Monday, December 19, 2011

Great Wall Campervan

Most campervan on the market are the results of custom made bodies built on bare chassis from vehicle manufacturers. However Great Wall Motors of China took a different path, they produced a complete campervan as one of their product line. One that is ready to be driven away for road trip from the showroom. It is based on Great Wall's dual cab LWB pickup truck with a fully equipped interior. It comes with roof mounted site aircon, a bathroom/toilet, a kitchen stove and sink, a full time double bed  over the passengers cab and 2 bunks at the back for a total of 4 sleeping berths. It even comes standard with a LCD TV, fridge and microwave oven. The export models runs on a Mitsubishi 2.4 Litre petrol engine delivering 100KW of power and 200Nm of torque, turbo diesel engine is also available as an option. It is almost 6m long and 2m wide with a 3.9m wheel base, the height is 2.9m. The Hiluxs, Rangers and Tritons on road will be made to feel like Kancils when faced with this behemoth on the road.

I am not sure how much it cost, but I sure hope that a local distributor will consider importing it to Malaysia.

The factory made body is well integrated to the chassis.
This side view gives us an idea of the length of the camper. Take a look at the wheel base, I have never seen any pickup truck in Malaysia with that kind of dimension. Maneuvering this camper will be challenging.

19" LCD TV is standard

Bunks at the back

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A VW splitty camper with the reliability of a Toyota HiAce?

a rare westfalia vw campervan in malaysia

A VW type 2 splitty van commands a premium price in Malaysia these days. It's main draw is it iconic look, which has deeply ingrained into the collective pop culture consciousness. In nine of out ten references to vans in any comics or commercial graphics, you will find the unmistakable image of the VW type 1 van with its friendly "smiling face". However, the splitty van is also a very old model and it is not easy to keep it on the road. Some critical parts can be hard to get and not every enthusiasts has the budget or time to keep it in road worthy condition. Wouldn't it be great if the type 2 van is as reliable as a Toyota HiAce van, as easy to find parts? This is exactly what a Japanese did with a HiAce van, with some body modification, he made a garden variety HiAce van into a smart Type 2 van lookalike. While it won't fool any VW van enthusiasts who worth their salt, it is a surprisingly effective conversion. Now, if the owner will just put an artifical center pillar to the windscreen, it would give it that split screen look.