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China Car History: the China Car Project and the Mercedes-Benz FCC

Published on 22, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

in China Car History the China Car Project. In 1994 the Chinese government invited 20 major automakers to come up with a for a small family car for the Chinese market. The car had to be cheap, clean, big to carry five, and was to be manufactured in under a joint venture First Auto Works ).

Several automakers responded plans and prototypes, including Fiat, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, and Porsche. Today the in a series: the Mercedes-Benz FCC.


The FCC was designed and developed in 1994. FCC for ‘Family Car China’. Chief was Harald Leschke, an expert car designer. Leschke also the C 112, Vision A, Maybach F 100, F200 Coupe, Life Jet, and the F400 The FCC was an extra special project. It was for a single market with a potential. For Mercedes-Benz, the FCC was much important than any other sporty concept. The FCC was revolutionary for its with a one-box design and front and rear overhang.

Harald Leschke, left, the FCC in Beijing.

The Mercedes-Benz FCC debuted on the Beijing Auto Show, with the proposals by other Note German license on this photo. For the official photos the FCC was fitted with a license plate.

Mercedes-Benz F 400 Carving

The Mercedes-Benz FCC was capable of being in a variety of different versions, the standard 5-seat variant, a 7-seat variant, five-seater with a small cargo or a two-seater panel van. Mercedes-Benz only made a prototype of the basic five-seater. the vehicle a typical Chinese happy parents, the one child, and a

The FCC was powered by a high-tech four-cylinder 1.3 petrol engine with an of 55hp, mated to a five-speed gearbox sending power to the wheels. Top speed was 150km/h and (fifty) took six seconds. consumption was four liter per 100 The FCC was ABC and airbags, a rarity for a compact car in the And compact it was with a length of 3.56 meter.

Mercedes-Benz calculated a production of 100.000 yuan, more than the Porsche C88 that was set on yuan. Note the FCC has 88 in its license No coincidence there as ’8′ is a lucky in China. The character on the license is ‘ji’, coming from (吉林) Province, the home of FAW.

In the end the FCC never made it into in China. The Chinese government the whole China Family Car Project in leaving the automakers dreaming. The FCC lived on and morphed, with the Vision A 93 Concept. into the generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class debuted in 1998. The pickup and van however remained on the drawing

Mercedes-Benz F 400 Carving

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