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mememe said:
Uncle Google translated article as following:
In Russia come three new models of Chinese brands Lifan

At the end of August at the Moscow International Motor Show official distributor of Lifan cars in Russia GK «Autoworld» introduced a novelty - hetchbek Lifan Breez. In addition to his stand of Chinese brands presented two more concept: a mini-car Lifan 320 sedan and medium Lifan 620. According to the RBC daily in GK «Autoworld», start sales hetchbeka Breez is scheduled for October, a serial version concept karov likely to see the light in 2009.

Lifan Breez equipped with engines 1.3 and 1.6 liters and output of 89 and 106 hp respectively. The car is equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), as well as automatic door locking at speeds of 15-20 km / h and sensor accidental disconnection relay fuel pump. In the basic version includes air conditioning, front airbags, power steering, electric front and rear glazing, central locking and rear elektrozerkala species.

Managing Director exclusive distributor in Russia Lifan Company «Eastern» (included in the CC «Autoworld») Eugene Mezhov said in an interview with RBC daily, that the official price of hetchbek Breez will be announced closer to the start of sales, which are scheduled for next month. But now you can predict that the cost base instrument would not exceed 300 thousand rubles.

The emergence of Chinese brands in the Russian market is due to sign in early 2007 tripartite treaty between Lifan, GK «Autoworld» and plant «Derveys». Assembling sedans happening at the plant «Derveys» in the city of Cherkessk, and the sale of cars through the dealer network in over 40 cities of Russia. According to Eugenia Mezhova, precisely the same pattern will occur subsequent withdrawal Lifan new products in Russia, including hatchbck Breez.

Another novelty after hetchbeka Lifan in the Russian market could be 620 sedan, which in size is intermediate between the small middle class and middle-class S D (on the European classification). «Series 620 sedan is likely to appear in Russia as early as next year - said Eugene Mezhov. — It will compete with Vortex Estina (former Chery Fora. - RBC daily) assembled by TagAZa. In order for the 620-I model to compete with sedans Vortex Estina value of 379 900 rubles. Should be put lower prices ».

Good prospects to become another serial model Lifan 320 has a compact design. Appearance new items like Mini, but not a full copy of the famous exterior avtomobilchika. According to Eugenia Mezhova to serial car used in demand in the domestic market, its value to the initial estimate should be in the range of 10-11 U.S. dollars
 

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Lifan signs up for the 6-speed Antonov TX6.

Antonov has secured its first customer for its new Antonov TX6 6-speed automatic transmission: Chinese automaker Lifan Motors. Antonov had earlier demonstrated a Volkswagen Golf 1.6 with the TX6 transmission installed to 7 potential customers and so far Lifan has bit. Geely is also showing strong interest in the transmission.

The TX6 can handle up to 260Nm of torque and is suitable for engine sizes from 1.5 liters up to 2.5 liters. It is produced in China exclusively for the Chinese automaker market but will be made available worldwide in the long term. It can shift from any gear to any gear, thus you can downshift 2 to 3 gears at once without delay. Also, a torque converter is not used but instead an indirect brake is used to launch, similiar to Japanese CVTs. The AMG Speedshift-MCT transmission is another planetary gearbox that does not use a torque converter to start up, instead it uses a start-up clutch.

Someone should tell Youngman that more gear ratios to keep the rev needle at an optimum rev band more often would do wonders for the odd torque curve of the Campro engines found in its Europestar RCR (rebadged GEN2) and Europestar Jingyue (rebadged Persona).
Technical diagrams of the TX6:
http://paultan.org/archives/2008/12/05/lifan-signs-up-for-the-6-speed-antonov-tx6/
 

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Lifan enters Greek market:
http://es.autoblog.com/2009/01/09/lifan-desembarca-silenciosamente-en-grecia/


With little publicity, Lifan has entered the Greek market with the 520, a compact sedan and affordable. At present only a gasoline engine and a gearbox, but more will arrive later variants.

The initial bet of Lifan, China Motors distributed by Greece, is based on 520 Sedan equipped with engine 1.3 i 16v of 88 hp and five-speed change. The best thing is the price, only € 8950 serial counting on a good team that includes ABS + EBD, dual airbags, power package, air conditioning, sound equipment and power steering.
 

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China's Lifan targets Philippine sedan market.

