Spotted in China: Nissan Bluebird EQ 7200-III

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A beautiful black Nissan Bluebird EQ 7200-III, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in the far eastern suburbs of Beijing. The good Nissan was a bit dusty but otherwise in perfect shape; smooth paint, shiny chrome, nothing gone or broken, and original up until the alloys.

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The Bluebird EQ 7200-III was manufactured in China by the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture from 2004 until 2007, with a  small facelift in late 2005. The car on the photos is a rare pre-facelifted example.

The EQ 7200-III was based on the 1991-1997 (!!!) Nissan Bluebird U13, but with a heavily revised front and rear. In China, the Bluebird EQ 7200-III was the successor of the Bluebird EQ 7200-II, which was made from 2001 until 2003, based too on the U13.

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I have always liked the EQ 7200-III. It arrived just one year after I arrived in China, and it was good looking, luxurious, and somewhat exotic. This all extends to the interior, seen here in a very good shape, with a car phone in the arm rest, loads of real wood, leather seats that are covered by cheap-ass seat covers in this car, a fancy radio-CD player, and a seemingly expensive clock with a silver shiny edge.


Very smooth lines and s subtle spoiler in the boot lid. Large rear lights and a chrome strip over the license plate. Almost every example came in this distinguished two-tone black-gray color scheme. When new in 2004 the Bluebird EQ 7200-III went for a steep 199.800 yuan, making it one of the most expensive sedans on the market at the time.


The alloys are a brilliant work, art almost, in polished-metal style.


The EQ 7200-III was powered by a China-made variant of the Nissan SR20DE engine, designated EQ486. The 16V 2.0 fuel-injected petrol engine had an output of 145hp and 178nm, and was mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. This was the same engine that also propelled the EQ 7200-II. Top speed was rated at 185 kilometer per hour. Size: 4703/1695/1408, and wheelbase is 2620.


The Bluebird badge on the back, in English. The Bluebird name has recently made a comeback on the Nissan Lannia, whose Chinese name is ‘Lanniao’ (蓝鸟), which means Bluebird. This Chinese name was also used for the EQ 7200-II and EQ 7200-III.


It is very special to see such an old Nissan in such a superb shape. The owner clearly loves and cares.


The Bluebird EQ 7200-III in China, may she fly and ride the roads of the capital for a long time coming!

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  1. Yes, a real gem from CAI history..
    Bluebird production was spearheaded by Nissan’s Taiwan partner Yulon (maker of Luxgen) under the 1990s Dongfeng-Yulon joint venture, also known as Fengshen, or Aeolus or “god of the wind”.
    The Bluebird may have been one of the first models in China to be equipped with blue tooth.


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