FAW Oley

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The Oley is a compact sedan or hatchback built by First Auto Works (FAW). It was launched, as a sedan, in Guangzhou in late 2011, rolled off the production line in Changchun on March 7, 2012 and hit showrooms a month later.

In August 2010, a camouflaged model, identified as Besturn B30, was spotted in road tests. The B30 however did not launch as expected in the following year. Instead, in April 2011, FAW showcased the Besturn Go concept in Shanghai, which gave rise to the Oley sedan. As all of the three cars are based on Volkswagen’s PQ32 platform, many believe the Oley is just the re-named B30 (although this was denied by a senior FAW official). Yet FAW did not give up the project of developing a new entry model in the Besturn lineup. In 2013, test models of the restyled Besturn B30 was spied, which was still based on the PQ32 platform but took on an all-new appearance; the production version is expected to launch in 2014.

At the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show in April, a hatchback version of the Oley was unveiled, with release scheduled in December.

Despite FAW’s big spending on marketing, the Oley has been a flop. In the first nine months of 2013, only 3,494 units were sold. In 2014, 1,758 units of the Oley sedan and 2,502 of the hatchback version were sold.

2012 FAW Oley Sedan 1.5 MT 1 1.5 MT 2 1.5 MT 3 1.5 AT 1 1.5 AT 2 1.5 AT 3
MSRP (Chinese Yuan) 62,800 66,800 73,800 73,800 81,800 89,800
Data of Market Launch
April 19, 2012
Powertrain
Engine
FAW 4GB 1.5L L4 16V DOHC
Engine Peak Power (kW/rpm)
75/6000
Engine Max. Torque (Nm/rpm)
135/4400
Transmission
5-speed manual transmission
4-speed auto transmission
0-100km/h (s)
N
Suspension Front
MacPherson independent
Suspension Rear
Torsion beam half-independent
Drivetrain
Front engine front wheel drive
Brakes (front/rear)
Ventilated disc/drum
Steering
Hydraulic power steering
Fuel & Emissions
Overall Fuel Economy (L/100km)
N
Tank Capacity (L)
48
Emission Standard
Euro IV
Dimensions
Length (mm)
4485
Width (mm)
1660
Height (mm)
1465
Wheelbase (mm)
2525
Track (front/rear, mm)
1429/1422
Curb Weight (kg)
1115
Ground Clearance (mm)
130
Seating Capacity
5
Trunk Volume (L)
450
  1.5 MT 1 1.5 MT 2 1.5 MT 3 1.5 AT 1 1.5 AT 2 1.5 AT 3
Exterior  
Tires
195/50R15
Halogen Headlights S S S S S S
Power Exterior Mirrors N S S S S S
Rear Window Defroster S S S S S S
Power Sunroof N N S N S S
Interior  
Power Windows S S S S S S
Anti-pinch Windows N S S S S S
Power Door Locks S S S S S S
Tilt Steering Column S S S S S S
Manual Anti-glare Interior Rearview Mirror S S S S S S
Leather Seats N N S N S S
Number of Speakers 2 4 4 4 4 4
Radio, AUX-in, USB S S S S S S
CD Player S S S S S S
GPS, LCD N N N N N s
Manual Air Conditioner S S N S N N
Auto Air Conditioner N N S N S S
Safety  
Dual Front Airbags S S S S S S
Dual Front Side Airbags N N S N S S
ABS, EBD S S S S S S
Electronic Anti-theft System S S S S S S
Remote Key S S S S S S
Child Restraints S S S S S S
Backup Radar N N S N S S

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

April 20, 2012