An incredible beautiful black Hongqi CA771 sedan, Spotted in China at a car repair shop in Shunyi District, with many thanks to reader Maxi for showing me the way. It is very rare to meet a Hongqi in the wild like this. Most are now locked up in museums and private collections.
The brilliant Dalian Classic Car Museum has been closed. The private owner is in prison for killing his brother and won’t get out anymore.
The collection has been removed from the museum’s buildings and the cars are being sold off. Some are ending up in other museums and some with other collectors.
It seems very unlikely the collection will ever come together again. Time thus for a look-back at how things once were when all was good and happy. Today we start with the Hongqi limousines, the museum had six of them. On the left and right a Hongqi CA630 minibus.
The new FAW Senya R7 SUV is finally ready for China. It will launch on the Chinese car market in the first quarter of 2016, with a price ranging from about 60.000 to 80.000 yuan. The R7 has become quite a fine looking car, with sleek headlights, a big FAW logo on the grille, and a skid pad for the mountains.
The beautiful black Hongqi CA770J parade car, seen in the Beijing Classic Car Museum in the far northern suburbs of the Chinese capital. The majestic limousine was in a fantastic shape, large unrestored and well-taken care for. The paint was smooth as silk, the chrome shiny as new, and almost everything was period-original.
Two years ago I brought you the story about two extremely rare Hongqi CA770 state limousines that were found in Beijing. At the time I could only describe one car in detail. The second car had to wait for reasons of supreme secrecy. Until now. Here she is, covered with a thick layer of the capital’s finest dust!
A beautiful black Hongqi HQ300 sedan, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in the far eastern suburbs of Beijing. The good old ‘Qi was is superb shape, smooth paint and shiny chrome, completely original, nothing missing or broken, and not a spat of rust in sight.
The first Spy Shots of the upcoming FAW Junpai A50 sedan, scheduled for debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April and launch on the Chinese car market in June. ‘Junpai’ is a new brand under First Auto Works (FAW). Their first car, the Junpai D60 SUV, was launched in October.
New Spy Shots of the Hongqi H7 Blue Way (blue = green) testing in China. The H7 Blue Way is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of the Hongqi H7 sedan. The Hongqi H7 Blue Way, formerly known simply as H7 PHEV, has been under development since 2012 (!) and will finally hit the Chinese car market in early 2016 after much delay.
The Besturn B30 sedan for China has been launched on the Chinese car market, featuring an impressive blingeding grille and sporty five-spoke alloys. Price for the Besturn B30 starts at 69.800 yuan and ends at 92.800 yuan, and that is a bit more expensive than expected.
This is the new FAW Senya R7 SUV for China, it will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show later this week and launch on the Chinese car market in 2016. The FAW Senya R7 SUV has been trough four names during its development process; previously being known as the FAW R020, the FAW R20, and the Junpai D80.