Published on 05 Jul 2012 by Adriano
Here we have some of the first spy shots of the first model from Chinese brand Qoros Auto, internally codenamed C11. Qoros is a young car company co-owned by Chinese Chery Automobile and Israel’s Israel Corporation. Most notably, vice chairman in Qoros Automotive Co. is former Volkswagen AG executive Volker Steinwascher, who claimed that Qoros cars will “combine German design quality and craftsmanship with Japanese convenience and functionality“. Another well-known man at Qoros is ex Mini design director Gert Hildebrand, who is now responsible for the design at Qoros.
It is not easy to fish out information about this new brand, but we have found out that Qoros is planning to launch four different models in the near future, aiming at establishing itself in European markets as well. The mule pictured in these spy shots is a prototype of the very first model, which is supposed to pave the way for the three that will follow in its wake. These photos were shot in the South of Europe, meaning that the model is actually being developed there, and that is already pretty indicative of Qoros’s actual plans.
As we can see it’s a four door sedan that will supposedly compete with such cars as the Volkswagen Jetta and all other mid-size sedans. The car should measure about 4.6 meters in length, and that would be about the same as the Jetta. Power is expected to come from a 1.6 turbocharged engine delivered from Chery, and it will be connected to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. According to our sources, later on there will be a hatchback based on this C11 and after that a crossover and SUV will follow.