This is the brand new Luxgen5, a "next-generation sports sedan" hailing from Taiwan that looks for all the world like the production version – conventionally powered, though – of Luxgen's Neora EV concept it showed off at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year.

We could tell you all about it here, but that would spoil the five videos and thorough press release you'll find after the jump. The highlights, however, are a 150-horsepower 1.8-liter or 170-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood, an HTC-powered infotainment system in its snazzy cabin and more aerospace references than we've come across in quite some time.

You can find out all about it in words and pictures after the jump and in the gallery of high-res images.
















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LUXGEN5 SEDAN: AN ALL NEW EXECUTIVE SEDAN FROM THE FUTURE

07/12/11 -- LUXGEN is the only car maker in Taiwan to have its own whole-car design and development centre. Having successfully launched itself as the pioneer for Smart Technology with the LUXGEN7 MPV and LUXGEN7 SUV, the car maker is now setting its sights on the battleground of the medium-large sedan market. The new design, targeted at the world market, will not only incorporate even more high-tech elements from the future but also deliver an even innovative style. The LUXGEN5 Sedan, equipped with the latest innovative hTC technology, can be considered a milestone in the history of international auto design. The styling and design of the next-generation sports sedan will embody everything that has been developed for future cars. A first look of LUXGEN5 Sedan will be available at the LUXGEN exhibit during the 2012 Taipei Auto Show.

The Three Design Aesthetics Elements of the LUXGEN 5 Sedan: Surfacing Performance, Re-curved Strokes and Intelligent Airfoil
Car styling is now more than just about aesthetically-pleasing curves. It is also important to create large interior spaces and visual continuity. The styling of the LUXGEN5 Sedan not only features decorative wings for the logo at the front that continue along the hood but also twelve "Re-curved Strokes" along the body of the car, giving it a dynamic visual effect. Even more importantly, the A and C pillars in the LUXGEN5 Sedan were moved as far forward and back as possible, respectively, to maximise the spacious interior and achieve optimal angles. This not only challenged the limits of engineering but also optimised the aerodynamics as well, giving the sedan a coupe-like silhouette. The result was a superb 0.28 drag-coefficient, while successfully capturing the essence of a 2-door coupe. The perfect 2:1 ratio between the side panels and windows exemplifies the pursuit of "Surfacing Performance" in the styling of the LUXGEN5 Sedan.

All-new Engines and Transmission for Dynamic and Green Performance
The LUXGEN5 Sedan is available with a 1.8L or 2.0L power package. To meet the performance and environmental requirements, more effective turbocharging technologies are used that the 2.0 turbocharged engine can surpass conventional 2.7L naturally-aspirated engines in performance. For a smoother driving experience, international auto tuners Delphi and AISIN from Japan were invited to tune the LUXGEN5 Sedan software. The optimised engine control and gear switching programme delivers the highest horsepower and torque output in the class, so owners of the LUXGEN5 can enjoy both lower fuel demands and greater power performance.

The all-new 2.0L VVT turbo engine in the LUXGEN5 Sedan has a peak output of 170hp/26.1kgm, coupled to an intelligent 6-speed automated transmission manufactured by Japan's top transmission maker, AISIN. The compact and lightweight transmission system takes 8.48 seconds only for accelerating from 0 to 100km/h, with a top speed of 210km/h. The 6-speed transmission also comes with Slip Control, minimizing wear and tear on the transmission and reducing fuel consumption.

The new 1.8L VVT turbo engine is matched to an intelligent 5-speed automated transmission, with an output of 150hp/23.5kgm. A sophisticated hydraulic control system improves fuel consumption and power, while the advanced steel low-noise gearing improves transmission durability and minimizes noise. To reduce the mechanical friction and improve the durability of the 1.8L and 2.0L VVT turbo engines even further, LUXGEN introduced Wide Peening & Cleaning (WPC) surface treatment technology currently used on JGTC, Moto GP, WRC and NASCAR racing engines. This special metal surface treatment boosts the wear resistance and durability of the metal components by improving lubricant adhesion.

