• May 22nd 2006 at 6:05PM
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It's a well-known fact that foreign automakers desiring to crack the Chinese market are required by the government to buddy up with a Chinese domestic automaker. First Automotive Works Group (FAW) is in bed with not only Volkswagen and Toyota, but Ford's Japanese affilitate, as well, with which it produces the Mazda6 for the Chinese market. At last week's Hangszhou Auto Show FAW introduced the Mazda6-based Benteng midsize sedan that will take on the Accord and Camry in China with a pair of 2.0L and 2.3L engines, a five-speed manual tranny, ABS with electronic brake force distribution, stability control and six airbags. Inside Line is reporting FAW hopes to sell 10,000 units in China by the end of the year, though doesn't plan to export the sedan to foreign markets.

[Source: Global Auto Index via Inside Line]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Hmmm looks more like they grafted a long nose on a chevy cobalt 4 door.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Source 1, I think it looks more like the Dodge Corvette, personally...*rolls eyes*

      And yes, I could see how you could see the resemblance between that and the Hyundai Sonata. Of course, being based on the Mazda6 platform, it probably handles much better than aforementioned Hyundai.
      • 9 Years Ago
      'err ... Hyundai looks pretty knockdown to me ....'

      You appear to possess limited understanding of what a 'knockdown' unit is and with that in mind, I will not further discuss the world-class status of the Sonata or the latest offerings from Hyundai. I continue to be amazed at the profound ignorance of people who claim to 'know' the car market but don't have a clue about this manufacturer in 2006.
      • 9 Years Ago
      How'd this become about the Hyundai Sonata? The Sonata's a good car in its own right, but I'm here to talk about the Chinese. I'm actually immpressed with the design of this vehcile, considering that just a few years ago their designs were complete crap (hideous). I'm interested in seeing how this whole thing will play in the next decade or so and you never know what can/might happen. Remember "It's always the ones you least expect"
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's face and it's headlights are looks so VERY GOOD!!!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      There will some day be Chinese car brands in the U.S. and some will probably be excellent. But it's not going to happen tomorrow.

      This from another article discussing the number of car companies in China:

      "However, only two of the 123 Chinese auto manufacturers produce more than 500,000 units a year, with eight others each with an output of over 100,000. There are 95 factories each with an annual output less than 10,000, including 70 each producing less than 1, 000 automobiles every year."

      There will be many failures and buy-outs before Chinese auto manufacturing is ready for prime time.

      People who buy the first of the Chinese brands to come to the U.S. shouldn't expect too much except very low prices and lousy resale values to offset whatever price advantages there might have been.
      • 9 Years Ago
      err ... Hyundai looks pretty knockdown to me ....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well they've certainly caught up in sheetmetal-stamping skills. And styling, too.

      I'll be keeping an eye out for Benteng...
      • 9 Years Ago
      "perform like a world class built, original platform, Hyundai Sonata."

      Haaa! LOL! Good one!
      • 9 Years Ago
      This offering eerily resembles a Nissan Sonata. Well, you know what I mean
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