The Ten Most Amazing Chinese Cars And Trucks

In honor of the 2008 Summer Olympics we've decided to dip into our extensive knowledge of the Chinese auto industry to pick out the most amazing cars and trucks from the industrial manufacturing giant. It's kind of like a Chinese car bingo cheat sheet for you to use if you're heading to Beijing this week. Some are cars … » 8/06/08 12:45pm 8/06/08 12:45pm

Brilliance FRV

We unironically like the Brilliance FRV » 8/06/08 12:39pm 8/06/08 12:39pm, China's hottest hot hatch. In Sport trim the FRV hatch, which is slightly larger than an Aveo, sports a 1.8-liter turbo fourbanger good for around 150 horsepower mated to a six-speed transmission. Though Brilliance is mostly known in the west for their disastrous , the company…

CH Design Scorpio

Though currently just a "design study," the CH Design Scorpio Concept Car » 8/06/08 12:39pm 8/06/08 12:39pm is one of the better looking vehicles to come out of this year's . The quasi-shooting brake captures many of the best elements of contemporary design and manages to assemble them in a way that's unique and attractive. [Photos ] Back to .

Lifan 320 Mini Cooper Clone

While we love most of these cars for what they are, we can appreciate the Lifan 320 » 8/06/08 12:39pm 8/06/08 12:39pm for what it pretends to be: a four-door Mini Cooper. Unlike the , the Lifan gets four full-sized doors. Of course, unlike the Lifan the JCW Clubman can go faster than 60 mph without falling apart. Though we're not sure that this brand…

Brilliance BC3 Turbo Coupe

As you can see from the photo above, the Brilliance BC3 Turbo Coupe » 8/06/08 12:38pm 8/06/08 12:38pm has one of the best looking profiles in the entire Chinese Domestic Market. Not only is it superior in form to many other Asian coupes, its price is under $17,000. Powered by a tweaked version of the 1.8-liter turbo found in other Brilliance cars, the …

MG TF Police Convertible

Though it may look like a clone of a famous British brand, Nanjing Auto-SAIC actually owns MG » 8/06/08 12:38pm 8/06/08 12:38pm and has the right to continue to produce the company's cars. In this case we have an with a police package. Though we're not sure it's the best vehicle for police work, it looks awesome. We're thinking this could be the…

BYD F6 Hybrid

Though we're probably biased towards the BYD F6 Hybrid » 8/06/08 12:38pm 8/06/08 12:38pm after our , we're genuinely intrigued by the technology. As opposed to a Lithium Ion or NIckel-Metal Hydride battery, this hybrid features a ferrous (iron) oxide battery. The claim is that this will allow a faster charge and a less toxic battery. BYD produces few…

BAW B60 Jeep

Originally designed jointly with Chrysler for military purposes, the Beijing Auto Works B60 » 8/06/08 12:38pm 8/06/08 12:38pm looks more like a Hummer than a Jeep-derivative. Though some may scoff at the H1-cum-Wranger looks, we think they miss the cues they also "borrow" from the original Land Cruisers and Land Rovers. But hey, if it's good enough for…

Volkswagen Santana

Known as the second generation Passat in most of the world, the Volkswagen Santana » 8/06/08 12:37pm 8/06/08 12:37pm and its many, many derivatives have been among the most popular cars produced in China for the last 20 years, achieving almost legendary status because of their dependability. Though they've evolved slowly (Chinese consumers don't…

Geely GT

Like the Scropio, the Geely GT » 8/06/08 12:37pm 8/06/08 12:37pm is purely a concept, though one we doubted was real until we saw the . It's a stunning vehicle and, though it may not have a drivetrain, we still want one. It makes you wonder how this could possibly be the same company that produces the horrific and scary , which only gets worse with…

Gullwing Amphibious Santana

As mentioned, the Volkswagen Santana is our third » 8/06/08 12:36pm 8/06/08 12:36pm favorite Chinese car. Why wasn't it the second favorite? Because of the Santana-based . Supposedly stretched over a VW frame, this yellow amphibious car won't be stopped by any Yellow River. As if a Chinese amphicar based on a German platform wasn't awesome enough, the …