You can buy this 6x6, 23-seat monster from Alibaba for £85,000

uk.info@motor1.com (Adrian Padeanu)
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HJ ATV6
HJ ATV6

It's powered by a massive 8.9-litre Cummins diesel engine.

From batteries to carpets, books to alarms, and from fake eyelashes to backpacks – you can find just about anything you can think of while browsing Alibaba. Before you go closing this page thinking it’s an advertorial for China’s largest e-commerce site, check out the HJ ATV6. The name probably doesn’t ring a bell as Hubei Haojing is a local brand specialised in all things buses, but they also build some odd monstrosities.

The ATV6 likely gets its name from being all-terrain vehicle with six wheels, but let’s just say it’s slightly larger than your typical ATV. Essentially an off-road bus with an open top, the weird contraption is a whopping 8.8 metres (346 inches) long and rides on 1.4-metre (55-inch) tyres, six of them. The listing on Alibaba claims it’s a true 6x6 and there’s also a 4x4 version available, sort of like the relationship the Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6 has with the G550 4x4 Squared.

There’s no mentioning of portal axles like you get with the Mercedes off-roaders, but one of the adjacent images shows the three-pointed star on a fake Panamericana grille, so there’s that… The apocalypse-ready bus is equipped with a gargantuan 8.9-litre Cummins diesel engine, although it’s hilariously misspelled “Cummings” on Alibaba. It makes 260 bhp, and while torque isn’t mentioned, Cummins lists this version of the ISL engine on its site with 1,143 pound-feet (1,550 Newton-metres).

The 23-seater costs $110,000 (approx. £85,000) and you’ll have to wait about a month to take delivery. If money is no object and you’re planning a safari-styled wedding with nearly 500 guests, buying at least 20 off-road buses lower lowers the asking price to $86,000 (£74,000). The HJ ATV6 comes with a 24-month, 124,000-mile warranty and appears to be offered with an optional roof.

At the other end of the size spectrum, Hubei Haojing also has a teeny-tiny EV that’s 2.48 metres (98 inches) long. The BJ01 rides on 12-inch wheels and offers 250 kilometres (155 miles) of range from a 24-kWh battery pack. The pint-sized electric vehicle with two seats costs $8,500 (£6,900 if you’re buying more than nine) and tops out at 110 km/h (69 mph).

Three axles are better than two?


Source: Alibaba (1), Alibaba (2)