... Qoros?

Let us explain. Qoros is a Chinese automaker co-owned by Chery and the Israeli Israel Corporation, reportedly working on bringing a handful of models to Europe. The company's vice chairman, former Volkswagen executive Volker Steinwascher, says that Qoros vehicles aim to "combine German design quality and craftsmanship with Japanese convenience and functionality."

The first of Qoros' products, the C11, has just been caught testing by our spy shooters in southern Europe. The car is said to be about the same size as a Volkswagen Jetta – fine, since that's the class of car it will be competing against. The sedan appears to use a rather conservative design scheme, though we'll wait for the zebra paper to be peeled away before making final judgments. What's more, former Mini designer Gert Hildebrand is understood to be leading the styling direction at Qoros, so at least this sedan shouldn't look as, shall we say, "patched together" as many other Chinese autos tend to do.

Power is expected to come from a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four sourced from Chery, mated to either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch transmission.

After the launch of the C11 sedan, Qoros will reportedly launch a hatchback version, as well as a crossover and full-on utility vehicle. We'll definitely be keeping our eyes peeled.


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      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      MADE IN CHINA. Does it come with lead paint?
        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        China is the greatest country in the world, so I would think nop.
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yang Xi Gua
          You heard about all the Chinese made Mattel toys with lead laced paint and melamine in Chinese produced pet foods? Made babies sick and killed a lot of pets over here in the US. Its not just people being mean...
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yang Xi Gua
          Please, you're making me laugh too much.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yang Xi Gua
          oh NOW i see why people thumb you down
          Kahz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yang Xi Gua
          Yeah, keep believing in what your government tells you. Stemming from some sort of nferiority complex.
      KeiCarLvr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Qoros? Sounds like Klingon…OMG! THE INVASION HAS BEGUN!!
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like something you'd see on the roads (if they ever existed in canon) on Qo'Nos, the Klingon homeworld. Still, I'm skeptical: just about every homegrown Chinese car I've seen has been either a blatant ripoff of something else and/or ridiculously unsafe (see: Brilliance BS6). That said, the camo is doing its job pretty effectively: you can't really tell what the designers drew inspiration from. I will admit that it is pretty conservatively styled (almost Toyota-like).
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        >getting downvoted for speaking my mind raters ronna rate
        Lars
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        You downvoted him 12 times (as of this) for saying /that/? Sheesh... What will you do when Godwin's Law kicks in?
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Japanese practicality and fuctionality, German interior and driving experience, Chinese price???? I'm usually not a fan of Chinese cars;they are either blatant copies of Japanese or European cars, or they are as bland as a stale piece of toast, and they have very shabby build quality and interior materials, and ost often don't do well in safety tests. If Qoros can deliver on all of the promises above, they will have a winner on their hands. I'd even say, bring it over to the States. It would be a nice addition to the blandmobiles we have here.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Israel has been the biggest arms supplier to China in the name of creating a balance of power in the world and keeping humanity divided under numerous flags and governments. China's nuclear weapons, J-10 warplane, J-20 warplane, Aegis warships etc. have all been supplied by the Israelis.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Please don't feed the troll. This is just Gua's latest username, after getting his "fat kid" username banned.
        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        As well as KJ-2000 which is Phalcon and Yuan class subs etc.
      Lars
      • 2 Years Ago
      Color me intrigued... • Vice-chairman from Volkswagen • Lead designer from Mini (BMW) • Chery 1.6L turbo four • Six-speed stick or dual-clutch auto • Sedan and hatch Chinese carmakers will come over to North America sooner or later. With the style work of the Buick LaCrosse, they're arguably already here. If not this car, the Qoros, then likely something in this idiom will be the first Chinese-branded offering sold here. We live in interesting times.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lars
        Agreed. I don't care whether a car is from America, Japan, China, Germany, Frace, Sweden, Korea, Bhutan, Haiti, or Sudan. What I do care about is if it has competitive specs, a decent price, and a fun driving experience.
          starryknight936
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Amen! I couldn't agree more with you... Peace!<=AladdinSane - :-)
        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lars
        Illuminati car, not Chinese car
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lars
        you're right but some good names and design doesn't equal quality made by over hundred years of ingenuity and crafsmanship. chinese cars will rise but they will need another 10 to 20 years
      Saab RedJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boring!!
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      Haha! Laughable.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Israelis and reds trying to make a car that combines german and Japanese traits...opposites attract? I wish Israel wouldn't help the reds out so much...
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is great there's finally a competitor for the Smart for two .
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        Looks a bit big to compete with the ForTwo... Oh you meant in terms of crappiness. Eh, jury's out on this until it officially debuts.
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