GM-built Baojun 730 Is a Chinese Minivan with Lotus-tuned Suspension

It may sound like a fisherman's tale, but it is for real - this box-shaped thing had its front McPherson struts and torsion beam rear suspension tuned by Lotus, the same company that makes the track-bred Elise and Exige sports cars. Unveiled in China only recently, the 730 is the GM-owned Baojun brand's newest model.
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With a starting price of 69,800 Chinese yuans, which translates to just $11,305, €8,443 or £6,697 at current exchange rates, you get a lot of car for almost £2,000 less than a brand new entry-level Volkswagen up! city car. This curious looking vehicle is available with either a 1.5-liter or a 1.8-liter gasoline engine, both mated to a manual tranny.

The smaller unit churns out a modest 110 horsepower and 147 Nm (108 lb-ft) of torque, while the 1.8 generates 135 ponies and 186 Nm (137 lb-ft), with power sent to the front wheels. With its 2+2+3 seating configuration, the Baojun 730 also offers 330 liters of cargo space with all the seats up.

According to the manufacturer, the Baojun 730 boasts with more than 50 percent of its chassis made out of high-strength steel. A suite of active and passive safety features come as standard, including four airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and attachments for child seats.

Other highlight features that might interest a young and numerous family is the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with HDMI and USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone calls, as well as cruise control, a rearview parking camera, dual-zone climate control and even a power sunroof.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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