• Mar 18th 2008 at 6:29PM
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When you think of V12 engines, what typically comes to mind? German luxury sedans? Italian exotics? Think again: Chinese automaker FAW has taken the wraps off a new 6-liter V12 that will begin production in about a year from now. The engine will drive the new Hongqi HQE limousine, China's homegrown take on the Rolls-Royce Phantom previewed by the HQD concept car at the 2005 Shanghai Auto Show.

Established in 1953, First Automobile Works is, as you can guess, China's first automobile manufacturer, and remains one of the largest in the country. Hongqi ( "red flag") is FAW's flagship line, which also includes the (ahem) self-driving HQ3 that we reported on previously. In addition to its own range of vehicles, FAW also makes the Toyota Prius and several Volkswagens and Audis under local joint ventures. While the Hongqi HQE may find its share of buyers in China's burgeoning luxury market, we wouldn't expect to see it on American streets any time soon unless it's parked in front of the Chinese embassy.

[Source: Inside Line


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like one of the limos from Crackdown...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does it look like the headlights and front grill are just stickers? Also got to love the Buick- like portholes on the front fender... Also, the C pillar looks like its off a Hearst. And your cant blame them for copying the engine cover.. they needed something to keep you from looking at the actual engine and seeing that it is actually three 4 bangers held together by bubble gum and some 2 x 4's. I just dont see how cars like this can actually be made by any company...
      • 7 Years Ago
      At least its a v12.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And its got 4 wheels!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the snowglobe headlights.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So I guess this would be pronounced "Honkey"? nice.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think it's suppose to be pronounced "Hong" (red) "Chi" (flag).

        Red Flag.

        Ironic.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not ironic, it was named Red Flag on purpose.
        Back in the old days when China was more legitimately communist, the only way you could possibly ride around in a Hong Qi was to be an extremely high ranking communist official.

        Chinese people who were born in the 40s-60's probably still think very highly of the Hong Qi, since it was basically the pinnacle of cardom (kinda like a Rolls was to the English), and meant to be the pride of the Chinese people.

        Personally I find it a little sad that later designs were basically Audi's, but the older Hong Qi's still stir a bit of nostalgia.

        Wonder where the V12 is from...is it an FAW design?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It'll be the only huge car with a crash rating worse than a Ford Fiesta.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the color.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, how much, like $25k? You give me good deal?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It costs around $660,000. And it's a super luxery sedan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      jijkes! why not take a chance and design something original and groundbreaking?
      It is still better looking than the ugly CTS but that hunk of junk is not pretending to be a real car anyways. This is just sad. At least throw in some dildos and a monkey.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cameron Nelson will be upgrading his Saturn to this car in 10 years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are those steel wheels?!
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