Qoros Auto is a young car company co-owned by Chinese Chery Automobile and Israeli Israel Corporation. It may not ring a bell in terms of its automotive designs, but its Vice Chairman is former Volkswagen AG Executive Volker Steinwascher and its Chief Designer is ex Mini Design Director Gert Hildebrand, so that’s a good start. Steinwascher has promised that Qoros cars will "combine German design quality and craftsmanship with Japanese convenience and functionality."
Their first sedan, internally known as the C11, was taken out for some testing sessions in South Europe for the first time and our spy photographers were there to shed some light on this otherwise dark project. These images show that the future Qoros C11 will be about 4.6 meters long and will take on models like the Volkswagen Jetta. It will be powered by a 1.6 turbo engine delivered from Chery and will be connected to either a six-speed manual or a 6-speed DCT.
The C11 will be followed by three other models - hatchback, crossover, and SUV - and all four models will also be available in Europe. The new C11 is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2013.