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They ARE Chang'an vehicles

Very interesting, I haven't heard about this company before





 

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Chang'an Expands Overseas with Own-brand Cars Chang'an Motor Corp, the Chinese partner of Ford Motor Co, yesterday announced it will expand in the overseas market with its own-brand vehicles.

The nation's No 4 automotive group expects sales abroad will account for 15 to 20 percent of its overall vehicle sales including those from joint ventures with foreign partners annually by 2010, Chang'an chief executive officer Xu Liuping told China Daily.

The ratio is up from less than 3 percent last year, according to data provided by the company.

At an international business conference yesterday in Chongqing, attended by dealers from 28 countries and regions, Xu said the overseas market is expected to contribute 25 to 30 percent of the firm's own-brand sales by 2010.

He said Chang'an aims to raise overall sales from 630,000 vehicles last year to 1.5 million units a year by 2010, with more than half under its own brands.

The company's overseas sales rocketed by 143 percent to 15,000 vehicles last year. Other Chang'an executives said it aims to sell 25,000 vehicles overseas this year.

"We will use global resources to make high-quality own-brand vehicles and provide them to customers at home and abroad at reasonable prices," Xu said.

Besides the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa, Chang'an is also exploring the US and European markets, he said.

The company said in a statement that it plans to launch three to eight new own-brand models at home and abroad every year by 2010. Its overseas line-up will include mini vehicles, light-duty trucks, pick-ups, sport utility vehicles, multi-purpose vehicles and cars with an engine capacity of between 1.0 and 2.0 liters.

Xu said Chang'an is planning to build assembly plants in Pakistan and Malaysia to speed up overseas sales.

And foreign distributors like Michael Ward, president of Tiger Truck LLC, Chang'an's sole distributor in the United States, have confidence in Chang'an products.

Ward told China Daily: "The United States has the most difficult auto standards in the world. But I believe Chang'an can meet those standards if it wants to do so. We will increase its sales in the United States step by step."

Ward said 1,000 Chang'an vehicles were sold in the United States last year.

Many other Chinese vehicle producers are also looking to the overseas market.

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp, partner of Volkswagen and General Motors, aims to sell 45,000 own-brand cars a year in the overseas market by 2010. It will begin exports next year.

Geely Automobile, the independent carmaker in Zhejiang Province, aims to sell two-thirds of its vehicles abroad by 2015. It plans to lift its overall sales to 2 million units annually by then from 150,000 units last year. It will kick off car production later this year in Malaysia.

Chang'an executives said it plans to spend more than 5 billion yuan (US$625 million) in new own-brand vehicle development from 2006 to 2010, up from 3.9 billion yuan (US$487.5 million) in the past five years.

(China Daily June 30, 2006
 

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Chang'an just does it

Interestingly the website omits the name of the source of these tough little machines and their engines.

But the maker's logo is prominently displayed as kkrit aptly revealed to us.

http://www.tigertruck.com/4x4/index.html

Keep an eye on this enigmatic player from the west. It's not likely to be swallowed up soon in the coming wave of consolidation.
 

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Xu said Chang'an is planning to build assembly plants in Pakistan and Malaysia to speed up overseas sales.

And foreign distributors like Michael Ward, president of Tiger Truck LLC, Chang'an's sole distributor in the United States, have confidence in Chang'an products.

Ward told China Daily: "The United States has the most difficult auto standards in the world. But I believe Chang'an can meet those standards if it wants to do so. We will increase its sales in the United States step by step."

Ward said 1,000 Chang'an vehicles were sold in the United States last year.

The above is quite misleading -

Ask how many of these have been certified for on-road use. It is an easy guess - zero - because these are sold in the US strictly for golf courses, off road.

We might as well be talking golf carts, go carts, bicycles.....
 

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US: Chinese trucks to be made in Texas

Tiger Truck Building First U.S. Assembly Plant In Texas For Chinese Trucks
By Anita LaFond, News Editor, Manufacturing.net
Manufacturing.Net - March 13, 2007
Tiger Truck announced Tuesday that it will build the first U.S. assembly plant in Jasper, Texas, for vehicles based on designs by China's third largest car manufacturer, ChangAn Automobile Group.

The Jasper facility, with a capacity of 7,500 vehicles annually, will employ 100 workers and the first "Made in U.S." vehicles are expected to leave the production line in early 2008.

Tiger Truck, a privately-held company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is the exclusive importer, distributor and now U.S. manufacturer for ChangAn, which in China has manufacturing agreements with Suzuki, Ford and Mazda.

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Mike Ward, founder and CEO of Tiger Truck, said, "with so many U.S. manufacturers investing in China, I am particularly pleased to be investing in the U.S., hiring skilled U.S. workers and delivering superior products made here for our markets in the Americas. While others are trying to buy cheap parts from China, we are seeking important OEM and sourcing agreements with key U.S. suppliers."

