On the other hand, there’s no traffic

According to conventional wisdom, cars from South Korea range from not bad at all (most Hyundai and Kia models) to sort of meh (Daewoo) to way short of meh (SsangYong). But the worst of them is a farging Bentley, or at least a Buick, next to the transportation devices they build in North Korea:

[W]hen the South Koreans began designing and producing cars from scratch, the dictator Kim Il-sung ordered his minions to show that the North could build cars, too. Except they had no clue what they were doing. The North Korean automotive “engineers” imported several Mercedes 190Es and copied most of the parts with workmanship that made the Yugo look like a Rolls-Royce. The result was the Kaengsaeng 88. Allegedly, it had a four-cylinder engine, no heat, and no air conditioning, and the cabin was prone to fill with dust while driving.

That was, however, a Kim ago. The current official DPRK automaker, Pyeonghwa Motors, is actually partially owned by the Unification Church, from those uncharted lands south of the 38th parallel, and they produce two rebadged Fiats and assemble some Chinese trucks from kits.

One such Fiat is shown here, at a rather relaxed pace:

Not that actual associates of the Dear Leader would be caught dead in the Pyeonghwa Hwiparam:

So where do the corrupt officials of a small Third World dictatorship do their car shopping? With the official brand of rich dictators worldwide: Mercedes-Benz. Photos of Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, inevitably feature a ’70s or ’80s black S-class.

But of course.







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