A heavy loaded minivan, Spotted in China on the mighty Fifth Ring Road in Beijing by Reader Lao Wei, thank you for the picture! The minivan is transporting leek on the roof. And a lot of leek it is; at least a meter to the top, almost two wide, and about three long.
This is the new Xin Longma Kaiteng M70 EV, an electricminivan for China based on the petrol-powered Kaiteng M70 that was launched back in January. The M70 EV will be launched in early 2015, the first all-electric minivan to hit the Chinese car market. Price including green car subsidies from central and local governments will start around 60.000 yuan or 9650 USD.
A vaguely red Tianjin Huali TJ1010A mini pickup truck, Spotted in China in the Fangzhuang Residential Area in Beijing. Sadly, the good vehicle wasn’t in running order anymore, functioning instead as a platform for a fruit shop selling oranges that looked a tad or two too green. The poor car is being propped up by two piles of stones. What a way to treat a Huali…
On top of that, the minivan transports another two cargo bays, looking rather wibly and wobly. The second and third bay are likely on their way to a shop selling to other minivan drivers. Or this particular driver is really mad and wants to use ‘em all by himself! All is possible in China…
A very old but still very pretty Tianjin Huali Dafa TJ110 minivan, Spotted in China in the great city of Foshan in Guangdong Province. The Tianjin Huali Dafa TJ110 was manufactured from 1984 until 1989 by the Tianjin Huali Motor Company, a subsidiary of First Auto Works (FAW).
Longma minivans are well in production but have not yet appeared on the Chinese car market. What’s going on? Erik van Ingen Schenau of the China Motor Vehicle Documentation Centre decided to go to the city of Longyan to find out:
Longma is an important producer of agricultural vehicles in Fujian province. Small, slow, underpowered, cheap trucks. Over the years Longma has started to make normal trucks and truck conversions. The management of Longma has recently found out that small minivans and minitrucks are very popular in the Chinese country site.
Longma thus decided to join the large group of Chinese minivan manufacturers: Beijing Auto, Changan, Changhe, Chery Karry, Dongfeng, Dongnan, FAW Jilin, Gonow, Hafei, Haima, Jinbei, Jonway, Lifan, Tianqi Meiya, Tongjia, Wuling, and Zotye.
Police were called in to take care of a leaf-covered ‘Zombie Car’ from a parking lot in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, but the job proved far from easy… In China abandoned cars are generally known as ‘zombie cars’, and this particular example was left alone about a year ago.
A very gray Hafei minivan, seen on a very gray day on the east Fifth Ring Road in Beijing. The license plate reads PORN21 and that is by far the best license plate we have seen on a Hafei minivan in China so far. Inside the van were three young men. Hafei is one of the largest minivan makers in China, however, their adventures in the passenger car business are not going very well. Hafei, by the way, means ‘Happy Flying’. The porn van on pic is the Hafei Xiabaowang, or ‘Little King’. Price starts at a cheap 32.800 yuan, power comes from a 1.0 liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 60hp, good for a pornographic 110km/h top speed.
Minivans are too mini for some, who need extra space. An innovative minivan owner in Beijing found a way to add a bit more. He welded a cage-like structure and bolted it on top of his van. Big enough enough for 25 pigs, at least. Brilliant work. Simple but sturdy. Seen in the suburbs of the capital by reader Jacco B., thank you for the picture! This kind of structures are officially not allowed in China, but in reality nobody cares, not at least the police. Go transport!
The new Brilliance Jinbei X30 minivan has been launched on the China car market later this month, price starts 38.900 yuan and ends at 41.900 yuan. The grille of the vehicle is very much inspired by BMW. Jinbei is a subsidiary of Brilliance Automobile, making commercial vans and minivans.
Brilliance Automobile and BMW have a joint venture that makes the 3Li, 5Li and X1 for the Chinese car market. The Germans will be annoyed by this move of their ‘partner’. Earlier on BMW got very mad when Brilliance launched the V5 SUV, a copy of the BMW X1.