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Spy Shots: Wuling-Baojun 630 hatchback testing in China

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New spy shots of the new Wuling-Baojun 630 hatchback, it will be launched on the China car market in the first half of 2014. The Baojun 630 hatchback is based on the Baojun 630 sedan and they are both based on the platform of the China-made Buick Excelle.

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The 630 hatchback will get the same patrol engines as the sedan: a 112hp 1.5 and a 143hp 1.8. Price of the hatchback will start around 55.000 yuan, undercutting the sedan by about 5000 yuan. The price difference might not look that big but means a lot in China where many first-car-buyers are working with a very tight budget.

Baojun is an entry level brand under the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, in which GM has a 33.3% stake. The other partners are SAIC (aka Shanghai Auto) and Wuling Automotive. SAIC and GM are tied up in the giant Shanghai-GM joint venture that makes Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac cars for the Chinese market.

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