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Chinese automaker Chery Moke production

The Michael Classic Moke. Images Moke International.

Two decades the last Moke rolled off an line in Portugal, built in a Austin Rover plant by motorcycle manufacturer Cagiva. thanks to undying interest in the utility vehicle, and backing by automaker Chery, production of an Classic Moke has resumed, under a cooperative agreement Jaguar Land Rover at a in China.

If one factors in only the concept behind a vehicle s the Mini Moke was an abject Designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, the was initially intended to be used as a transport vehicle by the British While the mini-Jeep could easily been air dropped in locations, or extracted by four when bogged down in terrain, the Moke s 10-inch and lack of ground clearance it wholly unsuitable for military

In fact, the only branch of to show interest in the original was the Royal Navy, which the Moke as ideal for use aboard carriers.

Undeterred, Issigonis designed later versions of the with all-wheel drive and engines. While these provided better traction on slippery surfaces, their complexity and continuing lack of for harsh terrain soon saw variant rejected as well. In the Moke was offered through Morris and Austin dealers, to farmers and those needing an light-duty utility vehicle.

Production began at British Longbridge plant in January of and by the end of the Moke s run in Birmingham in 1968, 15,000 units had been The Moke had found favor farmers and beach-goers in Australia, and a Motors facility in Sydney began manufacturing the Moke in took over worldwide This lasted until when production of the Australian-built ended.

Its death was short-lived, as Leyland began producing the at a factory in Portugal in 1983.

This arrangement lasted six years, with ongoing changes demanded by the market, Italian motorcycle manufacturer purchased the rights to build the in 1990. From 1991 the end of production in 1993, Cagiva the Moke in Portugal, dropping the name from the vehicle s Thanks to oversupply and shrinking the Moke s impressive 29-year run appeared to be over.

The micro-jeep may been absent from the but it was still fresh in the minds of and Mini Moke faithful. Michael Young falls this category, and when by Moke International about the classic Moke for the 21st Young said he considered the a call of duty. Starting a clean sheet of paper, penned a design that like the original, while its handling, braking, comfort and In 2012, Chery subsidiary Engineering joined the project, and a venture arrangement was struck Jaguar Land Rover to building the new Classic Moke in

Power for the Classic Moke from a 1.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 50 horsepower and 68 pound-feet of and drive goes to the front via a standard five-speed manual or automatic transmission. The list of features includes front and roll bars, three-point belts for front seat (and unspecified seat for rear seat passengers) and a passenger airbag (though, enough, no driver side air Consumers can choose from or right-hand drive configurations as as a palette of six exterior colors and interior colors.

If that s the good news, s the bad: The initial production run of units will go to the Australian at prices that have yet to be Eventually, the Moke will it to the Caribbean, but don t expect distribution to to the United States. Though the Moke is undoubtedly safer the original Mini Moke, the current USDOT regulations for vehicles would add layers of (and hence, layers of to the Classic Moke s design.

Longer-term, there are plans for a electric Moke as well of course, the eMoke). For more on the Classic Moke, visit .

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