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the mazda mps is a all wheel drive like subaru impreza, so hongqi may not make a similar all wheel drive because of the extra fuel consumption and unnecessary technical complication involved:eek:
 

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FAW(First Auto Work)is the No.2 Car company in China which belongs to Chinese government.
Chery car company which belongs to anhui province China founded in 1997.
Here is FAW logo


FAW Benteng now use this logo
 

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I dont mind the looks of this but they appear to be having some quality issues with the interior. I cant understand why QC people cant do their job properly as some of the faults (like the creases in the steering wheel) should have been rejected before they got anywhere near a vehicle.
 

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Besturn 6MT Won Fuel Saving Champion.

FAW's Besturn 6MT eventually won the champion at 2007 China Auto Green Technology Summit. The 6 speed manual transmission 2.0L Besturn run on the match achieved excellent result of average fuel consumption of 3.98L /100km. All the cars for the match were evaluated by the way of Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu and Beijing. Besturn 6MT's fuel consumption was measured at 4.87L/100km, 3.55L/100km, 3.92L/100km and 3.59L/100km in the above-said four cities.

Society of Automotive Engineers of China (SAE) and China Automotive Technology & Research Center sponsored 2007 China Auto Green Technology Summit that aimed to promote the themes of "Environmental friendly, Energy efficiency and Green product". As the vital important challenge of fuel saving, the match attracted many famous automotive brands such as FAW Besturn BMW and Brilliance to join in.

For the time being, most Chinese customers are still driving cars with 4 or 5 speed manual transmission. FAW takes the lead in equipping 6 speed manual transmission on its Besturn, which sets optimum gear ratios of 3.454 at 1st speed, 2.059 at 2nd speed, 1.310 at 3rd speed, 0.970 at 4th speed, 0.795 at 5th speed and 0.680 at 6th speed. Power output from FAW Bestburn's engine transfers extraordinary well through the perfect matched 6 speed manual transmission. It is reported the fuel for each car equipped with 6 speed manual transmission in Europe and America can be saved 3 percent to 7 percent. Thus Besturn 6MT should have a splendid future in China. Now FAW has sold nearly 2,500 Besturn 6MT cars since they launched on the market on Nov. 18, 2007.
source: FAW, Dec 26, 2007
 

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I see more of these on the road and they look much better than they are in the photos. Why does that happen. I was in Australia recently and their Commodore is the same. It looks much better than in photos.
Do these share a chassis with mazda?
 

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Re: FAW Benteng/Besturn (Hongqi C301)

@ chinamonty: Yes, the car stands on first generation Mazda6 platform. I think both cars share some other parts also (what is especially noticable if you look at the interior of Besturn).

First Automobile Works unveiled its new Benteng (Galloping forward) at the Hangzhou Auto Show.

The independently developed Benteng is the first member of a new generation of Hongqi models. It is based on the Mazda6, manufactured in China by the FAW-Mazda joint venture.

Benteng is equipped with a four-cylinder, 16-valve engine capable of 120 kW, maximum torque 204 Nm coupled with five-speed manual gearbox. ABS with electronic brake force distribution, traction control and dynamic stability control systems and 6 airbags are standard features.
 

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FAW Besturn B70HEV

From Gasgoo.com.

April 14, 2008 - The first Chinese-developed luxury own-brand FAW Besturn was released in Beijing on April 12. The full-hybrid "Beijing Olympic Model Car" - Besturn B70HEV - was unveiled while other models of the FAW Besturn brand were named at the Besturn launch ceremony. The long-awaited "Small Besturn" - Besturn B50 - was also released at the event.

The first home-made Besturn, based on the Mazda6, is manufactured by the FAW-Mazda joint venture in China. The Besturn B70HEV unveiled this time is a full hybrid model to be used as the "Beijing Olympic Model Car" for services in the Summer Games under the theme "Green Olympics, Technological Besturn."

FAW's hybrid electric Besturn B70HEV model features the adequate energy conversion equipment (like a diesel engine), energy storage device and power motor as its hybrid power plant. As an energy-efficiency and eco-friendly model, the Besturn B70HEV is equipped with an engine capable of 6.0L/100km, able to save fuel by 42.8% compared to other automatic-transmission sedans of the same kind.

The launch of these FAW Besturn models marks another milestone in FAW's brand expansion and market growth after its Besturn brand has managed over the past few months to find its footing in the luxury sedan market and break the technical barriers of luxury vehicles. The new FAW Besturn series is seen as the "best turn" for the brand to start a new generation of car-making.

FAW will release more details on the car at the Beijing show this month. In the meantime, company officials have announced plans to invest $300 million in a new production facility to build the Besturn models in 2009.
 
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