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1989 Mercedes-Benz 190 [W201]

1989 Mercedes-Benz 190 [W201] in Uriui hyanggi, Movie, 2003 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE

1989 Mercedes-Benz 190 [W201]

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imcdb FR

2012-05-30 15:35


190 E ?


2012-05-30 15:39


Our founder has returned! :D

Sandie SX

2012-05-30 16:35



Could it be one of those North Korean 190 copies? Like the one from ingo's calender? Can't find what they are listed as on here though.

Lateef NO

2012-05-30 16:40


I don't think it's a Kaengsaeng 88: http://picasaweb.google.com/birgit1401/DprkAutomobiles#5273452398354155810

Accordingly those were only made in 1987-88 and only a few prototypes were made, whereas this is a 1989+ model due to the cladding.

kegare JP

2012-05-30 16:44


As aforementioned by Lateef, there were not many built and were phased out quickly due to reliability issues. Mercedes-Benz, are, on the other hand, much more popular.

The indigenous civilian passenger-car industry, too, mostly made knockoffs of models produced elsewhere. After importing a fleet of Mercedes-Benz 190s, the country produced replicas under local model names into the 1990s. Unfortunately, the domestically made copies were dogged by reports about ``terrible overall quality,'' says Erik van Ingen Schenau, author of a new pictorial book, ``Automobiles Made in North Korea.''

Lee Keum Ryung, a former used-car trader who defected from North to South Korea in 2004, agrees. The knockoffs came with ``no air conditioning, no heater, and they're not tightly built or sealed,'' he says. ``If you drive out of the city and return, your car will be full of dust. It's like an oil-fueled cart.'' Lee, 40, uses a pseudonym because he fears repercussions from North Korea.

Nightrider RU

2012-05-30 18:48


Kaengsaeng name looks similar to Koenigsegg.

ingo DE

2012-05-31 19:06


@kegare: if you mean the guy (named Kim Jon Ryul in the book), who wrote the recommended book Link to "www.amazon.de" (I don't know, if there is already a translation in English), he wasn't a used car trader. He was the responsible manager for the import of all kind of Western goods to the DPRK.

ingo DE

2012-05-31 19:09


kegare wrote of a new pictorial book, ``Automobiles Made in North Korea.''

Is it already available? :??:

kegare JP

2012-05-31 19:18


Ingo, I did not write that text, it is quoted from this interesting article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a31VJVRxcJ1Y

"Automobiles Made in North Korea" can be purchased here: http://www.chinesecars.net/index.php?page=4

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