Chinese limo aims to catch Western brands
Friday 03 December 2010
Chinese automaker Hongqi is finally readying its exclusive HQE limousine for production, according to media reports from China.
The Hongqi HQE, often seen as the Chinese answer to the luxury Maybach 62 or Rolls Royce Phantom, drew considerable attention when Chinese President Hu Jintao was pictured reviewing troops in it in 2009.
Now, the car is set to enter production and is expected to soon be on sale as the most expensive car ever produced by China.
Its 6.0 liter V12 engine will be the first domestically produced ultra-luxury engine and is seen as something of a leap for the Chinese auto industry, which has previously relied on external brands supplying engines for its top-end models.
With a price of 8 million yuan (€906,000) and bullet-proof windows, the HQE is clearly aimed at China's burgeoning elite, although it remains to be seen whether a Chinese vehicle will hold the same cachet as established luxury marques such as Bentley, Maybach or Rolls Royce.
Earlier this year, Rolls Royce announced that its sales in China tripled in the first quarter of 2010, saying that it had a healthy order bank for its Phantom and Ghost models in the country, now its third largest market globally.
How do they compare?
Hongqi HQE Engine: 6.0L V12 300 kW Length: 6395 mm Price: €906,000
Maybach 62 Engine: 6.0L V12, 450 kW Length 6165 mm Price: €492,602
Rolls Royce Phantom (extended wheelbase) Engine: 6.75L V12 338 kW Length 6,084 mm Price €379,000
Life & Style blogs
Alexander McQueen at auction: What makes a really great piece of fashion?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
No female ejaculation, please, we’re British: a history of porn and censorship
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Pornhub: Kim Kardashian's sex tape is the most-watched porn video of all-time
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: Exeter - An excellent opportunity for a Solici...
£17000 - £20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Helpdesk Support Technician - 12 ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: Maintenance...
£30000 - £38000 per annum + pesion + holidays: The Jenrick Group: World Wide S...