• Jan 14, 2008
click above to view more images of the ChengFeng Leopard and Kylin

ChangFeng Motors was here last year and made the familiar claim that its Chinese cars would soon be on sale in the U.S. The Chinese automaker made the pilgrimage to Detroit again this year and was welcomed with open arms by Carl Galeana, Chairman of the North American International Auto Show, and Wayne County Councilman Robert Ficano. The warm greeting between these officials and ChangFeng Chairman Li Jianxin is proof positive that Michigan is looking to China for a way out of its economic slump.

Big ups to Chairman Li who abandoned the comfort and familiarity of his native tongue to tackle a three-page speech in English, though it was unfortunately for naught as we couldn't understand a single word he said. Thankfully we happened upon a transcript of the speech so we could tell you about these two vehicles shown by ChangFeng at the show.

The first is the Leopard CS6, the design of which we actually like because it was not only designed by famed Italian firm Pininfarina, but it also bears a slight resemblance to a Hyundai Santa Fe, one of the prettier CUVs on the market. ChangFeng says it's built on the Pajero V Series platform, presumably sourced from Mitsubishi. We think it has all-wheel-drive or, as the Chinese translate it, a "full driven system". That gives the CS6 "the perfect combination of military industry performance and urban fashion." Indeed.

The other car shown by ChangFeng today was the Kylin, which is already on sale in Japan. The five-door wagon isn't very attractive, but it's chassis was tuned by Lotus, so it's got that going for it. Powered by a 1.8L Mitsubishi engine, the little car is economical and might actually be fun to drive if it were ever sold here.

There's the rub, though. Last year when ChangFeng debuted in Detroit it claimed it would be selling cars in the U.S. soon. Today we got the same speech, just one year later with little visible progress made in the interim.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      If that thing is based on 1991 Pajero V, then it will crash like Landwind did. In other word, a no show in the US.

      Interior looks cheap even by Chinese standard.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like an Audi Q7 front end copy and a bad one at that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So much for "honor" Koreans that keep kissing to someone that hate you people to their guts.

      Here is the translator if you can't read Japanese and think I am lying.

      http://babelfish.altavista.com/





      • 7 Years Ago
      Chinese automakers should either start building their own designs or just quit altogether. I'm really getting tired of these kind of vehicles.
        • 7 Years Ago
        " the design of which we actually like because it was not only designed by famed Italian firm Pininfarina"
        • 7 Years Ago
        This shows that people are having prejudice just because it is a Chinese make, they even ignore " Pininfarina ".
      • 7 Years Ago
      "might actually be fun to drive if it were ever sold here."

      The fun ends when you crash that thing....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please put a disclaimer above these pictures, " may induce loss of lunch"
      Thank you
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kudos to Changfeng for gracing their display with very pretty and intelligent looking ladies. I'd say that's just good business sense.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Harajoshi @ Jan 14th 2008 3:01PM wrote: "The headlamps are 1:1 copied from the 5-series. I thought asians have 'honor'..."

      You are refering to the Leopard CS6, right? Because I can almost swear, Autoblog already stated, "the Leopard CS6... designed by famed Italian firm Pininfarina..." If you want to blame any elements of plagiarism on the Leopard CS6, then do it right, and blame it on Pininfarina.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "ChengFeng Motors was ... welcomed with open arms by Carl Galeana, Chairman of the North American International Auto Show"

      Does that mean that Carl let them have a spot on the main concourse, or are they still relegated to the basement with the obscure?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Chinese will display their products on the main floor the NAIAS the year after they buy Cobo Hall.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The headlamps are 1:1 copied from the 5-series. I thought asians have "honor"...
        • 7 Years Ago
        wow, that's some ridiculous racism there. besides the point, but if japanese had "honor", they'd admit to their wrongdoings in WWII.

        harajoshi, i think all nascent industries tend to copy each other until they establish their own "design" through experience. this can be seen in all young car companies, not to mention other products such as cell phones (they all looked the same when they were big as bricks, and also when they became generic flip phones).
        • 7 Years Ago
        Koreans and Japaneses have Honor
        • 7 Years Ago
        I_Hate_China @ Jan 14th 2008 3:09PM wrote: "Japanese have honor. Chinese don't."

        Shame on you and your naked racism!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dont care much for the suv but the car looks nice on the outside. The inside looks 1990 escort plastics. But then armor all lovers would go crazy for plastic like that. Re design the interior and it might sell.
      • 7 Years Ago
      John Neff: In your Autoblog article, you wrote, "click above to view more images of the ChengFeng Leopard and Kylin", and you made repeated mention of the "Leopard CS6". However, in the gallery, there are only two vehicles, the Liebro CS7, and the Kylin. When you said Leopard CS6, were you really referring to the Liebro CS7, or was there a third vehicle not shown in the gallery? Thanks for any clarification.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Also, for those wondering, "Liebao" is the chinese word for "Cheetah" which I'm sure is where "Leopard" comes from. One and the same car I'm sure.
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