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    Thread: Bufori opens flagship showroom in Shanghai

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      04-13-2012 12:22 AM #1
      http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2012/04...o-beijing.html



      Quote Originally Posted by Carscoop
      Nowadays, just about everyone and their mother wants a chunk of China's car market, no matter how small or large the company.

      Few will actually know the name Bufori, but the Malaysia-based boutique automaker, which was originally launched in Australia by brothers Anthony, George and Gerry Khouri, has opened a new flagship showroom in the center of Shanghai.

      Speaking at the grand opening, Anthony Khouri said, "Shanghai is the new global economic capital and exudes an atmosphere of creativity, glamour and dynamism to rival any city in the world. I am delighted to see the Chinese home of Bufori in the heart of Shanghai, which complements the unique mood of the city, as well as the values of our company."

      Bufori said that the 300 square meter showroom in Shanghai provides space for three vehicles, a coffee bar and a customization studio.

      And that's just the beginning as Bufori revealed that it is actually planning to open several more dealerships throughout the country, including three showrooms in Beijing, Chengdu and Shenzhen before the end of the year.

      The company will also perform the local debut of its hand-made Geneva luxury sedan at the Beijing International Motor Show later this month. The odd-looking (no, there's nothing wrong with your screen) Geneva, which was presented in 2010, is offered with a Chrysler-sourced 6.1 liter V8 tuned to put out 430 horsepower and 569 Nm of torque in standard trim, and 560 horsepower and 690 Nm in supercharged form.
















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      04-13-2012 12:26 AM #2
      What a joke those cars.

    3. 04-13-2012 12:27 AM #3
      what is this nonsense?

      this exists?

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      04-13-2012 12:27 AM #4
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      04-13-2012 12:28 AM #5
      Ew. Makes me think of the British and the Hindu dudes.
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    6. 04-13-2012 12:31 AM #6
      Is Bufori serious?? That thing looks like a well built low budget kit car at best

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      04-13-2012 12:40 AM #7
      I'm just glad the TVR designers finally got jobs again.

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      04-13-2012 12:47 AM #8
      Man those things look disgusting.

      I'm sure some rich snob will buy one...
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    9. 04-13-2012 12:51 AM #9
      I wonder how does one get in and out of the car with those fat ass flare/sideskirt thingy attached...

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      04-13-2012 12:52 AM #10
      I like it. Looks different.
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      04-13-2012 12:56 AM #11
      I like how they went for the whole sophisticated look then...

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    12. 04-13-2012 01:09 AM #12
      Exterior is hideous, but the interior looks nice for a boutique manufacturer.

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      04-13-2012 01:18 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Beltfed View Post
      Exterior is hideous, but the interior looks nice for a boutique manufacturer.
      Thats how i felt also.
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      04-13-2012 01:20 AM #14
      They're like modern day Excaliburs. Sweet! The first thing I'd buy if I got rich!
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      04-13-2012 01:36 AM #15
      But.... but.. it's got a HEMI
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      04-13-2012 01:40 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Son View Post
      They're like modern day Excaliburs. Sweet! The first thing I'd buy if I got rich!
      Dare I say that actually looks better finished?

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      04-13-2012 01:43 AM #17
      Attention to details, this thing has none.

    18. 04-13-2012 02:13 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by FiveAinOne View Post
      Attention to details, this thing has none.
      This

      also is the bumper crooked in that pic where they are leaning next to the car?

      is this a Chinese brand?... quality seems on par

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      04-13-2012 05:10 AM #19
      It will sell well in China, no doubt.


      Wow, I see so much Morgan ripping off its ridiculous. I also didnt expect to see a Chryco 6.1 in there. From 20 feet out the interior doesnt look too shabby.

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      04-13-2012 05:26 AM #20
      [QUOTE=Wimbledon;76883848]

      Bufori has an ultra luxury rear seat compartment, that's great I mean it's a car to be chauffeured in, not to drive yourself I suppose. That said the front area, even if it is where the chauffeur sits is far to spartan and the center HVAC controls look to be out of the cheapest of econo cars. It's all part of the presentation. Even get a Ford dash of a similar size (Ford seems to be the leader in selling parts to small companies) and cover it in leather, change the knobs to chrome or gold or something. and use that.

