4. The "Off-Road" mystery.
There have been three confusing entities; let's see what they are:
Beijing Automotive Group Off-road Vehicle Co., Ltd. (北京汽车集团越野车有限公司)
Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd. Off-road Vehicle Branch (北京汽车集团有限公司越野车分公司)
Beijing Beiqi Off-road Vehicle Co., Ltd. (北京北汽越野汽车有限公司)
Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd. Off-road Vehicle Branch was established in 2013 for R&D and manufacture of BAIC Group's
new off-road vehicles. Its base is the Tongxin Road factory in Beijing's Shunyi district.
This is situated just north of BAIC Motor Corp. Ltd.'s
former Shunyi plant on Dongying Road that was sold and converted to Beijing-Benz's NEV factory last year when BAIC Motor moved operations out of Beijing. The Dongying Road factory is currently making the EQC. Previously it used to build some Senova models such as the old D50, X35 or X55.
The Tongxin Road plant makes the BJ40/L/F40, BJ80, BJ90 and CTL151 Yongshi (BJ80 military versions). This plant has nothing to do with BAW or BAW's products
although the "Yongshi" name (just the name) is common to both companies' vehicles. Even the BJ20 is not part of its product line.
The Tongxin Road base had been operating as a branch of BAIC Group, but in 2017 a new company was set up called Beijing Automotive Group Off-road Vehicle Co., Ltd., 100% owned by the BAIC Group. On January 2, 2019, this new company formally took over the operational responsibilities of the erstwhile branch (link
Beijing Beiqi Off-road Vehicle Co., Ltd. is a different cup of tea altogether. It is a sales and property-owning company. It was established in December 2012 by BAW (北京汽车制造厂有限公司). When BAW left Beijing and relocated to Huanghua (Hebei) in the early part of this decade, BAW sold this company and its Beijing property holdings, particularly the inactive factory in Renhe Industrial Park, Shunyi dt., to BAIC Group (in September 2013). Currently Beijing Beiqi Off-road Vehicle Co., Ltd. is constructing a large resettlement housing project (more than 4000 dwelling units) on the factory land in cooperation with BAIC Group's realty arm, Beijing Beiqi Hengsheng Real Estate Co., Ltd. (a.k.a. BAIC ETERNAL).