It's a well-known fact that foreign automakers desiring to crack the Chinese market are required by the government to buddy up with a Chinese domestic automaker. First Automotive Works Group (FAW) is in bed with not only Volkswagen
, but Ford's
Japanese affilitate, as well, with which it produces the Mazda6
for the Chinese market. At last week's Hangszhou Auto Show FAW introduced the Mazda6-based Benteng midsize sedan that will take on the Accord
in China with a pair of 2.0L and 2.3L engines, a five-speed manual tranny, ABS with electronic brake force distribution, stability control and six airbags
. Inside Line is reporting FAW hopes to sell 10,000 units in China by the end of the year, though doesn't plan to export the sedan to foreign markets.
[Source: Global Auto Index via Inside Line