2006 Chery V2
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The Chery V2 is described as a safe, environment-protecting mini-MPV and has a pronounced bump in the leading edge of the roofline to ease access for the driver and also allow a deep, expansive front windshield. The engine is a 1.3-liter, making just 81 lb-ft of torque.
2006 Chrysler 300C
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The first Chinese-built 300C left Chrysler’s new production facility in the Beijing area earlier this month. The model has been cutting a stylish dash in the city as, besides Buick, it is the only all-American car to be sold in any numbers in Beijing .
2006 Citroen C2
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The Chinese version of the Citroën C2, riding on a Peugeot 206 platform, is completely unlike the European Citroën C2, which shares a platform with the Peugeot 106. The European C2 is a three-door only design that was determined to be unsuitable for the Chinese market. By sharing the Chinese-made Peugeot 206 chassis, the company gets a new model for very little investment, apart from a nose and taillight restyle. The interior is essentially the same as the 206 except for the famous Citroën twin-chevron badge in the center of the steering wheel. The C2 is the smallest Citroen yet to share the new nose look of the European C5 and C4. The Chinese know the Citroën brand very well — the old ZX “Fukang” hatchback by Dongfeng Citroën has been in production for years, and has spawned a long-wheelbase sedan version.
2006 Skoda Yeti
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Skoda’s planned 2007 model for Chinese production has not yet been revealed, but this Yeti could possibly give some clues as to its shape and size. Volkswagen signed a deal two years ago to begin production of a new Skoda model in China from 2007.
2006 BYD F8
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BYD’s F8 folding hardtop CLK lookalike is one of a string of knock-off vehicles to be found on the Beijing show floor. This one uses a Mercedes nose but makes no claims to Benz-like performance; the homegrown 2.0-liter engine produces 125 lb-ft of torque for a sedate 0-60 mph time of “less than 14 seconds.”
2006 Great Wall Peri
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Great Wall Peri
Chinese car company Great Wall had on display a large number of its traditional four-wheel-drive vehicles including three new models that seem destined for legal battles in copyright court.
The Great Wall Peri city car is a Fiat Panda clone, apart from the enormous, excited-looking headlamp clusters, the slightly different C- and D-pillar treatments, and the rear lights. The Peri’s dimensions are identical to the Panda’s, give or take a couple of millimeters, too.
The Peri, or Jing Ling as it is known in Chinese, means elf or spirit, and the car will soon use a 1.0-liter engine to complement the show car's 1.3-liter VVT. It is aimed at 20-40 year olds and the company describes the design as “uniquely rich, with a bright and cheerful character.” A full, European-style package of safety equipment (anti-lock brakes and airbags) is fitted, making it one of the most safety-conscious small cars in China.