Famous Chinese Car Brands In The World

Chinese Car World

The Chinese auto industry made a breakthrough on the world stage. During the last fifty years of the 20th century, this Asian country literally invaded the entire region and began a massive distribution of its cars (of many different brands) to Europe, America, and Australia. In terms of the total number of car brands, China ranks second after all European countries combined.

The Chinese auto industry does not have a very long history but it is very intense and results. Since the early 1990s, it has been developing at a very fast pace. Since 2009, China has been the world’s largest auto market and the world’s largest automaker, annually producing more cars in recent years than the next two automakers combined or more than all the countries in the Union. European together.

China is currently capable of producing a complete line of automotive products. The main Chinese companies are FAW, SAIC and Dongfeng. BYD, Great Wall, Lifan, Geely, Chery, Haval, and Changan are the most popular Chinese manufacturers. According to market insiders, these are the best Chinese car brands contributing to the global auto industry.

The four great Chinese

Like “The Big Three” in the United States, China has its list of top manufacturers, owning several popular and successful brands. Some of them work not only in the automotive industry. However, most of the Marques you will see in this article are owned by one of the Big Four companies.


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Founded: 1862
Founder: Private Engineering Corporation

Changan (Changan Automobile Group) is the largest Chinese automobile manufacturer (one of the three largest vehicle manufacturers in China). In translation, “Changan” means “reliability, tested by time. And judging by the sales volumes, consumers appreciate the cars of this brand. Thus, in 2018, the automaker sold 17 million cars.


Founded: 1968
Founder: Mao Zedong

Dongfeng Motor Corporation is a Chinese state-owned automobile manufacturing company headquartered in Wuhan. It is one of the “big four” Chinese car manufacturers. Dongfeng manufactures automobiles and commercial vehicles, passenger transportation, auto parts, consumables, production equipment for the engineering industry. The loading capacity of Dongfeng trucks ranges from 500kg to 220 tons.

The company has created a complete production cycle, independently producing everything from engines and transmissions to filters and oils. It now has 42 plants, the largest testing ground in the world, and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for having the longest production line.


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Founded: 1953
Founder: Government of China

FAW Group Corporation (short for First Automobile Works) is also a state-owned manufacturer in China, mainly specializing in auto parts, light and medium buses and heavy trucks. And it even has joint ventures with such companies as FAWER, Volkswagen, Toyota, Yangzi and many others, as well as numerous divisions in Otey, Hongqi and Besturn.



Founded: 1955
Founder: China Asset Management and Supervision Commission

SAIC Motor Corporation is a state-owned vehicle manufacturer based in Shanghai, China. The company is among the “big four” Chinese automakers, namely Dongfeng Motor, FAW and Chang’an Motors. It is famous for producing some of the most affordable and luxurious cars in China. SAIC Motor Corporation also has joint ventures with General Motors, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Big Chinese automakers

Apart from the Big Four, there are eight other companies, which share almost the entire auto manufacturing market in the country. They own the world’s most famous brands and work closely with European and American manufacturers, creating collaborative projects and innovative models of cars and motorcycles.

GAC Group

GAC Group logo

Founded: 1955

Guangzhou Automobile Company, or GAC, is one of the six largest Chinese automakers. GAC’s head office is located in Guangzhou, and factories are located in the country’s industrial centers. The company started operations in 1997. GAC became a subsidiary of Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group and production facilities were located at its current Guangzhou Automobile Plant in China.


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Founded: 1964

The Chinese automobile company JAC was founded in 1999. Today, JAC is part of the huge technological conglomerate Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. However, production at the factories of this brand did not start until 2002, after a long work to prepare the production facilities and purchase various technologies. from foreign automakers, as the corporation was founded on the technical capabilities of the existing auto plant in 1964 and much of it was outdated. The main specialization of the JAC brand is the production of commercial vehicles, including buses.

