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The Moke is Back, At Least for Australia


The Mini-based beach buggy is being resurrected with the help of Chery Motors.

Twenty years after production ended, the Mini Moke is making a return. Starting out life as a light military vehicle loosely styled on the Jeep created for the BMC by Sir Alec Issigonis (famed for designing the Mini), it later found fame as a beach buggy in countries as far-reaching as the Caribbean, Portugal and Australia. Moke International is the company tasked with bringing it back to life, employing the services of international designer Michael Young, and Chinese firms Chery Motors and Sicar Engineering.

It's been years in the making, and for 2013 a limited production run of 1,000 examples will be built exclusively for the Australasian market. Where the original Moke's engine, gearbox, and suspension were borrowed from a Mini, the new "classic" Moke uses Chery's parts bin, while boasting features such as a modern suspension, front disc brakes, a fuel-injected engine mated to a manual or automatic box, and three-point seat harness for front and rear passengers. An all-electric Moke is also on the horizon, in the meantime antipodean customers will have to decide whether to get their gas-powered Moke in red, yellow, white, light blue or orange.

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