Luxgen was established in 2009 by Yulon. This is Yulon’s second attempt at creating a Taiwanese designed car for the mainstream. Their last attempt was the Yulon Feeling sedan, which failed miserably when it was on sale from 1987-1994. For years Yulon built cars for it’s local partner Nissan, which is considered a very successful venture. However, Yulon wanted to use their design and building know how to create their own brand. This is where Luxgen comes in; it combines the words Luxury & Genius. The focus of their cars is not just style, but also luxury appointments such as quality materials to plush leather seating. Technology ranges from blind spot detection, backup cameras, and night vision. The infotainment system is supplied by local smartphone maker HTC.
Most of you probably have never heard of Luxgen nor will you ever see on in person. Luxgens are only sold in China, Taiwan, and Russia, plus a few ASEAN countries. Manufacturing output and sales of its models are less than 100,000 vehicles annually, which make them even more rare! When you compare that to global players Ford, Toyota, VW, Nissan, etc. their sales are in the millions and are sold in hundreds of countries, which does indeed make Luxgen rare fruit.
The M7 and U7s are powered by a 2.2L I-4 MEFI turbocharged engine developed by ChungHwa Engine Corp. and tuned by Delphi. The turbocharger is supplied by Garrett and powers the engine up to 173 hp with 200 lb·ft of torque at 2,500 to 4,000 rpm. The S5 and U6s both use a choice of a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine or an 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine putting out 175hp (2.0L) and 150 hp (1.8L).
Luxgen does cover all segments in the market; crossovers, minivans, and sedans. Luxgen even has an electric vehicle based on their M7 MPV (minivan).
Luxgen’s models are as follows:
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