Lifan X60 Lifan X60
If I were a private entrepreneur, I would definitely arrange the release of the souvenir composition "Confucius, tearing the hood of Toyota in the mid-nineties." What kind of Godzilla bit the local engineers is unknown, but all models of national brands are still solid Japanese with a different degree of imitation. This “Lifan” also resembles a second-generation Toyota-RAV4 with a dashboard and interior in the style of the third “Ravik”. The Chinese car is slightly larger in size, but nothing more. Maybe they believe that they have never seen the original here? Obviously, in order to nip this harmful idea in the bud, they wrote in a press release: "The enlarged turn signal lamps, elegantly built into the bumper, look stylish and unusual."
“Friends are advised to do only what they can do”
Machines for Russia are welded, painted and assembled in Cherkessk at the Derways plant. Of the other signs of localization, so far only tires have been discovered, but which ones! Premium brand from the Nizhnekamsk plant under the sonorous name of “Viatti”. I saw their logo on an exclusively male calendar. So the tires are good.
Opening the back door is not easy due to the fierce elasticity of the stops. But I liked the turn signal segments
Opening the back door is not easy due to the fierce elasticity of the stops. But I liked the turn signal segments. Opening the back door is not easy due to the fierce elasticity of the stops. But I liked the turn signal segments.
I already spoke about appearance, now a few words about a body. The gaps on all crossovers are not the same. Huge, in their own way cute headlights misted up after 30 minutes. One of the crossovers provided for the test did not have a fuel level sensor. Right away. The front passenger seat of some cars was slightly turned to the right. The upholstery is more reminiscent of domestic leatherette, but in the price list appears leather. But this crossover is one of the few whose interior is not aromatized with formaldehyde compounds. In general, the radio sings, the air conditioner cools.
I could not adjust the rearview mirror for myself. Firm Toyota branding is clearly visible
I could not adjust the rearview mirror for myself. Firm Toyota branding is clearly visible. I could not adjust the rearview mirror for myself. Firm Toyota branding is clearly visible.
“The only real mistake is not to correct your past mistakes”
In motion, the car does not hit you as long as you roll on a flat road in the range of 80 km / h - the car is like a car. It is more a praise than a mere statement of fact. Everything changes, it is worth giving in to the heat. Noise isolation does not even go by the wayside, but into the third, it starts to smell like burnt (excusable in the first kilometers), the engine constantly requires increased revolutions. They say he is the closest relative to the unit, which moved forward the year before last Toyota Avensis. But to me something of that!
At maximum speed, the box simply begs after the fifth gear to include the sixth, but it is not there, which is why the tachometer needle, small and nondescript, pierce the risk of the maximum number of revolutions. Although, admittedly, the car is controlled well, despite the indistinct effort on the steering wheel. This whole set of qualities remains unchanged for almost all the "Chinese" in recent years. I expected something more from the novelty, but alas.
Devices are similar to those installed in the "Smiley". The tachometer does not read well
Devices are similar to those installed in the "Smiley". The tachometer does not read well. Devices are similar to those installed in the "Smiley". The tachometer does not read well.
Worry if you deserve to be known
While they will offer a single-drive version with two pillows, an anti-lock system, air conditioning, roof rails and other chrome tinsel, generously illuminated by LEDs. Four-wheel drive transmission in plans so distant that they are not visible due to the Great Wall of China. But intentions were announced about the variator: it will appear this year, like the sunroof. Finally, the most important thing is the price. The basic equipment, traditionally rich for cars from China, costs 499, 900 rubles. Probably, representatives of the company hinted by such a price tag that they see only Renault-Duster in the competitors. I thought it was a New Year’s joke, but during a two-day ride on the "Lifan" completely outsiders every now and then asked what kind of car it was, and how much it cost. Our people are fearless and in this indicator is clearly ahead of all other peoples of 167 countries of the world, where the X60 is officially delivered.
It seems that there is an “isofix”, and the seats are laid out, but the performance gives rise to sadness
It seems that there is an “isofix”, and the seats are laid out, but the performance gives rise to sadness. It seems that there is an “isofix”, and the seats are laid out, but the performance gives rise to sadness.
