Changan were advertising for jobs in their European design centre. Who are they? What do they make? To find out I went looking. I found a car painted green too.
Since I don’t acually know anything at all about Changan and I know more than almost anyone else about most things, I figured you, dear readers, might likely appreciate this rapid trot through a list of cars from Changan. It’s a long one. I may not be able to deal with their 9-car range without causing this article to burst and crack under the strain.
Let’s start. The Raeton CC has a 62 litres fuel tank and one single engine, a 1.5 petrol. The length is 4.7 metres. Saloon!
“Extra ordinary action, dominating outcome” runs the tagline for the Eado. The fuel tank holds 52 litres while the engine is a 1.6er and it’s 4.6 m long. One of the older cars in the range it has been facelifted. Changan claims the chassis was engineered in Detroit. I think I see an old friend in disguise. And I think the chassis may have been engineered in Rheinland Pfalz, not Michigan.
Moving up a bit we get to the Raeton, which has a litre tank and a 1.8 or 2.0 litre petrol engine. Saloon!
And moving down again we get to the Eado XT, a vehicle which is 4.4 metres long and has a 2660 mm wheelbase supporting engines of 1.6 and 1.6 litres (petrol and diesel) and a 52 litre fuel tank. I thought it looked like an Opel Astra. But Wikipedia says “At the Shanghai Auto Show 2013 was presented with the Eado XT as a hatchback variant. This came on 28 August 2013 in the trade. The Eado XT hatchback is based on the Changan Eado sedan that was launched in March last year” which I think means the XT was launched last year. Hmm.
There’s a sportier version with a 1.5 litre turbo diesel.
And the interior (Fiesta?:
Just so we can all go home and get some rest, I have hopped with tremendous force past the Eado EV. It’s an electric Eado. I don’t like it when a car company uses the same name so many times in a brochure, like when Fiat puts up all 453 versions of the 500 as separate models.
The 2018 Alsvin V7 has a 1.6 litre engine and for some reason Changan don’t make so much of a big effort to tell us the fuel tank capacity but do labour the point about being young and different. Saloon! 91kW. “The third generation Changan Alsvin debuted at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April 2018 and is completely redesigned. Prices ranges from 49,900 to 65,900 yuan “positioning the third generation Changan Alsvin under the Changan Eado DT subcompact sedan”. 4530 mm of length.
Have you noticed these are all saloons? This is where all the saloons have gone, it seems. The Alsvin V7 resembles the Raeton to a huge degree. I have gone to look at that car three times and can’t really be sure.
They aren’t as the slide show reveals. Still. They have some odd ideas about product planning at Changan. Then again, if you have 1.2 billion potential customers then presumably there are large markets for small differences.
At 3.73 metres, the New Benni only needs a 1.4 l4 to pull it. 74 kW and no wheelbase or fuel tank capacity. Have you noticed Changan has at most 2 engines in their models? Just as the Gothic era saw an explosion in the richness of ecclesiastical architecture, the period after the war to around about now in Europe was a period of flowering of diversity in engine sizes. That custom of having petrols from 1.2, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.6 to 2.0 all under the one or two bonnets was something I took for granted. Changan shows that this was a local peculiarity of the time.
There are seven SUVs and five MPVs in Changan’s range. Do we really have the brim and vigour to peruse those today? I think not.