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Mid-size sedan Luxgen5 will be the second swallow from Taiwan on the Russian market. And this will happen, obviously, next year. The car is replete with innovations and advanced solutions that are found only in the “major automobile league”. To begin with, in cooperation with the world-famous smartphone manufacturer (HTC), the alliance is quite natural, given that the head offices of HTC and Luxgen are located in the neighborhood, Luxgen has developed a unique THINK + system built on the Android platform. So far, no other automaker is working on this OS. THINK +, like in the Luxgen7 SUV crossover, includes Active Eagle View +, Night Vision + all-round visibility systems, tracking of blind spots and road markings. Only all this on Android. Thanks to the large 9-inch touch screen and user-friendly interface, using THINK + you can receive and make phone calls, send and receive mail, use the Internet, etc.
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Externally, the car looks harmonious, quite European. You can not blame him for the lack of taste, there is no Asian pomp in him. The silhouette of the body is subject to the laws of aerodynamics and functionality. The drag coefficient is 0.28, which is comparable with the performance of a sports coupe.
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The salon only develops a favorable impression of the exterior. It’s spacious inside, appliances and trim are made in high-tech style, which the chief designer of the company, James Shear, considers the guiding star of Luxgen. By the way, James studied at a designer in California, then headed the GM design center in Shanghai.
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The chief designer of the company James Shear The chief designer of the company James Sheer The chief designer of the company James Sheer
The front panel is two-level, in the lower, larger window the data of the speedometer and the on-board computer are displayed, the “floor” above has collected information about the operation of ABS and airbags. The most important information for the driver is duplicated on a remote projection display - the solution is borrowed from military aviation. When the ignition is switched on, a transparent plate leaves under the windshield, on which information about the speed and readings of the on-board computer are displayed. What is the advantage of such a device? It allows the driver not to be distracted from the road, and this is important from the point of view of traffic safety. I have seen similar projection displays on the Peugeot 3008, some BMW models and other premium brands. So in terms of design and implementation of modern technologies at Luxgen everything is in order, the school makes itself felt.
Controls LUXGEN5. Starting the engine with the button Controls LUXGEN5. Starting the engine with the button Controls Luxgen5. Engine start button
The advantages of the cabin should include its proportions and volumes. The car is rather big. Sitting front and rear is comfortable. It would be difficult to imagine something else - the base of the sedan reaches 2720 mm. This is more than Toyota Avensis, Skoda Octavia and even VW Passat.
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In contrast to the crossover, the sedan already has two engines (petrol 1.8 and 2.0 l) and two automatic transmissions - 5- and 6-speed. In Taipei, I also saw a model with a 5-speed manual gearbox in the company salon, but this option is not considered in Russian specifications. And therefore, it is not of special interest for Russian motorists so far. Yes, and it was not possible to ride on it. Gasoline turbocharged engines develop 150 horsepower. (maximum torque 232 Nm) and 170 hp (maximum torque 261 Nm). The indicators are modern and in comparison with what the American, European, Japanese and Korean manufacturers offer, it looks no worse.
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As an independent brand, Luxgen has existed for a relatively short time - since 2008, but the parent company Yulon Group has been known in the automotive industry since 1953, when it started licensing the assembly of Japanese cars. The corporation is currently Taiwan's largest automaker. It has manufacturing facilities in Taiwan, mainland China and the Philippines, supplying local markets with more than 2 million vehicles in partnership with Nissan, Mitsubishi, GM, Chrysler and others. But in the Luxgen brand, the Taiwanese decided to concentrate all the best that the global automotive industry can give today, multiplying this by the rich experience of IT technologies.
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That's why the Luxgen5 sedan in the standard list of equipment includes an electric parking brake - an attribute of high-class cars. He will put the car on the handbrake, even if you forget about it, just turn off the ignition. And take off the brake at the beginning of the movement.
Unlike the LUXGEN7 SUV, the sedan’s screen is tactile, and the information system itself is synchronized with a smartphone, but full harmony is possible only with the HTC brand. Unlike the LUXGEN7 SUV, the sedan’s screen is tactile and the information system is synchronized with a smartphone, but full harmony is possible only with HTC brand Unlike Luxgen7 SUV, the sedan’s screen is tactile, and the information system itself is synchronized with a smartphone, but complete harmony is possible only with the HTC brand
Setting up security systems Luxgen5 Sedan entrusted to the American division of Delphi. The power structure of the body is made of high-strength steel, which provides excellent torsional rigidity and a guarantee of safety upon impact. More than 800 tests and 34 crash tests were conducted. Perhaps with the growing popularity of the brand, EuroNCAP will also conduct its own Luxgen5 sedan test, and then it will be possible to compare the results at a generally accepted level, but for now we have to be content with what the manufacturer says.
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I note in passing that a rigid body provides the car with additional benefits in terms of handling. I happened to drive a car along the serpentine in the area of Yilan. It was raining, fog was hanging in places saturated with moisture through the air. I can’t boast that I used all the capabilities of the car, but the 5th sedan allowed me to drive quite quickly and most importantly, I felt confident in it, as it happens in my own car, which you have been driving for several years.
The camera of the “blind zone” on the rearview mirror The camera of the “blind zone” on the rearview mirror The camera of the “blind zone” on the rearview mirror
Will the car be successful in Russia? It all depends on pricing. Not having established itself as a brand in the market, even with super-genius performance in all respects, luxury over-equipment and decoration, the car may remain a monument to the ingenious Taiwanese auto industry. I do not exclude that, in order to gain credibility, it may be necessary to trade at a loss. In the meantime, in my opinion, the price should fit into a fork of 600, 000-700, 000 rubles, then you can count on the interest of buyers. However, this is my forecast. We will find out the true prices next year.
About the Circassian assembly
With the question “why did you choose the Circassian Derways as an enterprise where Luxgen cars will be assembled?” I turned to Kelvin Lee, Luxgen's vice president of marketing and sales.
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- It was necessary to take the first step. The fact is that we do not come to the Russian market for one day. We are setting up the production of our cars here.
It was hard enough for us to find a partner, because the Luxgen brand is not known. We were simply asked, "who are you?" Three years ago, we got acquainted with the management of the Circassian plant, and we thought that we had a chance. We know that the plant did not have the best reputation in the process of how it began to assemble cars. But since we actually had no choice, we decided not to look for new partners, but to solve the problem on the spot. We thought that we would teach staff to work efficiently. Training was organized in Taiwan.
To control the assembly process at Derweis, ten of our specialists are constantly working there. I think that we will be able to turn the tide. We will start with the fact that we will bring in KKD kits for assembly - it’s easier to keep the situation under control, since such a release does not imply a very large volume of operations.
In addition, Cherkessk speaks in favor of the availability of production facilities, as well as the location, thanks to which logistics tasks, in particular the delivery of parts by sea, are easily solved.
The previous publication about the crossover LUXGEN7 SUV can be found here.