- In 2002 the company's name was Jiangbei (Jmstar Group)
- In 2003 Geely bought the company and the name was changed to Shanghai Maple Automobile (SMA)
- In 2005 SMA introduced new models designed by Italian company Maggiora
- In 2006 Honda CR-V copy
July 2, 2008 - Recently, the sales business of Shanghai Maple Automobile (SMA) has been integrated into the sales company of Zhejiang Geely Auto, and a new general manager of SMA has been appointed in charge of Maple manufacturing. This means Maple has really become a manufacturing subsidiary of Geely Auto, who aims to boost its sales by integrating and restructuring the corporate business management.
In early 2002, Shanghai Maple Guorun Automobile, a luxury automaker based in Shanghai, was acquired by the Geely Group and renamed as Shanghai Maple Automobile. The first Maple vehicle was produced in the summer of 2003. The Maple Marindo was one of the vehicles displayed at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show by Geely. In April 2007, a newly-appointed general manager from Geely tightened its grip on Maple and greatly reduced the prices of Maple brand cars by a range from 2,000 yuan ($291.6) to 8,000 yuan.
According to the company's statistics, the sales of Maple vehicles in 2007 increased by more than 10,000 units over the previous year, and Geely's Shanghai-based engine facility also raised its engine sales by 40,000 units. Insiders said that the engine sales boost is mainly attributed to Geely’s internal OE business. The performance of Maple is firmly bound with that of the Geely Group.
One year after its firm control over Maple, Geely provided its compact Vision sedan model to Maple for revamp. The new Geely FC Vision, now being re-modeled in Maple's design institute, is expected to hit the market by September as one of Maple's vehicles, which now include 5-door hatchbacks Maple Huapu, Maple Hisoon 205, Maple Hysoul, and 1.8 L sedan Maple Marindo.
everybody , SMA cars in algeria face a great problem which is their contests which give a wrong inf about the chinese products especially SMA , Faw ,Geely,......
because they say that the car chinese knock-off after you bye it .
hello, thank you very much for the space, I wonder if you can get this car electrical plan SMA R81, (although I think you call it C81), and I am from a country called Chile South America and here is very difficult and expensive to find parts for this car, outside his mechanical entiennde anyone, someone would have a manual or the replacing damaged or maybe the wiring diagram, is the most grateful, thank you very much [email protected]