• Apr 20th 2008 at 4:15PM
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Last Summer, we told you how Guangzhou Honda planned to develop a separate, China-only brand. Today in Beijing, the first step in that direction is on display in the form of the Linian concept. Specifics are hard to come by, but according to Autoblog Chinese, the car here is representative of what we can expect to see when the new spinoff brand launches in 2010. Look for a full range of vehicles, likely including something very much like the 5-door you see here. In terms of styling, the Linian is extremely reminiscent of Ford Europe's "kinetic design" philosophy, but its "gaping maw" grille is even bigger than the Ford Verve's. While the nose might not be to everyone's tastes, the rest of the car's a solid-looking effort with a nice stance to it. And it's likely on its way to the Chinese market, backed by all the know-how Guangzhou Honda's gleaned from building Hondas. The question is, will it be a Chinese car built to Honda-like standards, or just another Chinese car -- one built by people who also happen to build Hondas?

[Source: Autoblog Chinese]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      lol @ Aprime

      "Enjoy your AIDS"

      Well some people here are oblivious that your Great America has more AIDS victim than China could ever have.

      Wasn't the first case of AIDS diagnosed in the USA. ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unbelievable. It is a Ford Verve rip off, right down to the color!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, it's either your screen, your graphics card, or something wrong with your computer not displaying the colour correctly... yeah... it's definitely the screen. nope. it's not your fault. no it can't be your eyes! what am I talking about? na, it has to be your screen.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What is the opening hour of opticians clinics in North America ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yep totally a rip off the Ford Verve.
      first the chinese and now the japs.
      jeez w/e happened to imagination and uniqueness?
        • 7 Years Ago
        First the Japanese now the Chinese, it's the other way round.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fiesta knockoff.

      Sina delenda est.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well uh... it looks like it needs Preparation H. What's with the inflamed, glowing red hole in the center of the rear bumper?

      Sorry, this is just another knock-off, this time of the cool new Fiesta.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Outright theft of the Ford theme.

        I expect much better from Honda.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks good
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lovely design, and also a great example of nearly every 21st century car design cliche!

      1. Huge gaping mouth/grille- check!
      2. Dynamic wedge shaped profile and side window graphic, with kick-up towards the rear- check!
      3. Diving side swageline including undercut doorhandles- check!
      4. Hint of SUV styling/proportions- check!
      5. Headlights swept back as far as the wheel centreline- check!
      6. V-shaped rear window, with peaky aerofoil/cap including full width brakelight- check!
      7. Rear lights form part of body swageline- check!
      8. Geometric wheel design to oppose actual body curves, with split spokes- check!
      9. Side indicators (LED) built into wing mirrors- check!
      10. Large central exhuast in bumper- check!
      11. Chamferred flat wheel arches- check!

      sadly there is only ONE cliche missing, and that's a shark fin roof ariel, shame, they nearly got EVERY feature in!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dude, you forgot side-vents
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a whole lot more like a counterfeit Ford Verve than the alleged (and ugly) counterfeit 4 door "Mini" shown on this site a few days ago.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this an offshoot of honda? This looks very much like a mazda demio or ford fiesta.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Aprime, Not to be offence, please advise the proof for:

        "even by giving people coupons to get a fridge, TV or stuff like that FOR FREE." , "China the government is in bed with EVERY CORPORATION."

        Whats your source for these information, like you have been in China for even a day-trip? or were just told by your lovely CNN?

        Please cofirm it before post.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Maybe it's time for the Chinese people to start screaming BOYCOTT USA and start shunning Boeings and cancel billions dollar deal with them, Ford, GM. It would be very nice, I'd love to see that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They're not exactly buying foreign goods, either.

        All those cars are manufactured in China.

        Not like we'd be losing much, we're just saving money (it was a way for the US to get itself out of the recession that followed 9/11/the end of the web bubble and stuff like that) and elevating China's middle man (believe it or not, but people get salary increases overtime, EVEN IN CHINA).

        I want sh*t to move it Tibet (they're pulling the same stuff the Brits did in Quebec back in the colonial days and all if not most of the population of China are under the impression that they're doing good stuff there), I want China to start acting about its internal issues (coal mines, etc).

        And now the pro-Chinese or Chinese themselves are going to come over and tell me that they somehow have the right to do all of this because our countries have done it decades or longer ago, and that for some reason I should feel guilty about it/I'm a hypocrite even though I wasn't born in those times. The usual deal, what.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Derek, they barely if ever import anything aside for designs (engineering included). Hell, they're still having a hard time trying to overcome their massive trade surplus (because we're (the rest of the world) getting increasingly tired of them not consuming and only exporting) even by giving people coupons to get a fridge, TV or stuff like that FOR FREE.

        Honestly, the only way to get stuff moving there has to be by turning the Olympics (opening ceremony, please) into a gigantic PR disaster, which the state-controlled media will be hardly able to hold up without having the Chinese ask questions.

        They've been fooled for too long, it's time for them to wake up and know what's really happening in their country, I can only wish they will, soon. It probably won't happen for another decade, but one can hope it will.
        • 7 Years Ago
        And just to let some of you know, I believe GM's second largest outside the US now is China.So have happy boycott, and wait until the next wave of Chinese netizens boycott foreign goods and I won't be surprised if it is American products.

        And have fun with your Ford Firestone tires and the Chrysler Voyager and while you're at it, please tell US companies to stop shipping frozen vegetables with dead rats to other countries and mad cow disease beef.
        • 7 Years Ago
        lol, boycotting China is pretty damned stupid. Even if a lot of the American products they buy in China are also made there, that doesn't mean that profits don't also flow heavily back to the US.
        If GM didn't have a strong position in the Chinese market you could have already kissed it goodbye, because that was the only thing helping to offset the massive losses in the US market, and their losses in the Euro market as well.
        And if there was ever a stupid and shortsighted thing to do, it'd be to boycott China as it's growing wealthier. One day it's going to be the #1 customer of every damned country in the world, and spitting in your future customer's face is about as stupid an economic strategy as is possible.
        So go ahead, don't buy that coffeemaker that's Made in China, just don't be surprised 20 years from now when they remember your boycott and decide to buy Korean or Japanese or Brazilian over American.
        And anyways, about 99.9% of the stuff that's Made in China is fine-we just buy so much stuff from China that the rare problems seem really numerous.
        Chances are that the keyboard you're typing on is Made in China, the mouse you're using to click, the chair you're sitting in, the air conditioner that cools your room.
        Yeah there's the random crappy stuff that you get once in a while, but for the most part the I'm more than happy with the quality of the stuff I have that's from China.
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        Boycott Japan first for their trade policies. At least China lets foreign companies compete on somewhat fair terms.
        • 7 Years Ago
        what's wrong with you? Ok, you can boycott china, on your own. that's totally fine with me.

        tell me you don't have 1 thing, anything that comes from china. ha.

        what did the chinese ever do to you - or, let's say, what did you ever contribute to the world? don't think you're superior than others mate.

        Oh, by the way, our dear CNN has reported US making "tainted" football field/pitch with lead. no way, you can't believe it. no. it's the chinese's fault, hey?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why? Because your SUV's engine comes from there? :P

        I'm doing everything I can not to buy Chinese products anymore, personally.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Strange, but interesting. We need more interesting cars. I like the unique shape of the wheel wells.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And I thought the Boeing JSF concept had a big mouth.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy poo...


      The last maroon 5-door Fiesta is almost a mirror image in a different colour. Even the rims...

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