中国汽车 21 世纪
Volume14 No. 11-12 May 10, 2008
Auto China 2008 Showcases China’s Own-brand Alongside World Premiere
The 10th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, or Auto China 2008, ended on
April 28 at the new exhibition venue which is much bigger than the old exhibition center
Figures from the organizer indicate that a total of 890 vehicles, including 55 concept cars,
were displayed at the show, making it the largest one in scale both for the number of cars
and for the area of exhibition venue since its inauguration two decades ago.
What is more convincing is that the show has attracted seven new cars from world auto
giants to make their world premiere and another 24 to make their first public appearance
in Asia. Moreover, about 100 brand new cars from domestic automakers, some being new
design while others being upgraded versions of old models, were launched at the show.
The event, held every two years, is becoming, as some industry watchers put it, one of the
world’s most prestigious auto shows just like those in Frankfurt or Detroit as China is
soon to become the world’s No. 2 car market and the third largest carmaker with an
expected turnout of over 10 million in 2008.
China is already a market that any carmakers can afford to neglect. So is Auto China
2008, which has provided a platform for overseas and domestic carmakers to showcase
their newest products and to woo the Chinese car buyers.
World Premiere Cars at Auto China 2008
A number of prestigious carmakers have brought to the auto show their latest auto
products that are for the first time displayed to the world. Among them are Audi Q5
luxury SUV by German Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit, German automaker Mercedes-
Benz’s GLK SUV, Volkswagen’s Lavida and New Bora that will be locally made by its
two Chinese joint ventures, Shanghai VW and FAW VW, the new version of Teana by
Nissan’s Chinese joint venture Dongfeng Nissan, and Ford’s new Fiesta sedan. On the
eve of the auto show, Shanghai GM launched in Beijing its world premiere concept car,
Length/width/height (mm) 4630/1880/1650
Wheelbase (mm) 2810
Engine 3.0L TDI diesel 2.0L TDI diesel 2.0L TFSI gasoline
Max. power (kW) 176 155 -
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 6.5s 9.5 7.2
Top speed (km/h) 225 204 222
Oil consumption (liter/100km) 7.7 6.7 8.5
Transmission 7-speed S tronic 6-speed MT 7-speed S tronic
Seating capacity 5 persons
German luxury-car maker Audi brought to the show its compact crossover SUV Audi Q5,
a combination of the dynamism of a sports sedan with highly variable interior and
versatile options for ultimate driving experience, as the company said.
Audi, the subsidiary of Volkswagen, leads the luxury car segment in China in terms of
sales, where the segment is growing nearly 30 per cent year-on-year. Audi Q5 will be
imported by end of next year to the Chinese market, where Audi A4 and A6 are locally
assembled by FAW Audi.
Size (l/w/h mm) 4528/1840/1689 l/w/h
Type GLK 220 CDI GLK 280 GLK 350 GLK 320 CDI
Engine 2.2L I4 3.0L V6 3.5L V6 3.0L V6
Max. power(kW) 140 171 201 165
Drive RWD AWD
Transmission 7-speed AT
Mercedes-Benz GLK SUV was first unveiled at the Detroit auto show in early 2008 as a
concept model. The compact entry-level luxury crossover SUV is to compete with the
Infiniti EX, Acura RDX, BMW X3, VW Tiguan and the upcoming Audi Q5 and Volvo
XC60, both of which were also exhibited at Beijing auto show.
With 33 models under its three brands, Benz, Maybach and Smart, displayed at the show,
the German automaker aimed at increasing its sales in China and also overtake its
German rival BMW in the luxury segment in China, the company said.
Mercedes-Benz has witnessed impressive Q1 sales in 2008, in which it sold 9,626 luxury
sedans in China, 40 percent up from a year ago.
The SUV is expected to go on sale in 2009 in a price range that will directly challenge
Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
Shanghai VW Lavida
Size (mm) 4608/1743/1465 (l/w/h)
Wheelbase (mm) 2610
Transmission 6-speed AT Tiptronic
Cargo volume 472 liters
FAW VW New Bora
Size (mm) 4540/1775/1467(l/w/h)
Wheelbase (mm) 2610
Transmission 6-speed AT Tiptronic
Cargo volume 450 liters
Volkswagen’s two Chinese joint ventures, Shanghai VW and FAW VW, unveiled at the
show two new models of world premiere, Lavida and New Bora, respectively, which are
designed specifically for the local market.
The A-class Lavida sedan is a model entirely developed by Shanghai VW and specially
designed for the Chinese market under Volkswagen’s global product strategy.
