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Wuzhou Mei Ling (梧州魅灵) Automotive Corporation


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Mei Ling is a Chinese automotive company based in Wuzhou, Guangxi. Founded in 1980, the company initially specialized in heavy machinery before shifting half its focus towards the compact vehicle market around the mid-90s.

Their vehicles were shabby, hastily put together, and as a result, very unsafe. Consequently, they were ultra-cheap, easily servicable vehicles that found heavy use in utilitarian and fleet purposes. Notably, the QC and QY series, both which launched around the early 90s. During these times in the 90s, the company had yet to gain certification to designate their model names under private vehicles, resulting in compact vehicles acquiring the leading digit “6” in their names which typically would have corresponded to buses.

Today, the company places great emphasis on creating inexpensive and utilitarian transportation for the least affluent parts of the Guangxi region, locking horns directly with Liuzhou’s Wuling MPVs and microvans. This included the DB-series, and more recently, the MC-series MPV.


The brand’s greatest niche was their early-day sedan trucks, which did not involve much more work than hacking the rear off their vehicles and creating a bed out of it. These were later phased out in favour of actual trucks around the mid-2000s.

Although this brand is early in development, I plan to release a lot more vehicles in the future. Stay tuned, this thread will be updated whenever I’m able to do so!


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You already have lore for your other Chinese brands - Honghu is the core range, Huangdou is a budget brand and Jinhe is the upmarket premium division. But what about this one? And is it also part of the Honghu group as well?

Anyway, all the cars you’ve made so far have proven that “Made in China” is no longer a set of dirty words, and is instead something that its customers can be proud of. I can’t wait to see how this one develops!


#3

Think what people stereotype how Chinese brands are supposed to be like, that’s what this brand is like.

Nope! This one is based in Wuzhou in my home province of Guangxi.

Oh just you wait :wink:


#4

Mei Ling QY-Series

The Mei Ling QY-Series SUVs were brought into production in 1990, starting with the first-generation QY6486QW. The SUVs were heavily based on existing SUV platforms, just a lot more shit. As a result, these Mei Lings were readily-equipped for off-road use with choices between RWD or 4x4, and manual lockers as standard equipment. What was original on the QY-Series vehicles were the fascias, the interior as well as most of its running gear including the engine.

Interior

Interior of a XiangJiang via. ChinaCarHistory

Unlike the drastically-smaller QC-Series microcar, the interior of the Mei QY-Series looked rather… decent? At least in the higher 6487 trim. In the end, all you got was a bit of cloth cushioning on the seats to hold you in place, a dinky radio in the middle, some heating and nothing much more.

Engine

The QY-Series used a 1980 4.0 litre gasoline inline 6 built in-house and used in other larger vehicles, outputting roughly 133 horsepower and 193 lb ft of torque. The alternative option was a 2.5 litre inline-4 developed by the long-since-dead Guangzhou HAC company.

Facelift

1996 saw the introduction of a facelifted vehicle, which threw a bit of glass over the front sealed beams, painted the bumpers, and replaced the taillights with a single composite unit.

Pretty significant change I guess…

…and the higher end 6487QW was updated too! Look at all that chrome!

Issues

But of course, Mei Ling being Mei Ling, these vehicles ran into many many quality issues. The panels and the ladder frame were all very prone to premature corrosion, whilst the OEM throttle cable would simply snap and brake lines, crack and leak. Electrical issues were prominent within the headlight connections too, resulting in many a broken housing. Thankfully, like Huangdou in the past, these parts were absurdly cheap to replace. Well… besides the rust.

The classic Mei Ling QY-Series is still in production today, solely for fleet use. The newest civilian version is yet to be made, but will be on here sooner or later :slight_smile:

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