Can You Identify These Chinese Cars?

AUTO

Ian Fortey

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There are over 340 million vehicles in China as of 2019 and over 18 million vehicles are made there every year. It's the world's largest car market which means there's a lot of driving going on over there that many drivers in North America know nothing about. So few cars get exported from China to North America and those that do are often rebranded so many drivers don't even realize. But hey, it's the biggest country in the world with over one billion people living there so it stands to reason they must have a pretty exceptional car market, right? And they do!

From familiar makers like Chevrolet and Volkswagen to others that rarely are heard of outside of China, like Wuling and Denza, you could spend a lot of time on the roads of China pointing out different vehicles. Can you spot something like a Geely on sight? Have you always wanted to get behind the wheel of a brand new Roewe? Do you know which Chinese subcompacts come in all-electric versions? If you already have a bit of knowledge about the extensive Chinese auto market then maybe you can take a few minutes to show off what you know. 

This is also known as a Mini Truck. What is it?

The Wuling Dragon, aka the Wuling Mini Truck, has been on the road since 1990 and ended production in 2010. There are still tons of them on the roads, though as their compact size and hauling capacity make them excellent delivery and work vehicles.

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Do you know which of these is the best-selling SUV in China?

The Haval H6 is made by Great Wall Motors and was actually called the Great Wall Haval H6 for several years until they decided to drop the first part. After being on the market for 4 years they'd already produced over 1 million H6s.

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The SUP pickup is made by which company?

The Foton SUP pickup truck started alongside the Foton Saga SUV. From 2003 to 2010 it was sold under the Saga name, but the SUP pickup kept going and is still produced today.

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This vehice comes with voice recognition software installed. What is it?

The Geely Boyue has been produced since 2016 and is one of the most popular vehicles in China. It's available not just in China but also Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and South America among other countries.

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Which manufacturer makes both the Song and the Song Max?

BYD's Song is an SUV that has been available since 2015 while the Song Max is a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) that has been made since 2017. The difference between an SUV and an MPV seems to be that an MPV is a bit more like a station wagon.

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Which Baojun model was first manufactured in 2016?

The Baojun 510 debuted in 2016 under the Naujun marque, Baojun itself is made by SAIC-GM Wuling Automotive which is a joint company made up of General Motors, SAIC Motors, and Liuzhou Wuling Motors.

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Do you know who makes the Luba?

The BAW Luba was an off-road-ready SUV made from 2005 to 2017. If it bears a striking resemblance to the Toyota Landcruiser it's because it's just an unofficial ripoff of the vehicle

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Which of these is an electric car produced by Denza?

The Denza 500 has been in production since 2013. The Denza name is a joint venture between the German Daimler AG and Chinese automaker BYD. When it first hit the road there were already 112,000 electric car charging stations available in China.

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One of these vehicles is made by Geely. Which one is it?

Geely manufactures the Borui which is a mid-size family car that was originally called a GC9 until they swapped the name for Borui later on. It's known for having a snazzy chrome-trimmed interior.

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Do you know which of these companies makes the compact crossover called the Q35?

The Changhe Q35 has been manufactured since 2015. Changhe itself has been manufacturing cars since 1970. The company produces everything from small passenger cars all the way up to buses.

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Volkswagen makes a lot of models for the Chinese market. Which of one these do they manufacture?

Volkswagen has been producing the Tharu since 2018 as a crossover SUV or what they call a CUV. The same model is available elsewhere but they sell it under the name Volkswagen Tarek.

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Do you know who manufactures the Emgrand?

The Geely Emgrand used to be the Emgrand EC7 until the entire Emgrand brand was shut down in 2014. Since that time it's just been called the Geely Emgrand and is marketed as a high-end compact car.

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The Chana Star is a rebadged version of a vehicle from what company?

The Chana Star is what they call a kei truck, or mini truck, which often serves as a delivery vehicle. It was originally released as rebadged versions of the Suzuki Carry truck and Suzuki Every van.

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Which company makes the Eado DT?

The Changan Eado DT is a sedan that's been in production since 2014. Before the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, when it was redesigned as the Eado it was sold under the name Alvsin V7.

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What other name is the Haimi 1 known by?

The Haima 1 is also known as the Haima Aishang and was for a time even known as the Haima M11 when it was in the concept phase. There's also an electric version of the Aishang.

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What other name is the Foday Lion pickup truck sold under?

The Isuzu D-Max is sold under many, many names including the Foday Lion, the Great Wall SoCool, the Great Wall Pegasus, the Zamyad Padra, the Holden Rodeo, the GMC Canyon, and several others.

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What's the name of Roewe's electric station wagon?

Roewe makes the i5 and its electric version the Ei5 and has done so since 2017. It costs up to 223,800 yuan which works out to around $31,000 American. It has a range of about 186 miles on a charge.

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Do you know who makes the Tiggo 8?

The Tiggo 8 is a crossover SUV made by Chery since 2018. It's a followup to the Tiggo 7 and the latest in the Tiggo line, which has been produced since 2005. Oddly enough, the Tiggo 3 was the first model, there was no 1 or 2.

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Which of these is not made by Haima?

