Category Archives: FAW

FAW-Volkswagen Showcases Carely EV

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At the green auto show currently underway at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Volkswagen and its partner FAW have unveiled the "Carely" EV, derived from the Bora compact sedan (a local version of Jetta). It is the first time that the China-only brand has made a public appearance. We have known since mid-2011 […]

Fourth-gen Toyota RAV4 hits Chinese showrooms

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The joint venture of FAW and Toyota announced release of the 2014 RAV4 at a ceremony held in Zhuhai, Guangdong, on Monday evening. The China-built crossover comes in 7 versions, powered by a petrol 2.0L (6ZR-FE) or 2.5L (5AR-FE) engine. List prices range from 183,800–272,800 Yuan (US$30,024–44,562). For the re-designed model, FAW-Toyota has moved the […]

FAW Bases 2014 Besturn B70 on the Second-gen Mazda6

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FAW has derived the entire Besturn lineup from Mazda6. The B70 in particular is, in its current form, modeled upon the first generation of the Japanese car (so is the B50). As the company prepares to release the locally-built Atenza, it upgrades the Besturn B70 by transplanting it to the platform of the second-gen Mazda6, […]

2014 Haima Family/M5 Exposed

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FAW Haima’s compact sedan will get a major makeover and new name for 2014. To be released in late 2013 or early 2014, the revamped Family will be placed in the newly-launched M series as M5, between the M3 and M6. Spy shots indicate the M5 will become slightly larger than the current Family, which […]

Specs of Hongqi L5 Ultra-luxury Revealed

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Hongqi ("Red Flag") L5, the entry model in FAW’s ultra-luxury lineup, hit headlines earlier this year when it served as the official ride of the French president Hollande visiting Beijing (as shown in the first two pics below). In a few months it will be made available to the public, or the wealthy few–as it […]

FAW-Volkswagen to Release Bare-bones Jetta

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The joint venture of First Auto Works (FAW) and Volkswagen was exposed road-testing a stripped-down version of its Jetta compact (a derivative of the PQ25 platform and not the sixth-gen "Jetta" based on the PQ35), which would lower the starting price of the popular sedan to around 70,000 Yuan (US$11,400). FAW-VW Jetta, an all-time best-seller […]

Atenza to Join First-gen Mazda6 and Ruiyi

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FAW-Mazda confirmed that it will start producing Atenza in Changchun later this year, as the all-new Mazda6 made its Chinese debut in Shanghai. It will join, rather than replace, the two older generations, called " Mazda6" (first-gen) and "Ruiyi" (second-gen) in the local market. Of varying sizes, the three generations of Mazda6 will compete in […]

Hongqi L9, L7: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

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FAW’s multi-billion-Yuan project to revive the luxury brand Hongqi began to bear fruits two months ago when the first batch of H7s were delivered to the provincial government of Jilin. Later this year the H7, which targets Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, will get wider release, and the more luxurious L series will hit the […]

FAW-VW Starts Rolling out EA211 Engines in Chengdu

dr. unser and an tiecheng, from faw-vw, unveil ea211 engine built in chengdu

On April 9 the joint venture of FAW-Volkswagen marked the launch of its new engine plant in Chengdu, Sichuan. Occupying a land of 160,000 square meters in the Chengdu Economic & Technological Development Zone, the plant employs 900 people to build mainly EA211 engines. It has the capacity to roll out 450,000 units a year. […]

FAW Jilin Rolls out V80, a Xenia-based Mini Van

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FAW started production of the Jiabao V80 van today at its new factory in the city of Jilin (in the province of the same name). While a member of the Jiabao series, the V80 actually shares a platform with Senya S80, a Chinese version of Daihatsu Xenia/Toyota Avanza. FAW claims that 37% of V80’s parts […]

Besturn X80 SUV Rolls off Production Line in Changchun

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FAW Car rolled out the first Besturn SUV, an X80, at its No.2 vehicle plant in Changchun, Jilin, on Wednesday. Defined as a CUV (crossover utility vehicle), the X80 shares underpinnings with the Besturn B70 sedan, which in turn is derived from the first-gen Mazda6. In the official press release on the event, FAW describes […]

FAW-VW to Roll out Golf Mk7 and Audi A3 in Foshan

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The joint venture between FAW and Volkswagen will open its vehicle plant in Foshan, Guangdong, in August as planned, and the first model to roll off the line there will be the seventh-gen Golf (Golf Mk7), according to An Tiecheng, the company’s General Manager. Towards the year end, the Foshan plant will start producing Audi […]

FAW-Toyota Launched “Ranz,” a China-only Car Brand

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The joint venture of First Auto Works (FAW) and Toyota unveiled today "Ranz," a new brand for low-cost as well as alternative-fuel vehicles targeting specifically the local market. At next month’s Shanghai auto show, the first Ranz model, a pure electric, will be launched. Responding to the government’s call to strengthen local R&D and productive […]