Little by little we all know extra particulars of the alliance between FAW and Silk EV. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Ducati will quickly have another neighbor in Emilia-Romagna. Walter De Silva will design the brand new collection of Hongqi S fashions, manufactured in each Italy and China.
In 2019 we noticed the presentation of a prototype of a hybrid supercar made in PRC that has little or nothing to do with one of many oldest producers in the Asian nation. FAW started to operate in 1958 as a state firm, going from the official cars for the Provost of the Communist Occasion to highlighting designs of third events and placing their insignia on them.
The model Hongqi, which implies “pink flag” in Chinese language, at present has a really regular mannequin vary, sedans with the designation L and H (L9, L7, H7, L5, H5, H9) and 4×4 (HS7 and LS5) primarily based on Audi fashions. , Toyota and Mazda in most instances. The Hongqi L5 is one other story, the Chinese language Rolls-Royce.
The three way partnership of FAW and Silk EV has already been established
However FAW has to modernize and transfer to electrical fashions, and its new vary will be the household S. We all know you will have the fashions S3, S5, S7 Y S9. The S9 will be a supercar, we already know the preliminary design, however the closing model will be seen in April.
Hongqi S9 (prototype)
In Might of final yr we informed you that FAW and Silk EV had reached an settlement to collectively produce this vary of electrical fashions. At the moment Silk EV was a thriller to us, however we’re studying particulars of this alliance. Italy will be your base of operations in Europe.
For the time being they have already got workplaces in Modena, in the Emilia-Romagna of Italy. On this space we discover among the most prestigious Italian producers of sports activities cars and bikes: Ducati, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ferrari, between the cities of Modena and Bologna.
They will even have a manufacturing unit there, however we have no idea once they will begin producing, or what volumes they hope to realize. What we do know is that the S7 and S9 will be made in Italy, whereas the S3 and S5 will be manufactured in Changchun (China), the place FAW relies. Hongqi goals to promote a million cars yearly by 2030.
Hongqi L5, the Chinese language Rolls-Royce
The Hongqi S vary will be bought in China beneath the nation’s prestigious model, however how they will be offered to the European public stays unknown. The reality is Hongqi in Europe is an ideal stranger, and that his title doesn’t inform us something, neither for good, nor for dangerous. This can be a barrier to entry that Chinese language producers run into: native ignorance.
FAW and Silk EV are negotiating with the authorities of the Italian area, from which help could possibly be obtained in the type of financing, and the Authorities of Italy may have an interest. Not daily you will have a producer that wishes to ascertain itself in your nation. A Chinese language producer in Italy, DR Cars, is already working in Macchia d’Isernia.
Of the few particulars of that new vary that we all know, the S9 goes to catch our consideration. The prototype pointed methods with its 1,400 HP of hybrid motorization. Jonathan Krane, Head of Silk EV, has confirmed that there will even be an all-electric model. The opposite Hongqi S will all be electrical.
Hongqi S9 (prototype)
We’ve got additionally discovered that Dallara Automobili will deal with the our bodies of the Hongqi S9. It’s anybody’s guess who will provide the powertrains, batteries, brakes and many different parts essential to make such a tool. In fact the advantages introduced for the prototype are to take away the hiccups. Its value too, 1.23 million euros, taxes aside.
The ultimate design is in its closing levels and in a matter of two months we will see the ultimate mannequin, particularly on the Shanghai Motor Present. Walter De Silva is doing his bit in order that his references are Porsche and Ferrari, two manufacturers of monumental status in Europe (and the entire world, in fact).
In case you don’t know who Walter De Silva is, his title has to ring to you. The designer has to his credit score -among others- the Alfa Romeo 147 and 156, a great a part of the SEAT vary from just a few years in the past (Altea, Altea XL, Altea Freetrack, Toledo, León, Ibiza and Córdoba), in addition to the Audi A5, A6, Q7, TT … and a large number of Volkswagen. He left the Volkswagen Group in 2015.