Haima makes the M8, the S5 Young and the V70 and several other models but the RX5 is actually made by Roewe. Haima has been producing cars in China since 1992 and was originally a joint venture with Mazda.

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Do you know what the first car produced by Lifan motors was?

The Lifan 520 was produced by Lifan Motors from 2006 up until 2012. When it was exported to other markets, such as Russia, where it was marketed under the name Lifan Breez.

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This was the first small family car under the Volkswagen name to be mostly designed in China. What is it?

The Volkswagen Lavida was launched in 2008 and then relaunched in 2012 as the "New Lavida." It's very similar to the VW Jetta. By 2012 it was the number-one seller in China.

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Do you know which company makes the CS75 SUV?

Changan produces the CS75 and had done so since 2013. Changan Automobiles is a remarkably old company that has been in existence since 1862. It was originally a military supply factory called the Shanghai Foreign Gun Bureau.

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Which of these was sold in India as the Chevrolet Enjoy?

The Wuling Hongguang looks like an SUV but they do refer to it as an MPV, which stands for multi-purpose vehicle. It's been manufactured since 2010. Thanks to market differences the Hongguang is very affordable compared to American cars and costs about $7,200 USD.

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The E200 looks like a SmartCar. Who makes it?

The Baojun E200 is a supermini electric vehicle that's been available since 2018. It's a two-door with a hatchback and can travel up to 167 miles on a charge. It replaced the E100 with some better performance overall.

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Do you know which of these is made by Haval?

The Haval F7 is made under the Haval name by Great Wall Motors. Great Wall has been making cars under the Haval name since 2013, particularly crossovers and SUVs. The cars they produce are available in dozens of countries around the world.

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SAIC makes cars under the Roewe name. What brand did they mostly buy out to make Roewe?

British automaker MG Rover was mostly bought out by SAIC who used their technology to start the Roewe brand. They didn't get the rights to the name Rover as Ford got ahold of that, so they came up with Roewe as a replacement.

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Do you know who makes the Rongguang?

Wuling manufactures the Hongguang which was renamed as the Rongguang V Mcrovab in 2008. They're manufactured jointly by SAIC, Liuzhou Wuling Motors and General Motors.

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Which of these is made by SWM?

The SWM G01 was made for the 2018 production year. SWM is the abbreviated name for Speedy Working Motors which itself is owned by the Brilliance Auto Group and produces the G01 under the Brilliance Shineray name. It's quite confusing.

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Do you know which car was produced from 1975 to 1980 in America before being resurrected in China in 2019?

The Chevy Monza was based on the Chevy Vega and was manufactured in the '70s. The Chinese version resurrected the name and then debuted it at the Guangzhou Auto Show in 2018 for the 2019 model year.

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Who makes the Trumpchi GS4?

The Trumpchi GS4 is an SUV produced by the Guangzhou Automobile Group, otherwise known as GAC. They've produced cars since 1955. The Trumpchi brand has only existed since 2010, however.

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What's another name for the Brilliance F20?

Brilliance Auto produces the Brilliance H3 which is also called the Brilliance F20. It replaced the Brilliance H330 series which were sold from 2013 to 2016. They sell for around 88,900 yuan which is under $13,000 US.

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Do you know which of these is not a brand made by Chery?

Chery has a number of brands under its umbrella, including Cowin, Jetour, and Arrizo. The Foday brand has nothing to do with Chery, though. Foday is the shortened name for the Guangdong Foday Automobile Company.

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Which of these is not a model made by Riich?

Riich manufactures a number of vehicles for Chery including the X1, the G6 and the M1. The vehicles they produce are higher-end and include sedans as well as crossovers. They don't make anything called an L17 though.

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Which company manufactures vehicles under the Exeed name?

Exeed is a subsidiary brand of Chery automotive that debuted its first vehicle the Exeed TX in 2017 at the International Motor Show Germany. Exeed is just one of the numerous banners used by Chery.

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Do you know when Brilliance started making the V7?

The Brilliance V7, a mid-sized SUV that's essentially the same as the V6 but with an extra seat, has been in production since 2017 for the 2018 year. It costs just under $30,000 US if you want one brand new.

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Which of these is a plug-in hybrid SUV?

The BYD Tang has been in production since 2015, made by the BYD Auto Company. BYD has been making automobiles since 2003, although it's a subsidiary of a larger company that's been in business since 1995.

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One of these isn't made by Rely. Which is it?

Rely, one of the subsidiaries of Chery, makes a number of SUVs and vans. The M5 is not something manufactured under that label, although they do make the H5, the V5, and the X5 as well as the H3.

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When did DFSK start producing its K-Series?

The DFSK K-series, made by Dongfeng Sokon, is a series of microvans and pickup trucks that have been in production since 2005. They're surprisingly cheap, even relative to many other Chinese vehicles, with some costing less than $4,000.

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One of these models is not made by Wuling. Which is it?

Wuling manufactures a number of vehicles including the Hongtu, City Breeze, and the Sunshine, among others. The company does not make anything that is sold under the Lion name, however.

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Which vehicle do they call the DR Zero in Italy?

The Chery QQ, also called the QQ3, has been made since 2003. There's also a QQ6 and a QQme. Well over one million QQs have been produced since they first rolled off the lines.

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