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ash 12-18-2006 05:23 PM

DR Automobiles
The new DR is set to become the first Chinese-inspired motor to go on sale in the UK
But DR is an international project. It looks astonishingly similar to the original Toyota RAV4, and just like that model, it comes in three and five-door layouts. However, the DR is designed and built in Italy. The firm, based between Naples and Rome, buys the chassis and running gear from Chinese motor maker Gonow, then builds its own bodies and interiors. The car gets its power from Fiat's 1.9-litre Multijet diesel.

"We will start production halfway through next year and we're hoping to sell around 12,000 cars a year in Europe," said a DR spokesman
"We will start production halfway through next year and we're hoping to sell around 12,000 cars a year in Europe," said a DR spokesman. "As Britain is an important market, we expect to be exporting there by 2008."

He also confirmed the company was hoping to undercut the prices of rivals. The three-door, two-wheel-drive model will cost £11,100. Prices for the five-door start at £12,800.

The top-spec SUV will be around £19,000, and it comes with satellite navigation, DVD screens in the rear and electric windows all round.

BringIt 12-19-2006 11:15 AM

Hmm, what a interesting business idea...

Bricklin should take a page out of this company - take a Chinese car chasis and drivetrain (albeit the latest and greatest ones) and slap on his own ext/int design and do final assembly.

cryptonx 12-25-2006 03:20 AM

yeah .. the Bricklin Car again ...

And again .... wait. ..
what ??


god_bless_japan 12-28-2006 07:08 AM


The top-spec SUV will be around £19,000, and it comes with satellite navigation, DVD screens in the rear and electric windows all round.
No thanks, i dont see people paying that kind of $$ for what is really an embarrasment:D , they are better off going to enfield auction and getting a used lexus, m class, x5 or pajero for that kind of money:D

CCF mod 02-19-2007 01:42 PM

DR motor company
Has anyone heard about Italian company DR? In 2006 they presented two SUVs - DR3 and DR5.

Let me copy the text from Carsscoop:
From the initial facts that we’ve got in our hands, the 3door DR3 and its 5door equivalent, the DR5 that made their world premier at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy are the works of Massimo Di Risio, an ex-pilot who now is a car distributor in Insernia.

There’s no doubt about it that their interior and exterior design (ok, the front part looks like a Suzuki Grand Vitara) are inspired –to say the least, by the previous generation Toyota RAV4. As if that wasn’t enough listen to this: the car’s body which is made in China is shipped over to Italy where it’s assembled on a platform using Fiat’s 120 Hp 1.9 Turbodiesel engine! The press release tells us that the DR3 has a length of 3.850 mm with a wheelbase of 2.280 while the larger 5door DR5 rides on a 2.510mm wheelbase and is 4.285 mm long. 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) comes in 12,4 sec while top speed is 174km/h –DR say’s both versions have the same performance figures (…) According to the info we managed to translate from DR, the 3door and 5door versions of the Chinese/Italian SUV will go on sale in March with prices starting from about 16.000 euros! We’ll try to learn more about the DR3 and DR5 SUV’s and post them up as soon as possible.

According to my information, Cherry is supplying them with 5 door bodies. is that true? Because DR5 is similar to Chery Tiggo. And what about 3 door version? Tiggo does not exist with 3 doors.
So are they buying it from UFO? UFO is selling a Rav4-alike SUV with 3 doors but I don't know the name of the car.

m14 02-19-2007 06:32 PM

good post..i didnt know that chery is supplying them with bodies

erik (laofan), cmvdc 02-20-2007 09:25 AM

No, Chery is not supplying them with bodies. According DR it was Gonow that was going to build the Toyota RAV 4 copied platform and body panels.

CCF mod 02-20-2007 11:34 AM

Are you sure? I checked Gonow's site and they are not offering any model that looks like RAV4. I can't believe they are producing that body specially for Italians.

erik (laofan), cmvdc 02-20-2007 04:35 PM

Yes, you are right, Gonow is not offering these products yet. But DRsays they are going to build them in the near future.

