Today a very special police car from Beijing. It is a electric 4-wheel mini car and most likely used in parks or other public places. The characters on the bonnet say 警察, jingcha, meaning ‘police’. The two yellow characters say 巡逻, xunluo, meaning ‘on duty’. I had never seen the thing before even though I live in Beijing for seven long years.
The good old Chang’an BenBen has been replaced by two new cars, this BenBen Mini and it’s sistercar the BenBen Love. The Love is basically just a facelifted old BenBen and will be available as a cheaper alternative next to this really new Mini. The little cars are very popular among first car buyers who might want to try a Chang’an-Suzuki Swift as their next vehicle.
Brilliance Automotive is slowly sexing up its range, newest addition is this sportsmodel based on the FSV, the FSV itself is based on the slightly bigger BS4. The ‘FSV sport’, as I call it for now until known better, got a load of extra plastic and a brand new front. The blackened grille loox really sporty, the normal FSV has too much chrome there and that ain’t helping top speed.
This being a Chang’an, ‘big’ is relative. The famous maker of minicars, and of joint ventures with Suzuki and Ford, is planning a bigger pick up based on its biggest minivan, the Baoguang 4500.
Alibaba.com is Asia’s biggest trade website, many small companies try to get their stuff noticed abroad. The Chinese are the funniest with all their copycats and these include a lot of cars. Today the first one: this Jeep 800cc by a company called Ningbo Yinzhou Lizhong Vehicle Co., Ltd. from Ningbo in Zhejiang Province.
Greatwall had been very busy the last couple of years, it brought many suv’s, hatchbacks and small cars to the marketplace. But the line-up lacks one vital car: a sedan. This is it, the new mid-size CH041, seen here at a dealer presentation. The code name will probably go for something more Greatwallisch like ‘Selover’ of ‘Medilike’, the world will know the real name after the Beijing Autoshow at the end of April where Greatwall plans to introduce it to hungry Chinese customers.
ChinaDaily reports that FAW’s (First Auto Works) net profit is up 49.8% compared with 2008. FAW has joint ventures with Volkswagen, Toyota and Mazda and produces cars under their own Besturn and Hongqi brands. The numbers are yet another sign that the Chinese market keeps growing fast despite the recession everywhere else. The numbers do not include FAW’s commercial vehicle sales. China Daily talks:
FAW Car Co, a unit of one of China’s three largest auto makers, First Automotive Works, said Thursday its net profit rose 49.8 percent to 1.6 billion yuan ($234 million) in 2009 from a year earlier, fueled by strong sales.
Greatwall Motors has a new child and it is called ‘M2’. Is it a boy or a girl? Well, they call it a ‘crossover’ so it is a bit of both. It is made for ‘urban’ people, those are a cool lot who buy their sofa’s at Ikea. Ikea is hip in China. The M2 is based on Greatwall’s Coolbear, that car’s design is ‘based’ on a Unintended Accelerating vehicle from Japan.
A very nice 1:43 model of a Beijing Beijing-Hyundai taxi, found it for 3 US dollar in the supermarkt in my street. The colors are fine, wheels as the real thing and scale well done. But the panel gaps are a bit on the wide side and Beijing Taxi’s don’t have blackened windows. Nevertheless, considering the price a nice addition to my collection.
Illegally parked on a bicycle lane in my street, this very impressive monster of a machine, a Maybach 62S. It is so much bigger than it loox on photo’s, a full 6.2 meters long and 2 wide. Still, the Chinese didn’t really notice, when a Lambo is parked somewhere thousands get their camera phones out. The Maybach just ain’t striking enough.