- by the Chengdu-based Mingjun group around 2009 under a disinvestment plan by FAW. It is reported in some financial articles that Mingjun owns 65-80% of these companies, with FAW being a minority shareholder.
Even more interestingly, this article mentions that the new pickups which have recently gained approval, were developed in cooperation with, guess who? - Kawei !
The Huakai factory is in Changchun and this article here claims that Mingjun group is heavily investing in the Changchun plant to modernize the plant and enhance capacity.
As for production, I simply have no information. Since they have approval, trial or pilot production may be taking place, but I am not aware. If you (or any other member) come across any information contrary to this, please feel free to share.
I think you already know much of what I have said above, but I still wrote it down for the benefit of other visitors and to elicit any valuable responses from them.
Also, a couple of pics to let visitors know what we are talking about.
Many many thanks Dmitra. We probably have to wait till the products show up in the announced facility in Changchun.
There is also a SUV, which I included with an earlier pickup in my catalogue in 2011 (www.chinesecars.net). These pickups are in NDRC 239 and 240 (CA1023K15L240APM1, CA1023K15L240APR5M1, CA1026K28L, the SUV is in NDRC 205, named CA6480QK (that was already in 2010).
Changchun Light Vehicle Factory has a long history, named before Changchun Dongfeng Auto Works (erected in 1969) which produced the CD130-series of light trucks. When FAW took over the factory (1991), it produced CA1040 small trucks.
Yes, Erik, you are quite right. I read a bit of their history while researching for the above pickups.
Thanks for mentioning the SUV [CA6460QK - CA6480QK is the chassis (底盘) designation] and those other trucks. I had compiled a basic database from 2006 to April 2011 from information published on "www.autoinfo.gov.cn/app/cpzz/" (that link is now dead), and this SUV is included in the list of vehicles in November 2009. Although an early attempt by the rejuvenated firm to enter the passenger car sector, nothing much became of it, I believe.
Note to visitors: This CA6460 should not be confused with the other past SUVs from FAW/Zhongneng also designated CA6460/CA6480.
Also Dayun was in 2011 in my catalogue.
Wanfeng (longer ago in my catalogue) has a new pickup (ZWQ1021AF) under development. That's a nice couple with the ZWQ6490M suv. Wanfeng will return in my catalogue
Yes, Zhejiang Wanfeng's new pickup is listed in the current (255) notice. Also, Wanfeng has created an electric version of its SUV.
ZWQ5001BEV (Electric ZWQ6490M)
But I digress too much. Let me keep this discussion mainly to Huakai. I am also keeping an eye on MIIT's Fuel Efficiency table, so when they list the new Huakai pickups, we shall probably get to know. Anyway, without this certification, sales cannot begin.
New energy minicar from Mingjun Automobile Co., Ltd., based on Yudea (Hebei Yuedi) 360 LSEV, equipped with 20 kW or 35 kW motors, approved:
Mingjun Automobile Co., Ltd., formerly Zigong Longyu Automobile Co., Ltd., is located in Zigong, Sichuan (see supra) and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mingjun Automotive Industry Co., Ltd. (based in Guangzhou). Mingjun Group is owned by Xu Mingjun and family.
Mingjun 360EV has gone on sale regionally, and the company reported the first deliveries to customers. There are two variants, H1 and H3. The H1 has a 35 kW motor, 17 kWh battery, 150 km range, 101 km/h top speed and costs 59,900 RMB. H3, the cheaper variant, has a 20 kW motor, 10.4 kWh battery, 80 km range, 80 km/h top speed and costs 39,900 RMB.
Although built under Mingjun Auto's manufacturing license, actual production takes place at a brand new industrial facility set up in Neijiang city, Sichuan, by Sichuan Guoyue New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd. which is a subsidiary of Hebei Yuedi New Energy Technology Group (Yudea). Sichuan Guoyue Auto was established in 2017, with Hebei Yuedi holding 90% of the shares and the Neijiang city government the rest. The cars will be jointly marketed by Mingjun Group and Sichuan Guoyue Auto Sales Co.