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if it is disterbing when a three year old car company is copying, how disturbing it is if the entire auto industry is copying one another?
there is a difference between having a car in the same class, and directly copying an existing model! :nod:
 

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BYD F1 to Hit Market in Q1 2008

SHENZHEN, Dec 06, 2007 (SinoCast via COMTEX) -- BYDDF | charts | news | PowerRating -- BYD Auto Co., Ltd., an arm of BYD Co., Ltd. (SEHK: 1211), will launch BYD F1 in the first quarter of 2008.

BYD F1, which debuted at an international auto exhibition in Guangzhou, South China, in the form of concept car, in November 2007, is a A00-grade mini car model built by thousands of engineers of the automaker's R&D center in Shanghai in three years

The new car model, with stylish appearance, is powered by all-new power train system BYD371QA with a 1.0L displacement and a 100-kilometer-fuel-consumption of less than 4.2 liters on an even speed of 90 kilometers per hour. It can reach a speed as high as 150 kilometers per hour.

Its engine, based on UAES's electronic-control fuel-injection system, has reached the Euro IV emission standards. High-strength steel plate, world-class safety clashing technologies as well as dual SRS airbags and Delphi's ABS and EBD system make the car outstanding in safety.
 

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Re: Byd F1

For those that are interested, I found this link for the F1 on the BYD website IN ENGLISH! A few more pics AND a specs page........check it out. ALSO, elsewhere on the website (in the news section), I read that BYD is planning on officially introducing the F1 in April (I assume the Beijing auto show) and going on sale soon after that. A few things I noticed in the interior pic -

No locking glove box (but there IS a passenger airbag)
Manually adjustable mirrors (cost cutting decision I assume)

I ALSO noticed that in the specs page, the fuel tank is only 30l (about 7.5 US gallons) in size......but it DOES get 4.2l per 100km in fuel economy - which still gives you up to 700km on a single tank of gas (mighty impressive if true). Anyway, here is the link -


http://www.byd.com/f1/f1exterior.asp?show=f1&color=b
 

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BYD F1 unveiled at Beijing auto show.

April 25, 2008 - BYD unveiled its new mini-car model F1 at the Beijing auto show. Dubbed the 'Chinese MINI,' BYD FI is designed as the cheapest Chinese-made car, to be priced between 30,000 yuan ($4,290) and 40,000 yuan when it hits the market after its Beijing debut.

A self-developed model by the Chinese carmaker as BYD general manager claimed, BYD F1 is equipped with the eco-friendly BYD371QA engine. It is a 1.0 L three-cylinder 12-valve SOHC engine which has the max output of 50kW/6,000rpm and a max torque of 90nm.

Many people have noticed that the front ends of both the Toyota Aygo and the BYD F1 look remarkably similar, and the F1's dashboards instrument panel also has a similar design to the Aygo, but BYD has denied the cloning accusations.

The F1 measures 3,460 (L) x 1,618 (W) x 1,465mm (H) and weighs 870kg. The wheelbase is 2,340mm. The front and rear treads are 1,420 and 1,410mm long, respectively.

The BYD DM (Dual Mode) technology incorporates pure electric driving system and hybrid electric driving system. The DM hybrid system integrates advanced generator and motor controlling technology. It realizes multiple energy supply via both recharging and refueling, which is a real dual mode hybrid system.


source: Gasgoo.com
 

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Article about F1 from China Car Times.

The BYD F1 splashed onto the internet with a rather large fan fare - possibly a contender for the worlds cheapest car title, and with good looks to boot. As more information about the F1 leaked out, it seemed that the F1 wouldnt be as cheap as it was supposed to be, but it was still cheap.

The BYD F1 is expected to be priced in the high 20,000rmb range to 40,000rmb range, however, no final price has been set from BYD as far we are aware.
We had a chance to get up close and reasonably personal with the F1 at the recent Qingdao Auto Show where the F1 was proudly on display at the BYD stand. From looks alone, the F1 is pretty similar to the Toyota Aygo, although BYD say they own design patents for the car.

The dashboard of the Aygo and the BYD F1 are very similar. Compare the speedo and RPM pods with the Toyota Aygos, the overall design elements are very similar, including the heating vents.

The overall quality of the interior was reasonable, although the top right picture shows a healthy gap between the dashboard sections. Overall, the quality of this presumebly pre-production model from BYD was actually quite good. The only critisism we have of the F1’s quality would be what felt (and looked) like two different types of plastic had been employed to make different sections of the dash, which made it look like a patchwork quilt dash! The seats were comfortable, and we quite liked the ‘poverty spec’ simplicity of it, its a car in the truest sense - it has 4 wheels, an engine, and not much else! If you want to adjust the window you have to use a piece of equipment known only to a few as a ‘hand winder‘ to open the windows, the same is said for the rear view mirrors, those too, are ‘hand operated’ shocking! Simply shocking, but excellent at the same time, its a back to basic car, after all!

In many respects, the BYD F1 reminds us of the base spec Renault Clios and the Twingos of the mid 90’s that were used as hire cars along the Mediterrainian strip - they were budget cars, rented to tourists, that were expected to take a battering from careless drivers and the elements. We think the BYD would excel itself in a similar situation, hot summers, sticky situations, tough traffic - sounds just like any east coast Chinese city in June.

Despite the F1 taking a lot of style from the Aygo, we think it will still be popular with young Chinese consumers who want to have a cheap, economical car, that is both fashionable and trendy without pilling dollars onto the base price.

Would we have one for driving around the city center? Oh yes, we would.



 

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BYD F1 to sell re-named as BYD F0 in September.

July 14, 2008 - BYD Auto Co., Ltd., will launch an A00-grade mini car model F1 in September this year, but the car name will be changed to BYD F0 by then in order to avoid the potential label conflict, reports Beijing News today.

The F1, produced in BYD’s new plant in Shenzhen, will go on sale this September or October, sources said. Once launched to the market, the model will use the name "F0" instead of F1 to avoid potential label conflict, as "F1" has been registered by Formula One Group, said sources familiar with the matter.

F1 is also planning to target global markets besides domestic market, so giving up the "F1" name is sensible for avoiding possible conflicts in markets home and abroad, BYD sources told reporters.

BYD Auto announced recently that F1, now the renamed BYD F0, with selling price at between 45,800 yuan ($6,710) and 55,800 yuan, can be ordered now at BYD dealerships.

source: Gasgoo.com
 

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It seems that the FIA has more power in China then Toyota!

Byd aren't affraid of anybody but Bernie Ecclestone. The guy must have really close ties with chinese official.
 
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