Wow, that is one ugly ‘non-jeep’! Beijing auto Works (BAW) has just launched the civilian version of it BJ2036 Military off-road vehicle.
You can tell we are in the early stages of chinese made ‘knock-offs’ of someone else things – just like handbags, cigarette lighters, toys and clothing, this is obviously a copy of something made somewhere else, it just looks too much in some places like a hummer and in other places like a Jeep and in other places, like god only knows what.
Keep in mind that this vehicle is the descendant of the iconic Beijing Jeep 2023 series that was the result of a joint venture with AMC/Chrysler before being made solely by BAW. The 2023 series of ‘chinese Jeeps’ is still used in many countries around the world alongside widespread use in the Chinese army.
It may be ugly, and yes it works well, and don’t kid yourself and be ‘thankful it isn’t here’ because China is fast becoming the worlds’ third largest producer of Vehicles. We should all see this and worry or cheer – depending on your viewpoint, consumer or worker – because it means that Chinese manufacturers aren’t far off a version that is ‘better, faster, cheaper’. No question about it, China is the ‘Worlds Manufacturer‘
It comes with a 4 cilinder 2.7 liter engine, a top speed of 150km/h and clocks 0-100km in 23 seconds. Rumor has it that it will cost in the neighborhood of $12,000 so a real ‘bargain’ if you can and want to get your hands on a Chinese made Jeep
Discovered here: http://autoclerks.com/2008/04/its-a-jeep-no-its-a-hummer-no-its-the-beijing-auto-works-b60-beijing-motor-show/