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Beijing WKW has terminated all its new energy vehicle projects inland (in Qinhuangdao, Ningbo [Hybrid Kinetic JV], and Changchun) and abroad (Germany), sold off some of its parts and battery-making subsidiaries/projects and also abandoned plans to consolidate some of its other holdings (Changchun New Energy, Wuzhoulong) under Kawei. The major reasons for this are falling profits from its parts business (and the subsequent inability to fund all these projects during construction phase), defaults on overdue payments, confiscation of pledged shares, blacklisting of Wuzhoulong from receiving subsidies by the authorities for misrepresentation (in the aftermath of the subsidy cheating scam of 2015-16).

https://www.d1ev.com/news/qiye/95320

Partial news:
http://finance.eastmoney.com/a/201907181181940624.html
https://www.xianjichina.com/special/detail_411163.html
https://xw.qq.com/partner/gdtadf/20190717A0NMJ7/20190717A0NMJ700
 

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Danyang-based Jiangsu Huazi Vehicle Industry Co., Ltd. acquired the "JNQ" license from Jiangsu Kawei Automotive Industrial Group Co., Ltd. in December 2019. Kawei had been producing, of late in minute quantities, SUVs and logistics vans (6- and 5-category vehicles, but not pickups) under the "JNQ" license which had originally belonged to Zhangjiagang Jiangnan Automobile Manufacture Co., Ltd. Zhangjiagang Jiangnan Auto was a maker of Chunzhou buses and vans, which Kawei group had acquired in 2012.

Jiangsu Huazi Vehicle Industry Co., Ltd. (江苏华梓车业有限公司) is a young company founded in 2017, headed by one Zhu Chenling. Till September 2019, it was called Danyang Huazi Vehicle Industry Co., Ltd. Not much is known about this company.

According to govt. sources, Jiangsu Kawei produced a total of 26 passenger vehicles in 2019. In the first six months of this year, only 11 Kawei SUVs have been sold. The picture has remained more or less the same for the preceding few years too. I have no idea how many pickups Kawei has made or sold (if at all any) because those are clubbed with YTO Group numbers.
 

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Can you tell us what a JNQ license is?
And can we now expect the newcomer Huazi , holder of the much coveted license, to pick up and run with Kawei's unusually wide range of model offerings?
Going forward it also seems there should be some prospect of EV production in the transition.
 

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"JNQ" is the enterprise code for Zhangjiagang Jiangnan Auto → Jiangsu Kawei Auto → Jiangsu Huazi.

An enterprise code is awarded by NDRC (earlier SDPC) to an enterprise when it receives its production license. When it passes from one enterprise to another during any transaction, e.g. acquisition, merger, or restructuring, the code might remain the same or be changed on application (the underlying license does not change). Several enterprises within a group, or somehow connected, may share the same enterprise code (like "BJ" for a number of BAIC-affiliated companies) even though production licenses may have been granted separately. Often we say "XX license" to refer to that production license and to the concerned enterprise by way of shorthand.

When vehicles (models) are granted type approvals, the 4-digit numeric code + any alphanumeric differentiator are prefixed with the enterprise code, such as "JNQ6463E5" where JNQ is the enterprise code, 6463 is the 4-digit numeric code, and E5 identifies a particular variant.
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I don't know what Huazi will do with the production license, i.e. whether they'll continue to produce existing models, come up with new ones, or help some other unlicensed companies to produce their vehicles under OEM contracts. Huazi's plans are not public as of now. As far as EVs are concerned, that is entirely possible; even Kawei used to have a few electric vehicle models in its program.

...Kawei's unusually wide range of model offerings
I think my statement was misunderstood/unclear: the 26 passenger vehicles and 11 Kawei SUVs mentioned are units produced and sold, not number of models. Refer to my first paragraph:
Kawei had been producing, of late in minute quantities...
Due to inadequate production for quite some years, Kawei had been receiving warnings from MIIT that its license could be revoked (see the first post of this thread). Kawei produced 110 units of passenger vehicles in 2017, 60 in 2018, and just 26 in 2019 (yes, for the whole year). Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, Kawei thought it better to transfer the license rather than risk letting it lapse.
 
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