• Dec 29, 2008
BYD, which stands for Build Your Dreams, is a Chinese company with huge ambition to become the world's largest automaker. If there's any chance of making that monumental task a reality, the company will need some amazing products, a stage to present them to the world and a little luck. At least one of those requirements has been met, as BYD is set to capitalize on Nissan's absence at the Detroit Auto Show in January by placing its products right on the main floor with all the rest of the major automakers. BYD's working on the product problem too, having just released its first plug-in hybrid, called the F3DM, in its home market ealier this month. If that weren't enough, the automaker reportedly plans to release two more all-electric models in 2009, with the goal of bring its products to the crucial American and European markets in 2011.

All of these impressive developments have been made possible with the help of a $230 million investment from Warren Buffet. Much like the upcoming Chevy Volt, the BYD F3DM and F6DM sedans and the E6 van rely on an electric motor and an on-board battery pack to provide motive force for the first 60 miles, after which a normal gasoline-powered engine kicks in to keep the party going. Needless to say, we'll keep an eye out for the budding Chinese automaker next month in Detroit.

[Source: Gas2.0]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Very odd -- it wasn't too long ago that Autoblog and others were calling BYD -- Build Your Death. The quality of these cars have long been dismal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would you guys really be saying this if the car wasn't Chinese? I mean, come on, there are two bland cars here. Of course they're going to look a lot like the Corolla and Accord, the two reigning kings of bland. These guys know how to build batteries (look in the back of your cell phone) and their cars are apparently built fairly well-look up crash tests on Youtube-so these have the potential to be really, really important cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thats not the old Accord. Thats the last-gen Corolla.
        • 6 Years Ago
        On the cover pic you're right. On the inside pics it's all Accord.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Apparently you guys don't have eyes. The cover image is a different car than the images in the gallery. The cover is a Corolla look-a-like while the images in the gallery, again a DIFFERENT car, are Accord-like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What kind of eyes do you guys have? Someone said it's rip-off Accord and someone said it's rip-off Corolla, by no means Accord and Corolla look alike. But that's not the point, the point is, can any US automaker make a electric car runs 80 miles with one charge and the price is below $50,000? noway, so the only thing you guys can do is to BS the styling of the car, like you guys bad-mouth the big three a couple weeks ago. Can you guys say something relavent to the point? No, that's a too high standard for you, as I read all of your BS on this blog you guys know nothing about cars and car companies.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's two cars in different photos that's why...the F3 is a Corolla clone that autoblog posted a photo of in the article, and the gallery that's linked to shows an F6 which is an Accord clone.
        But I agree, the point isn't really whether it's styling is original or not, it's whether this car is going to be delivering cutting edge technology at a budget price.
        Unoriginal designs can be fixed more easily than not having what you need under the hood.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you seriously blind?? The article photo definitely looks like a last-gen Corolla from the back, while the photo gallery ones look like a last-gen Accord, namely the window and door shape.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great! I will buy one
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes. This is by far the most impressive vaporware vehicle out there. It even surpasses their current vaporware vehicle! It will completely corner the vaporware car market in no time.
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