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Even though the wildly successful joint venture, Shanghai GM Wuling, only began in 2002 Wuling has been in the mini vehicle business since 1982, according to its website. Sedans were among the early mini vehicles but by the time the joint venture came about, it seems Wuling was producing mostly commercial type mini vehicles.

http://www.wulingmotors.com
 

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The Visa's ware composed of original Citroën bodywork/platform and Japanese engines. The only Chinese parts I could find were the windows and the tyres. The original Citroën parts were shipped from France to China.
Jonathan (Joest), about the Accent: at that time there were several Chinese makes showing an Accent copy like this one. It is possible that they were just (literaly) rebadged Hyundais.
 

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Another interesting product was made by the Liuzhou Machinery Works. This factory made engines for Wuling and was also part of the Wuling Group.
In the years 1989, 1991 and 1993 I made pictures of their station wagon: the Disai LJ720, later named Disai LJ5010XKH. This vehicle was based on the Daihatsu Charade 1, but had a polyester body made with help of original Charade dies. It was popular as taxi in the Guangxi region. A company in Shenzhen, named Zhonghua (no, not Brilliance!) used the same bodyparts to make the same vehicles. The engine was a 276Q 2-cylinder, made by this Machinery Works. This engine was also in use in the Wuling minivans.
 

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erik (laofan) said:
In the years 1989, 1991 and 1993 I made pictures of their station wagon: the Disai LJ720, later named Disai LJ5010XKH. This vehicle was based on the Daihatsu Charade 1, but had a polyester body made with help of original Charade dies.
It seems to me the car in the first photo was based in the Daihatsu Charade 1st generation (1977), indeed. But the second pic seems to be a car with a slightly different front (less vertical) which recalls me to Charade's 2nd generation (1983).

So I believe first pic might be the Disai LJ720 and second the Disai LJ5010XKH.
 

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erik (laofan) said:
A company in Shenzhen, named Zhonghua (no, not Brilliance!)
Yes, I've heard a bit about them. What happened to them?

Here's an other defunct Chinese manufacturer: Chunlan. I think they once tried to make a Daihatsu clone. What's their story?
 

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Chunlan of Taizhou, Jiangsu Province, a home appliance maker, tried to break into the passenger car manufacturing business and was even in talks to tie-up with Fiat, and with Hino, for this purpose. But no license to build ever came their way.
 
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