By: IOL Motoring Staff
FAW, which falls under the Imperial Group banner, is hoping to set the cat among the pigeons in the South African entry-level market.
It's V2 hatchback is currently undergoing the final stages of local testing ahead of its launch later this year and its local representatives are hoping to introduce it at a price of below R100 000 - bearing in mind that exchange rates closer to the time could have a bearing on this.
Arguably more attractively styled than many of its Chinese counterparts, the V2 is also bigger than price rivals like the Geely LC and Chery QQ, the FAW measuring 3760mm in length and 1680mm in width.
Power is provided by a 1.3-litre petrol engine which pushes 67kW and 120Nm.
A pre-launch V2 has spent the past six months facing a local testing programme under the watchful eyes of FAW's local technical manager, Johan Ackerman, and numerous engineers from China.
Ackerman is impressed with the way the V2 has performed so far, particularly over a recent 5000km trip that included mountain passes and gravel roads. The test unit consumed 6.1 litres per 100km with four aboard and at speeds of between 115 and 120km/h.
The V2 will join the Sirius compact MPV in FAW's passenger car range, which is sold through a network of 22 dealers and FAW general manager Pedro Pereira expects a few more to be opened shortly.