January 19, 2009 - Lifan, a Chinese car brand that is already in over 50 countries, will start to make its presence felt in the Philippine market where it launches its LF520 mid-size sedan on Friday.

Lifan Cars, a unit of conglomerate Lifan Group with operations in the financial and banking sector, real estate, football, and research and development, is confident of enjoying commercial success in the Philippine market "given the preference of Filipino car buyers to quality but more affordable vehicles," said its president Nelson Ong. The company is already present in countries in Latin America and in Europe.

Ong, in a statement, said Lifan Cars expects to be a major player in the car sector in the long run as the company plans to expand its product portfolio in the Philippine market.

Lifan Cars plans to introduce at least three car models this year and will open its first showroom in the country on West Avenue in Quezon City on Friday.

The LF520, which is already being sold in 20 countries including Russia, Vietnam, Iran, Chile and Venezuela, will be the first model that will be introduced here.

"One major consideration for Lifan's entry into the market is the availability of a good market. We believe that it will appeal to the young urban professionals and younger car enthusiasts, who comprise a large chunk of buyers in the local market," Lifan Cars general manager William Agcaoili said.

On top of their good design, Agcaoili said Lifan cars are equipped with powerful engines designed by United Kingdom-based engineering designs firm Ricardo Plc. Lifan autos are also said to be trendy and price-competitive.

The Lifan Group has long been engaged in the production of trucks, buses, motorcycles and car engines in China. It ventured into automobile production after seeing the growing demand for quality but affordable vehicles not only in the mainland but also in the global market.

In 2007, it was the market leader with sales revenues amounting to RMB 12.16 billion and export reaching $409.60 million.

Lifan Cars is the third Chinese brand to enter the car market, after Chery and Chana.
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"Good morning, Manila!" That was the first sentence from Wang Juhui, a representative from China-based Lifan Motors, at the launch of the auto brand's first showroom in the Philippines' capital of Metro Manila.

With the young and energetic assistant general manager, there came the LF520 mid-size sedan, a car model exported to more than 50 other countries, including Australia, Germany, Spain, Russia, Vietnam, Iran, Chile and Venezuela.

Dubbing LF520 as a "World Car," Wang said that the engine was designed by the renowned automobile design firm Ricardo Plc. Based in the United Kingdom. And Italian designers were employed by the manufacturer so that the model became top of the line in the looks department.

"We want to keep the design of the car sleek and stylish to appeal to the young at heart. It is loaded with features that will definitely appeal to the adventurous spirit," said William Agcaoili, general manager of Lifan Cars Philippines, the manufacturer's partner in the Philippines.

Lifan Motors, a motorcycle manufacturer-turned car company like Honda, entered the global passenger car industry in March 2007 with the release of the LF520 in Vietnam. In 2008, the company sold over 20,000 units in markets outside China.

Today, it "sailed" to the Philippine archipelago to seek new opportunities. As explained, the Lifan logo means "powerful sailing boat."

Last year, the Philippines posted a 5.6-percent growth of auto sales despite the global financial crisis. The sales reached 124,449 units in 2008, compared to the previous year's 117,903.

"We are bringing the LF520 in the Philippines so that Filipinos can also enjoy our world-class vehicle which is priced more affordably," said Nelson Ong, president of Lifan Cars Philippines.

The price is expected to be set around 500,000 pesos (10,600 U.S. dollars) for the 1.3-litre model.

"We sell the cars at very, very affordable prices," said Agcaoili, when talking about what is the Chinese brand's competitive edge to grab a share in the market dominated by Japanese cars.

Meanwhile, the quality, safety and comfort of the vehicles will not compromised, he added.

Ong believes that his company will enjoy commercial success in the Philippine market.

"We are confident that the entry of Lifan Motors will help revitalize the local domestic industry as it gives car buyers more choices," he said.

Besides the LF520, Lifan plans to introduce three more models to the local market this year, namely, LF320, LF620 and a sports utility vehicle.

"We believe that it will appeal to the young urban professionals and younger car enthusiasts, which comprises a large chunk of buyers in the local market," Agcaoili said.

However, Lifan sets a sales goal of no more than 1,000 units for this year.

"To buy a car is quite a big deal, so many customers will take a wait-and-see attitude, especially when it comes to a new brand," said Wang.

"But the sales volume will go up as Filipino buyers find confidence in our products," said the smiling Chinese businessman.