“Do not do to another what you do not wish for yourself”
A clock, a phone, a small laptop, a camera, a jacket, a shirt, pants … Being on a business trip, I mentally counted my things that were made in China. Well, we’ll drop the clothes right away - this is not an indicator. As for all kinds of electronics, I can’t say anything bad about it: it ticks, formats, and sharpens. In a word, it works fine. The same cannot be said about Chinese cars. But this is only my purely private opinion. And Confucius.
Sun Tsejun, Head of Lifan Motors Representative Office in Russia: “We Found a Buyer”
- The year was very successful for our company. In 2011, sales of Lifan brand cars in Russia more than doubled; According to the results of the first nine months of 2012, we showed growth higher than the market average. For the second year now, we have been showing the best results in Russia among Chinese companies, despite the fact that other Chinese colleagues - Chery, Gili, and Great Wall - have achieved excellent results.
What do you attribute to the growing interest of Russian buyers?
- Firstly, every year we expand our lineup. To the famous models "Smiley", "Breeze" and "Solano" this year, the X60 crossover was added. Secondly, we offer for a low price the most complete car. Already in the database, the consumer receives air conditioning, an on-board computer, audio training, such active safety features as an anti-lock system and stabilization system … And thirdly, Lifan has been working on the Russian market for more than five years. During this time, we found our buyer. And he found our brand, trusts her. After all, the quality of cars is growing, the number of claims is decreasing, there are no problems with spare parts and service in all regions. The increased quality is evidenced by the fact that Solano is increasingly buying taxis, and for a taxi, the reliability of the car is the main requirement. In 2012, we sold over 600 sedans in taxis.
“Solano”, as I understand it, the most popular model of “Lifan” in Russia?
- Yes. In the nine months of 2012, they sold 12 thousand of these machines; According to the results of the year, we realize, I think, over 15 thousand. Almost 30% of sales came from Smiley. Naturally, we have high hopes for the new X60 crossover. We are already accepting applications for next spring.
A radiator cap on a flirty chain, the design of which for forty years will remind the days of developed socialism
A radiator cap on a flirty chain, the design of which for forty years will remind the days of developed socialism. A radiator cap on a flirty chain, the design of which for forty years will remind the days of developed socialism.
And where does your customer live? Who is he?
- Today, our dealers work in 79 Russian cities - a total of 134 stores. Demand for "lifans" is everywhere - in the European part of Russia, Siberia … Cars are bought in Moscow, and in St. Petersburg, and in the regions. Especially good sales are growing in the southern regions of your country, in the Urals. Our customer is a middle-class man, most often a man. Reason to buy - you need a reliable car for life.
What new products will you offer next year?
- In the spring there will be an X60 crossover with a gun, buyers are already ordering this model. Then the new generation of the Breeze model will come, and we will immediately offer both a sedan and a hatchback. In the second half of the year, we hope to bring to the market a completely new model, which so far has only a digital index of 720. It will be a class D sedan. We have not sold such cars in Russia yet.
The battery is hidden behind the base of the right front pillar. To get it, you need to remove a third of the plastic "frill" - it’s inconvenient
The battery is hidden behind the base of the right front pillar. To get it, you need to remove a third of the plastic "frill" - it’s inconvenient! The battery is hidden behind the base of the right front pillar. To get it, you need to remove a third of the plastic "frill" - it’s inconvenient!
In the spring, Shanghai will host an international auto show. What premieres is the Lifan company preparing?
- Home - all-terrain vehicle: all-wheel drive, with a powerful 2.4-liter engine. It will be larger and higher class than the X60. The sales start in 2014. There will be other premieres.
All models "Lifan" - own development?
- Yes, for this we have created our own scientific and technical center in Shanghai. We develop many nodes in collaboration with leading world companies. So, we bring the new 1.8 VVT engine together with the engineers of the leading British company Ricardo. We are guided by the most modern standards and take into account the climatic and road conditions of those countries where we deliver cars.