Christmas is over so we go back to war. This is the newest kill-machine of the Chinese army. It is a 4×4 armored vehicle based on the Dongfeng EQ2050 (thank you America!). The new car seems designed as a hit-and-run fast attack vehicle with a big turret on the roof for a big fat machine gun or rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
Battle stations. The power is designed in Columbus, Indiana, made in Xiangfan, China: A Cummins V8 diesel made by the Dongfeng-Cummins joint venture. Engines from the same company power many Chinese army vehicles including IFV’s and light tanks. Note the steel bars to support the turret.
The man indicates where the gun will be. It is a huge vehicle, the man is likely around 1.80 m. The armor doesn’t seem very thick, see door, probably done deliberately to keep it light so it can go airborne.
On your doorsteps soon? Don’t worry, it’s an ABC, an American Born Chinese.
Dutchman Tycho de Feyter runs Carnewschina, a blog about cars in China, from Beijing, China. He also collects die-cast models of Chinese cars.