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.
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.
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?