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BYD is coming to Spain in 2010.

Byd plans and the start of the three marketing vehicles in Spain in 2010. At the moment the offer is comprised of two electric and one hybrid, giving it an almost empty segment of the market.

The first to arrive will be known F3DM, a hybrid that combines an electric motor heat. For now know the specifics of the engine used in Europe, with the exception of batteries that are lithium ion and may extend the autonomy of 100 km. To remain unchanged with respect to the market in China will accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 10.5 seconds, will have a maximum speed of 160 km / h and a final combining the power of two engines of 168 hp.

The import will bear byd Europe, based in Rotterdam (Holland) and the first units will be ready from January 1, 2010.

The second model is the land e6 MPV, last seen in the Chamber in Shanghai and most advanced version to be available in two versions, 75 and 200 kW.

* Byd e6 75 kW: power equivalent to a 100 hp engine, accelerates from 0 to 50 km / h in 5.0 seconds, reaches 140 km / h top speed and has a range of 300 km. The recharge time is estimated at 7 hours.
* BYD e6 200 kW: power equivalent to a 272 hp engine, accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.0 seconds, but reaches a maximum speed of 160 km / h. Autonomy is estimated at 400 km and the recharge time of 7 hours.

In any case these data, obtained from the manufacturer may vary depending on the approval in Europe. Note also that all byd have three years warranty and will be equipped with air conditioning, electric windows, central locking, radio CD, alloy wheels, power steering, ABS + EBD, front airbags and a three-phase 400V charger.

Prices and other details known shortly before the launch. The three models are already included in the State Plan Movel.
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http://es.autoblog.com/2009/07/21/byd-desembarcara-en-espana-en-2010-con-tres-modelos/
 

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China-made BYD cars to hit roads in Qatar

21 October 2009
Automobiles from BYD Auto, one of the foremost Chinese automobile companies, will hit the roads of Qatar with its launch in Qatar yesterday.

Taj Qatar Automobiles, the exclusive dealers of BYD in Qatar, have opened a showroom on Salwa Road, making the leading Chinese cars available here.

"This is a new brand for Qatar though it is one of the famous companies in the world," said Samer Zahra, Sales Manager of BYD Auto in Qatar. "It is the second leading company in terms of car supply. BYD is one of the most sold cars in the Gulf region. It's only that Qatar is late in bringing these cars here."

With the elegant appearance, BYD cars come close to some of the top brands. "Our customers in the region are satisfied and we are sure this will be same with Qatar. The elegant shapes and the luxurious interiors will make them a hit here. The safety features are also at par with any others available. Added to this, BYD car engines will not switch on if the doors or trunk are not closed properly. Hence it is good for the youngsters here."

One of the most attractive features of the car is their reasonable price. The company offers two years warrantee. The cars are up to GCC standards.

"After the sales, our services will be excellent. For any car coming newly into market, spare part availability is an issue. We already have a stock of all the spare parts. Apart from this, the services we provide will be up to the expectation and we will follow-up with them to ensure their satisfaction," he told The Peninsula.

"Though we warrantee only two years, I am sure it will last much longer. As the cars are made to run over the rough terrains in China, we are sure that in Qatar, these cars will run much longer and stay in smooth condition."

The Taj group has already imported 100 cars. Another 1200 cars will arrive with in one month. Apart from BYD, three other Chinese automobile brands will also be arriving.

"We are the agency for four Chinese top brands. Our target is mainly the service companies like taxi, limousine, rent-a-cars," he said.

http://www.zawya.com/Story.cfm/sidZAWYA20091021070249/China-made BYD cars to hit roads in Qatar
 

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BYD ought to be making plans to export to India. Their F3DM and e6 would sell there well, and perhaps they could build an assembly plant there. Would make sense with an emerging automotive country like India. Competition for Tata Motors.
 

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BYD rolls out first locally made car in Egypt

December 15, 2009
Chinese carmaker BYD Auto has rolled out its first locally produced car in Egypt and released it to the Egyptian market, Xinhua News reported. The roll-out and launch ceremony was held in Cairo on December 13.

