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BAIC enters South Africa with new D20


Having announced an investment of R11-billion last year to produce vehicles at the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth from 2018, Chinese state-owned automaker, Beijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC), has launched its foray into the local market with the new D20 sedan and hatchback.

Marketed under the Senova name in China, the D20 draws similarities with the first generation Mercedes-Benz B-class externally, no doubt thanks to its partnership with the three-pointed star, and, according to BAIC, rides on the same platform as the Smart ForFour.

Initially, the D20 range will consist of five models with a choice of two trim levels, two petrol engines and either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.

Starting the line-up off, the hatch only Comfort can be had with a 1.3-litre mill developing 75 kW and 128 Nm of torque, or a bigger 1.5 with 85 kW and 148 Nm. Mated to the manual gearbox only, standard equipment includes dual front airbags, rain sense wipers on the 1.5, auto-on headlights, electric windows, rear parking sensors, leather trimmed steering wheel and ABS with EBD.

At the top of the range, the bigger engine Fashion offers a choice between hatch or sedan bodystyles, although the latter comes fitted with the self-shifter as standard. Building on the Comfort's equipment levels, the Fashion adds a six-speaker sound system, 6.5-inch touchscreen display with satellite navigation and USB, sunroof, climate control, heated and folding mirrors and daytime-running lights.

A five year / 120 000 km warranty is standard on all models with a service plan optional.



D20 1.3 Comfort Hatch R149 990
D20 1.5 Comfort Hatch R169 990
D20 1.5 Fashion Hatch R179 990
D20 1.5 Fashion Hatch AT R189 990
D20 1.5 Fashion Sedan AT R209 990

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Posted by: Mirinda
Submitted: 06-06-2017
Where is dealerships in Pretoria? My daughter bought one....need a service....Except tHonda Zambezi Road Montana....thank you
Posted by: Etta
Submitted: 21-08-2017
Who is the dealers for baic, I am interested in driving one
Posted by: Madeleine replied to Etta
Submitted: 05-09-2017
Hi Etta, Please give me a call on 0724454524 if you are interested. The dealership I work for now also sells BAIC. Regards, Madeleine
Posted by: Richard
Submitted: 03-10-2017
Where can I view one in Cape Town as they been in Johannesburg for some time