The ultrahip Toyota C-HR will see production in China, times two. Toyota has two joint ventures in the country and each wants a part of the C-HR action. First up FAW-Toyota which will basically make the car as it is known abroad and under the C-HR name.
The Toyota CH-R (international).
The FAW-Toyota CH-R, seen on the spy shot on top of this article, will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month and launch on the Chinese car market in Q3, powered by a 1.2 turbocharged engine.
Later this year Toyota’s other joint venture, Guangzhou-Toyota, will come up with its own version of the CH-R. Debut is expected for late November. This car will have a slightly different design and it will also get another name. Engine however will be the same 1.2 turbo. Price wise there won’t be much difference either.
Two joint ventures selling similar cars is very common in China where most car makers have two joint ventures with different Chinese partners. Comparable with the double Toyota CH-R is the double Honda XR-V, which exists as the Honda XR-V at Dongfeng-Honda and as the Honda Vezel at Guangzhou-Honda. And that Guangzhou is indeed the same Guangzhou as in Guangzhou-Toyota.