Honk if you’re Hongqi

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By NEIL DOWLING

ARE the French get­ting a bit honky with the Chi­nese af­ter do­ing a deal for 60 Air­bus planes?

En­ter­tain­ing French pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande and his part­ner, Ms Valerie Tri­er­weiler, the Chi­nese an­nounced their en­trance into China with a ride in the coun­try’s pre­mier state car, the Hongqi Red Flag L7.

If the multi-bil­lion dol­lar plane sale didn’t en­thuse him, no doubt he would be more than im­pressed by be­com­ing the first head of state — out­side of China — to

Driv­e­trains for the H7 are less im­pos­ing than the L7 and L9, rang­ing from a 2-litre tur­bocharged petrol, 3-litre as­pi­rated engine and, from this year, a hy­brid.

All H7s have seven-speed dual-clutch gear­boxes.

FAW has in­vested more than $80 mil­lion in the past four years on re­search and de­vel­op­ment on Hongqi­branded ve­hi­cles and plans fur­ther H and L mod­els, two SUVs, a com­mer­cial van and a lux­ury coach.

The com­pany has stated it plans to in­vest a fur­ther $170 mil­lion in its prod­ucts over the next three years.

Hongqi makes its mar­que for China by show­ing off this im­pres­sive new model of their flag­ship 6.4m long Red Flag L9 limou­sine

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