Jiangling Landwind Relaunches in Europe

Five years after an ADAC crash test (video of a Landwind SUV crash test below) caused Chinese carmaker Jiangling Motor to pull its Landwind vehicles from the European markets, the brand is back in Netherlands, where sales of the Landwind CV9 began this week.

According to the manufacturer, cited by Autonews, the car has European type approval for it to be sold in Europe, while the engines used are Euro 5-compliant. Currently, the car has been designed to meet European crash-test standards, with Peter Bijvelds, the CEO of Landwind Europe, the official importer, hoping for a three-star rating from Euro NCAP.

"I don't think people will remember the bad publicity from the crash test five years ago. The important thing is that the CV9 has full European type approval for emissions and safety," Bijvelds told the source.

The Landwind CV9 is a minivan designed by the Italian design institute I.DE.A. The car is using 1.6l and 2.0l engines manufactured by Motortechnik GmbH, paired with a five speed manual transmission.

The minivan is expected to retail for 11,950 euros in Germany, once it arrives there (as a side information, the car retailed for 16,950 five years ago, before the ADAC test). The rollout will continue throughout the year, with the car reaching Belgium and Italy this fall. The carmaker hopes to sell around 1,500 vehicles in the Netherlands this year alone. In its native country, Jiangling is Ford's partner, together with whom it manufactures Transit Classic vans for the Chinese market.

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