Spy Shots: Beijing-Hyundai Shouwang is an Elantra

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Well, we told you so. This is the new Beijing-Hyundai Shouwang sedan. Shouwang is a sub-brand from the Beijing-Hyundai joint venture. The brand debuted with a flashy BHCD-1 concept car at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December. But sure that wasn’t the real thing. This is the real thing, as expected based on the current Beijing-Hyundai Elantra which will be replaced next year. An old platform for a new sub-brand yet again.

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Beijing-Hyundai Shouwang

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On the right of the back the name of the car seems visible, bigger:

Beijing-Hyundai Shouwang

The characters are ‘Shouwang’, the numbers look like ‘5222’ but I am not sure, it seems a name too weird. But impossible it ain’t, it is a weird car and this whole sub-brand thing is even weirder.

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Anyway and how. The Shouwang will be available with and old fashioned, and old, 1.4 patrol engine from the current Elantra. However, there will also be a pure EV variant. All we know now is that it will have a max speed of 120 km/h and a curb weight of 1440kg.

The Shouwang will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April. It will be listed sometime in late 2012, but likely only with the patrol-engine, the EV will follow later and then still nobody will buy it, no matter how much subsidies the Chinese government is throwing at it. The most important reason: you can’t charge it, nowhere at all.

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