The Buick GL8 is one of those cars that looks blend but hides an incredible story.
I remember being transported in a Buick GL8 for the first time in 2004. It was General Motors’ minivan from the 1990’s, and it was typical-GM all the way. I was impressed by how smooth and quiet the ride felt, how roomy the interior was with the leather captain second-row seats.
This is the new Aiways U5 Ion, a concept car previewing an electric SUV that will hit the Chinese car market in 2019. The company says the design of the production car won’t change a bit, bar for the addition of real-life necessities like mirrors.
Geely wants a part of Daimler. After a public rejection in November the Chinese company is now buying Daimler stock on the open market. The Germans better watch out because Geely founder Li Shufu wants Daimler really bad, especially the Mercedes-Benz brand.
How bad is really bad? Very bad. As my colleague Erik explained earlier on in his brilliant article about Geely’s early history it has always been Li’s dream to build a “Chinese Benz”. Geely’s very first car was in fact a fake Mercedes-Benz. And we now have more information about this car.
we have launched a new website: ChinaCarHistory.com. The site is about the history of cars in China, telling about Chinese cars, joint venture cars, and rare imported cars. Our timeline starts in 1925, when the very first vehicles were assembled in China, and ends in 2009, when China became the largest vehicle market in the world.
The main historians are: Sam Faulkner, Navigator84, and me, but we hope to welcome more writers in the future. If you have anything to share, old photos, books, or brochures, please let us know.
All the articles on the ChinaCarHistory.com are new, but I will copy-paste the entire history-category of this website to new one, eventually. For now, please enjoy our latest about the Jiefang CA5020XJH and the Buick GL8.
Car on the photo is an early Hongqi CA72 prototype, I am working on an article about it, to be published very soon.
Today in China Car History the Yefeng YF-HEV, a streamlined hybrid electric vehicle developed in 1994 by Ye Wengui, a self-made engineer and electric car pioneer then based in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province. The YF-HEV was the absolute pinnacle of his company, Yefeng Electric Cars.
A sweet silver Brilliance Junjie Wagon, Spotted in China in the great city of Jinan in Shandong Province. The brilliant Brilliance was in pretty fine shape but in need of a good cleanup. It is totally original bar for the wind deflectors on the doors.
A dusty Nissan Fengshen Bluebird EQ7200 SSS, Spotted in China in the great city of Jinan in Shandong Province. The old ‘Bird was clearly neglected but it didn’t seem to be abandoned. It was just very dirty and it had some not-too serious damage on the front fender.
Here we have a very beautiful Tianjin Xiali TJ7100U sedan, painted in green and looking ultra clean, Spotted in China in the far west of the capital. It is very rare to find a Xiali in such a good shape in Beijing, most have been crushed ages ago and the ones that are left alive are usually more wreck than car. Not this one though!
A beautiful dark blue Bova Futura bus, Spotted in China on a parking lot near a residential area in Dongba in the far far east of Beijing. The good and giant Bova was a bit bruised here and there but otherwise in a great shape.
The Bova Futura was a futuristic looking bus developed and built by the famous Dutch bus builder Bova, now part of the VDL Group. The Futura debuted in 1982 and it looked like a spaceship compared to other buses at the time.