Big Wall

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Founded: 1984

Great Wall es el nombre de la gran empresa automotriz china, que se estableció en 1976, y en tan solo 22 años, luego de su entrada al mercado, se ha convertido en el mayor fabricante de camionetas pickup y vehículos comerciales de Asia. La historia de la empresa comenzó con el inicio de la producción de camiones compactos para satisfacer las necesidades de las empresas de logística. Sin embargo, generosas donaciones y subsidios del gobierno permitieron a Great Wall expandir su alineación.



Fundada: 1986

Geely Group was established in 1986 in China and its first products were refrigerators. However, when the Communist Party decided to capitalize on the country’s economy, the company received a strong impetus for development. 1992 became the starting point for Geely in vehicle production. The firm began producing motorcycle parts, and two years later it has mastered its independent assembly. In 1996 the number of motorcycles produced exceeded 200 thousand units.

In 1997, the company began to actively promote its products on world markets, opened many branches in different countries around the world, and began producing commercial vehicles for Chinese companies.

BAIC Group

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Founded: 1988

BAIC, short for Beijing Automotive Group, is a government-owned company and holding company made up of several Chinese automotive companies. The group was established in 1958 in cooperation with Daimler AG and Hyundai. In 2011, the firm was the fifth largest among Chinese automakers, and in 2012 it ranked fourth in terms of production, with 3.1 million cars completed.


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Founded: 1992

Brilliance Auto Group is a holding company that unites several car manufacturers. It ranks seventh in the ranking of China’s largest automakers.

The company’s automotive division includes enterprises for the production of cars and trucks, passenger cars, special vehicles, parts and unit design, as well as a large engineering and research institute. Brilliance Auto Group is the first automobile company in China, which has been closely cooperating with the German company BMW for a long time and is a strategic partner.



Founded: 1995

BYD Auto is a subsidiary of BYD Company Ltd, specializing in the production and supply of various types of equipment for the automotive and other industries. Initially, the plant was to produce batteries and was staffed by 30 employees. But with the decision in 2003 to reorient the company towards car production, its workforce grew to 40,000 people. New technologies became the basis for automobile production at BYD plants.



Founded: 1997

Chery, one of the largest automobile companies in Asia, was established in 1997 by the Chinese Government. Initially, the brand was engaged in the creation of power units for other automakers, as well as for military and aviation equipment. However, in 2001, having the license to manufacture complete units for the assembly of car brands such as Toyota and Mitsubishi, the company launched its first car.

The company’s first model, called the Chery Amulet, was a copy of the Seat Toledo, which the Chery brand management planned to assemble in China under license from Volkswagen, but was met with harsh rejection. So, simply, after purchasing several samples and thoroughly studying them, the company’s engineers introduced the Amulet model, which was not only similar to the Spanish competitor, but also had the same set of options.

luxury car brands

It may be surprising, but there is also a list of luxury car brands in China. It’s pretty short, but cars from these three companies can rival European and American high-end vehicles in both style and comfort. Of course, the mass market car brands are still in the leading positions in the country, however, the luxury brands have become more and more popular and not only in China but all over the world.

Hong Qi

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Founded: 1958
Founder: FAW

HongQi is a Chinese luxury car brand owned by FAW Car Company, a subsidiary of FAW Group. HongQi were the first passenger cars produced in China. First produced in 1958, the original HongQi models were reserved for high-ranking party members. They remained in production until 1981. Afterwards, the line was significantly expanded and the former elite brand began producing commercial taxis and sedans.

Lynk & Co.

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Founded: 2016
Founder: Geely, Volvo

Lynk & Co is the name of a young project founded in 2016 by the joint efforts of the Chinese Geely and the Swedish Volvo, which specializes in the development of “intelligent cars”.

Lynk & Co focuses on young audiences, ecology, fashion and mobile technology. The creators of the new brand say they tried to move away from traditional names, which is why the firm was called Lynk & Co. “Lynk”, as an eye-catching version of “link”, reflects the main value of our time – connection and « Co» – «cooperation».



Founded: 2016
Founder: Great Wall Motors

Chinese auto giant Great Wall Motors announced the rise of the Wey brand in late 2016, and in 2017 it showed off the first production cars. Now there are four different models in the company’s portfolio. The flagship is the Wey P8: 340 hp and 524 Nm of torque – these are the totals of the hybrid power plant with the ability to recharge from the network. Electric power cruising range is up to 50 km. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h – 6.5 seconds.

