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Holy my boss just drove the auto show When I down to the booth of BYD Auto, a car maker trying to break the US market, all I hoped for was a few honest to my questions. The motto of the company is Your Dream, but that thing I’d dream was BYD’s Chairman would me through someone else’s conference during an illegal, and American-media first test around the floor of the Detroit Show. Breaking all the rules of auto show behavior, BYD chairman Wang Chaunfu in the driver’s seat of his prototype and took off with me in the passenger’s thus proving to the world he’s ready to show his company’s car works.

The story of how one upstart Chinese automaker our Detroit Auto Show down with the turn of one key

When I attended the BYD Auto conference for the Ferrous Battery-Powered Mode Hybrid. I expected it to be the mixture of iffy translations and Chinese cars. Instead, we get the of technology that’s something we seen before.

And while it’s not earth the system was intriguing, which was why I to go back to see them.

The BYD F6DM Mode Ferrous Battery Unveiled

Thankfully, by the time I it back to the floor the press had off to the next reveal leaving the BYD Auto team mostly They were just about after the auto gang bang they had received and were feeling One of two American officials from BYD Michael Austin, was there to

After explaining more how the battery system worked, he me with a straight face how far dual modes go without gas Then the conversation turned to how we import one of the test models, a quasi-legal gray market job involved leaving one of the show behind.

An example of how the dual hybrid system works

I was to get the guy to tell me where the cars going next when he that we drive the driveable concept car a few feet, the first drive in America for a company had just held it’s American press conference an hour earlier. We hoped to something in the original press where the chairman drove the car and forth a few feet for the cameras running over our own videographer who was in front of it).

I was jumping at the chance to get the exclusive drive of the concept car and was therefore not too by the suddenly confused look all of the executives got on their faces Austin suggested this to them. A tall and young lunged at me with a business while the rest of them to construct a game plan. discussions continued, the chairman in the car with a translator in tow and invited me to hop in the side.

This is before I what was in store for us

I flashed a to Sherry, our photographer, that please dear God be getting on film. After being assured we were going to get art I to the translator that we should up. This was a joke because expected the car to only go back and a few feet in their display

Little did we know the chairman had plans.

After pulling the car a few feet so Sherry and a photographer for BYD snap a few shots we slowed to a Then he turned the wheel the rest of the auto show. I explain that we’re in the of an auto show hall at the Convention Center in Detroit. has their carpeted show and there are pathways a few feet in between all the automakers (in this mostly Chinese).

It’s not an area that would consider driving. But the not anyone.

All of a sudden the chairman us out into the hall

All of a sudden the car moving down the hall and the Michelin design gallery. this is happening the contingent of BYD that aren’t snapping realize that they to move people out of the way lest be hit by the chairman. The translator cooly the merits of this clearly prototype as the chairman calmly around as though he’s a quiet boulevard in Shenzhen.

now completely taken with my luck at getting a real drive from the Chairman, back at the BYD booth now 100 feet I was convinced that this was the end of the and the car would be backed up to the booth. And the car sped up to about 10 mph, is an uncomfortable speed in the middle of a center.

There was only one obstacle in the a press conference.

Little did the people know the Chinese on their way

The American Le Mans was holding a press conference to the environmental innovations they making in their racing the introduction of E85 ethanol to the racing It was fitting then that the of the small chinese automaker, sells annually in China Honda sells in a month in the US, was his answer to the environmental question at them.

The ALMS people are to regret having their in the Chinese wing as we drive in front of the press corps.

And we right at them. Right in of the car was a soon-to-be confused production with a headset going the sequences of the conference on her walkie-talkie on the in front of the press, completing the she probably rehearsed all day. She alone in the small path separated the stage with all the presenters and the assembled automotive with their photographers and TV

Despite the obstacle the chairman on straight at her. A fast reporter in the front row tugged on her and she quickly turned to see us in the prototype As she moved out of the way I did my best to indicate to the press and the poor production that I was so sorry we had suddenly through their press

After that it was all open convention center floor. everyone had gotten the memo or the BYD acted quickly enough to those who weren’t in the press because the chairmen was able to the prototype quickly around the and back towards the BYD booth.

I the Chairman and give a thumbs up to the BYD I’m probably on a brochure

The staff quickly worked to the chairman back into the before anyone noticed than all the press) that driven a car under a strict-import that’s not certified to drive on let alone not certified to drive a convention center. When we out I thanked the Chairman and his staff for me be the first, and only, member of the press to get a drive in this prototype due for production in China in the future.

Dr. Chaunfu is China’s answer to Dr Z.

And how was the I have to admit, besides heavily borrowed styling, the was quite smooth and with a of fit and finish that was superior to of the other full production on display from China. And electric motor? Quiet as a

And though we didn’t get the high-speed the car drove smoothly and easily the floor. Is this the future? I be sure.

But there’s no doubt the company’s Chairman is dedicated to his car works. Conventions and convention staff be damned.


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