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mick78
12-07-2011, 09:35 PM
A new car from Taiwan's Luxgen company:

http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2011/12/taiwan-luxgen-launches-its-first-sedan.html

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--86q9p754V0/Tt-D5AobPYI/AAAAAAAGByE/PUzgn-1vRpY/s1600/Luxgen5-Carscoop18.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L3nk-Qs_Acg/Tt-D4Kc7V3I/AAAAAAAGBx8/UdWctOkCJF0/s1600/Luxgen5-Carscoop17.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xs-pX3804z4/Tt-D5VFKTmI/AAAAAAAGByM/ZO9Yc9TisJs/s1600/Luxgen5-Carscoop19.jpg


Powered by two VVT Turbo petrol engines of 1,8 and 2.0 capacity (150 and 160hp), and an Infotainment system developed by HTC (smartphonemaker).

No information on size, but I guess Jetta/Elantra and in China the Buick Verano/Excelle will be main competitors, and mentioning the Buick, this car IMO has a strong GM feel both outside and inside. It's quite ok looking, but also not having anything of it's own...

anonms
12-07-2011, 09:50 PM
:yay taiwan:

That said.... It definitely looks like a Verano's body with a Jetta-influenced rear end and a Kizashi-like nose.

I don't know what to think about that interior, but that HUD thing just looks odd.

DoMiNo
12-07-2011, 10:47 PM
Agreed about the HUD (and the tacky 80s digital gauges below it), but other than that the interior is remarkably clean...

erzhik
12-08-2011, 05:14 AM
not a fan of the exterior, but the interior is impressive.

2o6
12-08-2011, 06:15 PM
This, (and Luxgens other two models) actually look suited to the Western world. I think Luxgen should focus on expanding outward. Easily bests what anyone on the mainland is doing.

Blackraven
12-08-2011, 06:35 PM
When it comes to emerging car companies, it's easy to see why companies like Luxgen are looking promising (while Mainland Chinese car companies are still figuring atm how to reach an acceptable level).

anonms
12-08-2011, 07:42 PM
When it comes to emerging car companies, it's easy to see why companies like Luxgen are looking promising (while Mainland Chinese car companies are still figuring atm how to reach an acceptable level).

I'm kinda curious, what makes this more promising than stuff from the Mainland? I'm actually kinda disappointed that there isn't more (apparent) advanced technologies especially in the cabin (like a normal HUD instead of that dorky plastic) given the kinds of tech we got on Taiwan.

mick78
12-08-2011, 11:27 PM
Question is - does it look suited to western markets on pictures, or in reality as well? The interior looks, if you look closer, quite plasticky. And 170hp from a 2l Turbo doesn't seem exactly cutting edge.

Does anyone know how other Luxgen products compare to say Japanese or Korean cars?

2o6
12-08-2011, 11:48 PM
Real life photos of the other two models show that they're just as impressive in person.

Luxgen 7 SUV
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5004/5239843840_82121a5405.jpg

anonms
12-08-2011, 11:48 PM
A friend of mine rode in a 7 MPV a year ago; he was (from the perspective of someone who views vehicles as appliances and has a preference for the luxurious ones loaded with fancy stuff) thoroughly impressed.

Naga Royal Guard
12-11-2011, 03:51 PM
Nice Renault! But otherwise, its got a rather unique beak and could be surprisingly successful.