Apr. 20, 2007
DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., LTD. (Daihatsu) announced today that it will exhibit the compact multi-purpose vehicle XENIA, which is scheduled to go on sale in China in June 2007, and other vehicles at Auto Shanghai 2007. The motor show will be held from April 22 to 28 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.
In 2005, Daihatsu concluded a technology licensing agreement with China FAW Group Corporation and began preparations towards the eventual launch of the XENIA. The XENIA is a globally strategic vehicle that enjoys a good reputation worldwide, particularly in Indonesia, and has been specially modified to suit the Chinese market. Production will be carried out at FAW Jilin Automobile Co., Ltd. (FAW Jilin Auto), a group company of FAW. FAW Jilin Auto will be also responsible for sales, creating an independent Daihatsu sales network based on FAW Jilin Auto's existing network. The launch of the XENIA will mark the first time that the Daihatsu brand has made a full-scale entry into the Chinese market.
In addition to the XENIA, Daihatsu will also display the SUV Be-go, the compact car Cuore, and the Sirion to emphasize its line-up of compact cars.
The XENIA is a new compact multi-purpose passenger car designed to meet the diversifying needs and expectations of drivers towards compact vehicles in the Chinese market in a wide range of applications from day-to-day use to leisure. Fitted with an advanced 3SZ 1.5-liter engine with DVVT (Dynamic Variable Valve Timing), the XENIA boasts excellent acceleration performance and cruising stability, and is capable of carrying seven people with three rows of seats. A five-seater model with two rows of seats and a 1.3-liter engine will also be available. The manufacturer's suggested retail price ranges from 70,000 RMB to 100,000 RMB (approx. US$9,100 – $13,000).