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Spotted In China: Great Wall Mini SUV

Published on August 11, 2016 by W.E. Ning

Spotted In China: Great Wall Mini SUV

This is the ultra rare Great Wall Mini SUV, Spotted in China on a parking lot in east Beijing. The good ‘Wall was in a great shape, and that too is a rare thing, as most of these are left to rot by the roadside. This example looked loved and well-taken care for, it was original down to the wheel covers and didn’t show any signs of damage or rust.




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The Great Wall Mini SUV debuted in 2007. In 2009 it was renamed Great Wall Haval M1, which doesn’t sound as good. Great wall had a good look at the Fiat Panda Cross for the design. The Mini SUV stood on the same platform as the infamous Great Wall GWPeri, which was a complete Panda clone.

The Mini SUV came standard with proper roof rails and wild black plastic over the wheel arches and doors.

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The interior was in good shape too but in need of a cleanup. Seat covers are after-market. The Mini SUV was powered by a mini engine; a 1.3 liter four-cylinder petrol with 92hp and 118nm, sending horses to the front wheels via a five-speed manual. It was very cheap. In 2009 one could be had for 42,900 yuan.

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The rear end of the roof rails are shaped into looking like an extension of the roof. Great work.

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The badge writes: 长城迷你SUV. Changcheng Mini SUV. Changcheng is Great Wall. Mini is a common sound-translation for, you guessed it, mini.

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Sadly the Mini SUV and the subsequent Haval M1 did not become a sales success. Car buyers thought it was just a little bit too weird. And they were probably right. And that was good. Because that makes the Mini SUV a very rare car today. I see more Ferrari’s than these! Values however are not expected to rise much.

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Yes she is smiling! The Great Wall Mini SUV from China. May she fare well.




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