• Sep 2, 2008
Click above for Chery Eastar convertible gallery

In case you were jonesing for a dose of weirdness from the Chinese auto industry today, Chery has complied. Behold the Chery Eastar convertible. China Car Times' headline asks, "The thinking man's Bentley?" Perhaps, if said man is doing his thinking after hitting the all-you-can-eat peyote buffet. Note the deftly-removed B-pillar and beautifully integrated extension between the front and rear doors, complete with a gap in the weatherstripping along the sills. Listen, we have no idea if this is some one-off novelty or something that's actually being considered. What we do know is that a Saabish-bodied 4-door luxo-vert with a Lexus-y nose and Mitsubishi Mirage rear end is exactly the kind of thing that makes following the Chinese auto industry so entertaining.


[Source: China Car Times]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would you want to drive top down in China's polluted air?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Horribly offended that you would call this "Saabish"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that is awful, who is buying Chinese cars outside there country?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think its Chery, it may be Geely but one of them has a significant presence in the Middle East. Iraq has a number of Chinese cars in it nowa swell as Iran.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are they selling any inside China?
      • 6 Years Ago
      no relation i'm sure to the Eastar Bunny
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would you want to drive top down in China's polluted air???
        • 6 Years Ago
        For the same reason people drive in LA with the top down.

        LA is not much better than Beijing and probably worse than Shanghai. But you probably think those are the only two cities in China. There is no way they have country side and smaller cities.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry, been to China a bunch of times as well as LA.

        It's hyperbole, relax.

        pronounced /haɪˈpɝːbəli/ hye-PER-buh-lee; is a figure of speech in which statements are exaggerated. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, and is not meant to be taken literally.

        Keep trying though, you're making me laugh! :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        > LA is not much better than Beijing and probably worse than Shanghai. But you probably think those are the only two cities in China. There is no way they have country side and smaller cities.

        Shows you have never been to China.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Laugh now but remember Chery has only been in business since 1997. Toyota was founded in 1936 and it wasn't until the 1980's until they became relevant in the US market and Hyundai has been making cars since the 1960's.

      Hyundai has been in the US market since 1986 while Toyota came in the late 1950's. Today we (US market) marvel at their quality and efficiency and laugh at the Chinese cars, just like we did the Japanese in the 1970's and the Koreans in the 1980's through the 1990's.

      History IS important and usally repeats itself.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think I understand Chinese culture pretty well, I studied at Peking University in Beijing for a year.

        Yeah, China is different from Japan and so is the US from Canada and Mexico. The difference in China is they have been closed off from the world for centuries and only until recently have they opened up a little. You say that the Korean have changed in just 20 years why not the Chinese? Because you are prejudice against Chinese? That logic doesn't make sense.

        So I have a very good understanding of East Asian, most notably Chinese culture and it didn't come from Wikipedia.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I see your Korean comment has been carefully omitted. How cute.

        You call the period of the cultural revolution a "capitalist" period? You really need to read a book.

        After reading your other post (all negative towards China and its people) its safe to say you are nothing more than a bigot who's comments should be dismissed as hate.

        I'm sure there is a forum for your intolerance of Chinese people, go find it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Tag

        > I think I understand Chinese culture pretty well, I studied at Peking University in Beijing for a year.

        That's not enough.

        > Yeah, China is different from Japan and so is the US from Canada and Mexico.

        Exactly, comparing China to Japan is like comparing Mexico to the US. Totally different language, culture, and mindset. It isn't like comparing Canada to the US.

        > You say that the Korean have changed in just 20 years why not the Chinese?

        Because Koreans weren't so price driven to begin with. They just didn't value quality as much as they do now.

        > So I have a very good understanding of East Asian, most notably Chinese culture and it didn't come from Wikipedia.

        Then you should know better than anyone why there are no world-class high-quality Chinese brands today, and why it is highly unlikely that Chinese would repeat the automotive history of Japan and Korea.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Tagg

        > You say there are no "world class" Chinese comapnies? How about Lenovo computers who bought out the former American computer giant IBM?

        Some Arab company buying out Aston Martin doesn't make Arabs world class luxury auto makers. Ditto for Indians who bought out Jaguar and Land Rover.

        > Or Haier who makes tons of appliences sold across the world?

        Haier competes on price in low-end segment and is not considered a world-class brand.

        > How long have they been at this capitalisim thing? Oh, about 25 years!

        This is why I keep saying you don't know Chinese. Chinese were the capitalists before the time of Jesus Christ. Or the beginning of Roman Republic for that matter.

        > Canada has very different cultural tastes from the US

        Canada is obviously closer to the US culturally than to Europe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Somehow I have a feeling living, studying and takling to Chinese I have a much better grasp of how the Chinese think than you do.

        You say there are no "world class" Chinese comapnies? How about Lenovo computers who bought out the former American computer giant IBM? Or Haier who makes tons of appliences sold across the world? Most of their companies are younger than 10 years old!

        How long have they been at this capitalisim thing? Oh, about 25 years!

        Your Korean comment is laughable but just in case you forgot here it is:

        "Koreans went from price-centric to quality-centric only within past 20 years"

        But you didn't say that so its ok! You must be a politician!

        Canada has very different cultural tastes from the US, just ask a Canadian. Also, the entire province of Quebec speaks...FRENCH!!! Last time I checked, thats not English.

        You really need to give it up. At the same time your name though should have made me realize what I am dealing with.

        I guess thats my fault.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys are just not in the position to laugh at others when yankees big 3 are falling apart and begging US government for help. And look at those junkies Ford, Chrysler and GM are making. When a 100-year old man are laughing at the mistake made by 10-year old boy, people might guess the old guy might have Alzheimer's disease.

      When did American design a nice car last time? Is that why the retro style is popular now?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well I'm by no means in a position to defend US-manufacturers, I mean being European and all. But they bring up some OWN designs that might or might not work for the public. The question I would like to have answered from you, after you bashed some of the best known car manufacturers, (it is out of question that they are being in some trouble currently but this'll work out in the end)

        When did THE Chinese design any car THE last time? Is that why all the cars are so beautifully styled and hold up to standardized European and American regulations?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ironic you bash the American manufacturers for asking for aid while commenting on a car that is entirely government aid.... Do you forget what a communist country is all about?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure the cowl shake can be measured on the Richter scale...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now that's some fine craftsmanship. It looks like somebody finally bought the R&D Department a Sawzall.
      • 6 Years Ago
      can I haz eastar bunneh?
      • 6 Years Ago
      nah.... I'll pass....
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like it would split in two if someone tried to sit in it.
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