Walking near The Forbidden City in Beijing, China, I came face to face with this heavy-duty Ford van.
The same goes for Chrysler, aside from Jeep.
I know that General Motors has its presence firmly in place given China’s affinity with the Buick brand. Hell, they are produced there and have models we’ll never have – including a G8-based Buick Park Avenue.
So, where is Ford?
I discovered that each large city in China has its own preference when it comes to cars. In Shanghai, China – I saw a bevvy of Fords. At the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, Ford’s presence was pervasive with interesting models we’ll never see in the USA.
So, what about this big-bad bruiser of a van? It turns out that this is a riot van built to either safely transport police in or rioters out of a hot spot. Personally, I think its mere presence will keep the bad-guys in check. We have similar equipment in the U.S, but most of ours are black or gray.
The cool part? I pointed at it and said something like, “Cool” next to a Beijing cop (not realizing that my verbal filter was inoperative) he turned to me and smiled as if he said, “Yes it is.”
There’s more to come regarding Ford at the Shanghai Auto Show on The Fast Lane Car’s video channel.
Check out this fun video of the Ford Explorer Sport – the best Explorer of the bunch!
Oy, I hope Ford’s not mad at me.