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Old 11-15-2007, 05:00 PM   #7
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Default The distinction of being first

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In 1984 Combined with AMC, an American carmaker, to organize the first joint venture company, Beijing Jeep, Ltd. (BJC), producing middle and top class off road vehicle.
Beijing Auto Works signed the first joint venture with a foreign carmaker when it connected with American Motors Corp (AMC) on May 5,1983. But the venture did not jointly produce cars until January of 1984, months after the first Santanas rolled off the line at Shanghai Auto and Tractor (modern day SAIC) in 1983. VW, the much more successful outsider, signed its JV agreement in 1984.

AMC was then absorbed by Chrysler in 1987, and eleven years later, in 98 Chrysler was absorbed by Daimler.

In 2003 Daimler Chrysler renewed the contract for 30 years. However, I have recently learned that the production of Jeeps by the joint venture ceased at the beginning of this year. I don't know how Daimler and Chrysler are going to divvy up their assets in Beijing, but it looks like from this year on, Chrysler will only import Jeeps to China.

What is especially curious about BAW, is that it still produces jeeps almost in downtown Beijing, in the Chaoyang District, where it has assembled vehicles from the beginning. That's while all the Mercedes, Mitsubishi and Hyundais are being produced at new plants of the BAIC joint ventures, outside the city.

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