The BYD Su Rui Sedan seems to be BYD’s game changing vehicle, the Su Rui was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April this year and launched shortly afterwards with pricing starting at 80,000RMB and topping out at around 120,000RMB. The Su Rui has now become known as the BYD G5 for overseas markets and will soon be exported out of China. In the meantime, the G5 appears to be gaining strong sales at home with over 10,000 units being sold in China in November.
BYD Cites ‘the post 80′s generation’ as being the G5′s biggest customer to date, especially those that appreciate low cost with high technology, the G5 comes with remote driving capabilities, 1.5T direct injection (240Nm of torque) and a dual clutch gearbox.
The G5′s strong start is a clear indicator that BYD has shaken off some of the negative perception of the brand when it first launched with the original BYD F3. The F3 was one of the best selling cars in China until quality concerns arose which turned BYD from the industry’s golden boy into the whipping boy practically overnight. BYD almost went silent from 2009 to 2012 as it went back to the drawing board to create a new focus for its auto range. The G5 is the first step in creating a range of high tech cars which seem to helping to push the company in the right direction, and hopefully back to full financial health. The next steps for BYD are launching a new Qin hybrid, and S6 SUV with a dual clutch gearbox.