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Wuling Dragon
Marathon Mini Truck -- 12-26-2009
Manufacturer SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile
Also called 1010, 1020, 6320, 6330, 6332, 6360, 6430
Production ~1990–present
Predecessor Liuzhou Wuling LZ 110
Class Microvan
Body style(s) Microvan
Pickup truck
Engine(s) 797 cc I4 (Suzuki)
843 cc I3 (Daihatsu)
870 cc I4 (Suzuki)
970 cc LJ465Q3E2 I4 (Suzuki)
993 cc I3 (Daihatsu)
1,051 cc LJ465Q3-1 I4 (Suzuki)
1,061 cc I4 (Mitsubishi)
Wheelbase 178 cm (microvan)
201 cm (single-cab)
237 cm (double-cab)
Related Mitsubishi Minicab

The Wuling Dragon is a series of Microvans and mini pickup trucks made by SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile, a Chinese joint venture with General Motors of the United States. The Dragon is the successor of the earlier Liuzhou Wuling LZ 110, which was based on the 1977-1984 Mitsubishi Minicab.

Production began around 1990 after an agreement was signed with Mitsubishi to produce the 1984-1991 Mitsubishi Minicab under license, as the Liuzhou Wuling LZW 6320/6430 (bus/van versions) and LZW 1010 (pickup trucks). In 1998 the car received a facelift and became the LZW6330/6332. A seven passenger minivan called the LZW6360 was added in 2003.[1]

Wuling LZW1010

Hard working LZW 1010SD double cab

The engines used were originally a Daihatsu 843 cc three-cylinder and Mitsubishi's 1,061 cc 4G82 four cylinder (all Chinese built).[2] Since at least 1998 the engines used are 0.8, 1.0, and 1.1 litre versions of the old Suzuki F8A/F10A inline fours with 35, 43, and 48 PS (26, 32, and 35 kW) respectively.[3] More recently the 1.1 has been dropped and the power of the smaller engines are increased to 39 and 47 PS (29 and 35 kW).[1] Other engines have also been fitted, such as Daihatsu's 993 cc three-cylinder.

The Dragon is popular as it is of the right size for China's densely populated areas and it is cheaper than most import vehicles into China. The long wheelbase double cab pickup (LZW 1010SD/PSN[2], more recently LZW 1020PSLNE3) developed by Wuling sits on a longer (237 cm/93 in) wheelbase and is of 417 cm (164 in) overall length,[4] considerably longer than the 332 cm (131 in) of the microvan version.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 (2006) World of Cars 2006·2007. Warsaw, Poland: Media Connection Sp. z o.o., 239. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Martin Schaefers. "Japanese Kei Minivans". Far East Auto Literature. Retrieved on 2010-12-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 van Damme, Stéphane. "Wuling Dragon (LZW6330,LZW6360)". Histomobile.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-02.
  4. "Wuling Double Cab Pickup (Extended)". SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile (SGMW). Retrieved on 2010-12-02.
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