Wuling Hongtu

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Wuling Hongtu
Wuling LZW6381C3 fv.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer SAIC-GM-Wuling
Also called Wuling LZW 6381
Wuling Journey
Wuling Sunshine (Singapore)
Wuling N200
Chevrolet N200
Production 2007–present
Body and chassis
Class Microvan
Body style 5-door, 5- to 8-seater minivan
Powertrain
Engine 1.1L LXA I4
1.2L LAQ I4
Transmission 5 speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,500 mm (98.4 in)
Length 3,860 mm (152.0 in)
Width 1,570 mm (61.8 in)
Height 1,860 mm (73.2 in)
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Combo

The Wuling Hongtu is a five-door, five- to eight-seater Microvan made by SGMW (SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile), a Chinese joint venture of SAIC with Liuzhou Wuling Motors Co and the American automotive company General Motors. Unlike the company's earlier Mitsubishi-based products, the Hongtu is an independent development. Codenamed LZW 6381B3, the Hongtu is also marketed as the Wuling Journey and Sunshine (the cargo version - confusing, as there is another car called the Wuling Journey and Wuling Sunshine in other markets) in Singapore, and Chevrolet N200 (Latin America, North Africa, Middle East).[1]

Specifications[edit]

The LZW 6381B3 Hongtu is equipped with Wuling's own B-series four cylinder engine of 1.2 litres displacement (engine code LAQ). Its 86 PS (63 kW) at 6,000 rpm is enough to propel the 1,095 kg (2,414 lb) car to 135 km/h (84 mph).[2] The Singaporean market Sunshine and Journey receive the modelcode LZW 6381C3, the one-letter difference denoting its being equipped with the older 1.1-litre LJ465Q3-1 engine, which is based on the thirty-year-old Suzuki F10A. With only 53 PS (39 kW) on tap, the Sunshine/Journey's top speed is barely over 105 km/h (65 mph).[3]

Suspension is independent by MacPherson struts in front, with either leaf springs or coil springs in rear depending on the equipment level. Brakes are discs up front and drums in the rear, and only a five-speed manual transmission is available. Safety features such as airbags and ABS brakes are available at extra cost.[2]

Sales in Latin America began in July 2008, as the car entered the Peruvian market under the name of Chevrolet N200. The N200 receives another grille and prominent Chevrolet badges. Since August 2009, the Chevrolet N200 is sold through GM's distribution network in markets in Latin America, Africa, and Arab countries.[1]

Motorsports[edit]

A Wuling Journey in Singapore christened The Journeyman[4] undertook multiple grassroots motorsports events around Singapore and Malaysia. The entrant to these events took the spectators by storm that a microvan could be on par with the other participants. A group of fans who labelled themselves as the Journeyfans will always show their support for the vehicle at events.

The Journeyman passed away on 23 April 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Li Fangfang (2009-08-14). "Wuling minis go global under GM Chevrolet brand". China Daily. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Wuling Hongtu". SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile (SGMW). Archived from the original on 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Showroom". K B Auto Pte Ltd. Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  4. ^ "The Journeyman 旅程人". The Journeyman 旅程人. Retrieved 28 April 2018.