Published on December 12, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
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).
Published on December 12, 2013 by Erik van Ingen Schenau
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.
Published on October 23, 2013 by W.E. Ning
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.
Published on October 13, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
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.
Published on September 26, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
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!
Published on August 16, 2013 by W.E. Ning
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.
Published on August 9, 2013 by W.E. Ning
The new Brilliance Jinbei X30 minivan will be launched on the China car market later this month, price will start around 35.000 yuan and end around 40.000 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. Jinbei didn’t have to go far for an example…
Published on July 24, 2013 by Joey Wang
The new Chery Karry Youya II minivan has been launched on the China car market. Price starts at 46.900 yuan and ends at 59.900 yuan. Karry is a Chery brand making commercial minivans and mini-MPV’s, which are mostly sold in third and fourth-tier cities and the countryside.
Published on July 5, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A very interesting crash seen yesterday morning on the Fifth Ring Road in Beijing. A blue flatbed truck carrying a giant tree had smashed into the back of a small silver minivan. I didn’t see much damage on either vehicle and the tree was fortunately unharmed.
Published on May 30, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A spectacular Chang’an minivan seen in a rural area near the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province. It is well known that these simple vehicles with their ancient engines are basically indestructible, but this particular example beats all.