CCF mod 02-21-2007 01:20 PM

So if Gonow is not yet producing RAV4-like bodies they can't provide DR company with them, right? How were then Itailans able to show concept cars at Bologna Auto Show?
Also there's a big resemblance between Chery Tiggo and DR 5 on one side and UFO's car and DR 3 on the other side (exterior and interior). Because Chery is a big player I still think it's somehow involved in this project.

If indeed Gonow will build cars for DR Company they either bought license from Chery and UFO or copied (stole) design elements.

dragin 02-21-2007 02:31 PM

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I think Toyota and Daihatsu clones can be had for the asking in China. Take this short-lived Beijing Auto (BAIC) knock off of the RAV4, called the Heroic.

And here's that Feide "UFO" RAV4 knockoff you mentioned.

erik (laofan), cmvdc 02-21-2007 03:49 PM

I agree DR used other panels, could me Chery Tiggo and Feidie, but also could be old Toyota RAV 4 panels. Gonow will just build the copied (not paid) Tiggo/Feidie panels, this is China, man!

CCF mod 02-22-2007 01:22 PM

Pics of DR5:

CCF mod 02-22-2007 01:23 PM

And DR3:

pnegyesi 05-13-2007 12:11 AM

For what it's worth, we paid a visit to Gonow recently.

Jason Zhang, who's a regular contributor to this forum was a very nice and helpful host - thanks for that.

We found no trace of anything, related to this DR SUV and Mr Zhang highlighted that DR is working with other companies and he never heard that GOnow would supply DR with bodies.

On the other hand, Feidei is very close to Gonow, so it is possible that DR will source the bodies from Feidei. At the airport there was a huge poster of the UFO :)


CCF mod 05-13-2007 03:42 PM

Thanks for information.

So Feidei UFO is definitely providing Italians with three-door body. As they don't offer five door version we still have to find out who is shipping that to DR company. I still suspect Chery...

Here is a pic of UFO:

And link to DR Motor Company official site:

erik (laofan), cmvdc 05-15-2007 02:41 PM

I don't understand this, Pal as I read in the Italian press: "Tutta l'operazione e la creazione del marchio Katay è gestita dal DR Motor Company di Macchia d'Isernia." Katay is the Italian sales name for Gonow, see for instance:

erik (laofan), cmvdc 05-15-2007 02:50 PM

Gonow is represented in Italy by DR!
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This is the Katay (Gonow) sold in Italy by DR!
So either Mr. Jason doesn't know what he is talking about or he deliberately is not telling the truth, for what reason I don't know.

I agree the DR models are base on the old Toyota RAV models and that the swb is copied by Jonway (Feidie UFO) and the lwb by Chery (Tiggo); but it is still Gonow that is involved in DR activities. And it is DR that announces that Gonow is going to build the platforms and bodies for them.

CCF mod 05-16-2007 01:19 PM

I didn't know that Katay is also part of DR group. In that case it's indeed very probable that Gonow will be making bodies for DR3 and DR5.

I'm really curious about sales results of DR company.

mememe 11-27-2007 12:40 PM

Chinese carmaker starts production in Europe
Chinese carmaker starts production in Europe
Posted on Monday 26 November 2007

In a big step forward for Chinese automakers, Chery Automobile has had its first European-assembled car roll off the production line at a brand new €11.8 million factory in Italy. The Chery Tiggo 3, a mid-sized SUV, is being assembled from kits imported by DR Motor from Chery to be sold in the Italian market as a rebadged DR5.

CEO of DR Motor, Luca Falasca, says there are plans to launch the DR5 in Germany, France and Spain by next summer, reports Automotive News. They also intend to boost production from 12,000 to 40,000 units by 2009.

The DR5 is being sold in Italy with both diesel and petrol options. The 1.6L petrol version costs €16,900 and comes packed with 109hp (81kW), while the 1.9L diesel with its 120hp (89kW) output is priced at €21,900.

Joest 11-28-2007 05:53 PM

I thought the DR3 and DR5 were actually some rebadged Gonow. Di Risio was supposed to have them built by Bertone. And it was still a project!

I'm completly lost!

dragin 11-29-2007 09:17 AM

Joest not to worry. We have all been in the dark about what DR is doing with these three Chinese carmakers: Gonow, Chery, and Zhejiang Jonway.

