• Sep 17, 2007
Chinese carmaker Shanghai Maple, isn't the first car company to try marketing directly to women, but it claims to be the first in China with its Maple F50.

From Maple's website, the F50 is "designed in a refining and humanization style," and "possesses the flamboyant and shining shape with soften cuneiform front." Sounds, uh, lovely. But then, the Autoblog team is all guys at the moment, so maybe a car that promises "a delicate life with high quality and happiness" wasn't meant to appeal to us.

Other than a "mellow great griller with the glittering and translucent headlamps," the female-specific options aren't too dissimilar from what most cars here in the States already have. There is a coin box, sun visor mirrors, and an optional built-in child seat. However, the Maple can be equipped with a shoebox, clothes rack and, and a tissue box in the glovebox, which we actually think is pretty cool. One F50 extra you won't find optional on a U.S. car is the driver's airbag.

Colors available are Tiramisu Yellow, Jade White, Liquid-gold Green, African-mum Yellow and Ice-mountain Blue.

And while there is no way this F50 could ever be confused with the one from Italy, just what is Shanghai Maple trying to imply with that Ferrari hat in the F50's trunk?

Enjoy a gallery of photos of the Shanghai Maple F50 here.

[Source: Shanghai Maple via China Car Time]




F50 is the first car special for female in China. It is designed in a refining and humanization style.

F50 possesses the flamboyant and shining shape with soften cuneiform front. The mellow great griller with the glittering and translucent headlamps makes the vehicle charming and attractive. It is just for the ladies who want to live a delicate life with high quality and happiness.

There are 7 colors of F50 for the users to choose: yellow, red, pink, green, orange, blue and white. Each color has its respective style and the ladies could have more choice as they like. F50 is equipped with a lot of special devices to provide the users much more convenience, such as the tissue box, coin box, dressing mirror, shoebox, clothes rack and quick equipped child seat for option.
 
According to the feature of the female, F50 is equipped with over speed alarm, adjustable safety belts, airbag for option and ABS+EBS. The user could also have the compass for option to guarantee the driving direction. All of the devices will ensure the safety of the driver and passenger in all-round way.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think this is actually built off the old Citroen ZX. By the way, when was the last time you saw yellow tiramisu?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thanks John. When I said the roofline looked like an older French car, I was thinking Citroen, but couldn't place the model.
        • 7 Years Ago
        good eye about the ZX. It does look like they have a lot in common.
        And yeah, Tiramisu yellow.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      hah i'm glad someone else notice the civic like rear end/lights.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Before you even looked at the pictures, you assumed the car was a replica of other cars." That's because it is a license built Citroen ZX of the 1990's. There are at least a couple of companies in China turning these out. Great automakers? They're not quite there yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At least it isn't a knock-off.... or is it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nose job compliments of Dodge Stratus, headlights from older gen Escort and rear end from mid 90s Civic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It cries out late 1970's Renault R18 maybe.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey, my first car was an '81 Renault 18i wagon. It was MUCH better looking than this piece of crap. Quite ahead of its time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, I'd say this car has won the award for the worst Photoshops in Autoblog history! Even Vince Burlapp's renderings on TheHollywoodExtra are much better! And it is a mishmash of different parts -- Audi headlights, 90's Nissan Sentra taillights, the roofline of an older French car... Does this car even exist yet?

      I'm sure if they even build it, it will be about as successful as Mercury's effort to market exclusively to women (dramatic free-fall in sales.)
        • 7 Years Ago
        This car's real.
        I visited the website months ago for fun.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mr. Oak, you read my mind. This car is a remake of 90's cars!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The chinese copied this, too. From the movie Robocop. Does anybody remember the 6000SUX??? (a ham-fisted re-style of one of the 80's GM boat/sedans.)

      This looks like an updated version of that suckster.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you guys ever smarten up and want a divorce, you will love this car and China too. Women can't drive worth crap anyway, so you get them a "woman's car" from China and wait about a day for their first fender-bender, during which the car crumples and they die and you not only save the cost of the divorce and alimony, but maybe score a bit on life insurance too.

      GO CHINA!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Citroen ZX mates with a Lada. Still, it has some unique touches. The glove box area is interesting. Also the expandable map pocket on the doors. How that holds up is a question though.Interior door panel looks old school Daewoo-ish.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love how they have the little jewelry / knick-knack partitions in the glovebox that will throw the jewelry and knick-knacks around when you shut the glovebox door too hard, or say, when you drive the car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      God, what a nightmare.

      The built-in tissue dispenser is a good idea though. My parents had an Explorer at one point that had a tissue dispenser built into the center console. I always thought it was a convenient feature.
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