Hongqi L-Concept – 2021 Shanghai auto show

The concept’s name and styling point to it being a preview of a replacement for the L5. The L5 serves as an official state car of China and was introduced in 2014. It’s the spiritual successor to the CA72 which was launched in 1958 as Hongqi’s first car and used to transport Chairman Mao Zedong.

Hongqi is one of the most respected brands in China, though in recent years most of its lineup have been badge-engineered versions of cars from other automakers. Its parent, FAW Group, is in the process of reviving Hongqi as China’s premier automotive label in order to provide well-heeled patriotic buyers a local alternative to the foreign luxury brands.

Some recent Hongqis include a full-size sedan and SUV, the latter offered with battery-electric power. The brand also used the Shanghai auto show to present a 1,400-hp hypercar dubbed the S9.

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