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BYD Launches 2014 QIN in Latin America

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BYD Launches 2014 QIN in Latin America

BYD
January 26, 2014


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Flagship Sedan Unveiled in Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica — Attendees at the 2013 BYD Motors Latin America Partner Conference in November received a surprise announcement – BYD unveiled the break-through “ ” Sedan (pronounced “Cheen”) and announced that Central and South America’s largest automobile distributors would be able to begin sales of Qin immediately.

The much anticipated arrival of BYD’s second -generation Plug-in-Hybrid Electric sedan, Qin, was held on site at Cori Motors in the Costa Rican capital city of San Jose. “BYD’s continues to show its leadership in technologies that are not only economical but also help to restore the environment. We have already launched South America’s largest all-electric taxi fleets in Colombia and several of BYD’s new energy vehicles -- the BYD e6 and electric buses, are completing successful trials in Santiago, Chile, Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, as well as other cities and nations across Latin America”, stated Micheal Austin, Vice President of BYD Motors who hosted the event. “BYD’s dual-mode electric vehicle, Qin, is a flagship in BYD’s new energy automotive product line-up and will enhance our competitive position in Latin America.” The event marked another milestone in the history of Chinese Automobiles and their migration into western auto markets, as well as another example of BYD’s next generation hybrid technology.

The Qin, named after the first Emperor of China who unified the cultures and nations of China initiating the first Chinese Dynasty, will be the face of “second generation” plug –in-hybrid electric cars, vehicles not adapted from existing internal combustion cars to hybrids, but designed from the ground up as a dual-mode hybrid. Not only is the Qin a creative masterpiece, calling upon many design elements derived from ancient Qin Dynasty weaponry and symbols,but it also packs a punch unlike any other plug-in-hybrid sedan to date. In hybrid mode, Qin combines 217 kW of power to the drive train (equivalent to 479 N·m of integrated torque) accelerating 0-100 Km/hr (60 mph) in less than 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 185 km/hr (116 mph) allowing this car to overcome many of the paradigms often plaguing PHEVs. The most impressive fact still, however, is its 1.6 liter per 100 kilometer fuel consumption. The Qin has been received very well by the Chinese media so far in 2013, and judging by the across-the-board approvals from the Central and South American auto distributors present at the release and test driving events in Costa Rica, it will continue to do it’s name justice as it captivates the hearts and minds of the western world.

About BYD

"BYD is a publicly-traded company with no Chinese government ownership. In fact, U.S. investors own over 60% of the public stock, with Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway owning 9.9% of that amount. Mr. Buffett and his colleagues recognize BYD's breakthrough battery and EV technologies: an electrified, 24-hour, and long-range battery that provides emission-free, silent, and economic public and private transportation.

As the world's largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, BYD's mission is to create safer and more environmentally-friendly battery technologies, and this has produced the BYD Iron Phosphate Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable, and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the foundation of BYD's clean energy platforms. For more information, please visit www.byd.com and www.facebook.com/bydcompany.



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