Sichuan Yema Puts Maestro Platform To Good Use Yet Again With MPV

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Remember the Maestro? MG-Rover sold it to the Bulgarians who sold parts back to the UK and EU markets, then they sold it to Qingdao based tobacco maker ETSong who tried to make a local car for Qingdao residents. Qingdao natives didn’t take to a 20 year old car in the year 2000 and ETsong soon ditched their car making plans in 2002, FAW picked up the slack but quickly dumped the Maestro when it became clear it was not profitable to make cars nobody wanted, they turned the Maestro factory into a truck factory. Sichuan Yema steps into the frame. They picked up the Maestro hatch and van platform along with the tooling to the Montego and other cast off British Leyland stuff.

Sichuan produced a Forester clone on top of the Maestro platform, they’ve sold well in tier two, three and four cities across China with it being an incredibly rare sight (treat you might say) for 1st tier city dwellers. Now Sichuan Yema have plans for a low cost 7 seater MPV, the MPV has been codenamed M302 and should be launched in the first half of 2012. Don’t expect to see Sichuan Yema at any major auto shows like Shanghai any time soon.

The M302 measures in at 4720mm/1780mm/1860mm and has a wheelbase of 2800mm, power comes from a 1.6L, 112BHP with a 5 speed gearbox. Does the M302 look familiar? That’s because it looks a lot like the Honda Elysion which is made by Dongfeng-Honda.

About the author  ⁄ Ash

Ash came to China at 18 and never looked back, a decade later he is still here. After a 4 year stint in a Chinese University where he gained a double BA in Chinese and International Trade he worked for a myriad of different companies in the Chinese Auto industry before heading back to school to get an MBA with a focus in marketing.

2 Comments

  • dragin
    January 26, 2013

    How about the future of Yema’s more radical M31D MPV seen at the Chengdu show?

  • santos palisander
    January 26, 2013

    Yema has certainly gotten a lot of mileage out of these old platforms, and I know other Chinese manufacturers have achieved similar feats. However, if China raises it’s crash standards in line with other major auto producing nations, how will these smaller companies, who serve the lower tier markets, continue to survive? Will this be the stimulus that finally brings about the *Great Consolidation*?

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