LUXGEN5 Sedan + Android = LUXGEN THINK+ Touch
LUXGEN partnered with the world's largest smartphone maker hTC to develop the unique THINK+ system. The system provided consumers with a new level of convenience in onboard computers. With the imminent launch of the new LUXGEN5 Sedan, the unique THINK+ system will now undergo a major revolution as well. LUXGEN will become the first car maker to adopt the Android system for the onboard platform. When an hTC mobile phone is connected to the THINK+ Touch system, all of the mobile phone calls will then be controlled directly through the 9" smart touch screen on the central console. In other words, the user can access Facebook, send and receive e-mails or look up local sights through the touch screen. There is simply no end to the possibilities of the onboard multimedia system, thanks to the unique hTC mode, which will meet the demand for fast information access from the new generation of users.

The LUXGEN THINK+ Touch system's five key functions include Multimedia, Phone, Safety, Information and hTC mode. Apart from using the touch screen itself, shortcut buttons are provided below the screen for convenience. The most innovative feature is to access the NAVI GPS navigation function using the hTC mode. The user can therefore check the map and set routes in the car or on the road. The hands-free Bluetooth system means users can also make calls using the car's convenient hands-free interface.

Intelligent Aerospace Cockpit with High-tech LCD/LED Dashboard and Jet Fighter HUD
The interior design of the LUXGEN5 Sedan is consistent with the dynamic style. The wrap-around surrounding creates the impression of a yacht cockpit. The dual-circle connects the front and rear cabins, for a distinctive interior look. When the driver enters the cabin, they will immediately be drawn to the 9" smart touch screen unique in its class, establishing a connection with the brand image of intelligent technology. The floating central console design reinforces the high-tech feel.

The dashboard of the LUXGEN5 Sedan also features a futuristic LED layout. Engine temperature, oil level and RPM are displayed at the top and bottom to give an impression of depth. The main display, however, uses an LCD screen to show the speed, distance and trip computer information, making it easier for the driver to read. To enable the driver to focus on the road and avoid information overload, suchsecondary information as ABS and airbag alerts are integrated into the area between the dashboard and the windscreen.

LUXGEN5 Sedan is the only car in its class to come with a jet fighter-style HUD display. This high-tech feature was the result of 2.5 years of joint development between LUXGEN and top international firm Continental. When the engine is started, the HUD rises up from the dashboard, giving the driver the visual illusion of being seated in a fighter cockpit. Multiple layers of optical coating prevent reflections from external light sources and are UV-resistant as well.

LUXGEN5 Sedan, the First Locally Produced Car Featuring Intelligent EPB Braking
LUXGEN partnered with world-leading Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) maker KUSTER to become the first locally produced vehicle to use the same system as the Mercedes-Benz and BMW flagship sedans. The EPD system used in the LUXGEN5 Sedan is more than just safer than conventional parking brakes; if the driver forgets to engage the parking brake before switching off the ignition, EPB will automatically engage the parking brake. If children accidentally tamper with the EPB switch, it will by default remain locked. There is also a slope start assist function that automatically disengages the parking brake when the driver steps on the accelerator, preventing the car from rolling back and improving safety.

The braking system on the LUXGEN5 Sedan not only provides outstanding braking performance but also plays an important role in the stability control system. All models use 276mm ventilated front discs and 260mm solid rear discs. Even if the driver is braking heavily or pumping the brakes, the design of the ventilated front discs ensures stable braking performance and reduces the chance of braking failure due to overheated braking discs.

LUXGEN5 Sedan Features LUXGEN's Advanced Technology
The LUXGEN5 Sedan comes equipped with LUXGEN's advanced technology, including the Active Eagle View+ 360 surround imaging system, the Night Vision+ night driving image enhancing system, the LDWS+ lane departure warning system and the Side View+ blind spot monitoring system. The Active Eagle View+ 360 surround imaging system has proven to be the most popular item with consumers, as it greatly improves blind spot viewing. A new auto-detection function automatically switches displays based on how the driver manoeuvres while parking to enhance convenience. The Side View+ blind monitor system has also been upgraded with all new camera modules to improve video quality during low-light conditions, so objects on screen can be identified easily.

