In the late 1990’s the Beijing-Jeep joint venture wanted a sedan to compete with the Audi 100. They choose the Chrysler LeBaron, and it came very close to production. But in the end, it just didn’t happen.
Today in Crazy Car Production Days of Guangdong (CCPDoG™): Qingyuan Bende. This company made the Chrysler Neon LS under the infamous Guangdong scheme in the 1990’s.
Today in Chinese Car Brands That Time Forgot (CCBTTF™): Hainan Automobile Works.
Hainan Automobile Works (henceforth referred to as HAW) was founded in 1989 as a result of cooperation between the Hainan government and already established Hainan Auto Stamping Factory (henceforth referred to as HASF). HASF had experience with producing automobile components but the new company (HAW) would need a full assembly line on which to produce vehicles. Help came from an unlikely source – former President of The Philippines Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos sold HASF a factory that was once operated by Ford between 1968 and 1984. It was in 1988, 4 years after Ford ceased manufacturing operations in The Philippines that Marcos sold HASF the factory, allowing them to obtain a production line for their own future vehicle manufacturing. In 1989, Hainan Auto Stamping Factory was renamed Hainan Automobile Works.
This is not a Chevrolet Lumina. This is a Nushen JB6500. And it has a Chrysler engine under the bonnet.
This is the Beijing Auto T8, the only one in the world, seen on a factory parking low, with plants growing up over the wheels.
The T8 was a concept car for a new flagship model for the Beijing Auto brand. Sadly, it was never shown in public and it never made it to the market.