I disagree too some extent with this statement, yes its basically a redesigned interior and exterior, here is the but, Volkswagen has had input in the redesign which I guess would also carry over to the factory tooling etc.This is just a rebadged JAC IEV7S. I cannot imagine that this is the result of a new fruitful cooperation.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles & JAC have signed a MoU so perhaps some Commercial Vehicle models may make production in the near future?Echoing Erik's viewpoint, I fail to see the point of the SOL E20X. If all you have to do is replicate a local car that is already selling in the market, why go for a joint venture with a foreign company if you do not get access to that foreign company's superior product or tech? If JAC wanted to sell a slightly revised IEV6S/IEV7S, it could have done so by its own means -- why need VW? On the other side, it is not like VW was in dire straits in China and desperately needed a hot-selling model in its lineup to shore up revenues and profits; the VAG group sold 4 million cars in China last year, and the iEV7S (or even the Refine S2 for that matter) is hardly among bestsellers. It is also not like JAC did not have a clue about electric vehicles and VW was generously handing down some wondrous fairy-land "electric mobility" tech down to its new partner.
I guess only future SOL models will tell where this partnership is going.