January 31, 2009, gasgoo.com
 

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Lifan Auto to launch first minivan model in 2010.

February 23, 2009 - Chongqing Lifan Automobile Co will begin to launch its first minivan model next year, the Beijing Times reported Monday, citing an informed company source.

The upcoming minivan is likely to be powered by a 1.3L engine and will carry a retail price of 40,000 yuan ($5,853), according to the report.

The company started construction of a 1-billion-yuan minivan facility last July in Chongqing. This facility is set to achieve an annual output capacity of 150,000 to 200,000 units after production starts this September.

Lifan, which has made a name for itself as maker of motorcycles as well as truck and bus engines, began automobile production in 2006 in China responding to the then global demand for quality but affordable vehicles.

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Lifan Auto secures $200 mln global orders

March 13, 2009

Shanghai, March 13 (Gasgoo.com) Chinese carmaker Chongqing Lifan Automobile Co announced it has signed deals valued about $200 million with more than 100 distributor and dealers from 27 countries, xihuanet.com said today.

Yin Mingshan, founder and head of the Lifan Group, said Lifan Auto plans to speed up its expansion in the overseas markets.

Though faced with the global financial crisis, Lifan Auto exported about 20,000 vehicles to 53 countries in 2008, up 279% year on year(y/y), with sedan exports up 286.48% y/y. The automaker ranked No. 3 spot among Chinese private carmakers in last year's exports.



Lifan Auto has completed the construction of CKD assembling plants in Russia, Vietnam, and Iran, and SKD assembling plant in Ethiopia. The carmaker is also set to finish its Uruguay CKD plant, its fifth overseas plant for exploring South American market, by the end of this year.

Lifan Auto, founded in 1991, started as a motorcycle company and now has the capacity to produce 2.5 million motorcycle engines and 1 million motorcycles annually. In August 2003 Lifan announced its intent to enter the automotive sector. In early 2006 Lifan produced its first passenger car, the Lifan 520.

http://www.gasgoo.com/auto-news/1009635/Lifan-Auto-secures-200-mln-global-orders.html
 

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Antonov goes together with Lifan.
Finally!
Antonov plc has signed a cooperation agreement with China Chong Quing Landai Industries Co. Ltd. Ltd. Together they will invest up to € 2 million in new development projects with other manufacturers, including Lifan. The Chinese Lifan it participates in the construction of prototype demonstration vehicles.

That was last Tuesday announced. The agreement ensures that Lifan in the engineering program will involve the Antonov TX-6 automatic gearbox to produce. The first step is Antonov to the TX-6 prototype in two Lifan cars to build. It is expected that six months will take, writes fd.nl.

At the end of March was a collaboration announced in Sichuan Jianghan Industrial Group Co Ltd.
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http://www.autoblog.nl/archive/2009/06/04/antonov-gaat-samen-met-lifan-produceren


The First 4S Store of Lifan Motors Opened in Syria
As reported from Xinhua News Agency in Damascus on May 31st, the first 4S store of Lifan Motors in Syria held an opening ceremony. Secretary of Syrian Transportation Mr. Belder and Chinese Ambassador in Syria Mr. Li Huaxin cut the ribbon together.

As reported, the 4S store is located at Harasta automobile sales center which is 30km far away from Damascus, the capital of Syria. The marketing hall of Lifan Motors is the one with long history and high fame popularity of which the area is over 800 m2 owning dedicated sales center, after-sales service center, reception center and so on. And the area of after-sales service station is over 1000 m2 which owns complete maintenance equipment.

Lifan Motors announced 4 models during the opening ceremony, they were Lifan620, Lifan520, Lifan520i and Lifan320 covering three series of A0 class, A class and B class which all met the requirements of consumers in Syrian market. Besides, LIFAN is busy preparing to introduce minivan, SUV, MPV and ACS to Syrian market gradually. Introduced by Mark Timber, the vice president of Lifan Group, ALSULTAN Group is the general distributor of Lifan Motors in Syria. Since the signature of exclusive distributor agreement in November 2008, ALSULTAN has established 13 regional distributors and after-sales service platforms and established the first 4S store of Lifan Motors. Meanwhile, ALSULTAN plans to establish LIFAN 4S stores in Aleppo, the second largest city in Syria and Holmes, the third largest city in Syria including 2S and 3S stores established by secondary distributors. Lifan Motors has completed establishing 15 sales and service network in all. Mark Timber said, with the establishment of 3 4S stores and 13 regional distributors, Lifan Motors will have a complete marketing and after-sales service platform and network in Syria. Therefore, the completion of 4S store symbols that Chinese national sedan brand has reached a new start and height. So far, nearly 1200 Lifan cars have been sold in Syria and Lifan Motors plans to sell over 10,000 cars in Middle East this year and 30,000 in next 3 years.