The compact car “will be the prototype for our next-generation model in the economy car
sector and will also be the benchmark in the rapidly expanding segment,” Shanghai VW
With two displacements and several trims available, the car will be put to market in June
this year at a price between 120,000 yuan (17,143 U.S. dollars) and 150,000 yuan (21,429
The Shanghai Volkswagen plant will offer the Lavida in the equipment lines “Trendline”,
“Comfortline” and “Highline”. The base vehicle already has features with ABS, driver
and front passenger airbags, climate control, MP3-capable CD-Radio, power windows
and anti-theft warning system. The even more luxurious versions “Comfortline” and
“Highline” also get 16-inch alloy wheels, a chrome package, sliding sunroof, leather
seats, side and head airbags, cruise control, parking sensors, automatic climate control
system and CD changer. Besides the listed features, the Highline variant of the Lavida
also has a DVD-supported navigation system and telephone preparation.
While Lavida is laid out to be more lifestyle oriented, the New Bora is to be
recommended especially for families as a practical, high-end, versatile and dynamic
companion for every day of the year.
The New Bora will be available in the two equipment lines “Trendline” and
“Comfortline”. Even the base version, the “Trendline”, has standard features that include
ABS, driver and front passenger airbags, power steering, power windows, climate control
system and a CD-Radio (MP3-capable). Also on-board in the New Bora Comfortline are
15-inch alloy wheels, sliding sunroof, chrome package, anti-theft warning system, cruise
control and parking sensors. In addition, the top version is differentiated by an extended
list of optional features. They include leather seats, side and head airbags and a
The car will be marketed in the third quarter of this year at a similar price as Lavida.
Dongfeng Nissan New Teana
Nissan Motor Corp. unveiled the new Nissan Teana premium sedan at the 2008 Beijing
auto show. The new generation Teana is a flagship vehicle of Nissan that is specifically
designed for the Chinese market, said Nissan chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn.
Teana is available with the combination of V6 engine (2.5-liter VQ25DE and 3.5-lieter
VQ35DE versions) and XTRONIC CVT. For China, a 2.0-lieter four-cylinder in-line
engine (MR20DE) is also available.
The car will be assembled in Dongfeng Nissan, a joint venture between Nissan Motor and
Dongfeng Motor Corp., and will be put into the Chinese market in June this year at a
price range from 236,800 yuan (33,829 dollars) to 349,800 yuan (50,000 dollars).
Also on the Nissan stand are two concept vehicles, the PIVO2 and NV200 concept
commercial vehicle, both being shown in China for the first time.
Ford New Fiesta
Ford launched its new-generation Fiesta at Auto China 2008. The five-door hatchback is
designed and developed in Europe and will go on sale in Europe, Asia, South Africa,
Australia and the United States between 2008 and 2010.
As part of Ford’s new global product development process, the new Fiesta brings to
production reality the elements of Verve Concept, which was unveiled globally at the
2007 Frankfurt auto show.
Production of the new Ford Fiesta in China will start by the end of this year at Changan
Ford Mazda Automobile plant in Nanjing, capital city of Jiangsu province. The plant,
which kicked off operation in September last year, has an annual capacity of 160,000
vehicles, covering Ford, Volvo and Mazda brands. Changan Ford Mazda sold a total of
216,324 vehicles in 2007, representing a 30 percent increase year-on-year.
GM Buick Invicta Concept
Among the world premiere cars that are displayed at the show, there is a concept car by
General Motors Corp., Buick Invicta, which is a joint work by GM design teams in North
America and in Shanghai.
The four-door mid-size concept sedan is designed to cater for the need of the Chinese
auto market, the company said. Powered by Buick’s first turbocharged four-cylinder
direct injection engine, the car is capable of producing maximum power of 186kW and
298Nm of torque. The engine is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Grand Display of China’s Own-brand Vehicles
Alongside various foreign car brands that are exhibited at the show are a large number of
locally made own-brand vehicles, which have attracted same, if not more, attention from
the crowd of 680,000 visitors as those top brands have done during the nine-day event,
the biggest ever in China.
Spacious stands with state-of-the-art decoration, large fleets of vehicles with stunning
shape and design, China’s own-brand vehicle producers, led by Chery Auto, Geely Motor
and Great Wall Motor, are competing head-on with their foreign counterparts at the show
as well as in market.
Chery Auto has brought to the show a fleet of 29 vehicles, including the newly developed
Faira series A-class cars that are composed of five models ranging from notchback,
hatchback, SUV and coupe. As the new generation of A-class cars to replace the old QQ
cars, Faira series, named respectively after the five Fuwa Olympic mascots, showcased
the top level of Chery Auto’s design capability.
