Today in China Car History a very special car: this is the mighty Hongqi HQ3 parade car, based on the Hongqi HQ3 sedan, which was based on the fourth-generation (S180) Toyota Crown Majesta. The transformation started with deleting the entire roof, and continued with stretching the car by 30 centimeter, strengthening the windshield, adding a parade handlebar, and putting flags on the fenders.
Today in China Car History the massively impressive Hongqi CA630, a VIP minibus from China powered by a big V8 petrol engine. The CA630 was born in the great year of 1980 and lived on until 1987. The bus features a heavily chromed grille flanked by two headlights on each side. The white blue example on the first photo dates from 1982. I found her in near perfect condition in the Dalian Classic Car Museum.
The best Spy Shots so far of the new FAW Junpai D80 SUV, looking almost ready for its launch on the Chinese car market in Q4. The Junpai D80, previously known as the FAW R20, is a new sub compact SUV for China. ‘Junpai’ is a new brand under First Auto Works (FAW). Their first car, the Junpai D60 SUV, was launched in October.
Patent drawings of the upcoming Hongqi LS5 SUV for China. The LS5 debuted in concept form on the Shanghai Auto Show, and trial production started earlier this month. The patent drawings show a few differences with the concept car; most notable the applaudable addition of decent roof rails, wider side bars, bigger mirrors, bigger wheels, and different alloys.
Ultra special photos of the massive Hongqi CA7600J parade car, the star of China’s May 3 military parade. The big bad Hongqi is seen here at the Great Hall of the People, near Tiananmen, about an hour before the start of the parade. On the left the Hongqi H7 parade car.
The massive Hongqi CA7600J is a mighty popular parade car in China, but sadly only for the government and a tad too big to play with anyway. No worry! A entrepreneurial Chinese toy maker has developed an electric variant for the children, complete with the famous grille and flags on the fenders.
Trial production of the massive Hongqi LS5 SUV has started in a Hongqi factory in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The photo shows the very first body rolling off the line, surrounded by proud workers and engineers. Mass production is expected to start in early next year, followed by a launch on the Chinese car market in Q2.
Last Thursday was a party day because China celebrated the 70 years anniversary of the end of the Second World War. For the first time ever the celebrations were dressed up with a badass military parade, designed to impress enemies and customers alike. Star of the show was, without any doubt, the mighty Hongqi CA7600J parade car.
On the first photo president Xi Jinping standing behind the microphones, leaving the premises of the Forbidden City via the center gate of Tiananmen. Behind Xi the spare parade car, following closely because you never know. Xi’s parade car does not have a real license plate but a seal of the People’s Republic of China. The spare car has a military license plate reading VA·02015.
The best Spy Shot so far of the upcoming FAW R20, a new compact SUV which will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q4. The R20 has become a fine looking little car with trendy headlights, a large FAW badge on the shiny grille, and Volkswagen-style fog lights in the bumper.