BYD electric car 2010 Beijing motor show

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BYD e6 Electric Cars

BYD delivers reality not dreams

Bruce Newton

BYD’s I6 at the 2010 Beijing motor show.

Although selling itself internationally as electric car champion, ambitious BYD has chosen to launch only orthodox new models to its home audience at Auto China in Beijing.

Indeed, orthodox is very apt considering the Toyota-esque specifications of the Corolla-sized L3 and Camry-sized I6.

The S6, BYD’s first SUV, takes the comparison upmarket by aping the shape of the previous generation RX light-duty wagon built by Toyota’s luxury division Lexus.

Still when you’re onto a good thing. and there’s no doubt that BYD is among the hottest performers in a booming market right now, its sales climbing 283 per cent (that’s not a misprint) in 2009 and tipped to almost double from 448,000 to 800,000 in 2010.

But that’s just the start. The independent company, backed by US billionaire Warren Buffet, has the modest ambition of being the globe’s biggest seller by 2025. It’s no surprise BYD stands for ‘Build Your Dreams’.

But BYD says the S6 was the result of three-years research and development rather than any flights of fantasy. Power comes from a choice of Mitsubishi 2.4-litre (auto) and BYD 2.0-litre four-cylinder (manual) petrol engines.

It measures up at 4810mm long, has a 2710mm wheelbase and 190mm ground clearance. The S6 is loaded down with features including a smart key, voice activated navigation, reversing sensors and park assist, 11 speaker audio, a DVD, a touch screen, TV and six airbags.

BYD e6 Electric Cars

BYD says the I6, an upgrade of the existing F6, will become the flagship model of its range when it launches later this year. With a 4860mm overall length and 2745mm wheelbase allied with front-wheel drive, BYD is promising sprawling space — something Chinese customers cherish.

Gadgets and technology are also high on the shopping list, so no surprise there’s a long list of standard equipment that includes a digital multi-function dashboard, digital onboard TV, HID headlights and reversing sensors and park assist. An upgraded 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is a less thrilling selling point.

The L3 is the most mundane of these three but it should end up being the biggest seller. It mates a 90kW/160Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a CVT to produce a claimed fuel consumption rate of 8.2L/100km.

The standard equipment list is certainly more exciting for a car that will sell from well under $20,000 in China. There’s a smart key, start button, voice activated DVD, leather seats and dual front, side and curtain airbags.

While BYD’s e6 electric car and F3DM petrol-electric hybrid took a back-seat in Beijing, the F3DM has been on-sale to private buyers in China since late March and the e6 is expected to begin test-marketing in the city of Shenzhen around mid-year.

BYD continues to talk up the prospect of US and European sale for the e6. Australia must wait for a right-hand drive version, which is not expected until 2011.

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