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China Car History: The Fourth Prototype Of The Hongqi CA774

November 16, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: The Fourth Prototype Of The Hongqi CA774

Today in China Car History the fourth prototype of the Hongqi CA774, once intended as the successor of the famous Hongqi CA770 state limousine. Six prototypes were made from 1972 until 1979 but the CA774 sadly never saw production.

At least four prototypes are still around. One stands in the Hongqi Museum in Changchun, another one in the museum’s warehouse, one used to be at the Dalian Classic Car Museum and now stands in the Beijing Classic Car Museum, and the fourth car stands abandoned on a parking lot on the Tsinghua University in Beijing, where I found it in a sad and sorry shape.

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China Car History: The Fifth Prototype Of The Hongqi CA774

November 9, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: The Fifth Prototype Of The Hongqi CA774

Today in China Car History the fifth prototype of the Hongqi CA774, once intended as the successor of the famous Hongqi CA770 state limousine. Six prototypes were made from 1972 until 1979 but the CA774 sadly never saw production.

At least four prototypes are still around. One stands in the Hongqi Museum in Changchun, another one in the museum’s warehouse, one stands abandoned on a parking lot on the Tsinghua University in Beijing, and one used to be at the Dalian Classic Car Museum and stands now at the Beijing Classic Car Museum.

And that is the car we are looking at today, seen above in very good shape during my visit to Dalian in 2010.

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Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China. Part 3; The Cars That I Didn’t See

October 31, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China. Part 3; The Cars That I Didn't See

Back in July I went to the Hongqi Factory Museum in Changchun, a beautiful place with beautiful cars. See Part 1 with intro here and Part 2 here. The museum usually has 16-20 cars in display. Only six are permanently displayed and the other cars rotate. Today we take a look at what I didn’t see.

Hongqi, or Red Flag, 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.

Starting off hot with a car called the CA7460:

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Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China. Part 2

October 17, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China. Part 2

Time now for Part 2 of my visit to the Hongqi Museum in the great city of Changchun in Jilin Province in China. Part 1 plus introduction here. Starting immediately with the beautiful Hongqi CA630 VIP bus, manufactured from 1980 until 1987. Racy decals are perfectly 80’s!

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Spy Shots: Hongqi HS7 SUV Testing In China

October 10, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Hongqi HS7 SUV Testing In China

New Spy Shots of the Hongqi HS7 SUV, the production version of the Hongqi S-Concept. The HS7 is the second SUV for the Hongqi brand after the upcoming LS5. The Hongqi HS7 is the production version of the Hongqi S-Concept. It is expected to be launched on the Chinese car market next year.

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New Photos Of The Hongqi L5 SUV For China

August 12, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

New Photos Of The Hongqi L5 SUV For China

New photos of the Honqi LS5, the first SUV for China’s famous Hongqi brand. They don’t really try to hide it anymore so it won’t be long before it hits the market. The debut of the final production version is expected for the Chengdu Auto Show in early September.

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Spy Shots: Hongqi H5 Testing In China

August 5, 2016 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: Hongqi H5 Testing In China

Spy Shots showing the new Hongqi H5 sedan testing in China. The H5 is the production version of the wild Hongqi B-Concept. The grille is a bit smaller, but not much. The H5 will be launched on the Chinese car market in the second half of next year.

It is based on the Mazda 6 Atenza that is made in China by FAW-Mazda. FAW, or First Auto Works, is also the owner of the Hongqi brand. Check the mirrors of the test car. Compare:

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Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China

August 4, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Visit To The Hongqi Factory Museum In Changchun, China

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.

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Spotted In China: A Lot Of Hongqi In Changchun

July 28, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted In China: A Lot Of Hongqi In Changchun

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.

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Spy Shots: The Hongqi LS5 SUV In Green

June 16, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: The Hongqi LS5 SUV In Green

New Spy Shot of the production version of the Honqi LS5, the first SUV for China’s famous Hongqi brand. The LS5 looks very good in green, clearly showing the interesting design of the roof, with a lot of body above the window line.

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