The Night Vision+ night driving image enhancing system has a very broad range that allows it to show all objects up to 100 metres away within a 40-metre width. The high-sensitivity CCD can effectively display objects even under just 0.1 Lux of brightness, greatly enhancing driving safety on mountain roads or streets with no street lights. To prevent sudden lane changes due to driver inattention, the LDWS+ lane deviation warning system is automatically activated at speeds of over 60km/h. A suitable warning is generated whenever the car begins to move out of its lane, so the driver can correct the problem right away and avoid accidents.

Rear Cabin Rivals Large Sedans in Space, with Convenient Storage and Space Allocation
To provide consumers with cabin space rivaling that of large sedans, the wheel base has been extended to 2,720mm, as much as the car length limits permit. The cabin has also been equipped with 12 storage spaces and 8 cup holders as well. The central arm rest features temperature controlled cup holders and the drink cooler/heater beverage storage compartment from LUXGEN7 CEO, so everyone aboard can enjoy a cold or hot drink at any time. The interior space is designed with 6/4 split seats. The back seats can be folded in three different modes to improve cargo flexibility. For improved comfort during long trips, the LUXGEN5 Sedan is equipped with bucket seats. The cushions on the front seats are angled forward and up to improve thigh support. Side support has also been reinforced to emphasise the sports sedan atmosphere. LUXGEN's signature wraparound headrests have also been retained, for improved driving comfort. The back of the seats have been extended to reduce fatigue for taller drivers and passengers during long drives.

LUXGEN5 Sedan's Europeanised Chassis Targets Safety and Comfort
The LUXGEN5 Sedan has been designed for global markets since its inception. The chassis was therefore designed with the support of US engineering analysts Altair, with adjustments made to shock absorption, valve parameters, spring coefficients and rubber components. The suspension was then tested by UK safety testing organisation Mira to meet the chassis configuration requirements of local and overseas customers. The LUXGEN5 Sedan has not only been tested in European and local testing tracks but also in simulators and on actual mountain roads. Cold-weather and "Three High" testing (High Temperature, High Dust, High Altitude)" at locations including Hehe and Turpan in China were also carried out to refine the comfort of the LUXGEN5 Sedan chassis under different road, weather and environmental conditions. The LUXGEN5 Sedan is therefore able to meet the seemingly contradictory demands of "Safety control" and "Comfortable riding."

LUXGEN5 Sedan Offers the Best Crash Protection and Pedestrian Safety
To provide the best crash protection, the body structure and passive and active equipment of the LUXGEN5 Sedan were built to extremely strict standards. In terms of the active safety equipment, the LUXGEN5 Sedan comes with ABS anti-lock brakes, EBD electronic brake-force distribution, a BAS brake assist system, an ESC electronic stability control system and a TCS traction control system to support the driver in dangerous situations. The car structure is built from high-strength steel, as well as advanced passive safety equipment integrated by Germany's Continental. Real-world crash tests were carried out, while active safety equipment integrated by US-based Delphi were also installed. Constant testing and adjustment means the LUXGEN5 Sedan now delivers world-class passive and active safety performance.

As the low profile of sedans means that side-on impacts are often transmitted into the cabin, affecting passenger safety directly, the LUXGEN5 Sedan's main beam, A pillar, B pillar and underside are built from high strength steel plates. Triangular steel reinforcements were also added under the B pillars and energy-absorbing foam inserted into the door panels. In a crash, these measures will direct the energy of the impact away from the passengers. To improve cabin safety even further, three anti-impact steel beams were added to the insides of the front doors. The lower beam uses 1060 MPa high-strength steel and is placed at calf height to better protect the legs of the driver and front passenger.

Particular attention was paid to pedestrian safety for the LUXGEN5 Sedan, with the assistance of the Idiada laboratory in Spain. Apart from providing 75 ~ 85mm of crumple space between the main body and the hood, the front bumper was also designed to prevent it catching pedestrians' legs. After 800 simulations and 34 real-world tests, the maximum score for pedestrian leg protection was achieved. The extensive testing and calibration enabled the LUXGEN5 Sedan to meet to the 2nd stage pedestrian safety requirements that Europe will introduce in early 2013.

