Home / Auto News / News article: Chinese Police Rebadge Mercedes ML350 To Look Like Honda CR-V - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Jul 13 2011, 3:11 PM

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Residents of Fangchenggang, a part of the Guanxi Province in China, are in an uproar after discovering that the local police had rebadged a Mercedes-Benz ML350 police car as a Honda CR-V in hopes that citizens wouldn’t realize how much money was being spent on the local police department. The silly attempt at covering up the Mercedes may have worked a few years ago, but with more and more car enthusiasts in China these days, it simply backfired on the local police department.

An  ML350 costs around $139,000 in China versus the CR-V’s price tag of a relatively meager $30,000. It’s rather entertaining that they would even come up with this sort of cover-up idea, and it’s even worse that the police are flat out denying that they did anything to the car. With all the criticism of the Chinese government lately of wasting taxpayers money, this is probably the last thing they needed to surface.

But hey, this could just all be a misunderstanding. Maybe the Chinese government really thought they were getting Honda CR-Vs.

[Source: Autoblog]

  • Danny Tse

    How do we know this isn’t the new counterfeit Honda CR-V? What? You’ve not heard about the counterfeit Honda CR-V? Read this article from The Economist….

    http://www.economist.com/node/8961838

    Even if that M-B is legit, how do we know if it’s not a stolen vehicle (from the US)?

  • Jeff Thompson

    Stunning. And here I am, thinking that the ML350′s
    price would be lower on China because of their
    strengthening economy. Am I wrong? I must be.
    Additionally, is this economic disguise further evidence
    that the Chinese government is fortifying its police force
    to thwart citizens’ revolts? I do know that Facebook and Twitter
    are banned
    in many provinces throughout China–again to deter peoples’
    organizing against the government.
    In any case, I love my vintage Mercedes and Mercedes-Benzes
    In general! Lol