Published on October 2, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A very rare Tongtian Glow hatchback, seen in the great city of Xiamen in Fujian Province by reader Pinut187, thank you for the pictures! The Tongtian Glow, or Tongtian Geluo in Chinese, was made from 2004 until 2007 by the Jiangbei Machinery Plant in Jilin Province in north east China. The Glow was not a great success and quality was reasonable at best, so seeing one today is very special, especially so far down south.
Published on February 3, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
Here we have a very special second hand car on sale in Beijing. This is a 2004 Tongtian Glow, or Tongtian Geluo in Chinese. It was made from 2004 until 2007 and developed by the Jiangbei Machinery Plant from Jilin Province.
In 2005 Jiangbei was absorbed by Jiangnan Auto from Henan Province. The Tongtian Glow was based on the Suzuki Alto that was also made by Jiangbei under license from Suzuki, that car is still in production today as the Jiangnan TT. Production of the Glow ended in 2007 when Jiangnan was bought by Zoyte Automobile.
Published on December 7, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
Here we have an interesting car, on sale on a second-hand market in Shandong. It is a Jiangnan Alto and was registered in 2009. Jiangnan Automotive made the Suzuki Alto under license in China from around 1995 up until 2009 when production stopped. Recently however, they brought it back yet again. Added: funny factory-link. Read more »
Published on May 23, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
The cheapest car in China is no more, long live China’s cheapest car. The Jiangnan Alto got a new name and it is a good one: Jiangnan TT. The TT is based on the old-old Suzuki Alto, Jiangnan got a license from Suzuki so no copying here.
Published on November 11, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
We heard about the return of the Alto way back in September, but need to wait no more, the Alto is back in business. The ‘Basic’ version, pictured, costs 18.800 yuan, that is 2049 euro or 2830 usd. The ‘Standard’ goes for 21.800 and the ‘Luxury’ for 23.800. For 18.800 you get a very basic car indeed, with a 0.8 3-cilinder that pumps out 36hp.
Published on September 1, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
The Suzuki Alto has been made in China by many a factory with many a name. Some factories did have a deal with Suzuki but most factories actually did not. Most famous of all is the Chang’an-Suzuki joint venture which made the Alto until only one year ago when it was replaced with the new Alto. The old one though refuses to die.
Jiangnan Auto, under ownership of Zotye Auto, brings it back for only 18.000 yuan (2600 usd) which makes it the cheapest passenger car on sale in China today. The Alto, ‘Aotuo’ in Chinese, has an 0.8 litre engine which won’t make it quick but not too slow either because the Alto is a very light car.