The first BYD car that rolled off its production line in Egypt was the F3 model, which is one of the best-selling sedans in the Chinese market. BYD F3 sold 32,000 units domestically last month, leading China's November sedan sales.

After cooperating with a local automaker for four years, BYD has started selling the popular BYD F3 made in Egypt, with a retail price equivalent to US$11,000.

The Chinese electric car company has set up a CKD (complete knock-down) assembly plant in the African country. The facility will help to boost BYD's presence in the Egyptian and neighboring markets.

As part of its global strategy, BYD plans to set up 40 overseas plants by 2025.

Two of BYD Auto's latest vehicles, F3 and F6 2010 models, were also launched in Kuwait over the weekend, Arab Times reported.

http://autonews.gasgoo.com/auto-news/1013328/BYD-rolls-out-first-locally-made-car-in-Egypt.html
 

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BYD again participated at NAIAS in Detroit. This year Chinese presented E6 and F3DM and confirmed their intention to sell cars in the USA.

Chinese automaker BYD – Build Your Dreams – said this morning at its press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that it intends to sell its e6 electric vehicle in the United States later this year.

BYD claims that the little crossover has a range that exceeds 200 miles and that it can accelerate to 60 mph in less than 14 seconds before topping out around 85 mph.

Meeting federal safety standards shouldn’t be an issue, BYD’s representatives said. The company would distribute the e6 through a third party, although one has not been named. The company has previously indicated its plans to distribute the e6 in North America, but today marked the first firm announcement on an on-sale date this year.

The automaker also says that it wants to be the largest producer of automobiles in the world by 2025 – a claim that might not be out of reach given its sales were up 130 percent to over 400,000 last year. BYD projects that it could sell as many as 900,000 of its cars in 2010.
http://www.leftlanenews.com/byd-confirms-goal-to-sell-car-in-u-s-in-2010.html
http://paultan.org/2010/01/12/detroit-2010-byd-e6-showcased-at-electric-avenue/
http://paultan.org/2010/01/12/detroit-2010-byd-shows-cutaway-f3dm-plug-in/



 

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BYD planning plant in the US
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According to various reports from both inside and outside of China, BYD maybe planning on building a factory in the sunshine state of California. BYD are reportedly deep in talks with the Californian government with regards to setting up BYD’s North American headquarters in California, which is famed for its progressive stance on new energy vehicles. An announcement on the location of the headquarters is likely to be announced within the next few months, and news on a production facility is likely to follow on from that announcement.

Americans got a taste of the future late last year when the BYD E6 was on show at the North American Auto Show in Detroit, whilst Europeans got their first look at the E6 at Geneva earlier this month with Euro sales commencing in 2011.

BYD is planning on becoming the worlds largest car company by 2025, and has an incredibly aggressive stance towards overseas expansion which has seen it grow from a tiny company in 2004 to a massive producer in 2009.
 

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BYD to set up American HQ in Los Angeles
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BYD has high hopes of entering the US market in the near future, and with rumors circulating of the E6’s entry into the US market later this year an American HQ might just be what BYD needs.

From Yahoo News:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today was joined by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and BYD Chairman Chuanfu Wang on the steps of Los Angeles’ City Hall to announce that BYD, a Chinese alternative-energy auto maker is establishing its North American headquarters in downtown LA. The announcement is an important step forward in attracting green businesses to the City and represents a big win for Los Angeles City officials. It validates the City’s efforts to aggressively pursue innovative and renewable energy companies to locate in the area.“By bringing global alternative energy companies to Los Angeles, we are securing our future and building the foundation for an emerging industry that will attract good paying, green collar jobs for generations of Angelenos,” said Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa in front of State and City officials and local civic, business and labor leaders.

“In working closely with BYD and getting a true sense of what they need to succeed, we now have a roadmap for attracting the companies that will build the foundation for a healthy, dynamic economic base and a more prosperous future,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

BYD expects to hire 150 jobs throughout 2010 and 2011 as it rolls out its fleet of vehicles to California markets first before expanding throughout the country.

