Spy Shots: Hongqi H7, the return of the Golden Sunflower
Published on March 12, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
New spy shots from the upcoming Hongqi H7, formerly known as the C131, show that Hongqi (Red Flag) cares about its history. The Hongqi’s of old had a handmade artwork on the steering wheel depicting a golden sunflower surrounded by three red flags. The flower and flags are slightly modernized and make a comeback. But not only on the steering wheel, there are golden sunflowers on the wheel-hubs as well.
The steering wheel of a mighty 1978 Hongqi CA770, more of this car in this earlier post. Around the golden sunflower three red flags, meaning: ‘Socialist Construction’, ‘Great Leap Forward’ and ‘People’s Commune’.
The golden sunflower on one wheel-hub. The old ones didn’t have this, it is a first on the H7. It is not liked very much, Chinese ‘netizens’ complain that the hub will inevitably get dirty, thereby defacing the flags and ruining the golden sunflower. I agree, the wheel-hub ain’t no place for flags and flowers.
On the wheel it is fine, a wooden rim would however have been better. Rest of the cabin loox like a fine place to be although not overly ‘Hongqi-special’.