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Sorry to disturb your dreams, JMSteiny. These three vehicles were exhibited as concepts at the Beijing Motor Show 2004, together with the early F6 "BMW style" prototype and the ET electrical concept. At the stand BYD promised production of the F2 hatchback from the end of 2004, and the same for the EF3 sedan electric taxi. They didn't want to give a production date for the F4 wagon. The F2 hatchback was based on the Flyer, but bigger: wheelbase 2400 in stead of Flyer's 2300, LxWxH 3740x1645x1510 in stead of 3500x1445x1470. The F4 wagon was even bigger: wheelbase 2600, 4350x1690x1700. The EF3 was shown before the present F3 was existing, so at that time we thought that the F3 would have the same body (which was happy enough not the case). Greetings!


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Yes JM Steiny, I think you are right about the EF3, probably they had it tested long before the Beijing Show. Martin's pictures are not taken at the Beijing 2004 Show, in Beijing I remember the cars entered with plastic wrapped around the wheels and the EF3 had definitely not a license plate..
 

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Complicated, Dragon. I visited Qingchuan two times, in 1993 and in 2004 (June 1).
In 2004 they were broke and were just bought by BYD. They showed me only Flyers, including their original prototype and first production model. The earliest models were named Alto as they had no license to make a second car. Flyer was based on the Alto platform.
But I saw also dyes of the BYD 316, as the expected BYD F3 was named than. These were dyes for a petrol version of the ugly EF3. And brand new presses. They expected to produce the BYD 316 in 2005. Note that the car was not shown to the public at that moment. Happy enough it was never made and replaced by the present F3 Corolla type in November 2004.
The range of BYD concepts at the Beijing 2004 Show was impressive and not expected. I agree with you that some must have been developed before the take-over but it seems very clear that they are based on the Flyer. So I suppose there was earlier contact between Qinchuan and BYD. The BYD concepts were not in Xi'an when I was there, they were developed in a Shenzhen R&D studio even before the start of their production facility there.
 
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