Spotted in China: Hongqi CA 7180 A2E
Published on May 27, 2012 by Tycho de Feyter
This is the Hongqi (Red Flag) CA 7180 A2E, based on the Audi 100 that was made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. FAW, First Auto Works, is also the owner of the Hongqi-brand. Hongqi made a long range of Audi 100 based cars from the late 1980′s until the early 2000′s. This CA 7180 A2E is a late car, it was born in 2001 and continued until 2003.
These days the Audi based Hongqi’s are becoming a rare sight in Beijing, thanks to all kind of cash-for-clunkers scheme’s and ever stricter environmental regulations that these oldies can only pass if the owner ‘knows the right people’. Fortunately some do and so I found this well maintained example at the Agricultural Exhibition Center near the 3th Ring Road.
Power came from a 1.8 liter Audi unit, good fro 70kw and a 170km/h top speed. Hongqi also made a stretched version of the CA 7180 A2E, which was called the CA 7180 A2EL1. The CA 7180 came in two versions, the standard car called ‘Mingshi’ and a more luxurious version called ‘Shiba’. Price for the CA 7180 A2E in 2001: 158.000 yuan up until 169.800 yuan. These days you can get a good one for as little as 20.000 yuan, but make sure you know somebody who can help you out at the annual inspection…