The Gleagle Panda GX2 is/was sold in Taiwan as the Tobe W’Car
* See the entire photo album by clicking on the title! *
Thanks to Rutger van der Maar who recently travelled to Taiwan, I can share with you a Photo Album of the car landscape there. This is just a selection, check out Rutger’s Flickr page for the entire 391 photos!
Luxgen 7 SUV. Picture courtesy of Rutger van den Maar, all rights reserved.
The first striking observation going through this album is how Taiwanese consumers have started tuning the local Luxgen models, meaning these cars, although they have been relatively discreet in the sales rankings…
Luxgen 5 Sedan. Picture courtesy of Rutger van den Maar, all rights reserved.
…are entering the vernacular of the car culture in Taiwan, logical in retrospect given they are the only true local models available, but interesting nonetheless.
Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis. Picture courtesy of Rutger van den Maar, all rights reserved.
This is also the opportunity to pick up on a few Taiwanese specificities from today, like the Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis…
Yue Loong Stanza. Picture courtesy of Rutger van den Maar, all rights reserved.
…or from yesteryear when local brand Yue Loong used to sell Datsun models like this Stanza.
Tobe W’Car Electric
Let’s also notice the presence of a few Chinese cars: the Gleagle Panda is sold in Taiwan as the Tobe M’Car and its ‘cross’ version the Panda GX2 as the Tobe W’Car, including a plug-in electric version. But local brand Tobe apparently stopped selling the Panda because of poor sales.
Former Yue Loong logo (before the brand was simplified to Yulon in 1992). Picture courtesy of Rutger van den Maar, all rights reserved.
You will also notice the Chery using yet another nameplate for both its A3, called Apola in Taiwan and A1, called Fresh…
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More tuned Luxgen, Taiwanese specificities and Yue Loong models below.