The major industry media never picked up on this hot story about a Chery-DR relationship. Outside of Italy there was a virtual blackout on the the first negotiations that DR had with these Chinese makers.

People were left thinking that Gonow was involved in the production of the
DR5 and DR3. This was wrong. I'm surprised that Jason (ZZFirst) of Gonow did not correct such thinking here.

If one takes a look at the body designs of these individual companies, it becomes clear.

As for Gonow, its only connection (currently) is its sale of Isuzu-based SUVs and pickup trucks to DR.

Joest 11-29-2007 04:04 PM

I've double-checked and the DR3 and DR5 are actually Shuanghuan UFO.

Still, apart from Motor Authority, there's no word anywhere about cars being manufactured by Di Risio. This is quiet odd since in the past, Di Risio made a lot of annoucement.

You can check Di Risio's site here:

erik (laofan), cmvdc 11-29-2007 04:31 PM

The DR3 is Feidie (Jonway) UFO, (has nothing to do with Shuanghuan.)
The DR5 is Chery Tiggo 3.
DR imports also Gonow Pickup and SUV.
First there were talks that Bertone would assemble Gonows, now there are talks that Bertone will assemble the DR3 (the UFO).

Joest 11-30-2007 02:55 AM

I said "Shuanghuan" because in Germany, the CEO has the same importer as the Shuanghuan CEO and the Little Noble.

CCF mod 12-09-2007 05:50 AM

DR Motor presented production version of DR5, which is modified Chery Tiggo for European markets. This SUV in assembled in Italy from parts imported from China. The car is equiped with 1,6 litre gasoline engine with 81kW/109HP and Fiat's 1,9 diesel (89kW/120HP) engine. Suspension is also tuned for European roads.
Basic DR5 1,6 will be sold for in Italy for 16.900 EUR. Diesel will cost 21.900 EUR. The company plans to export car to Germany, France and Spain next year and hopes to sell 12.000 vehicles in 2008 and 40.000 in 2009. Too optimistic in my oppinion...

CCF mod 12-09-2007 05:52 AM

Website of DR Motors:

DR3 is not yet available at the moment.

CCF mod 09-14-2008 11:09 AM

DR5 is doing very well in Italy.


Dr5 already in third place among the crossover two-wheel drive.

The DR5, crossover produced by the DR Group (Group Di Risio) on chassis derived from China's Chery TiGG, continues to do well on the domestic market: in January-August period, according to Unrae, the DR5 reported 1221 third positioning unit sold in the ranking of sales of "Crossover Drive Front" behind the Nissan Qashqai with as many as 14,336 units and Suzuki SX-4 with 1741 units. In the ranking followed by the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage and even the Fiat Sedici, models for which customers are moving more towards versions 4 x 4.

In just the month of August instead, the DR5 has even exceeded the Suzuki SX-4 positioning second with 140 units behind the Qashqai with over 940 units. Announced a success for a car whose current range is based on only 2 engines in front wheel drive petrol 1.6 16V 107 hp combined to LPG or CNG and diesel 1.9 Multijet 120 bhp, with prices starting at € 16,900. The range will expand further with the arrival of four-wheel-drive version and filter DPF diesel engine combined.

For now DR5 is available only at the sales network of 25 supermarkets Finiper while by the end of the year is planned to launch 50 new car dealers to mark DR, dealing with the new incoming (a Monovolume and Suv 7 seats).

dragin 09-15-2008 10:17 AM

Re: DR motor company
Is it Bertone Carrozzeria who has become the assembler as Laofan suggested above?

The changes to the front bumper are not bad. But, as for that drab-looking mesh in the grille opening..... I would have expected more imagination from the Italians.

cuisine 09-16-2008 03:12 PM

Re: DR motor company
one week ago i got a EC type approval of DR5 type ...

daewoo-chevrolet 12-03-2008 01:30 PM

Re: DR motor company
DR will introduce the Chery Faira NN as DR1 at the Italian market:


DR1: China-Mini for 9,000 euro

The Italian firm DR gets a new city cars from China. On the Bologna Motor Show, the company has approximately 3.60 meters short DR1 presented by the coming year to be sold.

