China’s domestic models are built and engineered down to price, which is understandable when you realise that outside of the wealthy metropolitan areas even decent incomes can be as low as $5-8000 per year.

Models such as FAW’s V2 are designed to look like a typical European supermini (in this case, having shades of the Citroen C3), but are very cheaply constructed.

                                              FAW V2

Despite this lack of integrity, the Chinese don’t try and style the cars to fit the materials and manufacturing techniques available. They prefer to ape Western machinery. The Lifan 320CVT and unnamed Lifan supermini concepts at Beijing are particularly shameless.

                                            Lifan 320CVT