There is no specific official data on the number of North Korean cars. According to media reports, there are three to four hundred thousand North Korean cars. North Korea has a population of over 20 million, and the per capita car ownership is very low. From a legal perspective, North Koreans can buy private cars. But there are very few North Koreans who actually buy private cars. The cars on the streets of North Korea mainly come from Germany, Japan, and China. There is also a very common car called Heping brand car.
According to our tour guide, the Heping brand car is independently produced by North Korea. On the streets of North Korea, I have seen many Heping cars. Heping cars are of different shapes and styles. But if you observe carefully, you will find that many Heping cars are familiar. Does North Korea have the ability to produce cars on its own? Everyone knows that automobile manufacturing has a high level of technology and cannot be achieved overnight. Until today, there is a gap between my country's automobile manufacturing and Germany and Japan.
It is impossible for North Korea to manufacture its own cars completely. North Korea once thought about making automobiles. North Korea has two major auto manufacturers, Heping Automobile and Victory Automobile. However, the cars produced by these two automakers are not produced independently. Most of the cars they produce rely on OEM. For example, imported cars from abroad are directly replaced with peace signs. Some cars are imported parts and assembled. In order to develop the auto industry, North Korea has also cooperated with Chinese auto companies. For example, it has cooperated with China's Huanghai and FAW.
Although there are many Heping cars on the streets of North Korea, they are very similar to many domestic cars. In the past, there were many German cars and Japanese cars on the streets of Pyongyang. There are more and more Chinese cars on the streets of North Korea. More and more people like BYD, Zhonghua and Great Wall appear on the streets of North Korea. Not only is there a lot of Chinese cars on the streets of North Korea, it is said that the Pyongyang subway was also built with Chinese assistance. Many Chinese elements can be seen in North Korea.
In North Korea, people know very little about car brands, but if you ask about Heping cars, North Koreans basically know it. There are few billboards in North Korea, but you can see outdoor advertisements of Heping cars. Most of North Korea's self-produced cars are OEM and assembled. What do you think of it?