January 27, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
This is the new JAC Ruichi II pickup truck, a truck that was famous long before it was born. When we saw the first prototype back in early 2012 it looked very much like a copy of the Ford F-150. Ford said it sued JAC and won, and in the end the ‘JAC 4R3‘ never made it to the market. JAC went back to the drawing board, erased the Ford nose and changed it for this new design with a gigantic JAC-logo and two far chrome strips.
December 6, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
JAC became famous worldwide in January when we showed pictures of a pickup prototype that looked very much like the Ford F-150. The first story on the JAC 4R3 is still the most commented story on this website. JAC planned to show the 4R3 on the Beijing Auto Show in April but Ford hired lawyers and it didn’t happen. JAC, likely wisely, decided instead to redesign the thing.
The grille is completely new. Very chromed, perfectly in line with the manic chrome-trend that keeps all automakers in China busy adding more and more of the shiny stuff. The JAC-logo is the biggest brand logo on a Chinese vehicle I have ever seen. Impressive. Head lights new too, more round and sporty. This truck might actually look better than that old Ford…
May 10, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
The biggest auto news from China in February was the JAC 4R3, a clone of the iconic Ford F-150. The story was also the biggest ever for this website and kinda made us famous. Yez, I am bragging a bit, but so is Ford.
Bill Coughlin, President and CEO of Ford Global Technologies and Intellectual Property Chief, told to Autoline’s host John McElroy that ford prevented the 43R to appear on the Beijing Auto Show. Well well, ain’t that cool? But is it true?
February 15, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
Yesterday was another party day for CarNewsChina.com, for the first time us little website was quoted on the mighty Detroit News, the newspaper for carpersons working at Ford and GM, and for their families.
The story of course was about the JAC 4R3 Ford F150 clone which we made famous late last month. At this moment, almost 24 hours after it was published, the story is still the Most Popular on DetroitNews. And even better, DetNews actually called Ford to see what they had to say about the 43R.
February 13, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
Our original story on the JAC 43R has gone all over the world, and then once more. Big outrage in America about this ‘crime’ and even the normally not so critical Chinese auto press thinks JAC has gone a step too far…
Whether the 43R will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April as scheduled is unsure for now since it is hard to imagine JAC hasn’t heard anything about the storm raging worldwide. On the other hand JAC likely feels secure in China, and pulling a vehicle back only months before a major show is a costly thing.
February 3, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
According to Chinese sources the JAC 4R3 is based on an other existing JAC pickup truck, the JAC Ruiling. The Ruiling, meaning ‘Lucky Bell’, is a copy of the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, with a Ford-style oval on the grille. Mixing Ford and Chevy, this JAC is sure a company to keep an eye on.
February 3, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
Only 3 days ago we published the first pics of the JAC 4R3 pickup truck which is basically a Ford F150 clone with a much smaller engine. The story went wild all over the world and is now officially our Most Popular Story Ever. Today we have a bunch of new and better pics from the JAC 4R3 pickup truck, taken somewhere near the factory. Yez, this crazy 4R3 is very real indeed…
January 31, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
The new JAC 43R pickup truck loox more than a little bit like the good old American Ford F150. JAC doesn’t care, they just want to have a big ‘n cheap pickup truck that will be sold on the Chinese car market and likely in Africa and South America as well. The 43R will likely debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April.