DR had been especially SUVs in the style of the Toyota RAV-4 and imported in its own factory in Italy modified. Prices for the DR1 are not yet finalized, but should be around 9,000 euro to begin, said a company spokesman at the fair.

There is a Four with two airbags, ABS and electric windows. He is driven by a big 1.3 liter four cylinder, which at 83 hp and 114 Newton meters torque comes. So he accelerated, according to producers in 12.5 seconds at 100 and speed reaches a maximum speed of 156 km / h. DR is the consumption at 5.8 liters (CO2 emissions: 137 g / km).

Upon request, it should also DR1 with an LPG conversion type. In addition, among other things, air conditioning, power steering and a CD radio with a USB port on the equipment list.

Source: (Translated with Google Translate)

daewoo-chevrolet 12-05-2008 10:34 AM

Re: DR motor company
DR1 live at Bologna Motor Show:

daewoo-chevrolet 12-05-2008 10:35 AM

Re: DR motor company

daewoo-chevrolet 12-05-2008 11:34 AM

Re: DR motor company


Mehmet 12-05-2008 03:30 PM

Re: DR motor company
so is it chinese or italian???

Rally Red Lancer GTS 12-06-2008 05:27 AM

Re: DR motor company
1.4L 4-banger in there? I've seen much worse than that for body design. Not bad, really, if it can perform without defects in the drivetrain this car may find some "niche" in the Chinese market. Need more information on the car to be more sure about it's future. Nice red, though, and those are some good pictures of the car, too.

erik (laofan), cmvdc 12-06-2008 06:07 AM

Re: DR motor company
95% Chinese, 5% Italian.

CCF mod 12-06-2008 12:40 PM

At Bologna Motor Show DR Motor also presented production version of DR3, a small three door SUV as an addition to DR5:


DR Motor has presented at the Bologna Motor Show Hall several very interesting developments that will be on sale during 2009 in the Italian market. Among them are the DR3, the three-door version of DR5.

Derived directly-although not recognize Chery, a partner of DR-doors of the Toyota Rav4 3 of the previous generation, will have a range of three engines:

2.0i 16v 2.0I Radius 16v

* Power: 125 hp
* Top speed: 185 km / h
* Acceleration 0 to 100: 11.5 sec
* Average consumption: 8.0 L/100
* Emissions: 205 g / km of CO2

2.0I Radius 16v GPL

* Power: 125 hp
* Top speed: 185 km / h
* Acceleration 0 to 100: 12.0 sec
* Average consumption: 10.9 L/100
* Emissions: 190 g / km of CO2

1.9 Eco Jet 1.9 Eco Jet

* Power: 120 hp
* Top speed: 180 km / h
* Acceleration 0 to 100: 12.4 sec
* Average consumption: 5.7 L/100
* Emissions: 164 g / km of CO2

Length: 3.92 m
Width: 1.79 m
Height: 1.66 m
Battle: 2,29 m

The equipment standard on all versions includes ABS + EBD, front airbags, electric windows, power steering, mirrors, thermal, closing with centralized control, air conditioning, alloy wheels, 18, MP3 CD radio with USB port, fog lamps, leather upholstery and metallic paint.

Recommended prices will be:
DR3 2.0I Radius 16v € 16,990
DR3 2.0I Radius 16v GPL 18,490 €
DR3 1.9 Eco Jet € 19,990
Text translated from Spanish Autoblog mentions Chery as a body donor. But as it was already discussed here I think this is actually a modified UFO SUV. Chery Tiggo doesn't even exist in 3-door bodytype.

mememe 12-06-2008 12:55 PM

Re: DR motor company

Originally Posted by erik (laofan), cmvdc
95% Chinese, 5% Italian.

Is this in term of share holders of the group ?

Mehmet 12-06-2008 02:52 PM

Re: DR motor company
it seems we may not call a car ''japan'', ''american'', ''italian'' in future...partnerships, partnerships:noway: :tantrum:

i liked the suv design but details are important! :looky:

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