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CCF mod 01-14-2008 04:52 PM

Chang Feng at 2008 Detroit Auto Show
Chang Feng presented two concept cars at 2008 Detroit Auto Show. Leopard CS6 is just another evolution of CS7 concept:

and Kylin is of course M1A which was presented to Chinese audience at 2007 Shanghai Auto Show and will be produced together with Ningbo Bird


ChengFeng Motors was here last year and made the familiar claim that its Chinese cars would soon be on sale in the U.S. The Chinese automaker made the pilgrimage to Detroit again this year and was welcomed with open arms by Carl Galeana, Chairman of the North American International Auto Show, and Wayne County Councilman Robert Ficano. The warm greeting between these officials and ChangFeng Chairman Li Jianxin is proof positive that Michigan is looking to China for a way out of its economic slump.

Big ups to Chairman Li who abandoned the comfort and familiarity of his native tongue to tackle a three-page speech in English, though it was unfortunately for naught as we couldn't understand a single word he said. Thankfully we happened upon a transcript of the speech so we could tell you about these two vehicles shown by ChengFeng at the show.

The first is the Leopard CS6, the design of which we actually like because it was not only designed by famed Italian firm Pininfarina, but it also bears a slight resemblance to a Hyundai Santa Fe, one of the prettier CUVs on the market. ChangFeng says it's built on the Pajero V Series platform, presumably sourced from Mitsubishi. We think it has all-wheel-drive or, as the Chinese translate it, a "full driven system". That gives the CS6 "the perfect combination of military industry performance and urban fashion." Indeed.

The other car shown by ChengFeng today was the Kylin, which is already on sale in Japan. The five-door wagon isn't very attractive, but it's chassis was tuned by Lotus, so it's got that going for it. Powered by a 1.8L Mitsubishi engine, the little car is economical and might actually be fun to drive if it were ever sold here.

There's the rub, though. Last year when ChengFeng debuted in Detroit it claimed it would be selling cars in the U.S. soon. Today we got the same speech, just one year later with little visible progress made in the interim.
source: Autoblog

CCF mod 01-14-2008 04:54 PM

Leopard (Liebro CS7):

CCF mod 01-14-2008 04:56 PM



outofin 01-14-2008 09:33 PM

Today NBC introduced Chinese carmakers at the Detriot show. They started with Geely, and then BYD, and then Chang Feng. The cars all look great. They also played the terrible crash test video, and mentioned Chinese goods' safety issues in general once again. And some interviewed "experts" say the Chinese will do much faster than Japanese and Koreans but will take a few years to reach US market. Overall it's balanced view.

mememe 01-15-2008 02:57 AM

This one ?

Do you agree with what the guy say here ? And for the part of "American cars 50 years ago" , do you think it is too much of an exaggeration.

outofin 01-15-2008 05:52 PM

mememe, no, that's not the one I watched.

car.loan4 06-13-2009 04:08 AM

Re: Chang Feng at 2008 Detroit Auto Show
It has the quality to catch the potential customers from the middle class low membered family type.

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