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The Changhe Aircraft Industry which belongs to the state-controlled China Aviation Industry Corporation II which also controls Hafei and Hanjiang produced helicopters and automobiles. It subsidiary, the Changhe Machinery Factory started assembling Suzuki ST 90VT trucks. They also designed and produced 12-19 seats minibuses by their own.
In 1999 the Changhe Suzuki Automobiles Co. Ltd was set up in cooperation with Suzuki (39 %), Okaya Co. Ltd. (10 %), the rest by the Changhe Aircraft Industry. Its first product, the Beidouxing (Suzuki Wagon R) was introduced at the Beijing Motor Show 2000.

Changhe produces various minibuses and since 2003 a Bertone-designed, Suzuki-based minicar, called Ideal.
In 2006 a revamped version of the Ideal went on sale:Ideal II, alongside a new self-designed minivan, called Friend (FREEDOM).





 

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The Ideal, a Bertone-designed, Suzuki-based minicar was introduced in 2003. Now Bertone has revamped the design with new headlamps. Ideal II is also bigger than its predecessor: with a length of 3,6 meters it is 40 mm longer and also wider. There's a new 1.4-liter 4-cylinder 16-valve engine to complement the exisiting 1.1-liter powertrain.

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Changhe van (1982-2000)
http://www.autohome.com.cn/culture/201202/293050-6.html

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Chinese military system established as a guide to the major battles to fight a world war, a nuclear war "facing a serious food problem, The first military mission to reduce enterprise enough to eat; The economic decline, workers have enough to eat. In August 1978, Deng Xiaoping proposed the military industrial enterprises to the use of surplus production capacity to produce civilian goods. In April 1979, the Central Committee the following guiding principles of military and civilian peacetime and wartime army, mainly to China to raise military ".

Based on the above approach, the Air Ministry decided to open up the pillars of products for civilian use. In view of the passenger car was "lack of weight (heavy vehicles) is less light (light vehicles)" situation, the Ministry of Aeronautics brewing trial mini cars to fill the blank of the domestic mini vehicle manufacturing. After several actively seek Changhe Automobile passenger car production experience to do so to obtain a trial mini-car task.

In 1980, Changhe Suzuki from Japan, the introduction of the ST-90V mini-car to start the trial. Since September of that year, experienced the kind of car decomposition, mapping design, finished ordering, process analysis, development of process plan, design and manufacture of tooling, parts manufacturing stage. Finally to December 26, 1982, the first car made ​​ST-90V mini-car-like vehicle assembly, equipped with a 1.0L displacement engine , this is the first of a mini-car production by the Chinese themselves. After that transferred to the small batch production. New models for the domestic never had, then the competent authorities classified puzzled ultimately be included in the car production directory, product No. CH730, and later has changed to CH110X, CH1010.

In 1982, domestic passenger cars can choose only a handful of Red Flag sedans, Shanghai and Beijing Jeep, and basically have no choice. The Changhe van, to fill the gap in the market. Compared with the jeep, its shape is more stylish, driving performance is also better, so quickly became popular. That's also the concept of private cars, car users or departments and units in Shanghai, public security, postal liked this van than the average car can hold more people and cargo, and the body compact, be flexible enough to walk through the size of the clouds Shanghai alley.

Since then, the successor to mini-cars of Changhe once swept the country, accounting for more than one-third of the domestic mini-car market has become a veritable "mini-car" in order to meet the series of automotive products, on the basis of the van in the CH1010 , Changhe has successively developed the CH1011 double seat truck the CH1012 single-row seat truck, CH1014 stretch truck, fiberglass car CH1010F, CH5010 series and CH6320 series passenger cars and all kinds of special purpose vehicles. Later, Changhe also developed a more advanced second-generation micro-vehicle CH1018 series in the late nineties, Changhe Automobile onto the dominant position of the micro-car, entered the Chinese automobile rankings of the top ten, and continuous occupy the top spot for six years in the sales of mini-car market.

In the 1990s, the the Changhe company's products for civilian use share of total output value of more than 90%. However, with the speed of the national automobile industry, has set Hanma credit CH1010 series of mini-car is gradually emerging out of style aging, low quality standards, the market less competitive, and other defects, announced on May 22, 2000 discontinued. From the 1982 advent of the first of a mini-car to the 2000 shutdown, the CH1010 series of mini-car produced a total of 151,629.




 

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FREEDOM also called Friend
FREEDOM (Friend) is a new minivan from Changhe-Suzuki with independent intellectual property rights. It has three rows of seat while the whole vehicle is only 3.9-meters long.

New, improved 1.1-liter (38.5 kW) and 1.3-liter (58 kW) powertrains are being offered. The engines are coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
 

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