The production version of the BYD-Daimler Denza EV will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November, and it will be launched on the China car market in the first half of 2014. However, not everybody will be able to buy one. Denza will start with dealers in only three cities; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, the latter being the home town of BYD-Daimler and BYD.
BYD-Daimler is a joint venture between BYD Automobile of China and Daimler-Benz of Germany, aimed at making electric cars for the Chinese auto market.The full name of the venture is ‘Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology’ (BDNT), it was established in March 2012. The Denza is their first car, based on the old Benz B-Class with the electric power train of the BYD e6. According to the plans Denza will eventually become a brand selling various electric cars and other green vehicles.
The Denza debuted as a concept on the 2012 Beijing Auto Show and was back as a prototype on the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. It the real thing looks as good as the 2012 show car Denza might even sell a couple of cars. But we guess it won’t.