“California’s market-friendly energy and environmental policies are playing a vital role not only in making California more energy secure but also in bringing companies like BYD to our state,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Like California, BYD is a company of firsts. They are leading China and the rest of the world into a cleaner, more sustainable future with their automobiles and renewable energy products while creating jobs and saving consumers money. I welcome BYD with open arms and look forward to growing California’s relationship with China to mutually benefit the environment and economy.”

The headquarters for BYD will be located at 1800 South Figueroa. The office building lies within the Downtown Business District. BYD has signed a long-term lease agreement and expects to take occupancy in the fourth quarter. BYD’s green energy technologies will be on display at its new headquarters and will feature its vehicles, solar panels, energy storage systems and advanced LED lighting products. The building will also house BYD’s Research & Development arm that will develop current versions of their popular vehicles selling in China for the U.S. consumer market. “I am pleased to be opening up our North American headquarters in Los Angeles,” said Stella Li, Senior Vice President of BYD. “Mayor Villaraigosa and First Deputy Mayor Beutner personally made Los Angeles stand out among any other city as the optimal home for BYD North America, and I expect that other companies in China and throughout the world will come to the same conclusion that this city is the best place to build a green business.”

This year, BusinessWeek ranked BYD as the 8th most innovative company in the world and Fast Company ranked it as the 16th most innovative company in the world, the only automaker to make the top 50 list. The entrance to Los Angeles of one of the most cutting-edge and profitable auto companies in the world is significant for California.

BYD sold nearly 450,000 vehicles in 2009, up 170 percent from a year earlier. This year, the company expects to reach 700,000 in vehicle sales. BYD employs 130,000 worldwide in offices including the Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, Japan, South Korea, India, Taiwan and Hong Kong. “Installing a U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles well prepares us for distribution of our product throughout the United States and sets the stage for release of our all-electric crossover vehicle, the e6,” said Chairman Wang.

Central to his efforts to stimulate LA’s economic base and create high-paying jobs, Mayor Villaraigosa created the Office of Economic and Business Policy in January and appointed Austin Beutner to the position of First Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive for Economic and Business Policy. First Deputy Mayor Beutner immediately began pursuing businesses seeking a North American presence or looking to expand into new markets. “We leveraged our City’s many resources, tools and assets to prepare a package that any company would be hard-pressed to resist,” said Mr. Beutner. “BYD’s move to Los Angeles should send a loud message to businesses overseas and innovative, growing businesses across the country that Los Angeles will do what it takes to win their business.”

BYD plans to take advantage of the City’s various incentives and programs aimed at attracting and retaining cleantech companies such as the Port of Los Angeles’ proposed “ZERO Emission Vehicle Tariff Measure” that would reduce the wharfage rate for Battery Electric Vehicles by 15 percent. The “ZERO emission” tariff measure will be the first of its kind in the port industry.

“The Figueroa auto row connects Downtown and South Los Angeles through major economic redevelopment and investment efforts,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry. “It is wonderful that BYD has decided to invest in this promising business corridor, augmenting our existing businesses and offering the promise of greater investment in our city.”
 

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BYD set up European HQ in Germany, sales start next year

Chinese battery and automaker BYD will set up its European headquarters in Germany, saying that the decision now depends on “finding the right property and place” and will likely be made before the end of the year, according to Henry Li, GM of BYD’s export division.

Backed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, the Shenzhen based company wants to be the first Chinese company to sell electric and hybrid cars in Western Europe, and is aiming for cities that subsidise eco cars. The push will start next year with models such as the E6 electric car, a Honda Odyssey sized five seater that uses two electric motors for a 330 km range before it needs to recharge.

Other cars in the pipeline include the F3DM plug-in hybrid sedan, which looks like a Corolla Altis from the front and a Honda City from the rear. BYD could eventually design and build cars in Europe, the company revealed.

Back home, BYD has a partnership with Daimler to produce electric vehicles. It has invested $88 million in the 50:50 partnership that will create a new brand of EVs for Chinese market, now the world’s largest.

http://paultan.org/2010/06/08/byd-set-up-european-hq-in-germany-sales-start-next-year/
 
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