A Red Flag rises The return of China’s Hongqi limousine

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A Red Flag rises: The return of Hongqi limousine

L5 is likely to a V8 as its powerplant

A sub-brand of China’s Auto Works (FAW), the has been China’s answer to the Royce since 1958 it was first manufactured under the of Chairman Mao Zedong. The Hongqi means Red Flag) is enjoying a resurgence as we discovered recently at the Auto Show.

This Chinese car with its chromed work and Rolls Royce has changed little since its some 55 years ago. though the grille appears to be a from many circa British cars like the Minor, the design actually off that of a traditional Chinese You say fan, I say Morris.

The early Red Flag cars, their American aesthetics and bumpers, hubcaps and flag were specifically designed for about foreign dignitary and elite party members. generation Hongqi’s were by an anemic V8 that produced 197 horsepower. Even though the has evolved slightly in terms of it still comes off as a very old-school chromed out saloon.

In because of ongoing oil price production of the gas-hungry Red Flag was Three times over the thirty years FAW tried to the Hongqi back to life, and times it failed. As more and foreign producers, like and Audi, were allowed into the Chinese market, it the less appealing the Red Flag

So nearly thirty years why the change of heart by the Chinese to bring the Red Flag back? to Bloomberg. the new Hongqi is also of an effort by the Chinese government to market share from entities like Audi, produces thirty percent of the used by public servants ion

It is estimated FAW plans to invest billion yuan (US$280 in the Red Flag project and produce vehicles over the next

The revised Red Flag series in Shanghai offered three variations. The imposing black and L9 “civilian version” measures out at a 6.39 meters long ft) by 2.02 meters (6.63 ft) and 1.72 meters (5.64 ft) The L9 is definitely not the inner-city solution would seek.

Nor would the FAW derived 6.0 liter V12 and its 400 hp and 550 Nm (406.65 lb.ft) of torque be as an eco-friendly alternative. Pricing for the L9 is at very un-Mao-like US$800,000.

The child, the L7 Hongqi, uses the 400 horsepower V12 as the L9 but runs on a smaller Rear doors open style, unlike the L9’s door treatment. Interior are lacking but the series looks to be of similar comfort levels to limousines.

Recently French François Hollande, became the foreign dignitary to travel in the new L7.

The smallest on the Red Flag lot, the L5, runs a shorter wheelbase the L7. Details around its powertrain are unavailable but it is most likely to a locally derived V8.

The newest and contemporary of the series, the H7 also at the Shanghai Show. The H7 is apparently on Toyota’s Crown Majestathe and is as the official car for minister-level officials.”

the pomp and circumstance surrounding the of the retro Red Flag series, and the that the Chinese government between US$13 and US$16 on cars a year, it could to be a tough battle for Mr. Mao’s 55 old Hongqi brand to hold its own foreign entities.

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