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Stephen F. emails:

The next time Stern and Co. make ridiculous assertions about US vehicle imports into China, direct them to this page.

The pic shows a Hummer in Shaanxi Province. Even better, it’s got a huge advertisement on the side for Xifeng Liqour (a famous brand of Chinese white spirits). Note also the number plate; it suggests a person of very high status – plates with sort of number only go to very heavy hitters (i.e., if this guy runs over you and you call the police, they’ll probably tell you to forget about it and get on with your life …).

Also find attached a photo I took this morning in the Hong Kong-Macau ferry terminal. Paco‘s business interests in Asia are clearly growing …


Posted by Tim B. on 09/01/2007 at 03:37 AM
    1. The diversity of Paco Industries is breathtaking. What are we to expect in the future?

      Posted by BJM on 2007 09 01 at 03:53 AM • permalink


    1. “Optical Shop”!

      What a great cover!

      Posted by Jack from Montreal on 2007 09 01 at 03:55 AM • permalink


    1. Boy am I screwed, I just had laser surgury on mine…..

      Anyway who says its selling glasses i picture it more like this behind the doors.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 01 at 04:00 AM • permalink


    1. Bah, PIMF is for wusses!!!

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 01 at 04:01 AM • permalink


    1. psst, link under “this page” busted… I think.

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 01 at 04:14 AM • permalink


    1. OT: Check out these awesome awards soon to be running.

      Do they come with cash prizes? Lifetime supply of pork?

      Posted by Quentin George on 2007 09 01 at 04:27 AM • permalink


    1. #6. Quentin George.
      I wait with baited breath for this event. Will the ABC or SBS be televising this ceremony?

      Posted by BJM on 2007 09 01 at 05:08 AM • permalink


    1. That’s Rosie O’Donnell’s car. Her other car has plates that read “ching chong”

      Posted by Scott R on 2007 09 01 at 05:15 AM • permalink


    1. Is that really the number plate, or a representation of the Hollywood Jap and stereotyped Confucian master saying “Ah, soooo…”

      Posted by Clubbeaux on 2007 09 01 at 07:02 AM • permalink


    1. Having lived in China I know that the A in the number means that the owner is a official in the Goverment/Peoples Party.  Additionally the lower the number the higher the rank of the official.
      The Chinese Character at the front indicates the locality. I am not sure of the area but it is no Shanghai.The owner of the vehicle must be the head honcho for that locality.

      Posted by Lefty Wobbling Right on 2007 09 01 at 07:13 AM • permalink


    1. #9.

      Many Kanji characters and expressions are shared between Chinese and Japanese.  “A-so” is the expression used when someone explains some thing to you and you get it. Roughly, it means, “I see!”

      Therefore, the inescapable conclusion is that the Hummer belongs to… Paco, and is a roving advert for his, ahem, “optical shop.” *Yeah, right: I’m buyin’ THAT.*


      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 09 01 at 07:48 AM • permalink


    1. How do we know it’s a real Hummer, and not a Chinese-built knockoff?

      Posted by Damian P. on 2007 09 01 at 07:59 AM • permalink


    1. The link is working now.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 09 01 at 08:46 AM • permalink


    1. I’m still waiting for PACO – The Musical.

      Posted by surfmaster on 2007 09 01 at 08:57 AM • permalink


    1. Interesting shot of the Hummer, or Hummer knock-off.

      Does anyone know the significance of “1956” stencilled on the car’s side? I’m assuming it refers to the year 1956, though I’m afraid I don’t even know if the Chinese use Christian-era numbering for years. If it is the year, I think that 1956 was the year that the Great Leap Forward began, but otherwise was pretty nondescript.

      Posted by Urbs in Horto on 2007 09 01 at 09:42 AM • permalink


    1. #10 The character on the number plate is 陕 (which in short for Shaanxi – 陕西). You’re right; it’s not the character on Shanghai plates). And you’re also right; the guy who owns this car is definitely very, very senior and powerful.

      #12 The Chinese do make a Hummer clone, but it’s not badged as a Hummer (it’s made by Dongfeng and is clearly badged as such). Besides the design is awful. You can see pics here (the Dongfeng badge is visible on the front). As mentioned at that link, it’s only for sale to the army at the moment. It’s rumoured that Dongfeng will have a version for sale to the public next year for RMB 1.4 million (US$ 185K)(see here). For a shit awful “Chinese Hummer” currently on the market take a look at this.

      And anyway, the guy who owns this can have anything he likes. He’s payed more than RMB 1.4 million for this one, and he’s not wasting his time on a fake or clone; believe me.

      Posted by Hanyu on 2007 09 01 at 09:51 AM • permalink


    1. #15 The main characters on the side of the Hummer say “Xifeng 1956”; which refers to a line of sold by Xifeng (see here). The company is based in Shaanxi Province and originated in 1956 (as part of a state-owned enterprise group). It was privatised in 1999 as a separate company. Xifeng is a well known and high quality baijiu (white spirit).

      Posted by Hanyu on 2007 09 01 at 10:02 AM • permalink


    1. … which refers to a line of liquor sold by Xifeng …

      Should also mention that Xifeng liquor (not the company) is one of the four great baijiu names in China (on a par with Moutai [Maotai]). If you’ve ever been to China, chances are you’ve drunk baijiu, particularly if you’ve been on business.

      Posted by Hanyu on 2007 09 01 at 10:05 AM • permalink


    1. I’m beginning to think Paco works for the CIA.  I mean, just look at the logo on that sign.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 09 01 at 10:05 AM • permalink


    1. Re #16, Hanyu, describing that Chinese Hummer knock off as “shit awful” is being kind.  But I expect someone here to buy one, just because no one else has one.

      Anywho, when will Private Automobiles for Chinese Oligarchs start rolling out their latest designs?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 09 01 at 12:01 PM • permalink


    1. Paco Opticals: Specialists in laser surgery.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 01 at 12:52 PM • permalink


    1. Obviously that Paco optical shop is for roundeyes only. That, or Harry freakin’ Potter.

      Posted by kiwinews on 2007 09 01 at 12:54 PM • permalink


    1. #14: I’m still waiting for PACO – The Musical.

      Your wait is over!

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 01 at 12:55 PM • permalink


    1. Pa-a-aco products
      Make your life an easy peasy dream
      We make your breath sweet,
      We bleach your sheets,
      Get more milage out of gasoline!Pa-a-aco products
      Every aspect we are here to meet
      We’ll sell you gel for hair
      A hit on CAIR
      A beach umbrella or a submarine!

      You wallet’s a an open door to us!
      (And we cater to every form of lust)

      Oh yes you neeeed, US!
      Oh say can you see “greed”? – US!
      “One’s born every minute” is our motto
      Paco products
      P! A!
      C! O!  P! R!O! Deeee ….screw this spelling, there’s money to be made.

      Posted by kiwinews on 2007 09 01 at 01:27 PM • permalink


  1. Kiwinews,
    Sung to the tune of Oklahoma I suppose.  It fits well.  LOL!

    Posted by Michael Lonie on 2007 09 01 at 09:48 PM • permalink