Remember the FAW Oley? The car with the striking name that was announced at the Guangzhou auto show in November last year is set to begin sales in China – it’s one of the group’s highlights at the ongoing Beijing show.

The 4.48 metre-long car – which uses a Mk II VW Jetta PQ32 platform for its underpinnings – is powered by a 1.5 litre ETI engine offering 101 hp at 6,000 rpm and 135 Nm at 4,400 rpm, and the lump is mated to a S40i four-speed automatic transmission, which offers 11 multiple-road-condition patterns and six intelligent drive modes.

There’s also a five-speed manual option. Performance numbers include a 170 km/h top speed for the 1,106 kg vehicle, which also features ABS and EBD as standard safety kit – I can’t tell you more, because the brochure isn’t in English.

Currently, the Oley name adorns just the car, but plans are afoot to expand this into a sub-brand as it goes along. Apparently, pricing for the car – which will be made at FAW’s No 2 plant in Changchun – ranges from close to 63,000 Yuan to just under 90,000 Yuan for the highest-spec’d version, much lower than indicated earlier, surely something to cheer about.