The 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition (2010 Guangzhou Auto Show) opens to the public today, expecting to receive half a million ordinary visitors and over 6,000 journalists before closing on Dec. 27. As an event that sums up this year’s Chinese auto market and jump-starts the next year’s, it brings together all major automakers around the globe to an exhibition area of 160,000 square meters.
More than 50 new models will be released (some were already yesterday) or launched at the event. During this week, we will introduce several long-awaited ones of native brands.
(1) GAC Trumpchi
Known mainly as a Chinese partner of Toyota and Honda, Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC) ended the history of not having its own vehicles on the market yesterday with the release of Trumpchi, a B-class sedan.
The first car to bear the G-shape marque of GAC’s passenger car division, Trumpchi has certainly benefited from the company’s experience of building Accord and Camry, but its direct source is an old Alfa-Romeo 166.
According to Huang Xiangdong, chief engineer of GAC Passenger Car, licensed chassis technology from the Italian automaker was employed in building Trumpchi’s suspensions and propelling system, while external styling was done locally. He calls the process "re-development."
Only one engine option is provided, a 2.0-liter rated at 110kW/6300rpm and 183Nm/4500rpm. It is mated with a 5-speed auto or manual gearbox.
Priced between 122,800 and 189,800 yuan, Trumpchi stands out among native models while still more affordable than similarly equipped foreign ones. No native car has become a best seller with a price-tag exceeding 140,000 yuan. GAC made a brave decision.
For more photos and details of GAC Trumpchi, please visit here.