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Brief Introduction to HF Automobile Group form their website.

Harbin HF Automobile Industry Group Company Ltd. is a backbone production enterprise and R&D base of automobile and automobile engine of China.

The group was established on March 7th 2006 and has enterprises such as HF automobile factory, Dongan engine factory, Dongan engine manufacturing company Ltd., Dongan Electro-mechanic company, Shenzhen and Weihai subsidiaries. The group has now more than 11,000 employees, among which more than 1,200 are middle and senior technique and managing personnel. The group covers an area of 1.48 million m2 and has a built area of 577,700 m2 and 11.14 billions RMB of total assets. At present, the group has an annual production capacity of 400,000 automobiles and 550,000 automobile engines. Up to the end of 2005, the group has produced and sold totally more than 1.43 million of various types automobiles of which 40,000 automobiles have been exported and 2.72 millions of engines. Up to now, the products of the group have been exported to more than 40 countries.

The group has its own automobile and automobile engine research and development center and various types of advanced experimental installations and equipment. For years, the technical cooperation with famous international enterprises of Italia, England, Austria and Japan has built in all around-way the technical contingent of the group. Now, the group has more than 2,000 many-sided engineers and technicians who give important play in research and production and in future development of the enterprise

Following the way of cooperation, introduction and independent development and persisting in enterprise technical advancement and innovation all along, the group has opened an independent innovation way suitable to its characteristics and its automobile products have passed from single mini-automobiles to economic and middle class cars. At present, the main automobile products of the group are of approximately one hundred varieties of 5 series comprised of mini-cars, minibus, mini-trucks, MPV and 3-box cars, divided into 3 categories of HF Zhongyi, HF Lobo and HF Saibao series designed and developed jointly with Italia, of HF Saima series developed with technology introduced from Mitsubishi of Japan and of series of HF Minyi, HF Ruiyi, HF Baili and Songhhuajiang minibus and mini-trucks, designed and developed by the group it-self.

The automobile engines of the group are of 3 series composed of several tens of varieties covering engines of all golden displacements from 0.8-2.0 liters and satisfying national laws and regulations requirements on emissions and fuel economy. The main engine models are DA468 series, DA471 series, and 4G1/4G9 series developed in cooperation with Mitsubishi of Japan. All these products features advanced technology, excellent power performance, reliable security, fuel economy and wide practicability.

The quality principles of the group is: “The customer the supreme, the quality the first, persisting in improving and seeking excellence.” The group has obtained successively the quality management system certificate, the environment management system certificate/professional health and security management system certificate and ISO/TS16949: 2002 quality management system certificate of automobile trade, issued by TüV Rheinland of Germany, assuring effectively the product reliability and the production conformity.

The group has its sales networks covering the whole country, adhering to principles of mutual benefit, mutual trust and mutual support, it promotes actively the sales way of selling- maintenance-spare parts-information “all four in one” and encourages exclusive selling of HF Automobile brand automobiles.

While providing customers with excellent products, the group has established special technique service stations allover the country to assure good service to customers in time. The group has earned trust of the vast customers with its top-quality products and in-time good service and thus it has established good market prestige.?

HF Automobile group wishes to cooperate faithfully with both Chinese and foreign merchants and together with the vast customers who have favor on HF automobiles, to go ahead hand in hand and to create jointly a glorious future.


Hafei Motors (哈飞汽车) was founded in 1950 and based in Harbin, Heilongjiang province. It was a subsidiary of Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC), a large military-airplane maker.

Originally, Hafei was just a repair and assembly shop, without much manufacturing. That changed in the mid-1990’s when Hafei signed a license agreement with Suzuki to manufacture the Suzuki Carry minivan.

Initially, Hafei sold these cars under the Songhuajiang brand, named after the Songhua River, which crosses Heilongjiang. Designation was HFJ. As Chinese carmakers are wont to do, Hafei soon made more variants of the Carry than Suzuki ever did. In 2002, the Songhuajiang name was dropped and Hafei Motors started selling under the Hafei brand.

In 1997 Hafei moved into real passenger cars with the Hafei Baili HFJ7090.


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Draggin,
You seem to have tremendous knowledge of the Chinese Automotive Industry that might be beneficial in my presenting my concept design to the right people.
 

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Yes, my friend. You are right. China will become a strong automobile nation finally. It's just a question of time.
 

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What is happening at Hafei ?

Forum friends, do any of you have any information/insight on what is happening at Hafei? It seems that production of their own minicars/vans have come to a halt, (with only OEM production of the Yuexiang V3 continuing), there are proposals for downsizing, and sales of Hafei-brand vehicles were actually down to 129 units in April. But there are also indications that Changan-Ford is interested in the facility.

Some related reports:
http://auto.qq.com/a/20140515/011208.htm
http://auto.hexun.com/2014-05-14/164753658.html
http://www.kaixian.tv/gd/2014/0514/5109949.html
 

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Hi DMitra and Eric.
What a pity that Chang'an has let Hafei go to the dogs. I always thought that Hafei showed a lot of promise, and it seems Miles Automotive agreed with me, since they chose the Saibao model as the basis for the Coda EV project in California, which recently, and sadly, joined the list of many failed EV start-ups. Although the Saibao-based Coda model was a bit outdated, some foreign reviewers praised it for its sound quality. I saw the original Saibao III back in 2006, and was impressed with its quality compared to other Chinese domestic makes, like BYD.

I always perceived the folks up in cold country of Harbin and Changchun, as quite skilled and hard working, and in hindsight, I thought that Hafei would have made a much better first partner for Subaru, than the now defunct Avic operation in Guizhou. Even JD Power recognized Hafei with some decent ratings in the past.

Anyway, as a state-owned enterprise I don't think Chang'an had the imagination, or the creativity, to manage the assimilation of Hafei or Chang'he.
Here's what gasgoo recently had to say about Hafei's fate:

http://autonews.gasgoo.com/china-news/hafei-may-help-changan-market-list-with-oem-hat-140401.shtml
 

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Dragin, your reply is very much appreciated, and thanks for the Gasgoo story link. It more or less confirms what I had been reading in the Chinese media. Even sadder because this is the company that had the confidence to come out with independent designs like the Zhongyi (pretty modern for that time in China but with Pininfarina's help of course) and some years later the Lobo, a car that was even assembled in a number of countries abroad.
 

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New life for Harbin Hafei plant under Changan-Ford

Ford Focus production begins at former Hafei plant in Harbin, now completely renovated. Another model, code-named I06, is also scheduled to be produced here.

http://www.autohome.com.cn/news/201702/898969.html

According to an agreement from 2015, 40% of the capacity (80,000 of 200,000 p.a. total) will be currently utilized for OEM supply of the Alsvin V3 until the I06 comes on board, subsequently production adjustments can be made based on relative demand.
 

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That is what the article (linked in post #29) talks about, i.e. Focus production, and C346 is its internal designation :)
The C307-based I06 is not produced yet.
The Alsvin V3 has been made all this while, even while the plant was being renovated.
 

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It seems that the project I06, clearly a nearly rebadged Focus Classic (look at the sizes!), was initiated in the time that joint-ventures were forced to start their China-only brand (like Venucia, Zinoro etc). It is unclear to me if Ford would have used its Jiayue brand, but now it looks like the I06 will be just a Changan-Ford. (?)
 

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After the separation of Changan-Ford and Changan-Mazda, it became necessary for Ford to vacate the latter's plant in Nanjing where the Fiesta was being made. At the same time, the Harbin plant was almost idle, so Changan-Ford felt it prudent to consider acquiring that unit. Anyway, Fiesta production has not taken place in China beyond November 2015.
 
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