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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2010 North American Auto Show in Detroit.
BYD E6
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What is it? The E6 is a five-seat multi-purpose vehicle that blends genres and is more typical of family transport commonly seen in overseas markets. Its length (179.3 in.), width (71.7 in.), and height (64.2 in.) are very similar to that of a Kia Rondo.

The 5,060-pound EV is powered by a front motor with 101 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. (Higher-output powertrains are planned, including 155 hp, 215 hp, and 269 hp.) The E6 has a claimed range of 205 miles--significantly more than other vehicle manufacturers are touting for their imminent EVs. Acceleration is estimated at less than 14 seconds to motor from 0-60 mph, with an 87 mph top speed.

What is new or notable? The E6 could be the first Chinese car offered in the United States, though other companies are racing to enter this market and many have delayed model introductions.

CR's take: The claims from this company are optimistic. Many challenges lay ahead, from establishing a sales/service network to creating acceptance of an electric vehicle from an unfamiliar brand.

When will it be available? Late 2010.

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