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Translated from Autohome:
http://www.autohome.com.cn/culture/201202/293050-6.html

Whether there is a yellow figure in your memory, then it carries you a wonderful childhood memory or record of a young man struggling hard bit by bit. This is Tianjin Daihatsu, a "go out to play" into the ordinary household consumption models.

1983, Xiangshan Science Conference, to determine the construction of mini-car production base in Tianjin, the introduction of the technology of Japan's Daihatsu Motor Company. Models to determine the production Daihatsu Hijet belong to the mini-van, and is not designed the most advanced and secure, but this model fuel consumption is low, economical and practical, low prices. Introduction the purpose of large grid based on civilian-based installation of the seat, pull up the goods correct, select urban and rural people travel cost more than cars. Through negotiations, Tianjin automobile plant introduced from Japan, a large assembly line, ready to produce Tianjin Daihatsu cars.

September 25, 1984, the first one in China Sino-Japanese co- production of micro-car automobile factory in days Tsu smooth production line. The first batch of Tianjin is assembled in China by imports of Japanese parts, assembly and welding, painting, assembly, quality inspection, a total of only eight individuals to participate in the assembly. Two or three months of initial production in 1984, a total production of dozens of vehicles. Favorable response, the production of large grid slowly on track.

"To fortune to buy a big fat, hair hair hair, the end of the 1980s, this ad was broadcast in CCTV. Only from the literal, has shown a big departure year's hot trend has swept the country. Product demand, and Ju Fanzi from speculation, Tianjin Daihatsu prices from the pricing of 28.000 RMB to 52.000 RMB.

To the late 1980s, Beijing taxi or a more upscale Crown , Duke, etc.. They often appear in the hotel and around the airport, the high price. Beijing Municipal Government put forward the policy of "one person waving a couple of cars waiting for" the development of the industry, so the taxi companies in Beijing began to Tianjin Daihatsu introduction of the taxi industry taxi was mostly yellow tone, with the U.S. standards . A yellow perspective is very good, in a vehicle, it is easy to be able to identify compelling. This is true, "surface" began to appear in people's lives.

When the streets of the city is still very narrow, big departure not only turning convenient parking area is also relatively small, in the early 1990s, at the time "face" with its large space, contained a significant number of bearing, fuel-efficient, convenient , fast and so many advantages, instead of cars has brought tangible benefits to the people. Tianjin Daihatsu's memory of most people is as a taxi "face" at this time began.

With the rapid development of China's automobile industry and people's living standards improve, Tianjin in the taxi area of ​​competition has emerged in weakness. Higher comfort models such as the Charade , Fukang , Jetta , gradually entering the industry. Followed by a "hot summer, cold in winter," Daihatsu has not suitable for the needs of the market is gradually phased out and away from the people's vision. Beijing amenity of remediation from 1994 out of "face" by 99 "surface" to completely withdraw from the rental market, large grid has completed its contribution to social development, in 2002, Tianjin Daihatsu discontinued.
And some facts from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huali

Huali was a brand of Tianjin Auto Works Company, a car manufacturer subsidiary of First Automobile Works Group.

The Huali Dafa was an extremely popular three-cylinder microvan in the People's Republic of China since introduced in 1984. It was well known for its low cost and reliability. It is highly identifiable by its slightly curved "snub" shape. For this reason it is commonly nicknamed the "bread car". Production of the Huali Dafa was discontinued some time ago, but hundreds of thousands remain on the roads of China. By far, its most common color is maroon, followed by silver.

The first Dafas looked very similar to the 1981 Daihatsu Hijet, but two major facelifts left late versions looking quite different, with body colored bumpers and grille accompanying a slightly elongated nose. Originally, the Dafa's internal code was TJ110 (1984-1989). After 1989 model codes switched to TJ6320 and TJ6350 for minivans, while trucks were called TJ 1010SL, TJ 1010A, and TJ 1013F. These were built alongside the facelifted TJ6330 and TJ 1010FL/FLA (introduced in 1998) until production of all versions ended in 2002.






 

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I've seen one photo of a Huali Dafa pick-up with Russian license plates. Also I've seen one Huali Dafa minivan with Russian license plates too. So I can say that it was exported to this country (probably) in the late '80s.
 
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