FAW Lubao CA6410

Ever wondered what a facelifted Maestro would look like? Well, now you know…


The Chinese automotive group First Auto Works (FAW) acquired the production rights to the Maestro and Montego from Etsong (who had produced the Lubao QE6400 and derivatives) and developed the car into an interesting amalgamation of the two.

On 11 May 2003, FAW revealed its CA6410 to the Chinese press. According to site contributor Erik van Ingen Schenau, “Production will take place, as First Auto Works (FAW) took over the project.” It is very interesting that FAW have acquired the rights to this car, given their former production of the Ital-based Huandu CAC6430. As had been the case with the recycled Morris and the Etsong QE range, this re-born Maestro’s name means it is registered with the Beijing authorities as a “bus” (hence 6000-series) and is classified as being 4.1 metres long (the “410” part of its name). One can only hope that given FAW’s previous record, it will sell in reasonable numbers in Western China, and that the Maestro’s long wheel travel and soft suspension will prove to be just the ticket on less-than-perfect roads.


Gallery

Rear view shows interesting badging (Picture supplied by Kevin Davis)

Rear view shows interesting badging (Picture supplied by Kevin Davis)

Upmarket model gets integral front foglamps and cheap-looking sill extensions.

Upmarket model gets integral front foglamps and cheap-looking sill extensions.

Basic model gets by without the body addenda, and has what appear to be side lights built into the front bumper (a feature shared with the Etsong QE6400).

Basic model gets by without the body addenda, and has what appear to be side lights built into the front bumper (a feature shared with the Etsong QE6400).

This intermediate model benefits from the fact that the contrasting bodyside rubbing strip is continued ahead of the front doors and onto the front bumper, giving the car a more finished look.

This intermediate model benefits from the fact that the contrasting bodyside rubbing strip is continued ahead of the front doors and onto the front bumper, giving the car a more finished look.

Side view shows the car in its worst light: the mismatch between the Montego front wheelarches and Maestro rear ones is plain to see, while the front overhang seems at odds with the curtailed back end. The black surround of the rear side window also looks out of place, now that the window frames on the doors have been painted in the body colour.

Side view shows the car in its worst light: the mismatch between the Montego front wheelarches and Maestro rear ones is plain to see, while the front overhang seems at odds with the curtailed back end. The black surround of the rear side window also looks out of place, now that the window frames on the doors have been painted in the body colour.


Thanks to Erik van Ingen Schenau and Graham Arnold

Keith Adams

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2 Comments on "FAW Lubao CA6410"

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  1. P D K says:

    Well it’s certianly different! Shows the Chinese are thinking about new ways to develop the model (lol).

  2. Jemma says:

    A shame this wasn’t done in the UK – makes the car look so much more modern. Slightly confused as to the decision to trim the rear but not the front. Rear bumper trim delete would look balanced.
    Imagine – VDP & MG Turbo Maestro’s with this Aero look & the other models with the standard one – more highline cars sold – more profit.

    I wonder if its possible to convert UK cars? are the fixing points & all that the same?

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