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Old 12-09-2008, 08:36 AM   #31
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Good to see Guizhou Aviation's auto plant up and running again. Looking at the website one would think that the Subaru-based WOW (Skylark) is still being produced there.
And better still for Guizhou, this looks like it's just the beginning, with another eight models to come. It's good to see Youngman finally getting the ball rolling in a province that can use a boost to its employment rolls. But the timing may be a problem what with this downturn of the economy and all. I hope it defies the odds and does well.

There was a time when Youngman planned production of the Iranian Samand sedan at this location.



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Old 12-19-2008, 05:40 AM   #32
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China-made Lotus RCR to go on sale in March 2009.

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Chinese carmaker Youngman Auto had its self-developed Lotus RCR ("Jingsu" in Chinese) model rolling off line earlier this month at its Guizhou plant. This first Lotus-brand model made in China is set to go on sale in March 2009, at a price possibly below 100,000 yuan ($14,700), reported Jiangnan Times today citing a Youngman insider.

The Europestar RCR model for Chinese production was developed jointly by Youngman Auto and British Lotus Engineering, with total investment of 2 billion yuan ($293 million). At the 2008 Guangzhou auto show last month, Youngman Auto displayed the RCR as a Lotus model, a smart roadster coupe based on the 2nd-generation Persona sedan model of Lotus Proton.

Youngman Lotus is a joint venture between Youngman Auto and British Lotus Engineering which is an affiliate of Proton. Another Lotus car, the Proton Persona sedan model ("Jingyue"), will also be specially built by Youngman Lotus for the Chinese market. The Jingyue sedan model was unveiled on November 18 at the Guangzhou show.

While it imported the first RCR sedan in January this year for trial sales in the Chinese market, Youngman started to build its manufacturing bases in Guizhou, Tai'an (of Shandong), Ji'nan and Hangzhou. Construction of the Ji'nan and Hangzhou bases will be completed early next year to bring Youngman Auto's annual production capacity to 450,000 units.

Youngman Auto, formerly a commercial vehicle OEM, is entering the passenger vehicle market by making its British partner's models at first. The company will design eight models jointly with Lotus Engineering over the next four years and produce them at the four bases. The models will include the family sedan, Coupe, SUV, MPV and others.

With the Lotus RCR off line and in market first, other self-developed Youngman Lotus models are expected to be made and launched in succession starting 2009. The Proton Persona "Jingyue" sedan will go to market immediately after the RCR "Jingsu" model.
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Europestar is essentially China’s newest autobrand, but many people havent heard of it, nor will they be able to buy one. Europestar was created between Youngman, a Shandong based bus maker, and Proton, the Malaysian car maker. Proton was set to supply the cars, and Youngman was to create the brand ‘Europestar’. The brand hasnt faired too well as of yet, probably due to the very small dealer network which seems to focus on interior Chinese cities, rather than the boom towns of eastern China. Sales of the Europestar RCR (Nee Proton Gen2 Racer) are not so high, in fact, that they are suprisingly low at around 30 cars per month.

Poor sales could be attributed to its small network, and also to the high price that they are asking for the RCR. The RCR is sent from Malaysia in CKD (Complete Knock Down) form, its basically a big box of car bits that are then assembled in Youngman’s factories in China. The price of the Europestar RCR is currently around 130,000rmb depending on model, which is essentially on par with the popular Ford Focus, or the Honda Civic hatch, even the engineering by Lotus badges on the back of the RCR (For which Lotus receives $50USD for each car!) have failed to win the car many buyers.

However, from next year the RCR is to be built in China, which may see the price drop to sub 100,000rmb which would surely bring a great deal of visitors into the few Eurostar dealers. The RCR maycurrently be the only model under the Europestar name, but it is soon to be joined by the Proton Persona, which will also see Chinese production. The joint venture between Proton/Lotus and Youngman was kick started with 2 billion RMB in investment, Youngman is currently working on two more factories for the Europestar brand, and soon hopes to have a production facility to produce up to 450,000 cars per year. This shows that Europestar, despite being China’s newest car company, has some grand plans for the Chinese marketplace, and possibly even the export market.

Youngman and Lotus have plans for eight new models, including MPV’s, and SUV’s.
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:45 PM   #33
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Europestar Jingyue 1.6 AT:

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Old 03-06-2009, 04:46 PM   #34
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:29 PM   #35
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Europestar to sell Proton Exora MPV. The van has been seen testing it in northern China, maybe around Jinan where Youngman is based, according to China Car Times. It is expected to hit the Chinese market later this year.




And some trivia. Proton originated in the 1980's and is, I'm pretty sure a state owned enterprise. all of the early models were based on Mitsubishi models of the period, such as the Lancer. More were introduced and some were even sold, are are still being sold in Australian and for a time, New Zealand markets. Proton has definately come a long way since then.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:38 AM   #36
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Europestar domestically produced RCR seen in China.

Europestar, China’s latest brand to hit the streets have had their domestically made Proton Gen2 RCR spotted out in China. The Chinese made RCR looks identical to the Malaysian made model, except for its updated nose.

The Chinese built model is expected to see a drop in price over the coming months. Previously the RCR was produced in Malaysia, and shipped to China in CKD form which Youngman would then assemble in their auto factory in Guizhou.

Youngman plan to expand their dealerships aggresively over the coming months to include tier one and tier two cities.





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Old 03-14-2009, 07:16 AM   #37
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Kiwi Guy, the registration of the Youngman MPV is Malaysian. Impossible to drive with it in China. These photos (paultan.org, a Malaysian site) are taken in Malaysia, not in China.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:42 PM   #38
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OMG! So sorry about that mistake. Thanks for pointing that out erik. I'll find some pics of it IN China. But Malaysian plates and Chinese plates look very similar.
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:54 PM   #39
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Looks like a 1st gen Renault Mégane, no?

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Europestar Jingyue 1.6:



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