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Mercedes and BYD co-op product: New Van Denza D9

Denza introduces D9 as electric car and hybrid
New van from Mercedes-BYD cooperation

Denza presented the Van D9 in China. The joint venture product from Mercedes and BYD comes as an e-car and hybrid from the equivalent of 47,200 euros.

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In 2011, Mercedes founded the Denza joint venture with BYD in Shenzhen, China, and three years later the first car was on the roads of the Far East. Around 23,000 further approvals were to follow – until today. Not a particularly good record after nine years on the market. For such numbers, VW needs just three months with the Golf. But perhaps the hitherto hapless manufacturer is now turning the tide with the new D9, because according to its own statements, 3,000 orders should have been received in the first 30 minutes of pre-sales.


Up to 1,040 km range

The van comes as an electric car and as a hybrid. The pure Stromer variants build on the 3.0 platform from BYD and are powered by blade batteries stocked. This should make a range of up to 600 kilometers possible, at least according to the Chinese counterpart to the WLTP cycle. It is charged with an output of up to 166 kW; enough to refuel a range of up to 150 kilometers in ten minutes. The hybrid model of the D9 is available with different battery sizes, which are sufficient for a purely electric range of 50, 180 or 190 km. In the largest configuration, the 5.25 meter long van can cover a combined distance of up to 1,040 kilometers. The highlight of the hybrid models: They charge with an output of up to 80 kW. The manufacturer has so far not provided any further technical data and performance values ​​relating to the drive train.


Denza

The first Denza from 2014 was simply called “Denza”, which was not very creative.

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What started as an equal 50-50 project between Mercedes (then Daimler AG) and BYD is now divided with a clear gradient. In order to limit the damage, Mercedes had already reduced its stake in Denza to 10 percent last year. Will they regret it at some point because of the D9? That can hardly be estimated at the moment. The prices for the van, which is in the premium segment, are between around 47,000 and 63,000 euros, depending on the version. Whether this is justified cannot be said on the basis of the available information. However, it gives an impression our driving report with the first Denza named Denza (no, that wasn’t a mistake) from the year of its market launch, 2014. You can also find the photos here in this article at the top of the photo gallery.


opinion poll

Given the price difference: Yes, definitely!

No thanks, I’d be happy to pay more for a local product of the same quality.

Conclusion

Denza brings a premium van as an electric car and hybrid for the Chinese market. A sales success would be urgently needed, because since 2014 the brand has only been able to sell a total (!) of 23,000 cars on the home market. Not enough – which is why shareholder Mercedes has now reduced its stake from 50 to 10 percent. Denza is now 90 percent owned by joint venture partner BYD.

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