D he brand Brilliance was founded in China in 1992, since 2003 Brilliance is BMW's Chinese partner. Together with the Bavarians, BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series models are built for the Asian market under the umbrella of BMW Brilliance Automotive Limited.
Design from Europe
Uses as a design partner for its own models Brilliance among others Porsche, Pininfarina and Italdesign Giugiaro. Most of the engines that Brilliance uses in its models are manufactured under license by Mitsubishi units. In 1992 Brilliance was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2007, Brilliance withdrew from the New York stock market. Also in 2007 Brilliance made the leap to Europe, but remained unsuccessful, also due to disastrous crash test results. The European Brilliance importer HSO filed for bankruptcy at the end of 2009.
The China models
In China, Brilliance builds and sells minibus models based on Toyota Hiace under the brand names JinBei and Granse - and Granvia models. The limousines operate under the brand name Zonghua. Another Brilliance subsidiary manufactures various parts for the Chinese automotive market as a supplier.
The Junjie compact car from Brilliance has developed into a very successful model on the Chinese market, with a length of 4.21 meters Offers plenty of space for people and is also popular because of its attractive design and low prices. It is powered by a four-cylinder, which is available with 85 and 101 hp, whereby the most powerful version can also be combined with an automatic.
The 4.88-meter-long Grandeur sedan is available with a new two-liter engine from Mitsubishi, while the two-seater Coupé BC 3 'Kubao', which is powered by a 1.8-liter turbo gasoline engine, remains unchanged remains. In Germany, the two notchback models BS4 'Junjie' and BS6 'Zunchi' were offered, which are also powered by Mitsubishi four-cylinders. However, the 4.65 meter long BS4 in particular has so far not been able to convince in crash tests.
The BS4 is optionally powered by a 1.6 liter gasoline engine with 100 hp or a 1.8 liter with 136 hp. A two-liter version is also offered in China. A 122 hp two-liter four-cylinder petrol engine is used in the BS6. A 1.8- and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder are also optionally available. The BS6was recently available from around 20,000 euros, the BS4 was in the price list for around 16,000 euros in Germany.