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Dongfeng Fengshen A60 makes market debut

By Carmen Lee  From Gasgoo.comMarch 29, 2012 (Shanghai March 29) - Dongfeng Motor marked the market debut of its new Fengshen A60 with a lavish ceremony at the China National Convention Center earlier this week, reported today. The new A60 is priced between 118,800 and 139,800 yuan ($18,806-$22,130).

As Dongfeng's new flagship mid- to high-end model, the A60 (pictured) has some lofty expectations to aspire to. The A60, which is built on the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy platform, sports an elegant exterior and futuristic two-tone interior design. The car is 15 mm longer, 20 mm wider and 5 mm taller than the Sylphy, with a wheelbase of 2.7 m. The A60 also boasts extremely large trunk space, with 506 L of luggage space available. There are four cupholders and even a business card holder in the front row.

The A60 shares its drive train with the Sylphy. The car is powered by a 2.0 L MR20DE engine mated to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission. The Xtronic CVT has a selectable 'S' mode for increased performance. The engine has a maximum output of 105 kW and can produce up to 189 Nm of torque. According to official specifications the car burns 7.7 L of fuel for every 100 km driven. 1.6 L and 1.8 L engine options may be available in the future.

The A60 earned a five star rating from C-NCAP, and comes with 55 different safety features, including side airbags for the rear row, unfastened seatbelt alerts and a tire pressure monitoring system. The car also boasts a plethora of other accessories, including cruise control, smart key control, genuine leather steering wheel, memory seats and Bluetooth technology. The A60 is also the first Chinese car in its class to offer a 360° camera system.

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