New photos of the Honqi LS5, the first SUV for China’s famous Hongqi brand. They don’t really try to hide it anymore so it won’t be long before it hits the market. The debut of the final production version is expected for the Chengdu Auto Show in early September.
The new Besturn B50 has been launched on the Chinese car market, and is has become a rather good looking automobile with sharply cut lights and speedy creases on the sides. Price starts at 81.800 yuan and ends at 117.800 yuan. The Besturn B50 comes in two kinds, the base version like this red car, and a…
Spy Shots showing the new Hongqi H5 sedan testing in China. The H5 is the production version of the wild Hongqi B-Concept. The grille is a bit smaller, but not much. The H5 will be launched on the Chinese car market in the second half of next year.
It is based on the Mazda 6 Atenza that is made in China by FAW-Mazda. FAW, or First Auto Works, is also the owner of the Hongqi brand. Check the mirrors of the test car. Compare:
A while ago I was honored with an invitation to visit the Hongqi ‘Red Flag’ factory museum, located in the FAW headquarters in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The museum is open on invitation only so getting in is very hard. I had been dreaming about the museum for years and last month it was finally my time. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
Hongqi is China’s oldest and most famous car brand. It is owned by First Auto Works, or FAW. Hongqi was founded in 1958. Today the brand makes two production cars: the Hongqi L5 and the Hongqi H7.
When in Changchun I went to the auto show, ate a lot of greasy lamb, and walked through town looking for old Hongqi cars. I found a many, most of the Audi-based kind. Without further delay: the red car is a very early Hongqi CA7220AE Xinxing (New Star) in a rare red color.
New Spy Shot of the production version of the Honqi LS5, the first SUV for China’s famous Hongqi brand. The LS5 looks very good in green, clearly showing the interesting design of the roof, with a lot of body above the window line.
This big beauty is the Hongqi L5, the most expensive Chinese car. It costs five million yuan or $760,000. Hongqi, Red Flag, is oldest automaker in China. They are famous for their enormous state limousines and parade cars. The L5 pays respect to this heritage. Design is retro-modern and inspired by the majestic Hongqi CA770 state limousine.
This is the new FAW Besturn B50 sedan, with an interesting line running from the grille over the light to the door handle. The new Besturn B50 will be launched on the Chinese car market in August, priced from 90.000 to 120.000 yuan. The white car on the first photo is the sporty RS model.
The List of Changes (LoC) is long: at the front: new headlights, heavier chromed bars in the grille, a new bumper with a proper license plate area, a new lower bumper with a larger air duct and a prominent skid pad. At the middle section: new mirrors, wider side bars, a more pronounced chrome line above the windows, and larger wheels with new alloys. The rear: the rear door now ends above the bumper, instead of in the bumper, a new bumper, taller taillights, a new lower bumper with new exhaust pipe tips, and LS5 and Hongqi badges. The interior: completely new.