FRANKFURT -- China's Changan Automobile gave a global unveiling to the Eado compact sedan at the Frankfurt auto show, but said the car will not be sold in Europe yet.
Changan said the Eado is the first car to be based on a new "international standard" platform that will underpin more models in the future.
Changan said it has no plans to sell the Eado, or any other of its cars, in Europe at present.
"Changan came to Frankfurt to show the scientific and technological achievements of self-owned brands of China's automobiles to the world," vice president Zhu Huarang told reporters at a press conference at the show on Tuesday.
A Changan spokesman told Automotive News Europe: "We are taking part in the Frankfurt show to test the reaction of European consumers to our cars. We have no concrete plans to sell in Europe and we will not rush such a move because it has not worked for other Chinese companies in the past."
Chinese cars do not have a good safety reputation in Europe. Brilliance Auto and Jiangling Motor Corp.'s Landwind brand have stumbled in Europe because their models performed poorly in crash tests.
Changan said the Eado has reached a four-star standard in the Euro NCAP safety assessment program. The car has six airbags and safety technologies such as electronic stability control and ABS.
The Eado is equipped with a 1.6-liter engine that will meet the Euro 5 emissions standards and can be upgraded to meet the upcoming Euro 6 norm that comes into effect in Europe in 2014, Changan said.
The automaker also showed three other models in Frankfurt: The Clover EV concept, the Sense concept for an upscale car and the Changan SUV.
The Eado was developed with the help of Changan's engineering centers in five countries including one in the UK and another in Italy.