      As far as the exterior, it looks more like built in a garage and I'm not sure however it probably made it to one of the few hundred pages in the DIW thread.

      When Bugatti wanted to do hyper luxury they found the right amount of retro.


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      04-13-2012 05:32 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by morecarsthanbrains View Post
      It will sell well in China, no doubt.
      Don't underestimate the sophistication of Chinese consumers; they're spoiled by offerings from the best in any industry. Prestige, comfort, and quality come first, respectively, and this may not be competitive.

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      04-13-2012 09:35 AM #22
      Let us see how Chinese are going to copy THIS!!
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      04-13-2012 09:43 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Beltfed View Post
      Exterior is hideous, but the interior looks nice for a boutique manufacturer.
      Agreed, I'm not feeling it outside but when you're clad in luxury inside does it really matter?
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      04-13-2012 09:44 AM #24
      I will say, however, that the engine looks like it will be hot in there
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      Love the Hyundai climate control.

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      04-13-2012 10:58 AM #26
      It seems that a large number of Chinese really love gaudy, conspicuous luxury. Accordingly, those who cannot afford a Rolls-Royce yet want something more unique than the ubiquitous German car will no doubt flock to this monstrosity. I love how they named it "Geneva" to evoke images of European luxuries like fine watches and high-end personal banking.

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      04-13-2012 11:03 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by DrinkDrankDrunk View Post
      Prestige, comfort, and quality come first, respectively, and this may not be competitive.
      What is more prestigious than an exclusive, hand-assembled car? I believe some Chinese consumers are sophisticated. I also believe a lot of them are copycats and simply buy cars that Europeans (and Germans in particular) think are sophisticated. While occupant safety is a high priority for a great many Chinese buyers (and it should be given how deadly their roads are) it is not the only thing that drives consumer choice.

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      04-13-2012 11:07 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by Wimbledon View Post

      anyone else think this looks super cheap?

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      04-13-2012 11:09 AM #29
      I think it's the steering wheel that makes it look cheap
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      04-13-2012 11:14 AM #30
      It's a strange mix of previous-gen 300 gauge cluster, modified 3-spoke previous gen 300 steering wheel, aftermarket navigation, hyundai climate control, and what looks to be a Jeep liberty dashboard?, covered in leather. I understand all the Chrysler parts, with them using the HEMI and all, but it's still a very strange concoction...even for a chinese car.

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      04-13-2012 11:19 AM #31
      4 Door Morgan-looking car with Chrysler bits....

      I can see people buying them in China though...

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      04-13-2012 11:29 AM #32
      China - land of billionaires and bad taste. This car will do well there.

      I'd take an Excalibur any day over this junk.

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      04-13-2012 11:39 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by sticky euro View Post
      anyone else think this looks super cheap?
      I do too. The design has all the sophistication of an early-2000s Mazda. It has a certain "Insert radio here" look to it; it's not integrated. The attention to detail is lacking. Look at the stitching to the right of the navigation screen where the upper dashboard piece meets the console piece - it doesn't line up. The leather covering the speaker grill is wavy. In the back, the tray that holds the champagne glasses has exposed screw heads. The rear seat adjusters are black plastic and just kind of sit in the middle of the door.
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      04-13-2012 11:56 AM #34
      The more I look at it, the more it looks like something that Homer would get if he got rich.

      Seriously, did they spend any time choosing the color? That shade of blue is a sporty color, not a luxury car color.
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    35. 04-13-2012 12:03 PM #35
      Give it some more rectangular looking headlights and the front end would probably look better...just can't figure out what it needs but those headlights gotta go IMO. I dig the interior, but the early 2000's/late 90's Mercedes buttons and the steering wheel design can get an upgrade to make the interior look better.
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