Dongfeng U-Vane (Yufeng) Van

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The U-vane (Uvane or “Yu Feng”) is a series of cargo or passenger vans built by DFAC (Dongfeng Automobile Co., Ltd.), a subsidiary of Dongfeng Motor (DFM). It hit the market on July 19, 2012. The U-vane factory was located in Xiangyang, Hubei.

According to Lu Feng, the General Manager of DFAC, his company had talks with the UK’s LDV around 2007 on buying the latter’s van-building technology, but failed to reach an agreement. In developing the U-vane, "we studied the LDV’s specifications and standards," he said. Because of this, the Dongfeng van is related to LDV Maxus and SAIC Maxus-Datong V80.

However, SAIC implied in a statement publicized a day before the U-Vane was released that the Dongfeng van infringed its intellectual property rights, as the Shanghai-based automaker bought LDV in 2009.

Three wheelbase options are provided: 3100mm, 3610mm, and 4210mm, and so are the low- and high-roof versions (2375mm and 2590mm). With four or five doors, the U-vane offers six to 18 seating positions. A Nissan turbocharged diesel 2.0L is employed in pair with a Hyundai-made 6-speed manual gearbox. All versions come standard with remote key, ABS/EBD, and power mirrors/windows.

2012 Dongfeng U-Vane (Yufeng) Van (from Dongfeng Touring Car Co., Ltd. or DFAC) Short wheelbase, medium roof (version 1) Short wheelbase, medium roof (version 2) Medium wheelbase, medium roof Medium wheelbase, high roof Long wheelbase, high roof
Price: MSRP (Chinese Yuan) 149,900 175,800 203,800 211,800 235,800
Date of Market Launch
June 19, 2012
Powertrain
Engine
Nissan ZD30 Diesel 2953cc L4 16V SOHC
Peak Power (kW)
100/3600 (China/Euro III)    110/3600 (China/Euro IV)
Max. Torque (Nm)
300/1800~3000 (China/Euro III)    350/1800~3000 (China/Euro IV)
Transmission
HYUNDAI WIA 6 speed manual
Suspension Front
MacPherson
Suspension Rear
Hotchkiss
Drivetrain
Front engine, front wheel drive
Brakes (front/rear)
Vented disc/vented disc
Vented disc/Vented disc or drum
Top Speed (km/h) 150 150 148 143 142
Steering
Hydraulic power
Fuel & Emissions
Combined Fuel Economy (L/100km)
8.6
Tank Capacity (L)
80
Emission Level
China/Euro III/IV (can be upgraded to China/Euro V)
Dimensions
Overall Length (mm)
5000
Overall Width (mm)
2001
Overall Height (mm)
2317
2532
Wheelbase (mm) 3100 3100 3610 3610 4210
Interior Dimensions (L/W/H, mm) 2560/1810/1750 3310/ 1810/1750 3310/ 1810/1950 3910/ 1810/1950
Interior Volume (cubic meter) 8.11 8.11 10.48 11.68 13.8
Track (front/rear, mm)
1734/1728
Ground Clearance (mm)
196
Curb Weight (kg) 2290 2290 2465 2550 2620
Max. Weight (kg) 3300 3300 3650 3750 4000
Turning Diameter (m) 11.5 11.5 13.5 13.5 15.5
Approach/Departure Angle (degree)
21/22
21/17
Gradeability (%)
30
Seating Capacity 6-12 6-12 10-15/16 10-15/16 10-18
Exterior  
Tires
215/75 R16C
Front Fog Lamps
S S S S S
Power Exterior Mirror S S S S S
Interior  
Cruise Control S S S S S
Power Front Row Windows S S S S S
Power Door Locks S S S S S
Radio/USB/CD Player S S S S S
DVD Player, GPS, Color Screen N S S S S
Manual Air Conditioner S S S S S
Safety  
Dual Front Airbags S S S S S
ABS, EBD S S S S S
Side Impact Door Beams S S S S S
Remote Key S S S S S
Electronci Anti-theft System S S S S S
Backup Radar S S S S S
Rearview Camera N S S S S

S=Standard, O=Optional, N=Not available