The Luxing iStar LSEV Is Not A Mercedes-Benz

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This wondrous white little wonder is the Luxing iStar, a new LSEV that I met it on the the 2017 Jinan EV Show. It is obviously not a Mercedes-Benz because the three-pointed star points down instead of up. But the grille and bumper do look very familiar…

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That grille is perfectly CLA. Air ducts under the bumper a just brilliant.

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The Luxing iStar is manufactured by a company called Dezhou Luxing Vehicle Company, based in the great city of Dezhou in Shandong Province. They handed out a leaflet with two very easy to remember url’s printed on it. But sadly is dead and leads to a Japanese travel site.

Now that is proper marketing and communications!

I searched around a bit and found that the company does have a website, on, not on or Happily, is also very easy to remember.

From the sides it doesn’t really look like a Mercedes. But it has sporty black wheel arches, black door handles, and roof rails that looked just strong enough to attach a very light bag to. Now, do you see that man looking under the bonnet? Let’s have a look too:

Yeah lead acid baby! 72 volt this one. 1.6 hp motor. Top speed claimed at 45 km/h and range claimed at 150 kilometers. This is in line with similar sized and powered vehicles on the show.

Interior! Very Mercedes-Benz again. Just check the shape of the instrument binnacle and the tripe air vents in the center stack. The drive selector looks really cool, just like a manual ‘box. Bit it is not! Panic button just in front of the selector. Hitting it will switch off all electrical power and thus the car. The touch screen is a real touch screen, measuring 10 inches. It has radio, it has SD and USB slots, it can play MP3 audio and MP4 video, and it has a rear-view camera!

The lower part of the bumper looks very C-Class. Ultra! The iStar is a new product so it doesn’t have a fixed price yet. When I asked they said it was going to cost about 22,000 yuan or $3190. So cheap, and with the all important badge credibility!

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  1. This “toy car” is perfect for order it in containers, ship’em to Rosario, Argentina and use it for a “rent car” to travel on the coast of the city.

  2. Not to be confused with Dezhou Fuxing Vehicle Co. which is also located in Dezhou’s industrial development zone. I wonder if they were at the show as well.


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