• Apr 23, 2010
BAIC C71EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

It didn't take long for Beijing Automotive Industries Company (BAIC) to start making use of the old 9-3 and 9-5 tooling it bought from Saab last fall. After grafting on a new nose and taillights, both have been reborn as the C60 and C71.

It's not clear what's propelling the regular versions of these two reworked Saabs, however, there was a second ex-9-5 on display dubbed the C71EV. That version had a battery pack inserted into the floor and featured what BAIC was labeling as a fast battery switch system (ala Better Place).

The sign next to car claims a 90-mile range, but we think that's highly optimistic given the size of the sedan and the comparatively small battery pack. Of course, that's assuming this is actually a functional car.



Photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder about the back seat position.

      The floor must have been raised almost by a feet.

      You cannot side your feet under the front seats.

      And your knees must be at the level of your face?

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        • 4 Years Ago
        What the heck are you talking about...there's stuff under the seats and floor in regular cars you know...stuff that doesn't have to be in an electric car...like a massive fuel tank and exhaust piping?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the front, but the rest is meh
      • 4 Years Ago
      They could change the name to Beijing Automotive Saab Industries Company. I mean, just for the afternoon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since I have been to China many many times, domestic cars are for people who can just afford a car. Anyone in China with a little money are buying foreign brands like Audi, VW, Bimmer, Benz (they don't call it Mercedes there)........they know the domestic designs are just knockoffs like their heat-up-fast-burn-your-skin fake iPhones. You see even Chinese don't like cheap copies, but people without money don't have any choice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't insult it.

      Also, I would not want to be that guy in China that just bought a brand new 9-3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The C60 / 9-3 doesn't look bad, actually.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front makes it look like a bad Honda concept sort of.

      I'd call it a Saacura knockoff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow! Unreal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't insult it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So they just facelifted a bunch of last generation Saabs? Man, talk about being lazy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and that everyone, is what you call a vehicle design mashup remix.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Woof. That is one ugly POS.
      • 3 Years Ago
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