BYD Qin Will Replace F3DM

2012 Beijing Auto Show


  • BYD Qin Picture

    BYD Qin Picture

    Chinese automaker BYD has unveiled the Qin, the successor to its F3DM compact hybrid sedan. | April 19, 2012

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Just the Facts:
  • Chinese automaker BYD has unveiled the Qin, the successor to its F3DM compact hybrid sedan.
  • To be formally introduced next week at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, the Qin (pronounced "chin") was announced on the company's Facebook page, accompanied by two photos.
  • Like the F3DM, the Qin combines a four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor and a lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack.

SHENZHEN, China — Chinese automaker BYD has unveiled the Qin, the successor to its F3DM compact hybrid sedan.

To be formally introduced next week at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, the Qin (pronounced "chin") was announced on the company's Facebook page, accompanied by two photos.

Where the F3DM was criticized for copying the look of the Toyota Corolla, the Qin has fresher, more distinctive styling.

Like the F3DM, the Qin combines a four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor and a lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack.

BYD released scant details ahead of the auto show, other than to say the Qin, like its predecessor, will be able to run in either hybrid or pure electric mode. BYD also said the new car will be able to accelerate from zero to 60 in less than 6.9 seconds, which would make it considerably quicker than the F3DM.

Edmunds.com says: Hopefully, no more copycat cars for BYD.

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