What we knew: The Corsa B was manufactured in Germany from 1993 until 2000. From 2001 until 2005 the Corsa sedan and wagon were made in China by Shanghai-GM under the Buick Sail name, and after 2005 under the Chevrolet Sail name.
What is new: the Corsa hatchback was made in China as well. Under the Opel Corsa name. Production started all the way back in 1993 and lasted until about 1996.
A while ago I was honored with an invitation to visit the Hongqi ‘Red Flag’ factory museum, located in the FAW headquarters in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The museum is open on invitation only so getting in is very hard. I had been dreaming about the museum for years and last month it was finally my time. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
Hongqi is China’s oldest and most famous car brand. It is owned by First Auto Works, or FAW. Hongqi was founded in 1958. Today the brand makes two production cars: the Hongqi L5 and the Hongqi H7.
When in Changchun I went to the auto show, ate a lot of greasy lamb, and walked through town looking for old Hongqi cars. I found a many, most of the Audi-based kind. Without further delay: the red car is a very early Hongqi CA7220AE Xinxing (New Star) in a rare red color.
Today we have a very special car in Spotted in China and China Car History. This is the Tianjin Xiali TJ7101L, a long-wheelbase variant of the Xiali TJ7101 hatchback. It is the only factory-produced stretched-hatchback ever, in the world. The extension sits on the B-pillar and measures eight centimeters.
The once 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. 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 look at the beautiful Shanghai SH1020 SP, a double-cab pickup truck based on the Shanghai SH7221 sedan.
A fiery Tianjin Xiali TJ7131UL, Spotted in China in the Lido area in Beijing. The good Xiali was in a very good shape, painted in red with red bumpers and red mirrors, and fitted with original sporty wheels. The grille looked a bit tired but a good cleanup will fix that easily.
A wondrous white Beijing Benz-Chrysler Jeep 2700, Spotted in China in a compound in east Beijing. The good old Jeep was in a very good shape, clearly loved, with a smooth body and clean paint. Everything was original down until the alloys and up until the roof rack.
A very sweet Suzuki Alto City Baby, Spotted in China on a parking lot in the Dongba area in east Beijing. The good ‘Uki was in a good shape, but in urgent need of some love and maintenance. Purple pink paint was fine bar for some spots on the bonnet, plastic parts were all right, and almost everything was original.
A very sleek Geely China Dragon sporty car, Spotted in China on a car market in east Beijing. The good Geel’ was a bit dusty but otherwise in a great shape. Paint was smooth, body was good, all parts were on, no rust or rot, and everything was original.