Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC) said recently that its first self-developed sedan, Trumpche (Chuanqi in Chinese, meaning “legend”) will roll off the production line in September 28 and be put on sale at less than 140,000 yuan ($20,600) at the end of this year, media reported Tuesday.

The Trumpche sedan, which will be put into service during the 2010 Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, capital of southern China’s Guangdong province, is based on the platform of the Alfa Romeo 166 and measures (LxWxH) 4900mm x 1820mm x 1480mm, along with a wheelbase of 2800mm.

This mid- to high-end sedan features a direct-injected 2.0-liter inline and naturally aspirated four-cylinder gasoline engine which has a maximum power of 60Kw and a peak torque of 100Nm and matches a five-speed automatic transmission.

In addition to the 2.0L version, GAC will also develop a 1.8L model coupled with a manual and an automatic transmission as well as an automated manual transmission (AMT) from Japan’s AISIN AW.

On top of that, GAC, also a Chinese joint venture partner of Toyota Motor, Honda Motor and Fiat SpA, is planning to put a SUV model into market to rival the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, and to launch an A-Class and a hybrid car after launching the Trumpche.

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