FAW Besturn B50

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Besturn B50 is a compact sedan developed by FAW Car Co., Ltd. in cooperation with Italdesign Giugiaro. It was launched at the Beijing motor show in April 2008 and went on sale on May 16, 2009. Before July 2010, the B50 shared an assembly line with the Besturn B70 and Mazda6 at FAW Car’s No.1 plant in Changchun, as both FAW sedans were derived from the Japanese car. The Besturn models are currently produced at FAW’s No.2 Changchun plant.

The 2009-2013 models get only one engine option, a 74kW 1.6 liter (BWH) made by FAW-Volkswagen and found on popular compacts like Volkswagen Jetta, Bora, and Sagitar. In September 2013, the face-lifted version hit the market with an additional, 1.8L engine (ET3), which was manufactured by FAW with Mazda technology.

FAW has developed several green versions of the Besturn compact: the hybrid B50 HEV showcased at the 2009 Shanghai Auto show, the B50 PHEV at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, and the pure-electric B50 EV at the 2011 Shanghai Auto show. None of them, however, has been made available to the general public (as of early 2015).

In 2013, with 62,342 sales, the B50 was the most popular model in the Besturn family. In 2014, 72,259 units were delivered.

2014 FAW Besturn B50 1.6 MT Comfort 1.6 MT Luxury 1.6 MT Premium 1.6 AT Luxury 1.8 AT Luxury 1.8 AT Premium
Price: MSRP (Chinese Yuan) 92,800 96,800 100,800 104,800 110,800 122,800
Date of Market Launch
September 12, 2013
Powertrain
Engine
BMH petrol 1.6L (1595cc) L4 16V SOHC
Petrol 1.8L (1798cc) L4 16V DOHC
Peak Power (kW/rpm)
76/5600
102/6500
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm)
145/3800
172/4000
Transmission
5MT
6AT
Suspension Front
Double wishbone independent
Suspension Rear
E-type multi-link independent
Drivetrain
Front engine, front-wheel drive
Brakes (front/rear)
Disc/disc
Top Speed (km/h)
0-100km/h Time (seconds)
Steering
HPS
Fuel & Emissions
Combined Fuel Economy (L/100km)
Tank Capacity (L)
58
Emission Level
Euro IV
Euro IV (V in Beijing)
Dimensions
Overall Length (mm)
4615
Overall Width (mm)
1785
Overall Height (mm)
1435
Wheelbase (mm)
2675
Ground Clearance (mm)
Track (front/rear, mm)
Approach/Departure Angle
Curb Weight (kg)
Seating Capacity
5
Cargo Volume (L)
450
Exterior
Tires
205/55 R16
Alloy Wheels S S S S S S
Front Fog Lamps S S S S S S
Power Exterior Mirrors S S S S S S
Heated Exterior Mirrors S S S S S S
Green Windows S S S S S S
Rear Window Defroster S S S S S S
One-touch Power Sunroof S S S S S S
Interior  
Cruise Control N S S S N S
Auto Anti-glare Interior Rearview Mirrors N S S S N S
One-touch Anti-pinch Power Windows S S S S S S
Power Door Locks S S S S S S
Steering Wheel Multi Controls S S S S S S
Leather Seats N N S N N S
Driver’s Power Seat N N S N N S
Number of Speakers 6 6 6 6 6 6
Radio/CD Player/MP3 /AUX-IN S S S S S S
Blue-tooth Connectivity N N S N N S
Trip Computer S S S S S S
Manual Air Conditioner S N N N S N
Auto Air Conditioner, Thermometer N S S S N S
Pollen Filter, Compass S S S S S S
Safety  
Dual Front Airbags S S S S S S
Dual Front Side Airbags N N S N N S
Speeding Alarm (for a limit of 120km/h) S S S S S S
Front, Rear, and Side Impact Beams S S S S S S
TPMS N N S N N S
ABS+EBD, BOS S S S S S S
TCS N N N N N S
Child Safety Door Locks S S S S S S
Electronic Anti-theft System S S S S S S
Speed- and Crash-sensing Door Locks S S S S S S
Remote Key S S S S S S
Back-up Radar S S S S S S
Parking Camera N S S S N S

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