The facelifted Hongqi H7 has been launched on the Beijing Auto Show. The extensive facelift includes a giant shiny new grille, new headlights, a new bumper, a new rear bumper, new taillights, and a new boot lid. The interior didn’t change.
The very first Spy Shots of the facelifted Hongqi H7 sedan for China. It will debut on next week’s Beijing Auto Show and launch on the Chinese auto market in Q4. The facelift includes a new grille, new bumpers, new head lights, and a new boot lid.
New Spy Shots of the Hongqi H7 Blue Way (blue = green) testing in China. The H7 Blue Way is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of the Hongqi H7 sedan. The Hongqi H7 Blue Way, formerly known simply as H7 PHEV, has been under development since 2012 (!) and will finally hit the Chinese car market in early 2016 after much delay.
First Auto Works (FAW) has delivered eight Hongqi H7 sedans to the Chinese army. The vehicles will be used to transport top army officials who are no longer allowed to buy foreign brands. The Hongqi H7 was launched on the China car market in May 2013, but sales to the civil government started earlier with 500 cars delivered in April last year.
The Hongqi H7 sedan has finally been launched on the Chinese car market. Sales to the government started in early March, and from now on everybody can buy the H7. We kick of with the most interesting news: the Toyota 2.5 V6 has been deleted from the line-up.
Private buyers can only get the FAW 2.0 turbo or the Toyota 3.0 V6. An official FAW price list that leaked on the interwebs ten days ago still showed the 2.5 V6 as being available, and the vehicle truly exists. The 2.5 seems to be a government-only engine, for mandarins who desire a V6 but are on a limited budged.
New news on the Hongqi H7 sedan, a vehicle that is still struggling to make it to the market. Chinese media report today that the Hongqi H7 “might” finally hit the private Chinese car market late this year. Media quote anonymous sources “close to Hongqi”. Sales to the government and state owned enterprises started in March but only 500 cars have been delivered so far.
FAW has officially announced it has sold a grand total of 500 (five hundred) Hongqi H7 sedans, all to the Chinese government, and more specifically to “more than 10 provincial governments and some ministries”. The Hongqi H7 was supposed to be the savior of the ailing Hongqi (Red Flag) brand, competing head-to-head with Audi, BMW and Benz on the market for luxury sedans. But it doesn’t, five hundred is absolutely nothing and the only customer is the government.
Nameless sources working for Hongqi told Chinese media that the new Hongqi H7 will never be sold to private buyers. The sources say the H7 is destined only for sales to the government, local governments, and state owned enterprises. However, another source says the H7 will be launched on the private market in the second half of 2013.
The first batch of Hongqi H7 sedans has been delivered to the local government of Jilin Province, which bought 13 cars for its provincial-level officials. The Hongqi H7 is still not available on the normal Chinese car market. FAW, the owner of the Hongqi-brand, said 10 other government entities have ordered the H7, but FAW didn’t say how many cars were involved. Jilin is an easy first victory because FAW is based in the provincial capital Changchun.
The first Hongqi H7 has been spotted in Beijing by reader Ali Khalili, thank you for the pictures! Last week we heard FAW dealers were taking orders for the Hongqi H7, focusing on sales to the government and state owned companies. This particular car loox brand new, has no license plates, and “had a bunch of military hats inside”, according to Ali. Continue reading “Spotted in China: first Hongqi H7 in the Wild”