Chang'an Automotive Group (also called Chang'an Motors and Chang'an auto) is an industrial manufacturer in Chongqing, China. The company has three joint ventures to build automobiles with Chinese, Japanese, and Western auto companies, and plans to build self-designed models for export in the near future. As of 2005, Chang'an is the fourth-largest producer of automobiles in China.
The company began assembling inexpensive commercial trucks under license from Suzuki Motors in 1990. Shortly after, in 1992, the two companies formed Chang'an Suzuki to built licensed versions of the Suzuki Alto and Swift. In 2001, Chang'an Ford was formed to build CKD Ford Focus, Fiesta, and Mondeos. The company is currently building a new factory in Nanjing to build Mazda cars. The company's own self-branded vehicle, the Chang'an CM8, was launched in 2005.
Chang'an Suzuki - 1992–present - With Suzuki Motors
Chang'an Ford - 2001–present - With Ford Motor Company
Chang'an Ford Mazda Engine - 2005–present - Produces engines with Mazda
With Jiangling Motors - Produces the Jiangling Landwind SUV
ChangAn Auto Co. Ltd, or simply called ChangAn, is one of the most renowned carmakers in China. Its headquarters is located in Chongqing.
ChangAn has a long history. It was founded in Shanghai in 1862 by Hongzhang Li, a famous character in the Westernization Movement of the Qing dynasty. It was called Shanghai Foreign Gun Bureau at that time and soon developed to be the first industrial group in modern China.
ChangAn first dabbled in the auto industry in 1957 and made the first Jeep, called Yangtze River, in China. It began a technical and commercial cooperation with Suzuki company of Japan in 1984 and the two companies jointly produced ChangAn mini-cars and Jiangling engines. From then on, cars and engines steadily became the mainstays of ChangAn. ChangAn was officially renamed as ChangAn Auto Co. Ltd in 1997.
ChangAn is a fast-growing group. It has three production bases, one each in the southwest, east and north of China. It cooperated with international auto leaders such as Ford, Mazda and Suzuki and has established several joint ventures in China. They are ChangAn Suzuki Auto Corp. in 1993, ChangAn Ford Auto Corp. in 2001 and ChangAn Ford Nanjing Corp. in 2004. Since the establishment of ChangAn Group, its production and sales of cars have been increasing by 30% annually and hit 580,000 cars in 2004. The brand value of ChangAn also rose to RMB 8.02 billion in 2004 from 2.5 billion in 1998.
ChangAn is a promising group. It has 28,000 working staff including a thousand scientific and technical personnel and has also set up auto engineering research institutes and branch institutes in Italy, Germany, Shanghai and Chongqing of China. It operates eleven car-making factories and forms a complete model line including low-, middle- and high-class passenger and commercial vehicles. Production and sales of ChangAn cars ranks in the top 20 worldwide and is No.1 in China. ChangAn also attaches great importance to safety and quality and it is the first company to enforce crash regulations for mini cars in China.
ChangAn adheres to a goal of fuel efficiency, environmental protection and functionality in making cars. Its guideline is to continue mini car production, chiefly develop sedans, expand commercial car lines and enter the service market. The key values of ChangAn are to offer the best choice for customers, the largest dividends for shareholders and the most returns for its working staff. ChangAn strives to become a world-class group in a very short term.
ChangAn is shifting its key manufacturing facilities from old production bases to industrial parks for a leap-forward development. The company initiated a strategy of "withdrawal from cities and entry into suburbs" due to the limited space for development and strict environmental protection in cities. This strategy is highly conducive to city construction, restructuring the company, satisfying its real production and development needs and expanding the company. To this end, ChangAn has built industrial parks in Yubei of Chongqing, Hebei and Nanjing.
Gallery of Various Changan Motor Models