Chery Faira BB
A three-door two-seat mini-car, Faira BB is powered by a self-designed 1.1-liter 472
Chery Faira JJ
Faira JJ is a small recreational sports utility vehicle that is designed specifically for urban
Chery Faira HH
Faira HH is a notchback four-door four-seat sedan that is equipped with a 1.3-liter Acteco
Chery Faira YY
As a mini-sized coupe, Faira YY is to cater for the need for speed and zeal of young
generation. Also available is a variant convertible version that is equipped with a 1.3-liter
Acteco engine by Chery.
Chery Faira NN
Size (mm) 3597/1578/1527(l/w/h)
Wheelbase (mm) 2330
Max. Power 61kW
Max. Torque 114Nm/3800-4500rpm
The standard Faira NN is a five-door four-seat hatchback (technical specifications in
table) that also has a variant three-door version as is shown in the picture.
Together with Faira on Chery Auto’s stand is the company’s another mainstream vehicle,
Chery A3. The Pininfarina-designed A3 sedan, together with the hatchback and hybrid
versions, has drawn plenty of attention at the show.
Chery A3 BSG
A Chery Auto official unveiled that Chery A3 sedan would go on sale by September this
year while the hatchback would follow suit at the end of this year.
Chery A3 is the third model in Chery's A series (after A1 and A5) and reportedly bears a
dealer's price from 70,000 yuan (10,000 dollars) to 110,000 yuan (15,700 dollars).
Great Wall Motor
The Hebei-based automaker launched to market its first GWPeri compact car, a five-door
hatchback, early this year. At Beijing auto show, it displayed a few more passenger
vehicles that are scheduled to hit the market very soon. The pick-up truck maker has now
become one member of the sedan-making family and it is undoubted that it will bring
more passenger vehicles, sedans in particular, to the market.
Great Wall Phenom
Size (mm) 3810/1700/1541(l/w/h)
Wheelbase (mm) 2460
Transmission 5-speed MT
Engine GW4G13 GW4G15
Displacement 1.3-liter 1.5-liter
Max. Power (kW/rpm) 66/6000 80/6000
Max. Torque (nm/rpm) 123/4000 145/4000
Top Speed (km/h) 164 173
Curb weight (kg) 1078 1081
Great Wall Phenom is the company’s fourth sedan that is going to be launched, according
to the company.
Great Wall Cool Bear
Size (mm) 3951/1695/1634(l/w/h)
Wheelbase (mm) 2499
Transmission 5-speed MT
Engine 1.5-liter GW415EF
Max. Power (kW/rpm) 72/6000
Max. Torque (nm/rpm) 125/4000-5200
Top Speed (km/h) 160
Curb weight (kg) 1128
Great Wall Kulla Electric Concept
Size (mm) 2565/1443/1524(l/w/h)
Wheelbase (mm) 1710
Drive type Rear wheel drive
Motor 48V, DC
Battery Lithium-ion battery
Stored energy (kWh) 7.2
Top Speed (km/h) 65
Travel mileage (km) 140
Curb weight (kg) 500
Great Wall Feel Fine MPV
Size (mm) 4085/1711/1636(l/w/h)
Wheelbase (mm) 2610
Transmission 5-speed MT
Engine 1.5-liter GW4G15
Max. Power (kW/rpm) 80/6000
Max. Torque (nm/rpm) 145/4000
Top Speed (km/h) 166
Curb weight (kg) 1174
Emission Euro IV
Geely Motor, China’s most outstanding privately owned car maker, has shown a total of
23 vehicles at its 1,800 square meters stand at the Beijing auto show.
Among the vehicles are Geely Panda, an A-class compact car that will be marketed this
year, and a SUV coded NL, which will be put into market in 2009.
Size (mm) 3598/1630/1465(l/w/h)
Wheelbase (mm) 2345
Transmission 5-speed MT/4-speed AT
Engine JL3G10 GL4G13
Displacement 1.0-liter 1.3-liter
Max. Power (kW/rpm) 52/6000 68/6000
Max. Torque (nm/rpm) 91/3600 130/4500
Geely NL SUV
Size (mm) 4640/1860/1720(l/w/h)
Wheelbase (mm) 2660
Engine 4G20 4G24 4D20(diesel) 4D22(diesel)
Displacement 2.0-liter 2.4-liter 2.0-liter 2.2-liter
Max. Power (kW/rpm) 108/6000 120/5700 100/4000 115/4000
Max. Torque (nm/rpm) 188/4000-4200 225/4000-4200 286/1800-2750 310/1800-2750
Transmission 5/6-MT/AT 5/6-MT/AT 5/6-MT 5/6-MT
Emission EU-V EU-V EU-V EU-V
New Commercial Vehicles Displayed at Show
SAIC-Iveco Hongyan Motor (short for SIH) displayed three heavy-duty vehicles in the
2008 Beijing Auto Show, the imported Iveco Stralis, the improved Tampa, and Hongyan
Power Tech, the first Hongyan branded model since the company was established.
