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Dongfeng Motor Corporation (Chinese: 东风汽车公司; Pinyin: Dōngfēng Qichē Gōngsī) is a Chinese automobile manufacturing firm. It manufactures and assembles buses, trucks, cars and parts under its own name and in joint ventures with a variety of international automobile firms.

Dongfeng (which means "East Wind") was founded at the behest of Chairman Mao Zedong in 1968. As part of his "Third Front" strategy, it was located in Hubei Province, far inland, to protect it from foreign invasion. It has become the second-largest automobile manufacturer in China. The company will make an Initial Public Offering in December 2005, though it will remain 70% owned by China's central government
 

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Dongfeng operates many joint venture manufacturing concerns in China.

Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile — With the PSA Group produces the Citroën ZX, Xsara, Picasso, and Elysée, and Peugeot 307
Dongfeng Motor Company — With the Nissan Motor Company produces the Nissan Sunny, Bluebird, Teana, and Tiida
Dongfeng Honda Automobile Company — With the Honda Motor Company produces the Honda CRV
Dongfeng Nissan-Diesel Company — With Nissan Diesel produces heavy trucks
Dongfeng Yueda Kia Automobile Company — Dongfeng has a 25% share with Kia and Yueda to produce the Hyundai Accent, Kia Optima, and Kia Carnival/Cerato
Dongfeng Liuzhou Motor Company — Wholly-owned subsidiary which produces the Dongfeng Future minivan
Honda Automobile (China) Company — Dongfeng owns 10% of Honda's importer in Guangdong Province
Dongfeng Automobile Company Limited — A joint venture with Cummins to produce Diesel trucks and engines


Article about Dongfeng-Fengshen EQ6482:
http://www.carnewschina.com/2012/09/30/spotted-in-china-dongfeng-fengshen-eq6482/






Fengshen Motor.

This is the Dongfeng-Fengshen EQ6482, based on the Yunbao YB6480 which was based on the first generation Mercury Villager which was based on the Nissan Quest that also spawned the Ford Windstar. Yunbao was a Taiwanse-funded company that made Nissan-based automobiles for the Chinese car market in the 1990′s. In 1999 Dongfeng took over most of the operations and rebranded the various cars as ‘Fengshen’, a Dongfeng brand-name that still exist today.

How exactly Yunbao managed to get their hands on the Nissan designs is a bit murky, but it appears that Nissan’s Taiwan factory had something to do with it, legal or illegal… The Dongfeng-Fengshen EQ6482 was powered by a Nissan VG30E 3.0 V6 with 151hp, the same engine as in the Yunbao YB6480, Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest. The engine for the China-made vehicles was actually made in China by Yunbao. The first generation Villager was made from 1993 until 1998, the YB6480/EQ6482 from 1995 until 2001.

Below are few pics of the original Yunbao YB6480, taken in the mid 1990′s when it was still on the market. Interestingly Yunbao didn’t really change anything, the YB6480 had Mercury logo’s up front and on the back, only accompanied by the Yunbao name and type plates.
 

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