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I'll start with 2007 BorgWarner China Heart award.

BorgWarner has announced the winners of the 2007 China Heart awards - an annual event which picks China’s top 10 engines.

The 2007 China Heart awards are selected by an independant evaluation committee comprising of 14 members from research agencies, universities, and media. An engine must be manufactured in China, equipped for vehicles made in China, and in mass production in China for the current year to quality for the awards. 59 engines by 34 OEMs and engine manufacturers were rated based on performance, technology, market performance, and environmental-friendliness. The winners are:

* Mazda 6 2.3L engine from FAW Car Company
* Audi 3.2L FSI engine from FAW-VW
* BMW 3.0L engine from Brilliance BMW
* Roewe 2.5L engine from Shanghai Motor Company
* Buick 2.4L engine from Shanghai General Motors
* Magotan & Skoda 1.8 TSI engine from FAW-VW
* Zun Chi 1.8T engine from Brilliance Auto
* Corolla 1.8L engine from FAW-Toyota
* Brilliance Jun Jie 1.8L engine from Dong’an Engine Company
* SX 4 1.6L engine from Chang’an Suzuki

It would be interesting to note that the only actual Chinese engine there is Brilliance Auto’s Zun Chi 1.8T engine. The rest are all global engines in global cars, perhaps with minor localization for the Chinese market.

Some of you who have been following my blog for more of the year should be able to remember the Brilliance Zun Chi - it was featured back in April 2006 but I spelled the name “Junjie” instead of Zun Chi. Its a rather decent looking car, and this particular engine that won the top 10 award powers the top of the range variant of the car.

The engine is codenamed the BL18T, and it is a turbocharged 1.8 liter engine making 167 horsepower at 5,500rpm and 235Nm of torque constantly from 2,000rpm to 4,500rpm. It has a bore and stroke of 81×87mm.
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Is this a confusion of Zhonghua names here again? Is Paul Tan confusing the Junjie BS4 (M2) with the Zunchi BS6 (M1). At first glance it would appear as though he is talking about the same car.
But then the list indicates a Junjie model and shows the (naturally aspirated) engine's made by Dong'an, i.e. not a Chinese design but rather a Mitsubishi, I believe.
In any case, Brilliance must be quite proud to receive such recognition for the 1.8T, the first product developed by its new Shenyang engine plant.
 

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Buick ranks highest in China's customer satisfaction survey

Buick ranks highest in China's customer satisfaction survey in 3 straight years

February 28, 2008 - The Buick once again is ranked highest in the 2007 China's vehicle satisfaction survey in 3 straight years, the survey report said.

Buick brand vehicles, produced by Shanghai General Motors, scored 825 points on a 1,000-point scale. Guangzhou Honda and Shanghai Volkswagen took the second and the third places with 823 points and 819 points respectively, according to the survey report.

Nanjing Fiat, a failed joint venture between Fiat and Nanjing Auto, ranks last with 721 points.

The average satisfaction score stands at 768.98 points, up 7 points from the previous year, according to the report. The Chinese local brands have made remarkable improvements, especially SAIC's own brand--Roewe.

Roewe ranks the 9th, also the only local brand ranked among the top 10, was first launched in October 2006 ahead of the Beijing Auto Show. The Roewe 750, first car model of the line-up, is derived from the Rover 75.

Co-sponsored by Xin Lian Power Survey, a research firm specialized in customer satisfaction studies, the survey takes more than six months. Covering 48 vehicle brands in 26 major cities in China, the survey is based on feedbacks from 23,396 new car buyers with ownership between 3 and 8 months.
source:Gasgoo.com
 
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