BYD was the king of the Chinese auto industry prior to 2010, they managed to do nearly everything in house but poor quality reports from owners quickly put a major dent in their sales volume. BYD went back to the planning what they believe their brand could do, and they came back with the concept of quality and technology mixed with affordability. The result is cars such as the compact BYD Su Rui sedan with a 1.5 Direct Injection Turbo engine and a dual clutch gearbox that is on par with VW’s own TSI/Dual Clutch gearboxes but costs around 30-40% less than VW models.
The Si Rui sedan is a Toyota Camry/Honda Accord sized sedan that puts BYD’s technology and quality ethos at the heart of the car. The same 1.5T 154BHP engine is installed that produces 240Nm of torque and runs the 0-100kph speed in around 8 seconds, not shabby for a car that will likely cost a little more than a Toyota Corolla. BYD sits on top of the Chinese IT world, and as such they’ve been able to cram IT luxuries that would be only seen on high end sedans into a 100,000RMB car, a 10.2 inch central display mated to a 500gb hard drive, equipped with BYD’s own Nuance voice input system. Also let’s not forget the BYD intelligent key and BYD’s car starting watch, but lets save that for another update.
The Si Rui is likely to be known as the G6 when it hits export markets. Overall from the outside the Si Rui is a handsome vehicle, the interior is not quite on par with its Japanese mid size rivals in terms of touch and feel, but it is passable if you look past the price.