The new Yema F12 wagon will be listed on the China car market in early 2012. The F12 is a luxury version of the existing Yema F99 and part of a startling Yema-offensive with startling cars. Price will start around 60.000 yuan.
The F12/F99 is based on the platform of the Austin Montego/Maestro. MG-Rover sold the platform to Chinese company Etsong in 1998. Etsong produced the Montego until 2000 and then sold the platform to First Auto Works (FAW) which in turn sold it to Sichuan Yema a few years later. In China, no platform needs to die, ever.
Power comes from an old Toyota 1.5 with 95hp and 130nm, mated to a five-speed manual or CVT. Interestingly, we hard Yema is working on a turbocharged version of the 1.5 but it won’t be available at launch.