2007 Detroit Auto Show - China's Changfeng Group Debuts New Models - VIDEO ENHANCED
DETROIT - January 8, 2007: The head of Changfeng Motor Group, Chairman Li Jianxin, traveled here from Hunan province to give North America a view of what his auto company, Liebao Motor, would like to export to this continent.
"Changfeng has already exported its products into Europe, South America, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa," Li said in a press conference today at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. "Currently, Changfeng collaborates with Mitsubishi Motors, Italian design firms, and others.
"We are also actively looking for collaboration opportunities with the major auto companies and suppliers in the world; many of them are right here in Detroit."
Wayne County Exeutive Robert Ficano, who welcomed Chairman Li and Changfeng to Detroit, exchanged gifts with Li in honor of the occasion of the carmaker’s inaugural entry into the auto show.
Changfeng, which calls itself the No. 1 SUV manufacturer in China, unveiled to the world two vehicles here — the Liebao CS6 sport-utility vehicle and the Feibao CT5 pickup truck concept.
The company hopes to generate interest in global cooperative efforts to import its products. It currently has agreements with 40 countries or entities.
With design help from Italy's Pininfarina and a newly developed diesel engine, the Liebao CS6 sports power eight-way leather seats, amenities such as a DVD screen integrated in the front-row headrest, and SRS and ABS safety components.
According to company sources, the Liebao CS6 will be available in its home country by mid-2007; the carmaker hopes to export it to North America in two to three years.
The Feibao CT5 concept is a 4X4 five-seater with body-on-frame construction. It is equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine.