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History of Dongfeng Auto is associated with the company named Yunbao.

Yunbao was cooperating with Taiwanese Yulon Motor and was producing YB6470 stationwagon based on Nissan. It was powered by 2.9 liter V6 engine. Later, Chinese started assembling two more Nissan cars (Vanette and Patrol GR) as Yunbao YB2030 and Yunbao YB6440. In the year 2000, Fengshen 7200 (domestic version of Nissan Bluebird, with revised front and rear ends) was added to the line.

In 2000 Fengshen Automobile company was established. In August 2002, Nissan and Dongfeng Motor Corporation established a 50% / 50% partnership under the Dongfeng Motor Co. name.

The modernized Bluebird EQ 7200 appeared under the Nissan make in 2003. Sunny and other Nissan models followed shortly afterwards...

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YB6470


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YB6440


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Apparently, the Bluebird SSS was also assembled by Yunbao.
According a picture I saw on Weibo :







Interesting, the badge is "廣州雲豹" and not "广州云豹"
Using traditional Chinese characters and not simplified ones.



Pictures from 一星一星又一星's weibo.
 

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The use of "traditional" characters is a clue to Yunbao's 1990s connection with Yulon (a Nissan agent) based on Taiwan, a user of traditional Chinese characters. In 1999 Yunbao, Yulon and Jingan bus, entered a joint venture with the big guy, DONGFENG, to produce cars under the Fengshen, or Aeolus name.
After that it seems the Yunbao name slipped into obscurity. And that short-lived joint venture slipped into obscurity too, when Nissan teamed up directly with Dongfeng in 2003, to form the current Dongfeng Motor Co.,Ltd. (DFL).
However, the Fengshen brand was revived in 2008 or 2009.
 
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