San Yuan Concept Is One Of The Weirdest Looking Cars We’ve Come Across

As the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show organizers left the media in for a quick preview ahead of the official grand opening tomorrow, we came face to face with a new concept car: the San Yuan.

Never heard of it? Don’t fret, neither have we. The company that made it is based in Taipei, Taiwan, having being founded in 1984 in an alliance with Yamaha. 11 years ago, it received a $30 million investment into the Taoyuan facility.

That’s all we know for now, but we will be updating this story once we get a hold of a representative from San Yuan Design, which is the brand’s official name.

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Now, the San Yuan Concept is an odd mix between a crossover and a two-door coupe. At a first glance, the styling seems to be original – don’t confuse ‘original’ with ‘nice’, though. But those who see it even ‘less appealing’ could say that it has some minor styling influences from the old Nissan Juke, Toyota CH-R and Mercedes-Benz, at the front, rear and inside, respectively.

Having a dual-screen setup in the cabin, for the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system, would have normally been the major eye catcher. However, in an attempt to shock, they went for a weird mix of red, white, gold and chrome, mixed together with blue ambient lighting and sprinkled with wood and carbon fiber-like trim. It takes a while to spot other main features, like the third screen used to control the HVAC or four-seat layout.

We don’t know what powers it, but the rev meter’s red line starts at 6,000 rpm, so that suggests it has a conventional gasoline engine, matched to an automatic transmission.

You could try to unravel some of the mystery by checking it out in detail in our image gallery below and tell us what you think about it.

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Image Credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    It’s 75% Audi…

    • say wahhht… iNTERIOR FRom Mercedes, design prodrive p2…And I hate cars..


  • Bash

    Looks like a dodge from the back side.

  • Porkopolis


  • Zandit75

    I thought this was the new Aston Martin!!

  • alex.remsen

    Pontiac Aztek rejoice! You’re no longer the ugliest car in the world

  • kachuks

    Check out that rear suspension.

    • Zandit75

      I think you mean lack of suspension! Looks to be zero running gear under there too.

  • Zed68

    Looks like a toy.

  • Leo76

    how can you design a logo that looks like three lemon slices or condoms ?

  • Ben

    Thank you for carscoop’s report on our show car. I think we miss-communication on the service of SANYUAN and purpose of this car. We respect all your criticism on this car. In fact, the purpose of this car is to show the capability of building a model then designing it. The “odd” color and material setting for interior is also just to domo the possibility of design treatment. The company started up since 1984. The three circles with a bar go through was designed ever since. If you guys know how to read Chinese then you would understand the appearance of it.
    No offence, I wouldn’t said Audi is 4 lemons slice and Olympic is 5 condoms though.

    • Rzrlf

      your car is trash and youre trash too

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