new shanghai model car release : Shanghai Maple F50
SHANGHAI, China — Shanghai Maple, the "upscale" arm of Geely Automobile, has introduced a new model called F50, aimed specifically at women.
Not surprisingly, the four-door hatchback, which appears to be an update of the Maple Hisoon, appears to have much more in common, stylistically, with the old Citroën ZX than it does with the Ferrari F50.
That hasn't stopped the Shanghai Maple PR machine from churning out such blandishments as: "F50 is the first car special for female in China. It is designed in a refining and humanization style. F50 possesses the flamboyant and shining shape with soften cuneiform front. The mellow great griller with the glittering and translucent headlamps makes the vehicle charming and attractive. It is just for the ladies who want to live a delicate life with high quality and happiness."
Despite the hype and positioning, the Maple F50 is an utterly conventional compact, powered by a DOHC 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 93 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. The company claims the car has a top speed of 99 mph and returns better than 47 mpg.
Perhaps as an extra inducement for women, Maple is offering such exterior color choices as Tiramisu Yellow, African Mum Yellow, Ice Mountain Blue and Jade White.
Best of all, the F50 comes equipped with such supposedly female-pleasing features as "tissue box, coin box, dressing mirror, shoe box, clothes rack and child seat."
there was a buzz about sma producing a female driver car which would of been the first in the world. i think it was called the f50. does anyone know if this really started selling and if so how were the sales?