We really should have taken a flight out to Beijing this week for the auto show. Given Chinese automakers fantastic ability to
flatter every design they can get their hands on. We're beginning to believe non-Chinese automakers should just enter into agreements with their Chinese partners — like what they do with Russian automakers — to allow them to just have the designs for a nominal fee. Like Beijing Auto Works — the company that built the original military-version Chinese knock-off to the Jeep, the BJ2036 (the BJ stands for Beijing Jeep, get your mind out of the gutter). That Jeep wannabe was built in a joint venture with Chrysler, so everything was hunky-dory. BAW no longer has that joint venture in place, but that hasn't stopped them from building a civilian version of the big off-road BJ, the Beijing Auto Works B60. As you can see...
...here, the civilian version takes into consideration the fact they've no longer got an agreement with Chrysler — by dropping a different grille on the front and a somewhat more slab-sided approach to sheet metal — atop what's obviously a derivative of a Jeep Wrangler. It's like looking at the misbegotten offspring resulting from the sexual congress of an LJ Jeep and a midget-sized H1. Oh lord, the horror, the horror. [The Tycho]