The first fruits of the collaboration between JAC and Pininfarina are the 3-box saloon and the 2-box variant for which Pininfarina developed the styling and the engineering.
Euro-style is not just the envy of North America, Chinese car makers wants it just as badly and Anhui has called in the help of renowned design studio Pininfarina to achieve just that. Pininfarina is of course best known for its designs for Ferrari (599 GTB), Maserati (GranTurismo S) and other established marques.
Anhui and Pinifarina have been working on this project since 2005 and they are now ready for its unveiling. The 3-box saloon (A108) and 2-box hatchback (A107) are ready to go into production. The two cars share the same front end design for instant recognition, with the headlights embracing the grille for a sporty, elegant look.
The rear of the two cars on the other hand are purposely different, to give most cars their own appeal. The 3-box saloon is aiming to compete with the more up-scale saloon with the clean design. The 2-box hatchback will enter the sportier hatch segment and has been styled accordingly. Surely opinions will differ, but in our eyes the two cars could do well in and outside China.
[Update: excuses for the mix up, these are indeed JAC (Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co.) cars. Pinifarina has also designed the Chery A3 Jiaoche and A3 YunDong but no images or info is available yet.]