Aeolus A9 Dongfeng-02

Chinese automaker Dongfeng has unveiled the Aeolus A9, a sedan that is set to become the brand’s flagship model in China. The name of the Aeolus A9 is derived from the ruler of the winds in Greek mythology.
The latest A9 here sits on the same platform that underpins the Citroen C5, the PSA PF3. Furthermore, both vehicles share the same production line in Wuhan, China.

The A9 is actually the second sedan to utilise PSA’s underpinnings, after the Aeolus L6 compact model that’s based on the Citroen C4. Power-wise, the Aeolus A9 is motivated by a turbocharged 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine, that’s jointly developed by Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile, a joint venture between Dongfeng and PSA.

Other models that Dongfeng has include the L6 sedan and the A60 and S30 compact sedans, the E30L electric vehicle and the AX7 crossover. On that note, Aeolus sales was up by 37% in January (20,557 units), year-on-year, due to high demand of the AX7, Automotive News reports.

Dongfeng has a 14% stake in PSA, which the company paid some 800 million euros in 2014 as part of a financial bailout. Meanwhile, PSA has another joint venture in China – Changan PSA Automobile, which manufactures the DS models.

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