Honda’s Chinese domestic market sub-brand Li Nian has just launched its first car – the Li Nian S1, a production version of the Li Nian Everus Concept car shown earlier this year at the Beijing auto show. As expected, the S1 ended up being a rehash of the previous generation Honda City, as we could already see the old City’s design cues on the Everus Concept.

Li Nian is a JV between Honda and their Chinese partner Guangqi Honda Automobile. The Li Nian brand was first announced in 2008, and there has been some very interesting concept cars shown at motorshows under the Li Nian name such as the Li Nian Concept and the Li Nian Roadster concept. It’s just too bad that the first production Li Nian ended up being a recycled last generation Honda.