BEIJING – “BYD-Daimler’s jointly developed new electric vehicle will hit the Chinese market in 2014,” said Daimler and Mercedes-Benz global CEO, Dieter Zetsche when he visited BYD’s 1,200-sqare-meter booth at Auto China 2010. The planned electric vehicle, with battery and electro-controlling systems to be provided by BYD and structure and safety technology to be provided by Daimler, is expected to be sold through part of BYD’s existing sales networks, said Zetsche.
In addition to BYD F3DM and e6, the Shenzhen-based battery and auto manufacturer also displayed 16 other vehicles, including three world debuts: L3, S6 and i6.
To be operated with 1.8L engine and automatic transmission, the L3 is reportedly targeting the Buick Excelle and Hyundai Elantra Yuedong.
With a wheelbase of 2,720 mm and dimensions of 4,810×1,855×1,680 mm, BYD’s first SUV product S6 will reportedly sell at a price less than ¥150,000 ($22,060).
Equipped with BYD’s self-developed 2.0L BYD483QB engine, the i6 is BYD’s first mid-to-high-end sedan with a wheelbase of 2,745 mm. The model will hit the market in August with a price tag of ¥150,000.
In the first quarter of 2010, BYD sold 163,500 cars, up 110 percent year-on-year. This helped BYD to rank among the top 3 carmakers for the first time. BYD followed Shanghai-Volkswagen and Shanghai-GM on the list.
The ambitious automaker has set a sales target of 800,000 units for 2010, in what promises to be BYD’s fourth consecutive 100-percent growth year since 2006.