China’s love affair with the automobile blossoms – Amelia Newcomb

From The Christian Science Monitor:

Most days, Leng Feng is a mild-mannered marketing consultant. But by Friday, he’s ready for a change of pace. He checks out his auto club’s website, revs up his trusty Citro√´n, and answers the call of the open road.

Leng – as he’s known on the Internet – will tackle some 4,200 miles to Xinjiang on a 40-day trip with club buddies next month. Like a burgeoning number of enthusiasts, they go on overnight outings and, of course, talk fondly about their vehicles.

“The controls in my car are kind of fancy,” he says, citing a priority for buyers here that trumps horsepower and size. He smiles. “I believe in the romance of the French.”

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