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Kolao Group (Kolao Developing Co.) is an automobile trader, distributor, and assembler, and reportedly the largest private enterprise in Lao PDR. It was founded by a Korean-origin entrepreneur in 1997. The group operates auto franchises in several countries in the Indochina region, makes motorcycles in Laos and S. Korea, and trucks in Laos and Vietnam.

The Kolao Group launched trucks under its new "Daehan" brand in 2013. From 2014, the group has introduced Chinese-sourced pickups as well. As of now, four pickups are offered: Extreme, Prime, Maestro, and Megatron, rebadged versions of familiar models from Jinbei, BAW, and Zhongxing.





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Daehan Optimus (Laos)

Kolao Group recently launched its own version of the T340, dubbed "Optimus", under the Daehan brand in Laos. The local model sports a new grille which differentiates it from the Chinese (FAW) version. The country was also the first export destination for the T340 in early 2017, shortly after production started in China.

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See this post for an introduction to Kolao/Daehan.
 

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https://www.facebook.com/pg/vehiclekolao/photos/?ref=page_internal
https://xetaivip.com/san-pham/xe-tai-tera-100/
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Daehan Bravo:

In Laos, Kolao has very recently launched yet another new pickup called Bravo. Good photographs are not available at present.

The vehicle is assembled from parts/panels possibly imported from China. I have not been able to identify the source, since a number of Chinese makes (e.g. FAC, FAW, Projen, BAIC, Jopob) have similar pickups in their model program, either currently produced or planned. Thailand too might be an alternative source.



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Megatron is all Zhongxing Terralord.
But Prime and Extreme could be Isuzu DMax-based Chang'an, Jinbei or FAW, as D Mitra said, with that distinctive sculpted flare-up on the sides of the bed.
As for the Bravo, it's hard to tell. It appears that it's a later, less square, cab design compared to the others.
 

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Daehan Optimus





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That rounds up all the pickups for now.
 

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Looks like the Maestro, Bravo and Optimus are derivatives of the Doda and Ruiling pickup models, out of BAIC's southern export base in Ruili, Yunnan.
Am surprised to see that low grade seat upholstery in the Maestro, as China's automotive upholstery (appearance) continues to spiral upward.
Must be locally sourced.
 
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