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BYD S6 DM – Click above for high-res image gallery

Whenever we hear that a Chinese automaker is working on a vehicle that's "influenced" by some other successful model from an established global company, we wince a little. After all, we've seen quite a few less-than-convincing attempts to go along with a few couldn't-tell-the-difference carbon copies. And neither of those options are acceptable.

From what we can tell, BYD's S6 (shh – don't tell Audi) DM crossover could be considered a little of both. From the profile, you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a couple-year-old Lexus RX. From the front, we see clear influence from General Motors' European arm, Opel. That said, it appears to be a passable effort on the styling front, and it's what's underneath that derivative skin that's what really counts.

The DM in the 'utes name stands for Dual Mode, as in a hybrid that can be powered by electricity only or a combination of the electric motors and gasoline engine. The drivetrain consists of a 14-horsepower electric motor that powers the front wheels and a 102-horsepower gasoline engine powering the rears. That's not a lot of power, but at least the two systems can work together to offer all-wheel drive.

We'll be on the lookout for this machine at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show next week. In the meantime, check out a few images in our gallery below.


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[Source: China Car Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      China infamous cloning persists because of its huge potential domestic market. ie. Foreign mfrs like Toyota, Audi etc and foreign govts even, have to kowtow to the Chinese govt. Launching patent infringement suits against any Chinese corporations will tick off China; its govt will not hesitate to shutout access to its domestic market to anybody it deem as disrespectful. LOL

      On a practical plane, where (which courts) would you file a patent infringement complaint? In China? In USA (who is begging China to continue to buy US Treasury Bonds)? Right!

      Bottom line: "Money talks; Talk's cheap" in dealing with Asians. Witness the steady streaming of knockoffs flowing outta Asia. All the Western lawyers can't stop this flood. Pity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I do like the concept of ICE for rear wheel drive and electric for the front. 14hp seem a little wimpy, but the benefits of 4 wheel drive, regen on the front wheels (that do most of the braking) and simplicity of keeping the drive systems separate is good design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      On china car times I read that this is a plug in hybrid that can travel 60KMs ~37 miles...???
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's no way 14hp could pull a suv around.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still don't understand how it can be legal to sell clones like that in the US. In China, sure, but not here where the patents are filed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What the heck, BYD? We know you want to get into the car biz. But you are A BATTERY COMPANY.

      If you haven't noticed . . . electric cars are hot right now. Granted, this is just hype about the first models and there are a limited number of early-adopters/tree-huggers. But you get lots of free-press! And the $7500 tax-credit is just waiting for you to use it.

      So put out a SAFE small nice inexpensive pure EV. People will pick them up if for no other reason than (1) they are available EVs; and (2) $7500 tax-credit. Do it you morons. Put that battery technology to use!
        • 4 Years Ago
        BYD is a battery company that just killed its only electric car. Its stock is tanking profits are off 99% and like many Chinese outfits - they don't care to pay for the technology they appropriate.

        Then again there is the problem with Human Rights in China where the minority goverment CCP cannot honor their signed international agreements - like the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

        Totalitarianism in a markiet cloak is still - totalitarianism.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only thing missing are the Rx badges. I'm sure Toyota is thrilled.