The fascinating History of Cars in China

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China Car History: the Hongqi CA771 limousine

April 18, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the Hongqi CA771 limousine

A very rare Hongqi CA771 limousine, seen in the Beijing Classic Car Museum in Huairou District to the far north of the capital. The CA771 was developed as a smaller variant of the gigantic Hongqi CA770. It arrived in 1967 and production continued until 1976.

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China Car History: the Beifang QJC7050 mini car

April 17, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter & Erik van Ingen Schenau

China Car History: the Beifang QJC7050

Today in China Car History the beautiful Beifang QJC7050 mini car, seen here on the streets of the great city of Xi’an in Shaanxi Province in 1989. The Beifang QJC7050 was manufactured by a company called Qinchuan Machinery Works Automobile Sub-Factory, which was owned by North Industries (Beifang Gongye) which in turn was owned by the People’s Liberation Army. Fortunately, the good Beifang QJC7050 didn’t see any battle.

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Spotted in China: the Sanxing G-Star Chrysler Voyager

March 20, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: the Sanxing G-Star Chrysler Voyager

A very rare and very special vehicle, Spotted in China just outside the fourth Ring Road in Beijing. This is a Sanxing G-Star MPV, based on the third generation Chrysler Voyager. The G-Star was manufactured by a company called Guangdong Sanxing Auto from the great city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong Province.

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China Car History: the Jiefang CA10 fire truck

March 6, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the Jiefang CA10 fire truck

Today in China Car History a very red and very beautiful Jiefang CA10 firetruck, seen in the Dalian Classic Car Museum in the great city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. Jiefang, meaning ‘Liberation’, is a commercial vehicle brand of First Auto Works (FAW). The Jiefang CA10 was their very first truck, production started in 1956 and continued all the way until 1986, reaching a grand total of 1.281.502 examples built.

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Spotted in China: Hongqi CA7220 EL1 limousine

March 5, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Hongqi CA7220 EL1 limousine

A very special Hongqi CA7220 EL1 limousine, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by reader Anonymous, thank you for the pictures!  The Hongqi CA7220 EL1 is a stretched limousine based on the Hongqi CA7220 sedan, which again was based on the Audi 100 that was manufactured in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint-venture, FAW is also the owner of the Hongqi (Red Flag) brand .

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Spotted in China: Haima HMC6470 with a Body Kit

February 13, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Haima HMC6470 with a Body Kit

A very speedy Haima HMC6470, Spotted in China in the great city of Putian in Fujian Province by LD-LinZW. The wagon is heavily modified with a new grille, new headlights, and a sporty home-made body kit. The good old  Haima HMC6470 suddenly seems a lot more interesting…

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General Motors EV1 pops up in China, times two

January 24, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

General Motors EV1 pops up in China, times two

Not all were destroyed. About forty General Motors EV1 are known to have survived the crusher, and at least two  ended up in China. A green and a blue example were seen standing abandoned in a storage facility on the premises of the ‘National Electric Vehicle Experimental & Demonstration Area’ near Shantou City in Guangdong Province. Read more »

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China Car History: the China Family Car Project and the Mercedes-Benz FCC

January 22, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the China Family Car Project and the Mercedes-Benz FCC

Today in China Car History the China Family Car Project. In 1994 the Chinese central government invited 20 major Western automakers to come up with a proposal for a small family car for the Chinese auto market. The car had to be cheap, clean, big enough to carry five, and was to be manufactured in China under a joint venture with First Auto Works (FAW).

Several automakers responded with plans and prototypes, including Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, and Porsche. Today the second in a series: the Mercedes-Benz FCC.

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China Car History: the Sanxing Desert King

January 20, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the Sanxing Desert King

Today in China Car History the badass Sanxing Desert King, a giant SUV from the early 1990′s. The Desert King was manufactured by a company called Beijing Sanxing Automobile Factory. The company was founded in 1956 as the People’s Liberation Army Third 603 Plant, an army owned factory making military vehicles.
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China Car History: the China Family Car Project and the Porsche C88

January 16, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: the China Family Car Project and the Porsche C88

Today in China Car History the China Family Car Project. In 1994 the Chinese central government invited 20 major Western automakers to come up with a proposal for a small family car for the Chinese auto market. The car had to be cheap, clean, big enough to carry five, and was to be manufactured in China under a joint venture with First Auto Works (FAW).

Several automakers responded with plans and prototypes, including Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, and Porsche. Today the first in a series: the Porsche C88 China Car.

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