Li Auto is one of the three most visible Chinese EV startups listed on the US exchange. Despite having only one model on sale – which is not even a pure EV (Li One is plug-in-hybrid) – they gained popularity from both Chinese customers and overseas investors. Li One was presented as a nice family SUV with great built-in quality and has sold more than 50 000 pcs so far. Now it faces customer backlash over mercury globules – toxic heavy metal – found inside its cars.
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A very rare Mercury Mystique LS, seen in a faraway suburb of east Beijing, where I happen to live these days. The Mercury Mystique was made from 1995 until 2000 and only sold in North American markets, so how this Mystique ended up in China is a mystery.
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This must be the rarest car we have seen in China so far. A very red Mercury Capri Convertible with a Ford badge on the bonnet. I found it dusty & dirty in the underground parking of Ikea in Beijing. The Mercury Capri was made from 1989 until 1994 in… Australia. Continue reading “Spotted in China: Mercury Capri Convertible”
This is the Dongfeng-Fengshen EQ6482, based on the Yunbao YB6480 which was based on the first generation Mercury Villager which was based on the Nissan Quest that also spawned the Ford Windstar. Yunbao was a Taiwanse-funded company that made Nissan-based automobiles for the Chinese car market in the 1990’s. In 1999 Dongfeng took over most of the operations and rebranded the various cars as ‘Fengshen’, a Dongfeng brand-name that still exist today. Note Ford Tempo parked behind the EQ6482!
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Here we have an extremely rare car for China, this is the mighty Mercury Grand Marquis sedan. The Grand Marquis was never officially exported to China, neither was any Mercury, so how this 1980’s battle ship made it to Beijing is not sure. It could be an ex-diplomatic car or it could be imported by a foreign registered company which were allowed to import their own cars in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.
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