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Brilliance is a Chinese brand that most of you have never heard of, but it exists, and the company even has a partnership with BMW on the former’s domestic market. Together with BMW, Brilliance owns half of BMW Brilliance, which is a joint venture that manufactures, distributes, and sells products of the German brand in China. The Asian corporation also owns a minibus company named Jinbei, which operates on its domestic market. You might think that Brilliance is a small player, but it had the capacity to built 800,000 cars in 2010, and it has since invested in expanding its capabilities. Back in 2007, Brilliance launched a model in Europe, the BS6, which was followed by the BS4. The first of them was crash-tested by Germany’s ADAC, which only gave it a star out of five for its performance. While Landwind was the first Chinese brand that attempted to sell vehicles in Europe and failed, Brilliance Auto got the unwanted change of being second. With the help of BMW, the employees at Brilliance might have a shot at developing models that could attain decent results in European crashworthiness tests, which is an important step that must be undertaken to guarantee a chance of success on the Old Continent. According to reports, the Brilliance V7 is set to become the brand’s most expensive model ever offered. With that in mind, along with BMW’s collaboration with this company, there is a chance that the Chinese might consider selling it in Europe. The latter hypothesis could explain why Brilliance bothers with testing its prototype in winter conditions in Europe, and this could be one of the reasons why they are undergoing these efforts. A look at the spyshots reveals a conventionally-designed SUV, with familiar shapes, but without any blatant copying of Western brands. It features a front grille that reminds us of an older off-roader from Mitsubishi, but with a twist in the form of a triangle-shaped element. Meanwhile, its front and rear lights do not resemble anything else on the European market.
GAC may well be the first indigenous Chinese brand to launch cars in the U.S., though today’s announcement at the Detroit auto show was not a definite pronouncement of export plans (the target remains 2018-2019), but rather that an R&D operation would be sited somewhere in the U.S. during the first half of 2017. Its location was not divulged, if indeed it has been decided. Establishing such a center is likely critical for any Chinese automaker who hopes to comply with safety regulations and to understand and satisfy consumer needs. Indeed, when pressed about the progress toward complying with Federal safety regulations by 2018, one official stated that the R&D center would be tasked with that. Chinese finite-element analysis, computer simulation, and so forth must be faster than everyone else’s if GAC expects to “engineer” compliance into a vehicle by then. Oh, and as for the nomenclature: GAC is the parent company (like GM), Trumpchi (the P is silent) is the brand name—and it was launched well before our most recent election cycle began, so don’t go wondering if there’s political pandering in it. The GS7 five-passenger SUV goes on sale in China next month. It is roughly the size of a Ford Edge (1.9 inches shorter in length, 1.1 inch taller in height, and 0.7 inch narrower), but rides on a 5.1-inch shorter wheelbase. This compromises rear seat space a bit but leaves room for a big full-size spare on a matching alloy wheel under the rather high cargo-area floor. Although the parent company GAC has been involved in joint ventures with FCA, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Toyota, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine and six-speed automatic transmission were entirely designed in-house. The multi-port injected engine includes auto start/stop and produces 198 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, which sound a trifle modest for motivating 3,950 pounds worth of SUV plus whatever you might put in it. The AWD system includes the requisite terrain response knob, featuring sand, trail, snow, and normal settings. As Chinese cars go, the Trumpchi brand’s design inside and out is more mature and mainstream than most. The GS7 breaks little new ground (the D-pillar/daylight-opening apes that of a Lexus GX, while its little brother GS4 gets the Murano floating roof blackout striped pillar). We like other details such as the infinitely deep reflector light-piped tail lamps. Inside, the look is upscale, with convincing piano black and textured plastic faux carbon fiber that’s much less so. At least the materials are all soft touch on the top of the doors and dash, while the hard stuff goes below. The Injoy HMI touchscreen is back-stopped with myriad buttons on the center stack and console. Seating felt quite comfortable, with stadium-style high chairs in back. The cargo area seems small, as the Euro-measured 29 cubic-feet (behind the rear seats) would suggest. If and when GAC comes to market, it will likely do so with a lineup of SUVs, which are now sized ranging from GS4 and GS5 to GS7 and GS8. Today they seem to be achieving the quality level Korea managed a couple of vehicle generations ago. Expect their learning curve to be steeper still. The EnSpirit Concept looks like it was designed in former joint venture partner Honda’s studios, with a grille and lamps that totally ape the CR-V’s and a lower body character line lifted directly from the new Odyssey. Matte copper paint channels the perhaps waning trend in paint finishes, while the roofline goes for a four-door coupe body style that the Germans can’t seem to build enough of. This one does that genre one better by adding a cloth roof that opens for a cabriolet feeling. It allows enough of the outside elements in to suggest horticulture could be fostered inside, as indicated by the bonsai tree growing out of the rear center console. Very interesting indeed. There are no production plans announced as yet for the EnSpirit. Keep an eye on this manufacturer, hope and pray it launches here with a different brand name, and don’t necessarily expect the products to be laughable when they arrive—at least not for long. Music Credit : PACIFIC SUN by Nicolai Heidlas Music https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Music provided by Audio Library https://youtu.be/kbqmEJTr3nU
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Ford has launched an all-new midsize SUV dubbed the 'Territory' in China, and the American carmaker believes new buyers in emerging cities will be eager to grab it. Developed together with the Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), the Territory comes available with either a traditional gasoline powertrain, a mild hybrid, or a plug-in hybrid setup. It's slated to go on sale in early 2019, and is part of the company's plan to bring in 50 new vehicles to the market by 2025. Design-wise, the Territory actually looks relatively elegant for a Ford. It's a muscular look accentuated by soft curves and an intricate, premium-looking mesh grille up front. The headlights are reminiscent of the EcoSport's though. Inside, there's a modern dashboard design and layout, a touchscreen infotainment system, a sunroof, and a dark overall interior with leather seats. The company also says it will come with a host of tech, including adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist, and a variety of other driver-assistance features. #2018FordTerritory #FordTerritory #FordTerritory2018 Ford says the vehicle will be a very affordable offering that will cater to Chinese tastes. Peter Fleet, Ford China CEO, says the Territory is a breakthrough product for the market: "Territory is a key proof point for how we will grow in China. We brought Territory to market with speed, high quality and cost efficiency. It will be affordable for young families and new buyers across China, not just the coastal megacities. And the technology will delight customers." While the manufacturer calls it a midsize SUV, based on photos it doesn’t appear to come with a third row in the back—something customers here have associated with the segment. Proportion-wise, it appears to be more of a crossover than anything else. What do you think? Is the Territory really a midsize SUV?
The 2018 GAC Trumpchi GS4 is a compact crossover produced by GAC Group under the Trumpchi brand, and it debuted as a pre-production concept on the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. This final production version debuted on the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show and was later launched on the Chinese auto market. The Trumpchi GS4 SUV is based on the same platform as the Trumpchi GA3 sedan and was positioned below the Trumpchi GS5 crossover. Pricing ranges from around 80,000 yuan to around 120,000 yuan ($13,000 – 19,360).