BYD which literally stands for ‘Build Your Dreams’ is a Chinese automobile manufacturing company which made its debut from less than 30 people in 1995 and within just 8 years became the second largest rechargeable battery producer in the world by 2003.
In the same year, BYD Company Ltd. started to set foot in the automotive industry by purchasing the Tsinchuan Automobile Company. Today BYD Company Ltd. owns more than 50,000 staff members all over the world. BYD is also pioneers in making electric & hybrid vehicles in China, BYD’s F3DM is the world’s first mass produced plug-in hybrid automobile.
BYD is best known for their reverse engineering and are proud to be a master copyist. More than half of their products are either partially or fully inspired by Toyota. Their most successful vehicle the BYD F3 (upon which the F3DM is also derived) actually resembles the 9th generation E120 Corolla with a rear end of the City iDSI. The F3 remained the unshaken best-selling car in China for several years, before it was replaced in 2012 by the second generation model called as Suri in Chinese market. It is worth mentioning that sales of the BYD F3 in a single month were more than the collective number of cars sold in Pakistan in a fiscal year.
Debuted at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show and with deliveries starting from August 2012, the F5 Suri (SuRui in Chinese), successor to the highly popular F3 became the world’s first car to offer a fully functional remote control. The car can be controlled from the outside using a remote control that not only can start the engine, but can switch on the lights, turn signals, switch on the air-conditioner, control steering wheel, & move the car forward & reverse at a maximum speed of 2 km/h. This unique feature is helpful if you have to park the car in tight spaces when it’s hard to get out of the car, or can be handy if it’s raining and instead of going for the car, you want the car to come to you. Watch the video below to see how the car is operated via remote control.
There is another video which surfaced the internet showing a CCTV footage of a female car owner avoid a potential carjack with her remote controlled BYD Suri. Whether or not the video is real or staged, the technology offered by BYD is truly appreciable and literally stunned the world.
Suri comes with a 1.5 liter turbocharged direct injection engine mated with either a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. It offers bulk load of features including 4.3″ TFT Barrel-Type LCD Combination Instrument panel, LED Integrated Rear Lamps, 10-Spoke Aluminum Alloy Wheels, Projector-Beam Headlamps, Shark-Fin GPS Antenna, 8-Way Power Driver Seat, Full-Leather Multi-functional Steering Wheel, Adjustable Power Exterior Mirrors, BOSCH Windshield Wipers, Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Traction Control System (TCS), 3H High-strength All-around Crash-buffering Body, 8 Airbags, Bosch 9th Generation Electronic Stability Program, Brake Priority System, Blind Spot Detection System, Rear Camera, Electric Power Steering (EPS) and Electric Parking Brake (EPB) System.
The Price of Suri starts from 65,900 yuan (equivalent to PKR 10.5 lac) to up to 99,900 yuan (equivalent to PKR 15.9 lac)