Spotted in China: Tianjin Huali Dafa TJ110 minivan

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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).

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Note the old ‘Tianjin’ logo on the steering wheel. The Tianjin Huali Dafa TJ110 was based on the 1981 (S65) Daihatsu Hijet microvan. In 1983  Tianjin Huali and Daihatsu Motor Company agreed to produce the Hijet in China under a license agreement. The venture was formally known as ‘Tianjin Daihatsu’.


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This particular white example is a rare ‘double-cab’ variant, note the extra window behind the cabin. Power came from a Daihatsu 843 cc three-cylinder CD engine with an output of 43hp. The TJ110 was facelifted in 1989 and renamed to TJ6320. Production continued all the way to 2002. In 2003 Tianin-huali started production of the Happy Messenger (Xinfu Shizhe), based on the first generation Daihatsu Move, again under a license agreement.

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  1. How about that Happy Messenger model; now that Huali is gone, is it still in production anywhere? Heard that there were EV variants of it.

    • Re: Xinfu – No, probably not. As you probably know, it was produced at two locations, up in the north and in Yunnan. Miles ZX40 was the export EV version. Miles then went bankrupt. You may want to take a look at the Vietnamese-assembled JRD Travel which was made till 2011.


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