Chinese FAW will develop a standalone electric SUVSeptember 21, 2019
The Chinese automaker plans next year to begin selling all-electric SUV with a Level 4 autonomous piloting system in China next year.
The FAW showed off an electric car called the E115 last week at the Frankfurt Motor Show along with the first Hongqi sports car. According to representatives of the concern, its driving range exceeds 600 kilometers, and it can accelerate to 100 km / h in 4.0 seconds. The electric car also has an intelligent four-wheel drive, air suspension and seven driving modes, according to a FAW press release.
This is the second all-electric car in the Hongqi lineup, after an electric crossover.
Hongqi was established in 1958 as a luxury automobile brand for government agencies. In the late 1980s, the brand began developing sedans for private buyers, but sales remained limited.
In 2017, the Chinese government appointed Xu Lupin, the former head of another major state-owned automaker, Changan Automobile, to lead the FAW. Under the leadership of the top manager, the concern released two crossovers, one of which runs on battery power, and an SUV. Previously, the lineup of the brand consisted of a limousine, full-size and compact sedans.
With an expanded line of sales, Hongqi’s sales have been growing steadily for 18 months. According to FAW, in the first 8 months of this year, car deliveries grew 231% year on year to approximately 52 thousand cars.
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