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About Zhonghua

Zhonghua (中华), in Europe sold as Brilliance BS6 or Brilliance M1, is a car produced by the Chinese sedan manufacturer Jinbei Automotive Company Ltd., in Shenyang/Liaoning, China, it is a subsidiary from Brilliance (Huachen).

China Automotive Company Ltd. (C.A.C.) and Jinbei Automotive Company Ltd. are wholly owned subsidiarys of Brilliance (Huachen) China Automotive Holding Ltd. (C.B.A.), established in 1992 and incorporated in Bermuda. C.A.C. sold its rights to a limousine and a minivan project to Shenyang Jinbei Automotive Corp. Ltd., that is 51 % owned by China Brilliance. The new sedan division is costing Brilliance USD 500 million. Under a Technical Assistance Agreement with BMW AG, BMW will provide engineering consulting services to the production of the Zhonghua sedan. A team of engineers from BMW was stationed in Shenyang Automotive's facilities to assist in the start-up of the production processes.

Pricing

The Brilliance BS6 has a starting purchase value of 20,000 Euros, similar in price to established competitors like the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat. Brilliance is planning to market the car in America, but its price will be at least $25,000, similar to the already established Toyota Camry. Brilliance also hopes to launch a Sports Coupe model, the BC3, which is expected to be priced between 15 to 22K US dollars.

Controversies

Safety

At a crash test by the ADAC car club performed under EuroNCAP regulations, the car achieved only one of possible five stars, a bad result. A second star was denied because on a side impact test, biometric limits were exceeded. Due to the severe deformation of the car, the likelihood of occupants surviving the crash was low. However, according to a wire report carried by Forbes.com, the Brilliance BS6 has been tested by Spain's Idiada Automotive Technologies SA. Unlike the test in Germany earlier, the Brilliance garnered a 3-star rating as it passed the test performed in accordance with Euro NCAP guidelines. Brilliance is expected to improve the safety ratings of its cars even further before its cars are imported into Europe. It must be noted the car provided for testing in Germany was not the export version and was not offered for the European market.

Engine Power

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2-door
  
S4 16v 1.8L DOHC M-5
125.3 kW / 168.0 hp / 168.0 hp  235.0 N·m / 173.3 lb·ft / 173.3 lb·ft
   

Zhonghua Coupé 1.8T (2007)

2-door fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1834 cm3 / 111.9 cu in / 111.9 cu in, 125.3 kW / 168.0 hp / 168.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 235.0 N·m / 173.3 lb·ft / 173.3 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 220 km/h / 137 mph / 137 mph top speed

2-door
  
S4 16v 1.8L DOHC A-5
125.3 kW / 168.0 hp / 168.0 hp  235.0 N·m / 173.3 lb·ft / 173.3 lb·ft
   

Zhonghua Coupé 1.8T Automatic (2007)

2-door fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1834 cm3 / 111.9 cu in / 111.9 cu in, 125.3 kW / 168.0 hp / 168.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 235.0 N·m / 173.3 lb·ft / 173.3 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 220 km/h / 137 mph / 137 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S4 16v 2.0L DOHC M-5
95.4 kW / 127.9 hp / 127.9 hp  173.0 N·m / 127.6 lb·ft / 127.6 lb·ft
   

Zhonghua Passenger Car 2.0 (2003)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1997 cm3 / 121.9 cu in / 121.9 cu in, 95.4 kW / 127.9 hp / 127.9 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 173.0 N·m / 127.6 lb·ft / 127.6 lb·ft @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 190 km/h / 118 mph / 118 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S4 16v 2.0L DOHC A-4
95.4 kW / 127.9 hp / 127.9 hp  173.0 N·m / 127.6 lb·ft / 127.6 lb·ft
   

Zhonghua Passenger Car 2.0 Automatic (2003)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1997 cm3 / 121.9 cu in / 121.9 cu in, 95.4 kW / 127.9 hp / 127.9 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 173.0 N·m / 127.6 lb·ft / 127.6 lb·ft @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, automatic 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 185 km/h / 115 mph / 115 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S4 16v 2.4L DOHC M-5
99.9 kW / 134.0 hp / 134.0 hp  200.0 N·m / 147.5 lb·ft / 147.5 lb·ft
   

Zhonghua Passenger Car 2.4 (2003)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 2351 cm3 / 143.5 cu in / 143.5 cu in, 99.9 kW / 134.0 hp / 134.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 200.0 N·m / 147.5 lb·ft / 147.5 lb·ft @ 2750 rpm / 2750 rpm / 2750 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 195 km/h / 121 mph / 121 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S4 16v 2.4L DOHC A-4
99.9 kW / 134.0 hp / 134.0 hp  200.0 N·m / 147.5 lb·ft / 147.5 lb·ft
   

Zhonghua Passenger Car 2.4 Automatic (2003)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 2351 cm3 / 143.5 cu in / 143.5 cu in, 99.9 kW / 134.0 hp / 134.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 200.0 N·m / 147.5 lb·ft / 147.5 lb·ft @ 2750 rpm / 2750 rpm / 2750 rpm, automatic 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 185 km/h / 115 mph / 115 mph top speed

Infobox

Beyond basic auto insurance

In addition to having enough liability protection, there are some other coverages you should consider:

Collision: Pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, an object or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you are not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid out from the other driver’s insurance company though a process called subrogation. If the company is successful, you will be reimbursed for the deductible.

Comprehensive: Reimburses you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object, such as fire, falling objects, missiles, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, hail, flood, vandalism, riot, or contact with animals such as birds or deer. Comprehensive insurance will also reimburse you if your windshield is cracked or shattered; some companies may waive the deductible on the glass portion of this coverage.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Reimburses you, a member of your family, or a designated driver if one of you is hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage comes into play when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. These coverages are required in 19 states, but available in all. It is important to purchase the same amount of coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists as you have for liability to others.

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