• Jan 7, 2011
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.



[Source: China Car Times]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 33 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      Warren Buffet invested tens of millions into BYD when it was an upstart. Warren is the guy who helped immensely into building BYD right up from the ground.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is such a generic looking car. I don't get how people are seeing resemblances everywhere.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, no. But thank you for trying though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Imitation is the best form of flattery.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BYD must stand for Borrowed (or Bogarted) Your Design.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like the Japanese and the Koreans that came after them, the Chinese will have to start somewhere in the minds of the American consumer. If the take-away is that they're cheap to buy, cheap to own and have styling that resembles a particular luxury vehicle, well like it or not there's a market for that. The big question is just how large is that market? Like Hyundai and Yugo found out, DQR will be the deciding factor whether they will succeed or not. If the vehicles are unreliable if won't matter how much they look like a Lexus, BMW, Audi or whatever . . . they just won't sell. If they're smart, they'll take a page from the Hyundai playbook and place a lot of emphasis on dependability, quality and reliability.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good God! Are the Chinese that bent on a massive failure?

      No one in North America is going to trust a Chinese made car - particularly anyone who comes close to (or can more than) afford a Lexus RX.

      BYD is better off going with a small cheap sub-compact to learn how to manufacture and sell cars. You can't just rip off patents from your State-Owned Chinese-Toyota counterpart and think you can succeed. There's more to it than that.

      I smell a Made in China FAIL.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think it's going to be very long until the Chinese BUILD LEXUS RX- INFLUENCED S6 HYBRIDS IN DETROIT.
      Don't believe Me ?Wait and see.
      They're going to start calling the shots real soon because We are raising our debt ceiling.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @futurama:

        The Japanese did it, the South Koreans are doing it -- what makes you so sure that the world's 2nd largest and fastest growing economy can't do it.

        The time will soon come, for better or for worse, when a Chinese company becomes the next Hyundai or Kia.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Chinese are on their way to the top, little doubt about that. And whether they can build good cars or not will not make/break their attempt. However, one thing that they must learn to do is play by the rest of the world's rules: that is, respect international copyrights and trademarks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Futurama
        You might also mention the fact that spending is out of control under 'you know who' which will necessitate higher taxes.
        @EmerorKuko
        My point.
        Our debt gives our debtors great leverage.
        ( and the Japanese are building cars in the U.S. reinforcing my point)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Give China another decade then the rest of the global industry is in trouble. Yeah, they will need to start obeying the IP laws and such, but once they've learned all they need and are competitive, then they will start playing nice. It's amazing what IP theft and currently manipulation can do for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where's the BEV BYD? Can you believe Buffet and Gates support this outfit?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know who makes good clones? The Chinese.

        Oh wait...
        • 4 Years Ago
        BYD is about as Lexus influenced as that fat old woman down the street is Angelina Jolie influenced.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Equally icky: there's a faux last model Hyundai Sonata in the background of the second photo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most of these Chinese car makes cant seem to come up with unique designs, its quite sad really, just adds to the stereotype of Chinese designers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ROR
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know how they can show this and maintain a straight face. UGGH
    • Load More Comments