Hongyan Power Tech CQ4254 Semi-Tractor
Driving Mode 6ⅹ2
Driving Cabin Iveco AS
Engine Type CURSOR9 (6 cylinder, 4 valve, high pressure common rail
fuel injection system, water cooled, 4 stroke, hydraulic brake)
Engine Displacement (L) 8.71
Transmission 12 speed with synchronizer
Track Tread (mm) 3225+1350
Max. Torque (N.m/rpm) 1600/1000-1700
Max. Output (kW) 294/2100
Top Speed (km/h) 110
Curb Weight (kg) 8400-9650
Towing Capacity (kg) 39220-40470
Oil Tank Capacity (L) 400
Emission Standard Euro Ⅲ(or Euro Ⅳ, EuroⅤ)
Major Features ENCAP Five Star, CAN BUS, cruise system, CDP, CURSOR,
SIH was opened on June 15, 2007, by SAIC, Iveco, and Chongqing Heavy-Duty Vehicle
Corporation. The company has cost a registered capital of RMB 1.3 billion (about 186
million U.S. dollars), split by 67 to 33 between SAIC-Iveco Commercial Vehicles, a
50:50 JV between SAIC and Iveco, and Chongqing Heavy-Duty Vehicle Corporation.
SIH has invested some RMB 4.7 billion (about 671 million U.S. dollars) for a new
production base in Chongqing, a south China municipality. First stage construction work
of the new base is scheduled to be finished in October this year, with an annual
production capacity of 40,000 complete vehicles, and 100,000 engines. The old
Chongqing production base will be remade into an auto parts production base.
SIH mainly produces the Hongyan brand, the Steyr brand, and the Iveco brand heavy-
duty trucks, with payload ranging from 5 to 60 tons. According to the company’s plan, it
will realize operating revenue of RMB 20 billion Yuan, and marketing share of over 10
percent in three to five years.
Naveco, the JV between Nanjing Automobile Industry Corporation (NAIC) and Iveco,
and as the overall launching of the cooperation between SAIC and NAIC, therefore, a
subsidiary of SAIC, made a debut of a light Bus model, PowerDaily, in the 2008 Beijing
International Auto Show. It is the first Iveco product released after the SAIC-NAIC
PowerDaily is featured by high-technique, comfort, safety, and environmental-friendly,
upon the new generation F1C engine, ZF 5 speed transmission, Iveco SSR chassis
system, second generation aviation-style driving cab, 3-layer anti-crash compound, 4-
wheel disc brake system, Bosch 8.0 ABS+EBD, Bosch second generation common rail
system, and L-N mute curve. What’s more, at least 90 percent of the engine materials are
Naveco sold 19,480 light buses in 2007, up 36.14 percent y-o-y. It is introduced that
PowerDaily with be priced between RMB 200,000 to 300,000 (about 28,571 to 42,857
U.S. dollars) in China.
Engine Type F1CE0481P (in-line, 4 cylinder, water-cooled, turbo-charge,
MED-cool, common rail, direct injection diesel engine)
Engine Displacement (L) 2.998 ( National Ⅳ)
Transmission 5 speed
Wheel Base (mm) 2800
Track Tread (mm) 1728/1697
Front Overhang (mm) 1000
Rear Overhang (mm) 1045
Max. Torque (N.m/rpm) 327/1500-2800
Max. Output (kW) 107/3500
Top Speed (km/h) ≥147
Oil Consumption 6.5
Curb Weight (kg) 2435
GVW (kg) 3550
Seating Capacity 6-13
In its commercial vehicle display area, DFC showed 12 trucks and 7 engines, among
which, was Dongfeng Kingrun, a medium-duty truck lineup comprised by over 40
It has taken the company 3 years for the research of the new truck, which is featured by
oil-saving, reliable, safe, comfortable, weight-reducing, and easy-refitting. It is designed
for regional logistics.
Dongfeng Kingrun, with GVW ranging from 8 to 16 tons, adopts three kinds of engines,
Cummins engine, Dongfeng 4H engine, and LNG engine. The Cummins ISDe engine and
Dongfeng EQ4H engine takes common rail system, and the LNG engine lies in a leading
place in China.
