In early November, my family and I went for a trip overseas. It’s our first trip that is not in a) Malaysia and b) Singapore. The country we went was Macau, a place that is known as the Las Vegas of the East. There are neon lights in almost every casino and boy there are a lot of casinos here. So, here’s a little history of Macau. Like Hong Kong, it is a semi-autonomous country, meaning it is ruled under China but not quite ruled completely. It also drives on the left. Like Hong Kong. There are also a huge number of Alphards, Vellfires, Noahs, Voxys, Serenas, Elgrands, and Hiaces. Also like Hong Kong.
Unlike Hong Kong where most of them have difficulty in being a part of China, Macau doesn’t really care much about being a part of China. Some of the cars and buses I saw have Chinese license plates hanging below the Macanese ones.
Apparently, they are a must if the cars were to enter mainland China. So, in some parts of Guangdong, you could see a few Alphards and Vellfires. Literally these cars are everywhere. But that is not to say Macau is a place where large JDM vans roam free.
Smaller ones like this Freed can also be seen. There are a lot of JDMs spotted around Macau. The featured image shows a Daihatsu Move and an SLK.
This one is spotted outside our hotel. Scooters are a pretty popular way to travel around Macau too. Macau is pretty small, so most people opt to use buses but cars are fairly common here.
These two were seen on a bridge that connects the islands from the mainland. Pretty much boring ol’ MPVs but then I saw this.
That is a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen at the left side of the photo. An 80s/90s model at that. Oh, Volkswagens are pretty common here. Just like China!
A lot of the rich stay in Macau. Everything is expensive here. A McDonald’s breakfast meal costs nearly US$10. Watching a Lamborghini Aventador speed by costs US$10 less.
Back to more JDM goodness, here is a white Toyota Mark X spotted outside Wynn Casino. The Mark X is a sort of luxury car from Toyota. Think Crown for more younger buyers.
But forget about Mark Xs for a sec. Here’s a little Toyota Etios police car. An Etios outside of developing markets? In fact. this is probably the only Etios I have seen with police livery. The Portuguese word for “Police” is written on the hood apart from in Chinese. Even the street signs are written in Portuguese but nearly no one here speaks in a daily conversation.
When we were here, the Macau Grand Prix was just weeks away and as you can see from the background, they have set up a grandstand for the race.
This car remains a mystery to me. I think it’s either a Nissan or a Toyota. I don’t really remember. The front picture is a little blurry, so sorry for that. Also, dig the pearlescent green on that E90
I have a huge spot on Japanese kei cars like this Suzuki Hustler. It looks so weird and that plastic cladding makes this faux by faux so uber cool. Also, dig that Toyota bB behind it.
The OG HR-V. It looks so freaking cool. It was basically a crossover before the term even started. It was weird and production only lasted for eight years. The three-door version looked much cooler.
Some hotels provide their own transportation. The high-end expensive ones like MGM and Sands have Rolls Royce Phantoms. Hotel Lisboa on the other hand offers Jaguar XJs and while stepping out of a Rolls is everyone’s dream, I think a Jag is more sophisticated.
This is the final car for Day 1 of Macau car-spotting. A Suzuki Carry. Cars like this are probably used as a cheap way to transport goods or people. Look at it’s boxy proportions! Anyway, stay tuned as I will upload more cars that I have spotted in Day 2, 3 and 4 in Macau.