When in 2014 at the Moscow International Motor Show Russians were first introduced to the brand Haval, no one knew what would come of it. Since that moment, not much has flowed under the water, and now please: I’m sitting behind the wheel of a Chinese crossover that clearly pretends to be a premium status, and you know what? I like him!
My first meeting with Chinese cars took place on the territory of the Dmitrovskoe auto-polygon at the very beginning of the “two thousandth”. In the corner of a huge hangar where a bench for measuring transverse stability was mounted, I noticed two pickups that I did not know, at first glance much resembling the Toyota HiLux, but something subtly different. When asked what kind of animals they were, they received the answer “yes, the Chinese have brought them up,” and permission to inspect the cars, provided that I promise not to photograph them.
The effect was devastating. The curves of the gap between the panels of the body, the wiring loops, sticking out somewhere from under the radiator and steering cladding, seats that can not be tuned in principle, and a sharp bump on the plastic parts of the cabin. In this case, the plastic itself is soapy, slippery and smelly …
A few months later I again saw similar pick-ups on the range. I went over, looked in and … did not recognize. The salon was completely reworked! A few months later, when Great Wall began official sales of pickup trucks Deer, the salon in them changed again. Tell me, at least one car brand can boast that it is able to “shovel” the salon twice with its contents – the seats, the front panel, the instrument cluster – in less than a year?
Features of Chinese studies
Chinese automakers are constantly learning, and since the national traditions of learning include copying the actions of the teacher, they are at some point in their development and are engaged in shameless copying. This bowl and Great Wall Company have not passed. In general, its history is similar to the history of all leading Chinese brands. In 1976, a small private enterprise received control of a privatized auto repair facility, formerly owned by the People’s Liberation Army of China. By the way, with the decision to privatize such plants, the stories of so many Chinese auto brands have begun.
The company developed neither shaky nor wolf, produced some light commercial travertles … The breakthrough occurred in 1996, when the pickup HiLux was chosen as the object for copying, which it was decided to equip with a Mitsubishi-licensed engine. So was born Deer, which became the first Chinese car to be exported, and the first “Chinese” on the Russian market.
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