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Lifan Looks to Fiat and Lexus for Inspiration

Published April 9, 2013

In 2018 China Car Times was acquired by Autowise. This article originally appeared on ChinaCarTimes.com.

Lifan are a plucky Chongqing based automaker that was one of the first Chinese car companies to export in any serious numbers, their models have already found strong sales in developing nations in the Middle East and South America but they havent found too much success in the home Chinese market. At this years Shanghai Auto Show Lifan will launch a new 320 mini car and a revised version of the 630 compact sedan, both of which seem to have been inspired by existing designs.

When the 320 was first introduced Chinese and foreign media alike referred to the new car as the Chinese MINI, Lifan were resolute that the car was not at all inspired by any German designed, British built vehicles but the latest incarnation has further pushed MINI into the interior and seems to channeling the Fiat 500L on the exterior with its bloated chunky looks.

The 620 is not going to go bare either, the new model will be channeling Lexus style looks around the front grill to give it that Japanese Predator style:

Both will be on show at the Shanghai Auto Show this year, with launches coming later in the year. Lifans product range is in much need of a makeover, their SUV seems to be the biggest seller so far but hopefully the new 320 will bring younger buyers to the brand.

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