Beijing Auto not done with concept-fest, shows C60F and C50E

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Beijing Auto (BAIC) has been producing cars for their partners Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai for a long time, which have enjoyed strong sales. On the other hand, Beijing Auto’s own brands have been struggling to sell old Jeeps from their now-defunct partnership with Chrysler. Are they finally stepping out of the shadows?

If this year’s Auto Show is any indication, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” BAIC revealed a platform called M-Trix, based on the Saab platforms they had purchased from Saab in 2010. More importantly, they revealed the cars and concepts that will ride on this platform: the C70G sedan, the C51X crossover and these two concept sedans.

c60f 01t Beijing Auto not done with concept fest, shows C60F and C50E

c60f 11t Beijing Auto not done with concept fest, shows C60F and C50E c60f 07t Beijing Auto not done with concept fest, shows C60F and C50E

This one is called the C60F, which is in this author’s opinion, nothing short of stunning. It was completely redesigned, and is now completely different from the C60F shown last year, which still looked like a Saab.

According to a Beijing Auto spokesperson, the C60F would be available for sale starting next year.

c50e 01t Beijing Auto not done with concept fest, shows C60F and C50E

c50e 02t Beijing Auto not done with concept fest, shows C60F and C50E c50e 11t Beijing Auto not done with concept fest, shows C60F and C50E

The second one is the C50E, whose aggressive styling, huge spoiler and four exhaust pipes seem to indicate it will be a “sporty” car. There is no information on the engine that will power this car. According to BAIC the C50 is an A class (small) sedan and will be produced starting in December of this year.

Beijing has shown us some nice looking concepts in the past, but unfortunately they never materialized. Is it finally happening this time around?

[Via: Bitauto]

About the author  ⁄ Nathan Y

Nathan, also known as "Analyst" is a Chinese car enthusiast who has been following the development of the Chinese car industry since 2005.

2 Comments

  • tuga
    April 25, 2012

    The C60 is indead a handsome car ( as is the C51X ), but the C50 could do with loosing some of it’s… erm… ” agression “. And the creases look really weird.

  • CarsAroundTheWorld
    April 25, 2012

    I agree it would look better without those tuner like mods, but I still prefer the patents of the BAIC C50E that were leaked by the patent office.

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