At the outset, approximately 80 percent of the trucks manufactured in Texas will be for export.

The Jasper facility will produce two new truck platforms. The Champ, a full-size pick-up truck will be sold to the U.S. and Canadian off-road market. Another version of this platform, the Leopard, has a diesel engine, and will be sold for export only for on-road use.

The second platform, a medium-duty truck, will be sold globally for on-road use, including in the U.S. This truck will be delivered with an EPA/C.A.R.B. certified diesel engine.
 

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Tiger Truck lands in Oklahoma USa

Fresh off of turning away from Jasper, Tiger Truck has landed in Poteau, Oklahoma.

In a telephone interview with Tiger executive Michael S. Ward on July 3, he stated there was no decision made on a future site for the plant.

"There are plenty other locations that we could start in tomorrow without any risks," Ward said.

Ward didn't say when a final decision would be made on a new plant location.

But by Friday, July 6, Tiger Truck announced that the plant would open in Poteau, OK.

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Morning News in Oklahoma, the hiring has begun for some positions and the first round of employment will range from 75 to 100 people.

According to the article published Friday, July 6, "Tiger Truck has been looking in Oklahoma for a plant site and needed one fairly quickly, Davie Spindle, economic development director for the city of Poteau said.

According to Bruce, when Ward visited with Jasper officials in late June the deal for the Jasper site was still on.

"When he left, he said everything was a go," Bruce said. "He said there were no problems at all. Then we received the email from China. Something definitely happened in China to change his mind.

"As far as I knew, our deal was still going on as planned," Bruce said. "All of a sudden, they just pulled out."

But in the Friday, July 6 edition of The Morning News, Spindle was quoted as saying "the deal had been in the works since May. In early June, executives from the company visited the city and a month later announced its intent to set up shop."

"I have suspected for the last six weeks that there was something wrong with the equity on his part," Bruce said. "It looks like he is using the environmental issues to get out of coming to Jasper."

Ward still pointed to the environmental issues at the former LP plant site on Hwy. 63 as the main reason Tiger Truck didn't open its plant in Jasper.

Even though Mike Bruce, owner of the property had offered to financially take care of the environmental issues, Ward said time was becoming a crucial factor.

Tiger Truck officials formally announced the Poteau location during a Monday press event.

"The forces in Oklahoma were not to be denied," Ward said during the announcement. "They quickly mobilized to meet our needs in such a way that little time has been lost from our original aggressive schedule. We anticipate making initial production deliveries from this site by the end of the first quarter of 2008.

"In an effort to emulate the remarkable responsiveness that you and your Oklahoma colleagues have demonstrated to us, you will see action in this facility this month as we begin to organize it for production of our newest line of Champ trucks."

The facility will be located in the 112,000-squarefoot facility at Poteau Industrial Park.

Short Line Railroad will build a rail spur in conjunction with the city to meet the needs of the facility. Tiger will also receive accelerated depreciation benefits on the building and equipment because it sits on former Indian land.

If plan details are met, the company is also eligible to participate in a $300,000 economic development incentive offered by the city, which city officials said played a major part in Tiger's decision to locate in Poteau.
 

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China-designed light trucks to be "made in U.S."

China-designed light trucks to be "made in U.S."

07:59, July 24, 2007

Light trucks designed by ChangAn Automobile Group, China's third largest automaker, will be made in the United States, according to the Shanghai Securities Journal.

The journal reports Monday that Tiger Truck LLC, a privately held U.S.truck manufacturer headquartered in Dallas, Texas, plans to open an assembly plant in Poteau City, Oklahoma to produce the China-designed trucks. The company has announced the manufacturing agreements on its official website.

Chongqing ChangAn Kuayue Automobile Co., Ltd. one of ChangAn Group's subsidiary companies, is actually the one that works with Tiger Truck, according to sources from the department of publicity, ChangAn Group.

"ChangAn Kuayue is to carry out the agreement with Tiger Truck by ways of techniques and auto parts export, " local magazine China Auto Review quoted manager of the marketing department of ChangAn Kuayue who is surnamed Zhuo.

"The plant will start with ChangAn's 1021 series of light trucks equipped either with gasoline or diesel engines." Zhuo said.

The Poteau plant will assemble two series of trucks, including a full-size pickup truck named Champ and a medium duty truck named Leopard.

Initially, 20 percent of the products, all of which certified by U.S.Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board, will be put on the U.S. market, while the rest will be sold to the North American market, according to Tiger Truck's official site.

The 112,000-square-foot plant is located in the Poteau Industrial Park. Tiger Truck plans to hire 100 employees this year to have the single-shift capacity of producing 7,500 vehicles per year in 2008. The company expects the number of employees to approach 300 by the end of 2009.

