BYD has already talked about its '5-4-2' strategy. Now, the Chinese automaker is saying 'look out for No. 1.' Because the company expects its upcoming plug-in hybrid SUV will soon become the world's best-selling plug-in vehicle.

BYD has announced that its Tang PHEV SUV is available for pre-sales starting this week. The model will be priced at 300,000 yuan (about $48,300) before government incentives kick in, and BYD says the Tang will leave BYD's plug-in Qin in the dust when it comes to worldwide demand. BYD says the Qin is the world's best-selling plug-in, though Nissan and Chevy may have something to say about that.

BYD first disclosed extensive details about the Tang at last year's Beijing Motor Show. There, the company, whose initials stand for "Build Your Dreams," unveiled its "5-4-2" strategy for the Tang. That meant a vehicle that would be able to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in less than five seconds, be four-wheel-drive and consume no more than two liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers driven (about 118 miles per gallon equivalent).

Here in the States, BYD's been making more news for striking government deals to sell its all-electric buses and e6 all-electric taxis. Check out BYD's press release on the Tang below.
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The BYD Tang SUV is Available for Pre-orders

Shenzhen, China – China's Electric Vehicle leader, BYD Company Ltd. has officially announced their much anticipated Dual Mode Electric SUV, the Tang, will become available for pre-order on January 21, 2015 for the anticipated price of 300,000 RMB (before EV incentives). The announcement took place at BYD's Annual International Auto Innovator Conference in Shenzhen. Demand for the BYD Tang is said to be incredibly high after BYD saw record EV sales in 2014 with the BYD Qin now topping the World's Best Selling EV charts (presently in 5th place in PHEV sales). The BYD Tang is expected to quickly surpass the BYD Qin's monthly sales figures as China has waited a long time for a PHEV Sport Utility Vehicle.

The BYD Tang, announced at Auto China 2014 (the Beijing Auto Show), is BYD Auto's second generation DM 2.0 PHEV vehicle, and first of the much touted BYD 5-4-2 platform models:

No.3009, BYD Road, Pingshan, Longgang, Shenzhen, 518118, P.R.China Office: +86-755-8988 8888-69666 | Fax: +86-755-8964 8800
5: standing for 0-100km/ h (0-60 mph) in less than 5 seconds
4: standing for 4-wheel drive
2: standing for less than 2 liters average consumed over 100 km (best-in-class fuel economy nearly equal
to 147 mpg)

Similar to the BYD Qin, Tang gets its name from the Tang Dynasty, and is known throughout the world as the most prosperous of all the great Chinese Dynasties. Also announced during the innovator's conference were two more Sport Utility offerings from BYD that will become available for order later in 2015:

The "BYD Song", a mid-size SUV along with the "BYD Yuan", a compact SUV will both cater to China's insatiable demand for Sport Utility Vehicles, and when powered by BYD's industry leading 5-4-2 platform are set to redefine limitations of current PHEVs and SUVs alike.


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