PLANET CEDRIC - a little corner of the earlydatsun.com
A WHEN IS A CEDRIC
NOT A CEDRIC ?
When it is a Yue Loong !.
What the hell is a Yue Loong ? I'm glad you asked that question. The answer is that
Yue Loong, or Yulon as they are now known, is a car manufacturer from Taiwan.
Yue Loong was founded in 1953 as a machinery company, and in 1960 they
moved into car manufacture building their own versions of Nissan products
under licence for the Taiwanese market. They initially started building
their own version of the 310 series Datsun Bluebird, which was sold as
the Yue Loong YLN-704, and then followed up with their own version of the
Nissan Cedric 31 Series, which was called the Yue Loong YLN-801. They then
followed this up with a version of the 130 series Cedric called the Yue
Loong YLN-801-A. . Most vehicles they build are a lower specification
than the Nissan versions. Cars such as the Yue Loong YLN-706, which is
their version of the Datsun 510 series, has a 1.3 litre engine and a live
rear end, whereas the 510 was a 1.6 and had an independent rear end. Yue
Loong continued to build new Cedric models such as the 230, 330 and 430
series. In the 1990s they tried their hand at building a car of their own
design, and came up with the oddly named Yue Loong Feeling 101, which was
based on a Nissan Bluebird of the same era. This did not work well for
them and they soon gave up and went back to building Nissans. To this day Yue Loong continue to build their own
version of Nissan products. They currently build Tiida, X-Trail, Sentra
and Cabstar models.