FAW's minivan Jiabao V70 is now available to the domestic market. It rolled off the production line in Jilin on September 12. With the 0.97L engine and 1.3L engine models launched, the Jiabao V70 models are priced at between 35,900 yuan to 48.500 yuan.
Sui Honglei, a Chinese TV series star showed up as the brand spokesperson.
FAW started production of the Jiabao V80 van at its new factory in the city of Jilin. While a member of the Jiabao series, the V80 actually shares a platform with Senya S80, a Chinese version of Daihatsu Xenia/Toyota Avanza. FAW claims that 37% of V80′s parts can be directly employed by the Senya model.
Launched at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, the V80 sits on a 2700mm wheelbase and is 4205mm long, 1685mm wide, and 1910mm tall. It has a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. On lower trim levels, leaf springs were used for rear suspension, while the more expensive models get the multi-link, independent type.
Currently, only one engine choice is provided, a VCT-i 1.3 liter that can put out up to 65kW of power and 120Nm of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
A long wheelbase variant, the V80L, will be launched at a later stage, to be powered by a 1.5L engine. So will a truck version, called T80.