North Korea’s domestic car is a replica of a Soviet car.
In the 1960s, North Korea began producing new types of cars based on the Soviet model. The most important model was << Kengseng-64 >>. It was a North Korean replica of a 4WD GAZ-69 produced in 1933 in the USSR. It is still widely used and is the only domestic passenger car mass-produced in North Korea. (Andrey Lankov, North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea)
Kengseng is a model that executives ride around. (Ju Seong Il “North Korean People’s Army: Living Hell Hyoei”)
Republic trolley bus “Chungsong 74”. “Sungri 58” was the most popular truck. Jeeps were mostly made by the republic “Kengseng 68”.
Next to the trolleybus, the black-painted West German Mercedes-Benz was the most noticeable. Some range from ultra-luxury cars with white curtains on the inside of the window to those close to regular cars. There were many other foreign cars.
Black-painted Soviet-made Moskovic, Volga, egg-colored Shanghai, and Hongqi mode in China were not a few. There are many Nissan and Toyota cars made in Japan, and I saw the Skyline running several times. (Kim Won-jo, “Republic of the frozen land”)
In North Korea, charcoal cars are also running.
In the early 1990s, while working for Nunna 888 Trading Company, he often traveled to Chongjin. When running on rural roads, most were charcoal cars, except for military trucks and diesel vehicles. A charcoal car has a large kiln behind it, where it burns firewood and corn stalks and sends the generated gas to the engine for operation.
The smoke coming out of the kiln was terrible, as if the car was wrapped in smoke. I once saw this charcoal wheel crossing a pass in a mountainous area near Kiyotsu. The pass was about 1,200 meters above sea level, but it would take two hours if a charcoal car with weak horsepower tried to go over gasping. (Kangmyeong-do, North Korea’s top secret)
The Sungri 58 truck was running on corn millet. He mounted a round iron-claw-like piece about 7 or 8 cm in diameter on the bed just behind the driver’s seat on the left side, and plenty of corn millet loaded beside it. One man, who appeared to be a passenger seat, opened the iron kama’s lid and squeezed corn millet.
Each time, white smoke came out of the kama. The driver starts the engine at an appropriate time. However, it only makes a humming noise and the engine does not start easily. Then, the driver gets frustrated and jumps off the cab, runs up to the loading platform, and takes the place of an assistant and sticks in an iron kama with something like an iron bar. (Kim Motojo, op.cit.)
In North Korea, Japanese trucks are also running.
A Japanese-made truck with blue body, Isuzu “Elf”, was noticeable in Motoyama city. (Kim Motojo, op.cit.)