The ceremony is very passionate that Ambassador Mr. Li Huaxin and secretary Belder actively test drove Lifan620, Lifan320, Lifan520 and Lifan520i. They were interviewed by many Medias. They gave a high praise to the pattern, appearance, inner trim and workmanship of Lifan cars and also much appreciated the outstanding work of ALSULTAN Group. As learned, LIFAN plans to establish automobile assembly plant in Syria to export LIFAN cars to another country.
source: lifan.com
 

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Lifan Auto secures $14-mln contract from Philippines

August 12, 2009
Lifan Group, one of China's biggest motorcycle makers and now diversified into car production, has secured a 100 million yuan ($14.6 million) contract from the Philippines government for its 520 sedans, the Shanghai Securities News reports Wednesday.

This contract is the largest deal Lifan has ever won in its history. Under the contract, Lifan will export 2,000 units of its 520 sedan to the country to be used as taxis.

The mid-class 520 sedans are powered by either a 1.3-liter engine or a 1.6-liter engine and Lifan said it sells at about $10,600 in Philippines market, much cheaper than other imported models sold in the country.

The company has set up 10 sales offices in the Philippines in partnership with a Filipino vehicle importing firm.

source: Gasgoo.com
 

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the Lifan 520 will be used as taxis in Visayas and Mindanao, south of the Philippines. Can't wait to see the 620 here.
 

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Lifan completed construction of assembly plant in Uruguay. Vehicles build there will be exported to Brasilian market also.
http://www.noticiasautomotivas.com....-uruguai-e-aposta-alto-no-mercado-brasileiro/

Since Lifan Group went in for sedan manufacturing, overseas plants building has always been its key strategy. From 2007, Lifan has marked out the great blueprint for establishing assembly plants worldwide in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Automobile assembly plants have been established in Vietnam, Russia, Iran, Ethiopia and Azerbaijan in succession. Recently, the assembly plant in Uruguay of Lifan Motors has been built and put into production.

The design capacity of the assembly plant in Uruguay of Lifan Motors is 40,000 units. The plant mainly assembling Lifan320 and Lifan620. The first batch units are estimated to offline at the end of April.

The plant in Uruguay of Lifan Motors has been greatly supported by local government which is also a fabulous achievement for Chinese brand at abroad. Lifan person says, Lifan Motors will make full use of FTA (Free Trade Agreement) signed in Uruguay and South American countries to enter South American Common Market—MERCOSUR.
 

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Lifan brand entered Peru. The Chinese company will offer their complete range of vehicles. Lifan 320 will sell from $4,190,000 to $4,990,000 in four trim levels. Air conditioning is not standard in basic models. The selling price of Lifan 520 which is powered by 1.3 or 1.5 l engines ranges between $4,490,000 and $4,990,000. The most expensive car is Lifan 620 which costs $6,690,000 and offers among others dual airbags, ABS with EBD, AC and rear parking sensors.
In the second half of 2010 Lifan will also launch minivan. All vehicles have a 2 years or 50,000 km warranty and a road assistance service throughout the warranty period.

http://www.autocosmos.cl/noticias/23498/lifan-320-llego-a-chile-en-cuatro-versiones.aspx





 

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Lifan and Subaru in talks over possible JV

From China Car Times:
The rumors of who Subaru are planning to work with in the Chinese market to build a new joint venture partnership are getting out of hand, first it was Ford’s partner in JMC, then BAIC, SAIC, FAW, and a whole host of other acronym-ed named auto makers, the latest to be added to this list is Chongqing’s own Lifan.

Lifan are currently making the 320, 520 and 520 models for the Chinese market, and has its own engine range. Its not entirely clear what Lifan might bring to Subaru that Subaru cannot get from larger state owned manufacturers, but one guess might be cheap land and an existing factory.

Lifan is one of the stronger engine exporters and is a major motorbike manufacturer, it is also a privately owned company that is yet to IPO.
 
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