By on March 13, 2013

A fiery red car, seen in Beijing. An aggressive bumper sticker, showing the owner is very angry with Japan. Or, judging from the sticker, maybe it’s hot love? It’s all about those islands, which happen to sit on top of oil, and straight in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. What is this motherland-loving man driving?

He drives a BYD F0, which happens to be a copy of the Toyota Aygo. This we can explain as a brave act of defiance, as in not just nooky Nipponese, jazz Japanese trademarks!

With that out of the way, let us proceed to the front of:

Cool, cartoons. But what about bout the badge on the grille?!?

It’s a fake Scion badge! Scion is a Toyota-brand, marketed in the US. This we cannot explain as a brave act of battle, oh no, this is treason to the Chinese case. The owner should have kept the righteous BYD badge.

Loser …

Dutchman Tycho de Feyter runs, a blog about cars in China, from Beijing, China. He also collects die-cast models of Chinese cars.

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28 Comments on “Man With Rebadged Red Car Proposes Sex To Japanese...”

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    Reminds me of the “Think Green” bumper sticker I saw on a green Dodge RAM 1500 truck.

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    When I was driving a Volvo 240 I fantasized about slapping a “Peace Through Superior Firepower” bumper sticker on it. Never did though, it’s one of my life’s greatest regrets.

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    After 20+ years of study, that’s how I feel about the language too…

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    Maybe he just means it should be done efficiently.

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    China should just slap these on at the factory.

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    My friend from Fatherland has one of his country’s flag Black, red, yellow . I asked him if he wanted to mount it on his antenna, he said no , i take no need to aggravate his neighbour here in Vancouver bc.
    Fatherland is not as such a contentious issue as it was 50 yrs ago.

    Mind u back then Waterloo Ontario was called Berlin and changed its name shortly after the first hostilities.

    “Many Germans settled in the small hamlet to the southeast of Waterloo. In their honour, the village was named Berlin in 1833 (renamed to Kitchener in 1916). Berlin was chosen as the site of the seat for the County of Waterloo in 1853″,_Ontario

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    I appreciate that the driver went to the trouble to put up the English translation of his message just for the benefit of people like us who can’t read Chinese. Does it really take all those characters above it to express the same statement?

    • 0 avatar

      I speak Chinese, but don’t read/write it. The characters are likely spelling out a clever slogan or something.

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      No, the two larger characters about the English text uses a derogatory term for “Japanese”, the two lines of smaller characters above the text read: “Get out of DiaoYu Islands, Return Our Territory and Natural Resources”.

      The rest of the stickers are all references to the Diaoyu/Senkaku territorial dispute:

      My experience with juvenile car spam is that those who appear most vocal about an issue, are generally the most ignorant. Ask anyone with a “Free Tibet” sticker on their car to locate Tibet on a topographical map, and 9 times out of 10 they get it wrong.

      My experience with the mainland Chinese that I deal with is that while most support the national stance, they are also rational enough to separate the dispute from their feelings about Japanese people or their products. This is particular the case where over 90% of Japanese-branded cars sold in China are made in China.

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        A rational person wouldn’t support a territory claim over an island that, in the glorious 5000 years of Chinese history, never had any residents and was never under actual military control. The Chinese government would have a better supported claim of part of Europe, because the Mongolian Empire actually occupied those lands when their capital city was Beijing.

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        Free Tibet! I’ll take it! *run, run, dial, ring* Hello, China? I have something you may want. But it’s gonna cost ya. Yep. … all the tea…

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    Looks like the Hella Flush aesthetic, where people paint their wheels weird colors, cover random body panels with tons of stickers, and put things on their roof rack, has made it over to China.

    • 0 avatar

      Daniel Stern doesn’t mind Hella, but prefers Cibie.

      I had a summer student who did just what you’re talking about to his Ford Probe, complete with silver paint hand brushed onto the intrerior vinyl. He was sooo proud – I didn’t have the heart to tell him otherwise.

      He got a ticket for his coffee can exhaust noise. Luckily for him we had an accredited sound lab with calibrated equipment. He was just below the threshold, and his ticket was dismissed in court. He probably has a family now and a bone stock gray compact CUV.

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    Big Al from Oz

    The Chinese want resources and more control of resources. This is understandable as the West more or less has done the same.

    That region of the South China Sea including the Sprately Islands has had contentious claims for quite a long time now.

    As China and SE Asia modernise these issue will become more prevalent. Historically China, Japan, Korea and SE Asia have had power struggles just like Europe.

    I hope the problems can be resolved fairly and without a war.

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