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China: BYD Chin: World’s First Plug-In Hybrid, Updated And Renamed

BYD Chin: World’s First Plug-In Hybrid, Updated And Renamed

Remember the world’s very first production plug-in hybrid?

No, not the 2011 Chevy Volt. Not the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid either.

Way back in late 2008, it was the Chinese BYD F3DM, with a lithium-ion battery pack and a combined parallel and series hybrid powertrain inserted into the Corolla-knockoff body of the BYD F3–China’s best-selling car model.

Now, BYD has redesigned and updated the F3DM, and given it a new name: It will become the BYD Chin.

The company will officially unveil the car at next week’s Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

The original F3DM didn’t get very good reviews from the few journalists able to drive one, and it didn’t sell very well either in the notoriously price-sensitive Chinese domestic market.


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