Professional Quality Control and Product Differentiation for Multiple Customer Demands
The quality of the LUXGEN5 Sedan is the top priority. LUXGEN introduced the Quality Information Platform in 2010 to establish a strict and professional testing process which includes Perceived Quality (PQ), Design Review (DR), and Digital Joint Check. Product quality and durability are also continuously tested and validated against the specifications and standards used by world-class auto makers.

LUXGEN has made a name for itself in the market and won the support of consumers just three years after its establishments through "differentiation" in its brand, product, sales and service. Consumer support is what drives LUXGEN in pursuit of excellence continually. The LUXGEN family of vehicles, featuring intelligent technology, has also provided owners with a different driving experience. The preview of the LUXGEN5 Sedan heralds the entry of LUXGEN into the executive sedan market. In the future LUXGEN will continue to develop all-new products in other classes in order to meet consumer demand for a full range of automotives equipped with intelligent technology.


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      Sasha
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice. I'd buy a Taiwanese cars...their scooters are reasonably good, and a lot of their other manufacturing is ace. Solid effort!
        Stanluca Liu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sasha
        Virtually all high volume foreign name plate are made in Taiwan for the local market, including advanced Hybrid like the Toyota Camry. Taiwanese workmanship is definitely on par with Korean counterparts technology wise. I would definitely give it a try. Handsome car.
      autoblogfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Taiwanese have certainly put forth a valiant effort ...in making videos with dramatic music.
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anyone stop to take a moment to notice that those power figures are actually somewhat competitive for what they are? 1.8L making 150hp, 2.0L making 170 hp. Although I'm not entirely sure, that sounds like direct injection is at play. They're probably not making stronger engines considering Taiwan is a relatively small island (dozens of commuters/youngsters gather at traffic stops with mopeds in the cities).
      A_Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      CUE EPIC MOVIE MUSIC
      fcarlo17
      • 3 Years Ago
      this thought is tingling in my head... Is this in any way, in any way, related to any Nissan sedan? Given Yulon's (Luxgen's parent) partnership with Nissan, there has to be some similarities/adaptations/shared technologies somewhere...
      sanpeter
      • 2 Years Ago
      very nice looking car!
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      not half bad for a chinese brand. they learn quick. brand name is more than stupid though
      jowen001
      • 3 Years Ago
      It still blows me away hoe many people do not know that Taiwan is not China. I sold motor scooters from Taiwan for 3 years, and the design and quality was as good as if not better than anything made in Japan, and light years ahead of the crap from China (In 3 years we only submitted 2 warranty claims to Kymco, and sold hundreds of their scooters). In fact, most of the Chinese scooters are copies of the Kymco scooters made in Taiwan, and Kymco is continually working to enforce copyright and patent infringement, but with little help from the Chinese government. That said, the Taiwanese products are significantly more expensive than Chinese, but only slightly less so than their Japanes equivalents. I suspect this car will be of superior build quality if not aesthetically pleasing. Also, if you are viewing this page on a laptop, there is about an 80 percent chance it was made in Taiwan as well as your HTC phone.
        TangoR34
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jowen001
        Yep. Taiwanese products are far superior than Chinese copycats. And I am viewing from my ASUS laptop :D
        Lars
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jowen001
        @jowen001- Very good. A couple of people have already compared Taiwan's relationships to Canada's. Like Canada and the Netherlands, Taiwan may be one of those countries that is impressive but we just never hear about it. (The cynic might suggest that they don't often make our U.S. news cycles because they do good work and don't cause trouble.) I knew about their computer quality -- I have owned one Acer and a couple of eMachines -- but I did not know about their quality in other industries. Good for them. If Taiwan's computers are any indication, then I would welcome their automobiles in the U.S. There are opinions on the styling. I would call the Luxgen's style 'world generic' which I mean as a compliment. Keep the badges off and I couldn't tell if it was German, Japanese, Australian, American or South Korean. I think it looks smart and finished.
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      taipeileviathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      sigh... The grill is from a Renault Megane, a car not available in the States, so I don't blame most of you for not picking up on it. The headlights are cheap Audi rip-offs. The chrome strip between the headlights? Civic. Body and butt? Corolla. As you can tell from my handle (if you knew anything about Taiwan), I'm Taiwanese myself... but this is undeniably a pretty derivative work. To be sure, miles better than anything the Chinese make. Still falls short though of Korean standards of design, which is pretty saddening to me. Sure, it'll be made well... but I wouldn't wanna be caught driving one.