DMC produced 107,300 and sold 106,700 commercial vehicles in the first quarter this
year, respectively up 22.78 percent and 34.52 percent compared with the same period last
Dongfeng Kingrun Medium-Duty Truck (DFL5120XXYB1)
Engine Type ISDe180 30
Engine Rated 180
Max Torque (N.m) 650
Top Speed (km/h) 105
Front Axle/Rear Axle 4.5/9
Wheel Base 5600
Curb Weight (kg) 4700
GVW (kg) 12000
Min Ground 240
Emission Standard Euro Ⅲ(or Euro Ⅳ with SCR)
Major Features Bumping Bag Spring Seat, Electrical Control Silicon Oil Fan
Shaanxi Auto Group
Shaanxi Auto Group brought Delong F3000, which is to be marketed in May, to the 2008
Beijing International Auto Show. It is introduced that Delong F3000 is designed upon
MAN’s technique, and is featured by less curb weight, only 8.5 tons. According to the
company’s website, it has sold over 10,000 heavy-duty vehicles respectively in March
Driving Mode 6ⅹ4
Driving Cabin Delong cabin with electric hydraulic overturn
Engine Type Weichai Power WP 12.375 N
Engine Displacement (L) 12
Transmission Fast 16JS200TA
Steering Gear ZF8098
Main Frame MAN
Oil Tank Capacity (L) 400 aluminum
Curb Weight 8.5 tons
Emission Standard Euro Ⅲ
Max. Torque (N.m/rpm) 1800
Major Features ABS, ASR, automatic constant temperature AC, CD, GPS,
Vehicle-loaded telephone, power sunroof, power window,
back car monitor.
JAC made a debut of its H series heavy-duty trailer, and a 7-meter-long bus chassis on
the 2008 Beijing International Auto Show. It is introduced that the H series trailer is
targeted for the long-distance logistics market, and the bus chassis is designed for upper
class bus makers.
JAC Heavy-Duty Trailer HFC4251K3R1
Overall Dimension 6685ⅹ2495ⅹ3490/3180
Track Tread (mm) 2040/1860
Suspension Arm (mm) 1495/790
Driving Mode 6ⅹ4
Engine Type WP12.375
Engine Displacement (L) 11.596
Max. Torque (N.m/rpm) 1500/1200-1600
Max. Output (kW) 375/2200
Top Speed (km/h) 90
Clutch Single, Dry Plate, Diaphragm Spring
Rear Axle Steyr Technology (4.8)
Steering System Power steering with AF steering gear
Brake System Dual-Circuit Air Brake
Curb Weight (kg) 8800
Towing Capacity (kg) 60000
Major Features AC, ABS, Power Windows.
JAC Chassis HFC6688Y3
Length/Width (mm) 6990×2040
Engine Type HFC4GA2 (in-line, 4 cylinder, 4 stroke, water-cooled,
Engine Displacement (L) 2.202
Oil Tank Capacity (L) 95
Wheel Base (mm) 3935
Track Tread (mm) 1690/1490
Max. Torque (N.m/rpm) 250/3200-4500
Max. Output (kW) 120/1800
Top Speed (km/h) 130
Curb Weight (kg) 3450-3650
Foton attracts many visitors in the 2008 Beijing International Auto Show by its Euro V
intercity fuel cell bus. The company even directly linked the tail pipes to a fish pound,
and fish are living vigorously.
The new bus, coded BJ6126, is an electric-electric hybrid bus, adopting Ni/MH cell,
which can realize “zero emission”. Wu Xuebin, vice general manager with Foton said
that Ni/MH cell is a kind of electricity-generating device, which could directly transform
chemistry power into electric power.
It is introduced that the Euro V intercity fuel cell bus is a 100 percent self-developed
product, with the complete vehicle system developed by Foton and the power system by
Qinghua University. The bus could reach a top speed of 80 km/h, and could be
continually driven for 240 kilometers.
Heavy-duty Truck Production & Sales by Producer in Jan.-Mar.2008
Producer Jan.- Jan.- % Jan.- Jan.-
Mar. Mar. %
Mar. Mar. Chang Mar. Mar.
2008 2008 Change
2008 2007 e 2008 2007
CNHTC 1,165 7,519 6,269 19.94 5,702 11,813 5,941 98.84
Baotou Beifang- Benz 2,022 4,731 2,712 74.45 2,251 4,317 2,462 75.35
JAC 1,887 3,637 2,068 75.87 1,837 3,634 1,742 108.61