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Posted on June 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm

YOU CAN’T have failed to notice the Olympics build-up ise in full swing, not least because we#8217;re soon going to have to start opening our collective wallets to pay for it. As you might expect of a country with 1.3 billion people to choose from, China did rather well last time out, but its automotive industry has a bit of catching up to do. Here are ten cars from China that deserve a closer look.

01 China Brilliance B6

Whoever came up with the name Brilliance clearly had a well-honed sense of irony. Either that or they thought the company was going to be making pencil sharpeners instead of cars. Because none of its cars could be described as brilliant, especially the B6 saloon, which can’t break ten seconds for the 0-60mph sprint and performed so badly in a German crash test that the engineers went away and had another go at making them.

02 Shuanghuan CEO

If you’re going to be sued by one manufacturer, why not get sued by two? That logic may well explain the Shuanghuan CEO, which is an SUV that combines the front end of a Toyota Land Cruiser with the sides and rear of the BMW X5. The cabin is also blatantly copied from the BMW #8211; even the steering wheel is virtually identical #8211; although obviously not to the same level of quality as the German interpretation.

It’s also a fair assumption that the CEO isn’t as much fun to drive as the X5 either, even with a frightening 230bhp on offer in the top version.

03 Dadi Smoothing

Rather than plastic surgery for the over-50s male, the Dadi Smoothing is a big pick-up for the urban jungle. However, its general weediness won’t make it a hit with agricultural types – the most powerful engine has 124bhp, but it’s all done at 75mph despite weighing only 1.5 tonnes. Best not to think about the 65bhp model then, and perhaps choose the Dadi City Steed, Courtly or Unisonous instead.

04 Jiangling Landwind

You’d think that the best way to build a car if you’re new to the game would be to borrow someone else’s cast-offs, dust them down, tart them up a bit and put a shiny new badge on the front #8211; and you’d be right. So the fact that the Landwind has a lot of the original Vauxhall Frontera in it isn’t a bad thing. But clearly something was lost in translation, because it looks like a garage knock-up and it also failed a crash test spectacularly.

It’s now been turned into the suspiciously familiar looking X-Pedition.

05 Chery QQ

If the Chery QQ looks vaguely familiar, then you’re not the only one who thinks so. General Motors were understandably miffed when the QQ appeared, as it looked uncannily similar to the Daewoo Matiz. GM went as far as beginning legal proceedings to demonstrate that it was a virtual carbon copy – even that the doors of the two cars were interchangeable – until someone pointed out that intellectual property rights aren’t recognised in China and that being nice to the locals might help them win a larger slice of a potentially huge market.

06 Roewe 750

No prizes for guessing the heritage of this car. The Roewe 750 is a reborn Rover 75, lightly facelifted and built in China, and thanks to the relative youth of the car it’s based on it has the dubious distinction of being one of the better offerings to come from the People’s Republic. A pity, given that this car has outlived the company that originally brought it to market.

Don’t be surprised to see the odd Roewe cropping up in Longbridge.

07 Hongqi HQD

There’s copying and then there’s imitation, and the Hongqi HQD falls quite clearly into the latter category. Debuting at the 2005 Shanghai Motor Show, the HQD provoked a mixture of horror and delight due to its Phantom-like features. No doubt the good people at Rolls Royce were less than enamoured, but the fact that Hongqi has a deal with Volkswagen played part in the HQD never reaching production.


08 Great Wall Hover

It’s a lot less bother with a hover, at least if it comes from Great Wall that is. Sadly the most interesting thing about the Hover is its name. The SUV is based on a mixture of Toyota, Mitsubishi and Isuzu parts, some of which are getting on a bit, but it is a surprisingly handsome machine.

At least it is unless you go for the stretched version, which comes with a full-on minibar, TVs and a complete lack of taste. It’s also amusingly named the Hover Pi, presumably because it goes on and on…

09 Shandong Huoyun City Spirit

Small cars do make a lot of sense, but there is a limit to this theory. If you keep making them smaller, eventually they will become completely useless. Shandong Huoyun had a go at making the definitive small car in the shape of the City Spirit. They got some of it right: electric power made it green and apparently a toy model of the Smart ForTwo was bought off the Internet to help with the design.

Unfortunately Daimler-Benz noticed and politely suggested that they take a look at the design again. So they chopped 20cm off the end of it, but with a car that’s only 250cm long in the first place, that’s a little too much.


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