We Recreate Surreal, Illegal Test Drive With China's Richest Man

One of my favorite stories I've ever written involved an impromptu test drive through the Detroit Auto Show with a leader who was soon to become the richest man in China. Four shows later we recreated the drive. » 1/12/11 1:15pm 1/12/11 1:15pm

Chinese Promising $35K EV, $28K Dual-Mode Hybrid For US

Chinese automaker BYD's claiming their full-electric 200-mile-range E6 sedan will cost $35,000, their dual-mode hybrid F3DM will cost just $28,000 and they'll sell "tens of thousands" of them by end of 2012. Another test drive's in order. [plugincars] » 1/09/11 10:50pm 1/09/11 10:50pm

Chinese Automaker BYD Claims They'll Sell Car In U.S. This Year!

What's the more outrageous claim: the full-electric BYD E6 MAV will go on sale in the United States this year; it'll easily pass U.S. crash regulations; or, BYD will be the world's largest automaker by 2025? » 1/12/10 11:15am 1/12/10 11:15am

BYD S8 Convertible: A Chinese Chopstick Dumpling Deathtrap

Another Mercedes post? Not quite. Oh how we love the quirky folks at BYD. No attempt to mask what they're trying here with their newly approved-for-production BYD S8 hardtop-convertible. Build you dreams for epic win-win. » 4/15/09 10:45am 4/15/09 10:45am

Chinese Automaker CEO Drinks Battery Fluid

Among the revelations in Fortune magazine's feature on our old friend Chairman Wang Chaun-Fu, founder and CEO of BYD Auto: he offered an American exec a glass of battery fluid. Then he drank it himself. » 4/13/09 3:30pm 4/13/09 3:30pm

BYD F3DM: The Chinese Volt

Chinese automaker BYD introduced their BYD F3DM EREV (Extended Range Electric Vehicle) here in Detroit, a car similar to the Chevy Volt. Except the BYD hybrid's already in production. Also, it's half the price. » 1/12/09 11:45am 1/12/09 11:45am

Jalopnik Is Not Jim Cramer, Please Do Not Buy, Buy, Buy On Our…

In the course of a normal day we receive dozens of emails from readers who have questions about what we've written, praise for our prose or a desire to see us murdered in various ways for daring to impugn the good name of the Chrysler Sebring. It is therefore a special moment when an email actually catches us off… » 10/21/08 2:00pm 10/21/08 2:00pm

Chinese Automaker Reveals Keyless Entry Wristwatch For When It's Time…

Leave it to the clever scientists at BYD Auto, who came up with the ferrous battery hybrid and the in-show test drive, to invent a new solution to keyless entry. Tired of carrying a clunky key fob everywhere you go? Try a sharp-looking watch that includes locking functions as well as wireless startup so you can start… » 4/23/08 10:40am 4/23/08 10:40am

Detroit Auto Show: World Exclusive Surreal, Illegal Test Drive Of…

"Holy shit, my boss just drove into the auto show" When I went down to the booth of BYD Auto, a Chinese car maker trying to break into the US market, all I hoped for was a few honest answers to my questions. The motto of the company is "Build Your Dream," but that last thing I'd dream was that BYD's Chairman would drive me … » 1/15/08 9:30am 1/15/08 9:30am

Detroit Auto Show: Jalopnik Interviews China's Youngest Auto Executive


We're not here just to mock the Chinese Automakers for their Engrish press releases and to accept their nice tea sets. We're actually on the floor getting stories. Yesterday, we interviewed one of two American execs we could find for BYD Auto about the Ferrous Battery Powered Dual Mode Hyrbrid. And how do you get a… » 1/15/08 8:45am 1/15/08 8:45am