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HK Day1: Crown

The rickshaw was first imported from Japan in the early 19th century and it was a popular form of transport for many years, except that it was unsuitable for the hilly terrain of Hong Kong. The trams were yet to make an appearance then and taxis provided a public transport. Over the years several European cars were used but gradually they were replaced by the Japanese Toyotas and Nissans. The Toyota Crown is a widespread taxi in Hong Kong. Having seen a lot of these vehicles in Singapore almost a decade ago (and they all have been replaced by other makes), I was fascinated to see them still in use in Hong Kong. This car itself is one of Toyota's most popular variants, having sold this model by the tens of thousands. Even though the appearance of this car is not much to talk about, the design of the car states quality, affordability and reliability. It runs on a 2000 c.c. engine, is fairly light (the dashboard is mainly plastic, for instance) and apparently uses very simple mechanical constructions, thereby lowering maintenance costs considerably. Today, there are more than 18,000 of these red liveried taxis in Hong Kong, in addition to New Territories taxis and Lantau taxis. 

HK Day1: Crown

The rickshaw was first imported from Japan in the early 19th century and it was a popular form of transport for many years, except that it was unsuitable for the hilly terrain of Hong Kong. The trams were yet to make an appearance then and taxis provided a public transport. Over the years several European cars were used but gradually they were replaced by the Japanese Toyotas and Nissans. The Toyota Crown is a widespread taxi in Hong Kong. Having seen a lot of these vehicles in Singapore almost a decade ago (and they all have been replaced by other makes), I was fascinated to see them still in use in Hong Kong. This car itself is one of Toyota's most popular variants, having sold this model by the tens of thousands. Even though the appearance of this car is not much to talk about, the design of the car states quality, affordability and reliability. It runs on a 2000 c.c. engine, is fairly light (the dashboard is mainly plastic, for instance) and apparently uses very simple mechanical constructions, thereby lowering maintenance costs considerably. Today, there are more than 18,000 of these red liveried taxis in Hong Kong, in addition to New Territories taxis and Lantau taxis. 

comments (12)

Lovely perspective. The red taxi in the front is perfectly placed.
Ayush Basu: I stopped by for a brief while here so I had time to prepare wink
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Oct 2017, 00:15
The Crown is nearly done, but has been a wonderful model.

HK and Singapore are very different places, aren't they!
Ayush Basu: I think so too, Ray (on both counts).
Well there are some similarities obviously.
A very impressive shot. I look forward to continuing this tour.
Ayush Basu: Very kind of you, Michael.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Oct 2017, 07:24
This is an iconic utility vehicle isn't it
Ayush Basu: Have you seen it extensively in the UK, Chris?
Thats what taxi drivers want, at least one time they did, cheap and cheerful. Nowadays here they use all kinds of models.
Ayush Basu: Now with Uber and Grab, everything is out of the window, Frank!
Possibly the continued use of these cars for taxis might have something to do with Hong Kong falling back into Chinese jurisdiction.
Ayush Basu: I do not see a connection but then I could be overlooking something, Brian.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 14 Oct 2017, 15:19
They sound very fit-for-purpose, Ayush
Ayush Basu: They look like they still have something left in them for the coming years and decades, Lisl.
Very informative caption. The picture gives a good sense of the city's busy-ness.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Larry.
The Toyota Crown never caught on here but now Toyotas are built in the UK!
Ayush Basu: They look like here they still have something left in them for the coming years and decades, Bill.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Oct 2017, 06:47
A similar philosophy to our black London cabs, I suppose. I think I would rather ride in the Crown than using a rickshaw. I would think that most cars in the UK have plastic dashboards of varying qualities. To this day, I can remember one British make of car car that seemed to have steering wheels made of cardboard; if they got damp, bits fell off mine!
Ayush Basu: Yes, I think I see what you mean, Alan. India's Ambassador came to my mind. Cardboard steering wheels you say?
I really like this image, Ayush! And thank you for the transportation lesson!
Ayush Basu: I found this subject fascinating and there is quite of info easily available on the internet on HK transport, Elizabeth.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Oct 2017, 00:04
Lovely perspective. The vehicle looks out of place below the modern skyscrapers.

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