The interior of the Luxgen crossover - the application for premium looks quite reasonable The interior of the crossover Luxgen - the application for premium looks quite reasonable The interior of the crossover Luxgen - the application for premium looks quite justified
On the other hand, Taiwanese origin of almost all household appliances, electronics and other consumer goods, or, for example, such high-tech products as NTS smartphones, does not bother anyone. By the way, the new HTC office is located opposite the Luxgen headquarters.
The bold newcomer is related not only to the address with the NTS. First of all, it is the ideology of the brand itself. The LUXGEN brand was created by the Yulon Group Corporation in order to fully utilize the potential and know-how of the Taiwanese it-industry, the achievements of which will become an important competitive advantage. According to Chao Yuin, the next generation of personal vehicles should be environmentally friendly and intelligent, increasing the safety of movement, it should use the services of "cloud" servers, and infotainment and security systems will be integrated as much as possible into a single car management and driver assistance system.
"Skeleton" of a Luxgen sedan "Skeleton" of a Luxgen sedan "Skeleton" of a Luxgen sedan - the use of a beam, according to company experts, allowed to save space in the trunk and did not impair handling.
The parent company, the giant industrial conglomerate, the Yulon Group, dates back to 1949, but only started auto production in 1953. Barrier duties on car imports then reached 60%. The company was able to get the technology of the American brand Willys, and then begin cooperation with Nissan, which lasted until 2003. Today, the Yulon Group has firmly established itself in the "Big Four" of the Taiwanese auto industry.
The company's plants are located in Taiwan, China and the Philippines, including Chrysler, Geely, GM, Mitsubishi and Nissan as partners. Already this brief historical excursion allows us to agree with the statement of Luxgen representatives that they “know how to assemble high-class cars”. “The facelift of any Western model takes at least a year, or even more. We are able to produce it within three months. " When asked about the reasons for such promptness, Mr. Yuin listed the know-how donors and partners of a Taiwanese company. Among them are names such as Garret, Aisin, Magna Provide, JTEKT and Continental.
Long joint work has led to the fact that, according to Mr. Chao Yin, as part of the group, the Taiwanese company produces its cars almost completely independently. The exception is only one unit - the transmission, which is purchased from Aisin. This exception is made, as explained in Luxgen, only because of the specifics of the “boxed” business.
Electric car on the Luxgen MPV platform Electric car on the Luxgen MPV platform Electric car on the Luxgen MPV platform
The Taiwanese see their strongest point in the deep integration of infotainment into the car, or even “information management systems”. Unlike other car manufacturers buying these solutions from their suppliers, the Luxgen - THINK infotainment system was created specifically for cars.
THINK + combines HTC technology with the Microsoft CE automotive interface for the first time in history. Convenient access to video and music content, communications, GPS navigation, road safety alerts is comparable to a smartphone. As they say in Luxgen: “If you have a smartphone on the Android platform, then you will understand the settings of our car in a couple of minutes, and if it is an NTS smartphone, then you don’t even have to figure it out.”
So far, only a prototype, but the company believes that they are on the right path to the future of transport. So far, only a prototype, but the company believes that they are on the right path to the future of transport. So far, only a prototype, but the company believes that they are on the right path to the future of transport.
All this could be considered a boast, but we were faced with the Luxgen 7SUV crossover, inside of which I had to look for a long time to find fault with. Nothing “criminal” was ever noticed - the quality of the materials is high, the fit of both the exterior panels and the interior details is almost impeccable. Of course, we were shown a top-end version, but we had a car, the seats of which were made at a level worthy of the European premium - leather upholstery with perforation, all conceivable settings, including adjustable shoulder and lumbar stops. And at the rear, the distance from the passenger’s knees to the front seatback is designed to make volleyball players ride in a car.
A properly installed video recorder is an option that the Japanese and Europeans still cannot offer their customers.
Eagle View + all-round visibility, Side View + dead zone monitoring and LDWS + marking recognition, as well as a highly sensitive Night Vision night vision system, real-time traffic navigation, parking and weather information and a comprehensive travel assistant based on the exclusive Luxgen Molife web platform - a list of features and systems that not every premium brand can boast. Like a fellow minivan Luxgen 7 MPV, the crossover received a 2.2-liter turbocharged I-4 MEFI engine. This is a Taiwanese development of ChungHwa Engine Corp and American Delphi, whose specialists tuned the engine. The engine power is 175 hp, and the maximum torque is 270 N · m in the range from 2500 to 4000 revolutions per minute.
In total, there are three 1.8 petrol units in the Taiwan brand engine line; 2.0 and 2.2 liters. There is no diesel yet, and Luxgen explains this by the very stringent environmental requirements on the island. The Taiwanese decided immediately to set the bar high not only in terms of technology. The price tag of a brand claiming to be premium is already impressive - for example, a crossover is offered for an amount approximately equal to $ 40, 000. And not Taiwanese, but American dollars. Sedan is quite serious for the Western market, the amount of $ 23, 000.
In Russia, the Luxgen 7SUV crossover will be the first to enter the market - the car will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013, when the first dealer center will open in Moscow. The preliminary price of the car is from 1.2 million rubles. Following the crossover, the Luxgen 5 Sedan and then the Luxgen 7MPV will enter our market. Hybrids and electric cars are not planned for us yet.
The way Luxgen cars behave on the road was shown to us as an example of the latest promising development - an electric car, which is built on the platform of the Luxgen 7MPV minivan in partnership with the American AC Propulsion, on the account of which the creation of the electric version of MINI.
Despite the fact that the maximum speed of the minivan is only 150 km / h, the sensation that you experience from riding in it even by a passenger is exciting and difficult to describe. According to Luxgen managers, they were not allowed to participate in official tests like Euro NCAP solely because of formalities. However, unofficial tests in Europe were conducted, and the Luxgen MPV in both the gasoline and electric versions earned four stars. The highest rating was not set solely because of the lack of security curtains, but they intend to solve this problem in the future. Today, the power reserve of the Luxgen electric car is about 150 kilometers and can be increased by installing the internal combustion engine as a generator.
Interior sedan Luxgen. On the left on the front panel is visible projection display HUD. Interior sedan Luxgen. On the left on the front panel is visible projection display HUD. Interior sedan Luxgen. On the left on the front panel is visible projection display HUD.