      aatbloke1967
      • 3 Years Ago
      As with the Roewe 350, this is another attractive small car being rolled out of China and the adjacent nearby provinces.
        dzspleen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        Taiwan is not a province, it's a separate nation.
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dzspleen
          @SVX: One China policy, sure it's "One China - One Taiwan. " "But make no mistake that Taiwan will be reunified with China" That's like saying make no mistakes the US will reunify with UK one day. Maybe when communism finally falls apart and human right is restored there will be some common ground between the two nation.
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          @dzspleen
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          @dzspleen
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          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dzspleen
          Taiwan is not a province, it's a separate nation. Again, I didn't say it was a province of China. And it isn't a globally recognised separate nation.
        nicholas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        Taiwan is not a province of China..
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nicholas
          @Phillip: Do some fact checking. Taiwan is a province of the Republic of China, it has nothing to do with Mainland Chinese Communist government.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nicholas
          "Taiwan is not a province of China.." I didn't say it was. Had I have denoted possession, I'd have said "and its nearby provinces". Coloqually speaking though, it is provincial given the political/ownership wranglings. So, first of all, learn to read, and secondly, learn to be more perceptive.
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          @nicholas
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        @aatbloke1967
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          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          "Be careful. Taiwanese probably see it differently. It's like the difference between the US and Mexico." I'd say it was closer in concept to the difference between Canada and Quebec, without it regarding itself as not being part of the PRC.
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        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        "Taiwan is not a province of China.." I didn't say it was. Had I have denoted possession, I'd have said "and its nearby provinces". Coloqually speaking though, it is provincial given the political/ownership wranglings. So, first of all, learn to read, and secondly, learn to be more perceptive.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not as bad looking as many of the Chinese vehicles we've been introduced to on here
        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
        That's because it's a Taiwanese vehicle, not Chinese.
          nicholas
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          Yes, the ancestry is chinese. just like the american population is to various european countries
          4 String
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          I'm Han Chinese, yet I find Phillip the Guo/Fat's comments to be exceedingly racist. "Mixed in with blacks and Native Americans" First off, that's totally incorrect (you just committed a blanket generalization that absolutely does NOT apply to all Americans). Second off, the connotation is pretty racist. I'm Chinese, and I understand that some Chinese people discriminate a great deal (even to the point of city dwellers shunning/ridiculing rural farmers). Phillip's comments smack of absolute bigotry ("pure Europeans" wtf?? does black/native american ancestry = unpure?? fk you!) The idea that "99.5% of the Taiwanese population is Han Chinese" and implying that Taiwan is essentially a part of China is asinine. Taiwan is NOT a part of China. Their governments are entirely different, rooted in a long, bloody history of Nationalists vs. Communists. Just because Taiwan is ethnically Han Chinese doesn't make you entitled to calling Taiwan yours, just because of a racial argument. Thank god I'm living in America and not China, among racist idiots like Phillip.
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          I guess we need to find out the context of 'Chinese Vehicle' whether it means a vehicle designed and manufactured in China, or a vehicle designed and manufactured by Chinese people. IMO Taiwanese products certainly should not be lumped under the same category as China made products. There is a difference between fundamental capitalistic society versus a socialist society recently starting to experiment with capitalism.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
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          Bruce Lee
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          The car is actually based on a Chinese car platform, Luxgen literally luxed it up.
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