Yue Loong Feeling
|Yue Loong Feeling 101/102|
1994 Yulon Arex
|Also called||Yulon Arex|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door notchback
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive|
|Engine||1,598 cc CA16
1,796 cc CA18, CA18S I4
|Wheelbase||2,470 mm (97 in)|
|Length||4,455 mm (175.4 in)|
|Width||1,680 mm (66 in)|
|Height||1,375 mm (54.1 in)|
|Curb weight||1,050–1,070 kg (2,310–2,360 lb)|
|Predecessor||Yue Loong 706|
First presented on 25 October 1986, it was heavily based on the T11 Auster/Stanza, built by Yulon's affiliate Nissan. Despite Yulon having invested heavily in a new R&D center (Sanyi) and having spent five years in development, hiring 300 technicians and spending NT $2 billion in the process, the car failed in the marketplace due to much publicized quality concerns. The Feeling was also marketed abroad (even in Europe), unusual for Taiwanese built cars. After a disappointing 9,451 built in the first full year, production dropped to a mere 3,846 the second year (1988). The Feeling was even displayed at the 1987 Tokyo Motor Show.
The Feeling was recognizable by its unusual three-piece, wrap around rear window. A 1.6 or a 1.8-litre four cylinder Nissan CA gasoline engine was available, with 88 or 97 hp (65, 71 kW). The 1.6 was added during 1987, complementing the pricier 1.8. Top speeds were 160 and 170 km/h (99 and 106 mph) respectively. The bigger engine's bore was 0.3 mm less than its Nissan counterpart, so as to squeeze under the 1.8-litre tax threshold. The facelifted Feeling 102 was released in June 1989, when claimed top speeds increased to 180 and 185 km/h for the 1.6 and 1.8 (190 km/h in the notchback 1.8).
The Feeling was imported to the Netherlands by the Abemy Group in Sassenheim during 1992. Brought over in three models (1.6 LS, 1.8 LSX, 1.8 GTX) it failed to make a splash in the marketplace. Only 122 were sold in 1992, with a total of 130 brought in. All examples were then bought back by the importer who was unable to supply spare parts for the cars. Later it was found out that one car still is in the Netherlands in a private collection. Yue Loong's attempt at breaking into the European market was over.
The 102 was replaced by the Yulon 601 Arex (Chinese: 裕隆精兵) 1.8i in summer 1993, by which time the company had switched the romanized version of their name to become "Yulon". The Arex featured a newly designed front with flip-up headlights and blistered fenders, as well as a Lucas fuel injection system which increases power to 103 PS (76 kW) at 5,300 rpm. Top speed remained around 185 km/h (115 mph), depending on bodystyle and transmission. After no more than 4,300 were made, Yulon halted their attempts at making a Taiwanese national car in 1995. In total 27,876 of the three generations of Feelings/Arex' were built over a ten-year period; more than half of them were built in the first two years.
|Production of Feeling 101, Feeling 102, and Arex|
|Feeling 101 1.6||1,034||412||1,446|
|Feeling 101 1.8||4,685||8,417||2,105||15,207|
|Feeling 102 1.6||681||1,417||81||1||10||3||1||2,194|
|Feeling 102 1.8||2,786||1,258||560||117||10||4,731|
|Arex 601 1.8||917||758||1,520||1,103||4,298|
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