A look at the 1994 Mercedes-Benz Family Car China (FCC) concept
1990s / Chinese / German / Mercedes-Benz

A look at the 1994 Mercedes-Benz Family Car China (FCC) concept

The FCC was never built but it inspired the first-gen A-Class. Continue reading

Botoxed in China: Citroën ZX
1990s / 2000s / 2010s / Chinese / Citroen / French

Botoxed in China: Citroën ZX

Eager to expand in China, PSA Peugeot-Citroën formed a joint-venture called Guangzhou Peugeot Automobile Company in 1985. The joint-venture assembled the 505 in China using complete knock-down (CKD) kits shipped from France, but the sedan failed to grab a significant share of the burgeoning Chinese market and buyers increasingly turned towards the Volkswagen Santana. In … Continue reading

Rust in peace: Forgotten cars on the streets of Beijing
1980s / 1990s / Chery / Chinese / Citroen / Daewoo / French / German / South Korean / Suzuki / Volkswagen

Rust in peace: Forgotten cars on the streets of Beijing

We recently traveled to China to attend the lone press day of the hectic Beijing Motor Show.  Walking around the city in our downtime, we were surprised to find that there are more abandoned cars in Beijing than we initially thought.  Most of these cars are hiding away in residential neighborhoods, you won’t see them … Continue reading

A look at the experimental Porsche C88 sedan
1990s / Chinese / German / Porsche

A look at the experimental Porsche C88 sedan

The Chinese government invited about twenty foreign automakers to present an experimental family car at a conference held in Beijing in November of 1994. Period reports indicate government officials promised the best project would be selected and cleared to start production under a joint-venture with state-owned manufacturer First Automotive Works (FAW) at the turn of … Continue reading

Driven daily: Volkswagen Santana GLi
1990s / 2000s / Chinese / Driven daily / German / Volkswagen

Driven daily: Volkswagen Santana GLi

.The per-capita income in China has been steadily rising over the past couple of years and a sizable middle class with a healthy appetite for consumer goods has emerged.  As a result, the few vehicles that were built locally during the 1980s and the 1990s have largely disappeared and automotive landscape is dominated by late-model … Continue reading

1980s / 1990s / 2000s / 2010s / Chinese / Honda / Jeep / Mercedes-Benz / Peugeot / Polski-Fiat / Saab / Shuanghuan / Volkswagen / Volvo

汽车, part two

Earlier this week we published the first part of our series on Chinese cars.  The second follows the same format but it also covers a couple of odds and ends, including some of the older cars we spotted. As a reminder, old cars are few and far between since most outside manufacturers were not present … Continue reading

1990s / 2000s / 2010s / Audi / Buick / BYD / Chevrolet / Chinese / Citroen / Fiat

汽车, part one

Those who were fortunate enough to travel to China in the 1980s came back absolutely amazed at how many bicycles were circulating throughout cities. Until the government democratized automobile ownership in the 1990s, cars were strictly reserved for members of the governments and diplomats and the bicycle (sometimes fitted with an electric motor) was the … Continue reading