The fascinating History of Cars in China

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Spotted in China: the Zhonghua Car

February 10, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: the Zhonghua Car

A very special vehicle today in Spotted in China. This is an original Zhonghua Car, seen on the Third Ring Road in Beijing by Reader Religioso, thank you for the pictures! The Zhonghua Car was manufactured from 1996 from 1999 by a Beijing-based company called the China Motor Corporation.

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China Car History: the Beijing-Jeep BJ2022 Heroic is a Jeep Cherokee XJ from China

February 5, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the Beijing-Jeep BJ2022 Heroic is a Jeep Cherokee XJ from China

This is the Beijing-Jeep BJ2022 Heroic, a rugged looking concept based on the Jeep Cherokee XJ that debuted on the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. The vehicle was developed by  Beijing-Jeep, a Chinese-American joint venture between the Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) and the former Chrysler Corporation. The JV manufactured the Cherokee XJ in China.

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Spotted in China: a dusty Kia Pride sedan

January 18, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: a dusty Kia Pride sedan

A very dusty Kia Pride sedan, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in the far east of Beijing. The little sedan was in a reasonable shape for its age, the body was all right, no rust in sight, and all seemed period-original and complete. The grille however was slightly damaged and there was a crack in the left-side indicator. First I thought the Pride was abandoned, but when I passed by the same place a week later the car was gone.

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Spotted in China: Xiali 2000

January 8, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Xiali 2000

A mellow yellow Xiali TJ2000 sedan, Spotted in China in the Fangzhuang residential area in southwest Beijing. The good Xiali was dirty and dusty but overall in a fine shape. Nothing was broken, all seemed original, and not a spat of rust inside. The Xiali 2000 was manufactured from 2000 until 2004 by Tianjin-Xiali, a subsidiary of First Automobile Works (FAW).

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Spotted in China: the Haima HMC6470L wagon

January 7, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: the Haima HMC6470L wagon

A beautiful brown Haima HMC6470L wagon, Spotted in China in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province by Reader Antoine Chalendard, thank you for the pictures! The good Haima appears to be in reasonable shape but it is in dire need of a good clean-up. Not much rust in sight and no obviously missing parts. Roof rack standing strong! Sporty six-spoke alloys however are not original but a later after-market addition.

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Supercars at the Fitness club in China

January 4, 2015 by W.E. Ning

Supercars at the Fitness club in China

An impressive line-up of supercars, Spotted in China at the opening of the FiTown Fitness club in the great city of Changsha in Hunan Province by reader Hijacker, thank you for the pictures! It is quite common in China to see supercar clubs at the opening of a new venue, especially those of the expensive kind. The owner of said venue might be a member of such a club, or have a fiend there, and some clubs offer their cars for hire.

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Spotted in China: Hongqi CA7180A2E in Blue

January 4, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Hongqi CA7180A2E in Blue

A beautiful blue Hongqi CA7180A2E sedan, Spotted in China in the Fangzhuang residential area in Beijing. Blue was a factory color but it is very rare, 99.9% of the Hongi buyers went for black. This indeed, is the very first blue Hongqi CA7180A2E I have ever seen on the road in the ten long years I live in the capital. She made my day.

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Spotted in China: the Geely Pride SRV

January 3, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: the Geely Pride SRV

Today in Spotted in China & China Car History the Geely Pride SRV, seen here on a parking lot just outside the eastern section of the mighty Fourth Ring Road in Beijing. The Pride SRV was a sub-compact wagon based on the Geely Pride hatchback. It is very rare to see any Pride on the roads of the capital today, and an SRV is even more special, let alone one as well-maintained as this particular example! There was basically nothing wrong with it; it was clean, the paint looked bright,  no dents or rust, no missing parts, and everything seemed original.

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The Shanghai SH7221 at the Dalian Classic Car Museum in China

December 8, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

The Shanghai SH7221 at the Dalian Classic Car Museum in China

A wondrous white Shanghai SH7221 sedan, Spotted in China inside the main hall of the Dalian Classic Car Museum in the great city of Dalian in Liaoning Province.The good old Shanghai was in near-perfect shape, bar for one missing hub cap.

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The Jiefang CA30 6X6 off-road army command vehicle at the Dalian Classic Car Museum

November 5, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

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Today in China Car History the massive Jiefang CA30 6×6 off-road army command vehicle, Spotted in China at the Dalian Classic Car Museum in the great city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The truck was in a rather poor condition. Parked out in the open,  neglected, dirty and rusty, all but forgotten. That ain’t no way to treat a brave soldier!

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