• Nov 5th 2006 at 10:45AM
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From many angles, the F8 has a definite Mercedes-Benz SL look to it. Scheduled to be unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show by Chinese automaker Byd Auto, the hardtop convertible is the first one in China with independant intellectual property rights. Byd says that the F8's hard-top can be lowered in 25 seconds with the touch of a button. It's funny the company would bother to engineer its own hydraulic hardtop mechanism when it relies so heavily on the designs of other automakers. In 2005, it began selling the F3 that looked more than a bit like a Toyota Corolla, and soon it will also release the F6, which has strong BMW 7-Series overtones. (See both cars after the jump.)

The F8 will also be equipped with features such as ABS, four airbags, electric windows and a DVD player. An official U.S. launch date, yes we said U.S., is TBD, but Byd says the F8 should hit our shores priced about $26,000.

See the F3, F6 and F8 after the jump.

[Source: edmunds.com]

Byd Auto F3

Byd Auto F6

Byd Auto F8

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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Nation of Thieves?" what goes around comes around, don't you think? didn't everyone steal from the Chinese way back then? Let's see...Gun powder, tea, silk, the crossbow, flip flop, the rifle, printing, pasta (marco polo brought it back to italy), structural engeneering, the compass, etc. ...so quick to forget the past...
      • 8 Years Ago
      #9, it's part of GM, they can buy Saabs American operations, and do so on the cheap too. GM has been rumored to trying to get rid of some of it's brands. I think Chinese would love to take Saab or Pontiac off Gm's hands. In the long run everyone would win, cars would become cheaper, these plants won't close, GM will not have to kill of a brand like they did with Olds.

      By the way there are allready two companies named SAAB totaty independant of each otherm one is owned by Swedesh government and makes Jets and the other one is the Shame of the world headed by Rick Wagoner.

      So why not have Saab Europe, Saab Jet makers and Saab America--sold to Chinese car company.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The only thing that F6 reminds me of is Bozo the clown, with those orange eye-brows.

      At least I know that those people who put Mercedes badges on Kias (and yes, there is a Sorento with ML55 AMG badges on it that rolls around Tucson), will have a successful career in the Chinese automotive design industry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And "Nation of Thieves", let me ask some of the native Indians.. wait, where did you guys put them again? Oh, how about I ask the African Americans, how did their ancestors get here, hm.........................!

      I can go into how oil from the gulf is traded in US dollars (and who controls the dollar and the banks that issues it??), but that might be over the top for you pink ice-cream sundae licking, bacon sucking fatasses. Oh what the hell, basically since oil is traded 'exclusively' in US dollars, that means if China wanted to buy oil from, say, Kuwait, they have to first BUY the U.S. dollars (such as from the U.S. controlled World Bank). Hm.. exchange rate, exchange rate... do the math. Wonder why we're having a HUGE ass deficit but Bush just keep signing spending bills (for the troops at least) like it's nothing? Nation of thieves..... who wrote your history book.

      Bitch and moan, bitch and moan, you're just getting a taste of what your government has been doing to the rest of the world.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, wow. Totally original.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Boy front headlights are 100% Benz.

      What they need to do is to buy American carmakers...and now is PERFECT TIME. Saab or Saturn even Pontiac are possible buys. After buying them they need to introduce their new brands. Plus by keeping some jobs in USA they will score points with consumer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      SAAB is SWEDISH: the 9-3 and 9-5 were designed by Saab, engineered by Saab and are built by Swedes.

      A company can be owned by american capital, but that doesn't make it american: SAAB is registered as a swedish company, it's headquarters and factory are in trollhattan, and it's there SAAB makes it's own decisions, stategies, engineering etc.. Who it's shareholders are doesn't matter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      put yourself in the shoes of the auto maker if you can change something even the littlest bit and make a lot of money on it you would to im sure. i know i would.
      • 7 Years Ago
      isn't this how we acted when japan started entering into the car market and then the motorcycle market. be real everyone wants more money and if they can make it great.
      • 8 Years Ago
      BYD brags about how it purchased Toyota Corollas and copied them. When I asked about the legalites I was told that in China it is ok to copy something as long as they chage it a little.

      The car is 99.9% Toyota design. I work there I know about their lies and cheating.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Saab or Saturn even Pontiac are possible buys." Dude, these are brands, not automakers, with the possible exception of Saab. I think it would be rather difficult to "sell" Pontiac as an automaker.

      Regarding those cars from the Nation of Thieves, they are just like virtually any other Chinese product: copied & stolen. I'm surprised how many comments here are positive towards possible Chinese auto offerings in the US. I would not touch these things with a 10 ft pole. I would not buy them any more than I would buy stolen CD players or sound systems. Stolen stuff is cheap but it's not for me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The rear of the F8 is totally 6-series
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