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New Chinese car maker to launch in South Africa

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A new Chinese car model will soon be launched in South Africa. The electronic vehicle (EV) is named BYD short for ‘Build Your Dreams’.

The Chinese electric car (EV) maker BYD – short for Build Your Dreams – is officially entering the South African market in 2023.

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According to MyBroadband, the car first model bound for South Africa is BYD’s battery-powered crossover SUV – the Atto 3 – which is scheduled to reach the local market in the next two months

The Atto is the second Chinese EV planned for South Africa in 2023, following the recently-unveiled GWM Ora, which will likely be BYD’s biggest competitor.

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GWM announced that the Ora would launch at a starting price of R716,900, and while BYD has yet to announce the official Atto 3 car pricing for South Africa, it’s expected to come in under R800,000.

The Atto 3 car is already on sale in several markets outside China — including Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Singapore.


New BYD-ATTO-3 vehicle. Image: @BYD

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According to TopAuto, standout features inside the Atto 3 car consist of the following:

  • A 5-inch digital driver’s display;
  • climate control car;
  • Multi-colour ambient lighting;
  • A panoramic sunroof;
  • A multifunction steering wheel and heated and electric front seats;
  • A 12.8-inch “rotating” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation, and online music streaming through apps such as Spotify;
  • Adaptive LED lights
  • keyless entry and start car
  • A one-touch tailgate and 360-view cameras

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Additionally, the EV car will sport drive assist features such as front and rear parking sensors, hill-descent control, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warnings, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert with braking, and front and rear collision warnings

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