Known in the past mainly for its light-duty trucks and buses as well as the Refine (Ruifeng) MPV, Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC) has become a first-tier passenger-car maker in China in just a few years. In the first five months of this year, it sold 191,700 sedans and MPVs, surpassing Geely, Chang’an-Ford-Mazda, GAC Toyota, among others. Sales are expected to get further boost from the launch of Yueyue, scheduled in early August.
As JAC’s new entry-level sedan, Yueyue has a 2390mm wheelbase, longer than that of most of its rivals including Chery QQ3, BYD F0, Chevrolet Spark, and Geely Gleagle Panda. A longer wheelbase, however, does not seem to translate into a longer body. 3535 mm long, 1640 mm wide, and 1475 mm high, Yueyue is actually shorter than Chery QQ3 and Gleagle Panda, but wider.
Powered by a 1.0 liter rated at 50 kW/6000 rpm and 95 Nm/4000 rpm, it can run at a top speed of 150 km/h. The consumer can choose between a 5-speed manual and auto gearbox.
Although not released yet, Yueyue is already on the government’s small green car list, which came out at the beginning of this month, because of its excellent fuel economy–about 4L/100 km. Accordingly, each unit will thus receive a subsidy of 3,000 yuan.
Like some of its rivals, Yueyue strives for a cute, animated look–with big, eye-like headlights and nose-like front-end–that will appeal to the young.
With prices estimated between 30,000 and 40,000 yuan, we expect it to be a strong contender in the supermini segment.