Via Indian Autos Blog:
IAB – We read that behind the design and engineering of Qoros cars, there was a lot of German influence. Is that true?
SV : We basically wanted to develop a competitive car in China. China is a global market and is open to all major OEM’s. So an evolutionary approach where you start trying and you get there isn’t going to work. So from the beginning you’ve got to develop a competitive, state of the art car. Now there is only one way for doing that. The only way is bring together people with lot of years of experience and bring them together to create a state of the art product. That’s what we did. The natural conclusion is we cannot start with a bad product, we have to start with an international product.
IAB – With respect to platform, developing a platform is a very expensive thing to do. What was your starting point?
RM : When you start developing a platform, you’ve to understand the bandwidth. So before we started the engineering work, we decided which are the variants we should build on this platform. We’ve to think about modularity but we can’t do that if we don’t know the bandwidth. But after we got the understanding, we started work and we’ve a base platform which is on the sedan that you see here. Then we’ve models that we’ll add to the platform depending on the different variants. We need to have a couple of variants on one platform to have volumes.IAB – So you’ve an estate, a sedan and a pseudo crossover.
RM: We’ll have 5-6 different variants on this platform. Different height, length… that was the knowledge we had before we started work on the platform.
IAB – I still notice that you’ve the word ‘Concept’ on two of your show cars. They look production ready though.
RM: Exactly. They’re concept cars, Two or three more cars we haven’t developed, maybe 50% or 75% already is done. The one you see here is maybe 90% ready. But then we’ve 2-3 more which is between 25-75% ready.
IAB – So you’re going to be launching it in China…
SV: In China and Europe this year.