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Huali

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Huali, once a distinguished brand under the First Automobile Works (FAW) Group of Tianjin, China, began its journey in the automotive world in 1984. The company initially made a mark with the Huali Dafa, a microvan that was known for its affordability and reliability, becoming a popular choice among consumers for its practicality in urban environments.

The Huali Dafa was a rebadged version of the Daihatsu Hijet, which evolved over the years through various facelifts and modifications, distinguishing itself from its original model. This vehicle was not only a staple on Chinese roads but also a common sight as a taxicab during the 1980s, eventually being replaced by more modern vehicles from Volkswagen and other brands.

Transitioning into the new millennium, Huali expanded its portfolio by licensing and rebadging models from Daihatsu. The brand introduced vehicles like the Huali TJ5015XFY or “Happy Messenger,” based on the first-generation Daihatsu Move, which was also available in an electric version known as the Miles ZX40 in the United States, marking it as the first Chinese-built vehicle to be sold in the U.S.

Despite its early successes and innovations, the Huali brand has seen its prominence wane, with production ceasing in the early 2000s. The automotive landscape has evolved, with consumers turning towards more modern and feature-rich vehicles, leaving brands like Huali as a nostalgic footnote in China’s automotive history.

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