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Five Chinese companies will have displays at the 2008 Detroit auto show, the show’s organizers said.

The list is:

Changfeng Motor Group: Changfeng’s main automaking unit is Hunan Changfeng Motor Co., which builds a previous-generation Mitsubishi Montero SUV (known as the Pajero outside the United States) under license for sale as the Liebao. It is making a return visit to the Detroit show.

BYD Auto Co.: BYD is a rarity among Chinese automakers: a privately owned company with no government parent. BYD began as a battery maker, expanded with the rapid spread of cell phones using its batteries, then bought a maker of SUVs to enter the auto industry. Its 2006 sales in China totaled 60,116 cars, led by its Flyer and F3 models, according to Automotive Resources Asia Ltd. This will be its first appearance at the Detroit show.

Geely International Corp.: A part of Zhejiang Geely Automobile Holdings Group, Geely has enjoyed explosive growth in China despite having no foreign partners. Its 2006 sales in China jumped 55 percent to 149,869, says Automotive Resources Asia. Models in its lineup include the Merrie, Beauty Leopard, Haoqing and Hysoon. It is making a return visit to Detroit.

China America Cooperative Automotive Inc./ZXNA (Chamco): Chamco is the Parsippany, N.J., distributor of cars built by Hebei Zhongxing Automobile Co. The latter is a small automaker, with 2006 sales of 31,342. This will be its first time at the Detroit show.

Li Shi Guang Ming Auto Design Co.: Founded in 2002, the Beijing company claims to be China’s first independent automotive design studio in China. Its first product is the Tanghua electric car, which already is on sale. This will be its first time at the Detroit show.

The Detroit show opens to the public Jan. 19-27, 2008. Industry preview days are Jan. 16 and 17.
 

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Li Shi Guang Ming Auto Design Co was not there last years but the rest were...
never heard of them
 

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mrgq said:
BYD Auto Co.: BYD is a rarity among Chinese automakers: a privately owned company with no government parent. BYD began as a battery maker, expanded with the rapid spread of cell phones using its batteries, then bought a maker of SUVs to enter the auto industry. Its 2006 sales in China totaled 60,116 cars, led by its Flyer and F3 models, according to Automotive Resources Asia Ltd. This will be its first appearance at the Detroit show.
I believe that BYD acquired this automaking business from Xi'an Qinchuan Auto.
Qinchuan was a company that belonged to the state-owned military ordinance company called Norinco.
But Qinchuan was not "a maker of SUVs". Instead it produced Fiat and Honda minicars and later the ubiquitous-in-China, Suzuki Alto. It later developed the Flyer with some German help. BYD continues to produce this model.
 

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dragin said:
I believe that BYD acquired this automaking business from Xi'an Qinchuan Auto.
Qinchuan was a company that belonged to the state-owned military ordinance company called Norinco.
But Qinchuan was not "a maker of SUVs". Instead it produced Fiat and Honda minicars and later the ubiquitous-in-China, Suzuki Alto. It later developed the Flyer with some German help. BYD continues to produce this model.

good to know..but how do u know this?:) :eek:
 

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Hi MRGQ,
This is China auto industry history......an industry model of China's transformation from state-run command economy to market economy, a fascinating subject indeed.

One source on Xi'an Qinchuan's history can be found at:
http://www.globalautoindex.com/maker.plt?no=2177&g=Byd

Although I can find no evidence of Qinchuan Auto having produced SUVs, perhaps someone more qualified than I, like Laofan of CMVDC, would comment about whether I am correct or not.
 

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I'm so tired of all these Chinese companies showing crappy cars in international car shows - what's the point??? To show the world how crappy Chinese cars are??? To show how unready they are for the world markets? What are they trying to achieve???

Well, prove me wrong and show some REAL, HIGHLY COMPETITIVE, READY FOR EXPORT models, and not just more jokes on wheels. Then follow up and make them AVAILABLE!

Otherwise, please withdraw from any and all international car shows...
 
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