• Apr 20, 2009
Chang'An Motors CD101 - Click above for high-res gallery

Chang'An Motors has rolled out its CD101 concept in Shanghai, and while we don't have much more than images to show you of this car yet, it could offer a glimpse as to what China's fourth largest automaker hopes to bring to the world's markets in the not-too-distant future.

Chang'An, Ford's Chinese-market partner, is understood to be one of the parties negotiating with the Blue Oval regarding a possible purchase of Volvo, and its officials have already gone on record saying that they are actively pursuing mergers and acquisitions in order to expand their global footprint, and the company has reportedly already signed a deal with Autopark Mexico to begin production of 50,000 units in Mexico next year. Could a production version of the CD101 be part of that expansionary initiative? Only time (and Chang'An spokespeople) will tell.

Sadly, we don't have any additional word on what sort of drivetrain lurks underneath the CD101's mid-size skin, but we'll be sure to pass along more details as they become available. For the time being, check out the gallery below.



[Source: Autoblog Simplified Chinese]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I see a LOT of current Lexus ES 350 in that design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      THE CHINESE ARE COMING!

      *hides under desk*
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's inoffensive, but I'm not digging the overall look.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It reminds me of Apple...especially the headlights with that white glow...
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, if this was an Apple product, it would be overpriced and have legions of fanboys defending its credibility.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol Hahaha but it wont be attacked by corrosion!!! lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        To be Apple, it would have to be twice as expensive as the competition and come with a sealed gas tank.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that's actually... quite attractive!

      Definitely the first time I've had that reaction to a Chinese design. Ever.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. A chinese car... That looks good and not a rip-off ?!? What´s next... Hyunday joining F1 ? Audi losing at LeMans?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The front lights make it look like it's got cataract or something. But I like the design (minus the grille).
        • 5 Years Ago
        they learned so quick...........they are coming...........
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the lower rear treatment (the faux-diffuser area). Fairly unique.

        I think they should choose a nicer colour to show it off in. This paint doesn't seem to have much lustre.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i am amazed and in shock how far the chinese have come already. i think this year's shanghai autoshow could very well mark the point of inflection in terms of chinese auto design. it's very possible that they are bypassing / leaping a few steps from pathetic copycatters to leading designers. wow... then again, if i simply remind myself to just pause and reflect on the history of creative designs in ancient chinese cultures, i guess i shouldn't be surprised.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks a lot like a BMW, even the wheels...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a really nice looking car. It could be really interesting to watch these Chinese companies evolve. Many of the people who read Autoblog have never seen a car company or an entire market (China) evolve from the ground up and this is our chance.

      On another note, this could be a Saturn in a couple years!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only one in thinking that it kinda resembles a Mazda6?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It could possibly have Mazda influences since Chang'An has a joint venture with Mazda in China.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks a merger of a Opel Insignia and that Citroen GT proto. Very cool, but could do with a nicer grille.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay it's kind of hot.
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