Chinese brand Hawtai Motor is gearing up for a launch in Europe in 2014 with a pair of new saloons revealed at the Shanghai motor show.
Hawtai is 15 years old and sold around half a million cars last year, not only in China but in its export markets that include the Middle East, Iraq and Africa.
The firm's Vice President Zhang Hou Sheng told Autocar that a European launch was on the cards for Hawtai early next year as it nears meeting Euro V emissions regulations through its partnerships with Diesel engine supplier VM and transmission supplier ZF.
"We are going to come to Europe when we finish our Euro V research," said Sheng. "We are a young company but we grow every year."
The two new saloon offerings are the E70 and the larger B11. The E70 is 4777mm long and is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to a five speed manual gearbox.
The B11 is 4943mm long and gets its power from a turbocharged 1.8 petrol engine with 158bhp.