Published on February 6, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A neat Hainan-Mazda 323, seen in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province. The sixth generation Mazda 323 was made in China by the Hainan-Mazda joint venture from 1995 until 2000, designated CA7130 or CA7160. The CA7130 was powered by a 1.3 liter engine with 77hp. The variant with a 85hp 1.6 was designated CA7160. Read more »
Published on January 27, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
This is a Jeep Cherokee, but not exactly. This is the Beijing Auto Leichi, made by Beijing Auto Works from 2003 until 2008. Beijing Auto Works is a subsidiary of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC). The Leichi, meaning ‘Thunder Gallop’, was based on the very real Jeep Cherokee that was made in China from 1984 until 2009 by Beijing-Jeep, a joint venture between BAIC and AMC/Chrysler.
Published on January 25, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
Today in China Car History another interesting vehicle from the Chengdu Tianyu Automobile Company from the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province. This is Yemingzhu CTJ-3 ‘off-road jeep’, as it was called in its days. The Yemingzhu CTJ-3 debuted in 1994 and was made in extremely small numbers until 1998, in those long four years only 180 examples were produced. Read more »
Published on January 23, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
An extremely rare Hongqi CA72 has been spotted in Romania, parked rather lonely on a quiet street in front of a Dacia pickup truck. The Hongqi CA72 was made from 1959 until 1965. In 6 years only 198 cars were made, making the CA72 one of the rarest Hongqi’s. We only met two examples in China, both safely stored in museums.
Published on January 9, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
Today in China Car History a very special vehicle. This is the Yemingzhu YMZ 5010 X. It was made by the Chengdu Tianyu Automobile Company from the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province. The company was founded in 1987. The Yemingzhu YMZ 5010 X was their first car, it was made from 1989 until 1992. Yemingzhu means ‘luminescent pearl’, and that seems a proper name for this fine automobile.
Published on January 5, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A heavily guarded Kia Pride sedan, seen on the streets not far from my home in Beijing. The Kia Pride sedan and hatchback were made in China from 1997 until 2003. Production began at the Jiangsu Yueda Auto Works, in 1999 this formally became Yueda-Kia joint venture. Dongfeng bought half of Yueda’s share in 2002 and the joint venture changed name again to Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia as it is still known today.
Published on December 22, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
This is the fantastic Shanghai SH761 parade car from the Shanghai Car Museum in Shanghai. It was made in 1970 and was used to show high ranking foreign visitors to the masses. The king or president would sit rather uncomfortable on a hydraulically lifted rear bench in the back of the vehicle. The ‘royal seat’ was so high that the curious populace could see all until the buttocks. The visitor was supposed to wave his hand and smile…
Published on December 21, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
This is the beautiful Haiyan HY710 from China. It was made in very small numbers from 1968 until 1978 by the Shanghai Mini-Auto Works from the great city of Shanghai. Private car ownership was non-existent at the time in China, the HY710 was designed as a taxi. Not a big one that was. The HY710 could max seat four including the driver. Luggage went under the bonnet because the engine was in the back!
Published on December 20, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
This is the perfect Hongqi CA770 state limousine from the Shanghai Car Museum, it is definitely one of the best looking examples I have seen in China so far. The Hongqi (Red Flag) CA770 was a giant sedan made exclusively for the Chinese government, only 847 cars were produced in its long life from 1966 until 1981.
Published on December 16, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
A lazy Sunday afternoon in Beijing, outside it is so dark is actually seems night. Some say new snow is on the way. No weather to venture to far from home, especially when I can write about cars. This is a beautiful stretched limousine based on the Shanghai SH760A sedan.