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by Brett Davis

Taiwanese car manufacturer Luxgen has unveiled its latest model, the Luxgen5 sedan. Luxgen is the only car company in Taiwan that wholly develops its own vehicles. The Luxgen5 is set to take on the modern luxury sedan segment, with technology and style of international calibre.

The Luxgen5 features a swoopy body that has been aerodynamically engineered with a co-efficient drag of 0.28. It’s styled like a four-door coupe, although with the A- and C-pillars positioned as far forward and back as possible to provide maximum cabin space.

Like the existing Luxgen models (Luxgen7 SUV and MPV), the Luxgen5 is full of technology backed by the brand’s relationship with smartphone company, HTC. The centrepiece feature is the THINK Touch nine-inch interface.

The THINK system consists of android connectivity – claimed to be the first for a vehicle – whereby a smartphone can be linked up to the navigation screen on the dash. This allows for all systems on the smartphone to be used on the Touch screen, including emails, Facebook and other apps. The screen also offers all the usual modern technologies such a satellite navigation, music streaming and hands-free functionality.

Providing the power for the Luxgen5 are two turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine options: a 1.8-litre and a 2.0-litre, both with variable valve timing. Peak power for the smaller engine is 112kW, sent through a five-speed automatic transmission, while the larger unit produces 127kW, mated to a six-speed AISIN automatic transmission.

The Luxgen5 sedan will debut at the 2012 Taipei Auto Show in April, and then hit the market in Taiwan shortly after.




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