Tiger Truck has been the exclusive importer and distributor of ChangAn products since 1999. The manufacturing agreement is seen as a way to fill the need of low speed vehicles, as well as to solve the problem of unbalanced trade between the U.S. and China and create more job opportunities in the U.S.

"Tiger is particularly pleased to counter that trend by bringing jobs and business to the U.S. Our long-standing partnership with ChangAn has been exemplary and has led to this historic first," Mike Ward, founder and CEO of Tiger Truck, was quoted as saying.

Source: Xinhua

http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90778/6222354.html
 

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"ChangAn Automobile Group, China’s third largest automaker, has forged new cooperative ground for the vehicular industry by signing a deal that will see its light trucks be made in the US, according to the Shanghai Securities Journal.

The journal reported Monday that Tiger Truck LLC, a private US truck manufacturer headquartered in Dallas, Texas, plans to open a new assembly plant in Poteau City, Oklahoma to welcome ChangAn’s trucks. The company has announced the manufacturing agreements on its official website. Chongqing ChangAn Kuayue Automobile Co., Ltd. one of ChangAn Group’s subsidiary companies, will actually partner up directly with Tiger Truck, according to ChangAn’s publicity department.

"ChangAn Kuayue is to carry out the agreement with Tiger Truck by ways of techniques and auto parts export,” local magazine China Auto Review wrote, quoting Zhou, the manager of ChangAn Kuayue’s marketing department. "The plant will start with ChangAn’s 1021 series of light trucks equipped either with gasoline or diesel engines," Zhuo said.

The Poteau plant will in total cater for two series of trucks, including the full-sized ‘Champ’ pickup truck and the medium duty ‘Leopard’ truck. Initially, 20 percent of the products will be sold in the US, with the rest to be shipped to the rest of the North American market such as Canada and Mexico, said Tiger Truck’s website, adding that all products will be certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency and Californi a Air Resources Board.

The 112,000-square-foot plant lies in the Poteau Industrial Park and Tiger Truck is ready to hire 100 employees this year to man the facility and produce 7,500 vehicles per year in 2008. The staff roster is thought likely to expand to around 300 by the end of 2009. Since 1999, Tiger Truck has enjoyed being ChangAn’s sole exclusive importer and distributor. This agreement will meet the need to produce low speed vehicles, while bolstering US job opportunities and addressing the trade imbalance between the two powers.

"Tiger is particularly pleased to counter that trend by bringing jobs and business to the US. Our long-standing partnership with ChangAn has been exemplary and has led to this historic first," Mike Ward, founder and CEO of Tiger Truck, was quoted as saying."


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Tiger Truck added Champ 4500 to their lineup. This is their largest pickup.

Delivering the biggest payload, yet, the Champ 4500 is a full-size off-road truck, available in a 2-door standard cab or 4-door crew cab. Driver and crew fit comfortably in the roomy interior with all expected creature comforts. The Champ comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission or the optional 3-speed automatic transmission is available. All Tiger’s engines, including the Champ’s electronic fuel injected (EFI) engine have been certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Champ 4500Unlike a regular full-size truck, the Champ’s truck bed is not encumbered by wheel wells, so there is additional useable floor space. The Champ’s standard truck bed is 103” x 62” … that’s longer than the long beds of most full size trucks from other manufacturers. Look how easy it is to load an oversized pallet of 8’ long 2”x4”s.

Champ 4500Plus, the Champ has a bigger payload: it’s rated at 3,850 lbs (including passengers)...over 50% more than comparable trucks! Here is the Champ comfortably carrying two pallets of bricks weighing over 3,100lbs, plus there is still room for rakes, hoes, and shovels.

This tough truck gets greater gas mileage than the other full-size trucks with an impressive 32 mpg. That is twice the industry average of only 16 mpg for comparable vehicles. To further help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, the Champ is also available with the E85 Flex-Fuel option. Operating on E85 not only saves gas, but with a higher octane rating, it boosts engine horsepower.

Tiger Star X CabPlus, Tiger has the only vehicles in its class, including the Champ, to have passed the stringent frontal crash test.

The Champ 4500 is the perfect workhorse for a construction site, nursery, golf course, college and corporate campus, military compound, amusement park, private development, etc. This full-size truck starts at the small price of $12,995.
 

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The same as for Tiger Trucks goes for Turkish OZMAKTAS OZALTIN. They are also producing Changan trucks under license but selling them under their own name. Trucks bear Changan badge and OZALTIN sticker.
Ozmaktas Ozaltin Automotive was also selling Chinese pickup of unknown origin but with their (or better said ChangAn's logo)! Though I'm pretty sure ChangAn was never producing such van:
http://www.admoto.pl/pub/art.asp?g=gs&n=858&f=wd_117.xml

It seems one distributor imported the car to Poland.




 

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