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What cars made in North Korea look like

Pyeonghwa Motors is North Korea’s largest passenger vehicle manufacturer.

The company is headquartered in Nampho, Pyongan Province, and is run by the country’s government.

It also enjoys sole rights over the production of passenger cars, as well as the buying and selling of second-hand vehicles in the country.

Pyeonghwa Motors

Pyeonghwa Motors was established in 1999 through a joint venture between the South Korean Unification Church and the North Korean Ryonbong General Corp.

Pyeonghwa, meaning “peace”, came during the Sunshine Policy period – where sanctions between the neighbouring countries were not as strict.

In 2013, the company was completely transferred to the North Korean government.

Reportedly, Pyeonghwa cars are rather common in North Korea today – despite not many citizens being able to afford personal vehicles.

According to a 2011 newsletter from the regime’s government to a South Korean news outlet, the company “sold 1,450 sport utility vehicles, sedans, and minibuses” that year.

It also said that the main customers of these $15,000-$17,000 automobiles were state-run companies.

After Pyeonghwa Motors became the exclusive property of the North Korean government, information has become hard to come by.

A report by Mashable stated that, according to a North Korean insider, car prices ranged between $10,000 and $30,000 in 2015.

The Korea Kumphyong Joint Venture Company in Ryckpho District, Pyongyang, is another prominent auto manufacturer in North Korea.

This company produces commercial vehicles only, and has revealed even less about its operations than its passenger-car counterpart.

The only available data is its model line-up, which was provided by the China Motor Vehicle Documentation Centre.


Nearly every modern passenger vehicle that Pyeonghwa Motors builds comes from imported “knock-down kits”.

These parts are assembled, the fully-built vehicles are rebadged, and the final products are shipped to the showrooms.

Buses, trucks, trams, and military vehicles are also produced across various platforms and body styles.

We have listed several of North Korea’s most recent vehicles, along with the specifications that were available, below.

Chaju 64 (6×6)

  • Years of production – From 1982
  • Engine – V8 Diesel

Chonji Light Van (2)

  • Years of production – From 2016
  • Engine – 2.4-litre petrol, 100kW
  • Top Speed – 150km/h
  • Wheelbase – 3,105mm

Hwiparam 2

  • Years of production – From 2007
  • Engine – 1.8-litre petrol
  • Length – 4.6 metres
  • Name translation – Whistle

Hwiparam 1613

  • Years of production – From 2013
  • Engine – 1.6-litre petrol, 81kW
  • Name translation – Whistle

Kummae 2.5 Ton Truck

  • Years of production – From 2015
  • Power – 45kW
  • Length – 5,990mm

Mallima 312

  • Years of production – From 2018

Naenara Minivan

  • Years of production – From 2018

Naenara SUV

  • Years of production – From 2018

Ppeokkuggi 2008

  • Years of production – From 2013
  • Engine – 2.0-litre petrol, 75kW
  • Name translation – Cuckoo

Ppeokkuggi 2405 4WD

  • Years of production – From 2008
  • Engine – 2.4-litre petrol
  • Length – 4,630mm

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