Haima premiered two sedans at this year’s Guangzhou auto show, the M3 compact and M8 mid-size, both slated for release next year. The M3, previously called V30, is built by Haima’s Zhengzhou base in Henan Province, while the M8 comes from Haima Hainan.
With the "M" series taking shape, the naming system of Haima becomes even more chaotic. Now we have models designated by numbers (such as Haima1, 2, 7), by words (Haima Happin, Freema, Family), and by letters plus numbers (Haima S3, M3, M8). We expect the automaker to clear things up in a year or two. So don’t be surprised if the M3 and M8 bear a different nameplate when they hit showrooms.
Slotted below Family and above Happin, it sits on a 2600mm wheelbase and is 4545mm long, 1737mm wide, and 1495mm high. Upon release in the first half of 2013, a Haima-built 1.5 liter (77kW/6000rpm and 147Nm/4000rpm) will be provided in pair with a 5-speed manual transmission. Versions with a CVT may become available at a later stage.
The M3 has an estimated price range of 50,000-70,000 Yuan.
Haima’s first foray into the mid-size sedan market, the M8 is the production version of the "Yao" concept from this year’s Beijing auto show. With a 2800mm wheelbase, it is 4845mm long, 1829mm wide, and 1473mm tall. Both the front and rear suspension have an independent configuration, employing double wishbones and multi links, respectively. According to unofficial descriptions, the M8 will be powered by a turbo 1.8 liter, mated to a 6-speed auto or manual transmission.
Released is expected in the second half of 2013.