Chery Tiggo 8 on the road, showing its big black beak. The Tiggo 8 seats seven. Power comes from a 1.5 turbo with 147 hp and 210 Nm, mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed DCT. The engine is rather old and used in many other Chery’s. The 147 horses seem barely enough to propel a car as big as the Tiggo 8 to a decent speed.
GAC may well be the first indigenous Chinese brand to launch cars in the U.S., though today’s announcement at the Detroit auto show was not a definite pronouncement of export plans (the target remains 2018-2019), but rather that an R&D operation would be sited somewhere in the U.S. during the first half of 2017. Its location was not divulged, if indeed it has been decided. Establishing such a center is likely critical for any Chinese automaker who hopes to comply with safety regulations and to understand and satisfy consumer needs. Indeed, when pressed about the progress toward complying with Federal safety regulations by 2018, one official stated that the R&D center would be tasked with that. Chinese finite-element analysis, computer simulation, and so forth must be faster than everyone else’s if GAC expects to “engineer” compliance into a vehicle by then. Oh, and as for the nomenclature: GAC is the parent company (like GM), Trumpchi (the P is silent) is the brand name—and it was launched well before our most recent election cycle began, so don’t go wondering if there’s political pandering in it. The GS7 five-passenger SUV goes on sale in China next month. It is roughly the size of a Ford Edge (1.9 inches shorter in length, 1.1 inch taller in height, and 0.7 inch narrower), but rides on a 5.1-inch shorter wheelbase. This compromises rear seat space a bit but leaves room for a big full-size spare on a matching alloy wheel under the rather high cargo-area floor. Although the parent company GAC has been involved in joint ventures with FCA, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Toyota, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine and six-speed automatic transmission were entirely designed in-house. The multi-port injected engine includes auto start/stop and produces 198 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, which sound a trifle modest for motivating 3,950 pounds worth of SUV plus whatever you might put in it. The AWD system includes the requisite terrain response knob, featuring sand, trail, snow, and normal settings. As Chinese cars go, the Trumpchi brand’s design inside and out is more mature and mainstream than most. The GS7 breaks little new ground (the D-pillar/daylight-opening apes that of a Lexus GX, while its little brother GS4 gets the Murano floating roof blackout striped pillar). We like other details such as the infinitely deep reflector light-piped tail lamps. Inside, the look is upscale, with convincing piano black and textured plastic faux carbon fiber that’s much less so. At least the materials are all soft touch on the top of the doors and dash, while the hard stuff goes below. The Injoy HMI touchscreen is back-stopped with myriad buttons on the center stack and console. Seating felt quite comfortable, with stadium-style high chairs in back. The cargo area seems small, as the Euro-measured 29 cubic-feet (behind the rear seats) would suggest. If and when GAC comes to market, it will likely do so with a lineup of SUVs, which are now sized ranging from GS4 and GS5 to GS7 and GS8. Today they seem to be achieving the quality level Korea managed a couple of vehicle generations ago. Expect their learning curve to be steeper still. The EnSpirit Concept looks like it was designed in former joint venture partner Honda’s studios, with a grille and lamps that totally ape the CR-V’s and a lower body character line lifted directly from the new Odyssey. Matte copper paint channels the perhaps waning trend in paint finishes, while the roofline goes for a four-door coupe body style that the Germans can’t seem to build enough of. This one does that genre one better by adding a cloth roof that opens for a cabriolet feeling. It allows enough of the outside elements in to suggest horticulture could be fostered inside, as indicated by the bonsai tree growing out of the rear center console. Very interesting indeed. There are no production plans announced as yet for the EnSpirit. Keep an eye on this manufacturer, hope and pray it launches here with a different brand name, and don’t necessarily expect the products to be laughable when they arrive—at least not for long. Music Credit : PACIFIC SUN by Nicolai Heidlas Music https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Music provided by Audio Library https://youtu.be/kbqmEJTr3nU
The very first photos of the WEY VV7, formerly known as the WEY 01. The VV7 will be launched on the Chinese car market later this month. Somewhat confusingly the white car on the photos appears to be the sportier S model (compare with base model) with a racy bumpers and four big exhaust pipes, but it doesn’t have the S badge on the back. In anyway, we expect WEY to confuse us a many times more. WEY is a new “premium SUV” brand under Great Wall Motors. After the VV7 they will launch the car currently known as the WEY 02, a similar looking but smaller SUV. The VV7 has become quite a good looking car, and we especially like the shape of the wheel arches. Very classy. The interior is a masterpiece in simplicity. Many Chinese automakers love to add as much buttons and panels as possibly possible, but Great Wall is showing great restraint here. The materials are top notch. The steering wheel and seats looks luxurious. Perforated pedals seem to be made of metal. Three air vents on the ultra clean center stack. The only thing that isn’t so good is the relatively small touch screen. Power for the VV7 (S and not-S) comes from a 2.0 turbo with 234hp and 360nm, it is mated to a 7-speed DCT sending horses to all four wheels. WEY logo on the engine cover. there’s a lot of influence from Maserati, Jaguar and even Peugeot in this WEY VV7 crossover soon to hit the Chinese market, but it’s really not bad. It has an aggressive Levante-esque front end, purposeful side profile and smart rear lights similar to those of the latest Peugeot 3008. Music Credit : PACIFIC SUN by Nicolai Heidlas Music https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Music provided by Audio Library https://youtu.be/kbqmEJTr3nU
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The 2018 GAC Trumpchi GS4 is a compact SUV that first launched by Guangzhou Auto (GAC) in Jan. 2015 at the North America Auto Show. Release is scheduled in April 2015. The 1st Generation will have Two engine options, a 1.3T and 1.5T, mated to a 7DCT.