What's Wrong With This Picture: China Embraces Its Styling Heritage Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Ask a gearhead about Chinese auto styling, and the adjective most likely to come up is “derivative.” Or at least “crude.” Cars like the Rolls-aping Hongqi HQD helped build these unflattering associations, but this picture proves that they aren’t always true. This HQE, the chosen chariot for Hu Jintao’s National Day parade appearance [via Gasgoo], reaches back to FAW-Hongqi’s own heritage (rather than, say, the Robb Report) for inspiration. That’s a good trend for an industry that was fast becoming a car blog punchline.

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  • Stewart Dean Stewart Dean on Oct 05, 2009

    I have hearts for the spiky eyelashes around the headlights.....do the eyelids blink too?

  • DearS DearS on Oct 05, 2009

    Quite priceless. It says made in china pretty vividly. The back end is pretty nice, its a phantom design after all. I think its sad where China is when it comes to style. Although the US has been pretty bad too. The 70-90s where a scary time to be an American car buyer. Now so many cars look so alike I'm almost bi-polar, Not sure whether to be depressed or feel superior to another. The New Buick looks like an Acura that looks like an Accord that looks like a Hyundai, That looks like a Kia that looks like a Ford. I may be cocky, but I think its sad that China can't do better. Their are plenty of asian anime cartoons to learn from.

  • Commando Commando on Oct 06, 2009

    I love chinese car design. It's like they photoshop a current Western model with an Etch-A-Sketch.

  • John Holt John Holt on Oct 06, 2009

    Are those... eyelashes???