According to one version, the company is named after the chairman of Great Wall Motors, whose name is Wei Jianjun. According to another, it is named after the ancient Chinese kingdom or princedom Wei.

Mass Market Car Brands

The automobile industry in China is quite young in terms of its international experience. But in a short time, Chinese companies have managed to take a big step forward. In many ways, the result of his work can be considered a breakthrough and a small revolution in the world of automotive engineering. Celestial Empire cars are the most affordable, richly equipped in basic configurations, and the appearance actively aspires to the level of world leaders. Every year new makes and models of cars appear for the mass market in China: affordable, easy to operate and comfortable.

Nanjing Automobile Corporation

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Founded: 1947

State-owned Nanjing Automobile Corporation is China’s oldest automobile manufacturer. It was founded in 1947 and since then it has been taking leadership positions in the Asian market. The brand’s portfolio includes not only passenger cars, but also buses and trucks. In 2007, Nanjing Automobile Corporation merged with SAIC, another auto manufacturing juggernaut, and became its subsidiary.


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Founded: 1950

ChangFeng is one of the oldest automobile manufacturing companies in China. It was founded in 1950 and in the first years of its existence the company was engaged in the creation of military vehicles and heavy machinery for special purposes. Only in 1980, with extensive experience in creating military off-road vehicles, the ChangFeng brand introduced its first civil off-road model, which was named CJY620. And in 1993 a cooperation agreement was signed with the Japanese company Mitsubishi, which has transferred the rights to manufacture one of its off-road models to the Chinese company. Until 1996, the company was also a commercial branch of the People’s Liberation Army.



Founded: 1952

Jiangnan is the name of a Chinese company, which was established in 1952. It is a key member of the China Arms Industries Group. In 1988, the company began producing passenger cars, producing a miniature model JHN 710. From the early 1990s, it also produced the Suzuki Alto model, which is also a mini car, under license. Others were developed, but Alto remains one of the company’s main products.



Founded: 1968

JMC is the name of a Chinese company that produces trucks and cars, passenger cars and SUVs. Founded in 1968, the company was originally called Jiangxi Automobile Manufactory. At the beginning of its history, the company produced small trucks, under the Genghis Khan brand. JMC company was founded on the basis of a car repair plant, located in Nanchang city. Since the beginning of the eighties, this company received the right to produce components and cabins, designed for Isuzu trucks. In 1984, the company switched to licensed production of Isuzu brand models.



Founded: 1980

Hafei is the name of another Chinese automaker that was founded in 1980. Today, the company is part of the Harbin Corporation. A key factor in the opening of a new brand was the conclusion of an agreement with the South Korean company Daewoo, which, in addition to technology, invested a large sum to open assembly workshops of the highest class, and initially, factories for Hafei worked exclusively on secondment. Daewoo specialists.


Founded: 1984

XinKai is the name of an automobile manufacturing corporation, established in 1984. It is engaged in the production of automobiles and trucks, as well as special equipment. At the time of its foundation, Xin Kai Company was a joint venture with foreign equity participation. In 1992, a Hong Kong company joined the owners of the brand. With the development, the company obtained its production facilities, thus becoming a corporation. In 1999 its official name was Xin Kai Auto. The company’s motto is “Quality is Life”.


Founded: 1991

Jinbei is the name of the automobile manufacturing brand, which was established in 1991 by one of the biggest Chinese players in the automobile market, Brilliance China Automotive. Along with German BMW, the Brilliance Automotive Group produces BMW cars specifically for the Chinese market. In addition, it has its own brand Zhonghua, which produces Hi-Ace minibuses, and Jinbei, which specializes in the production of light trucks and commercial vehicles. The firm produces minivans under the Jinbei and Granse brands, based on the development of the Japanese Toyota, which was transferred to the company under a technical cooperation agreement.


Founded: 1992

Lifan is the name of one of the most famous Chinese automobile manufacturers, which was established in 1992. Today it is known as a budget car brand, but its first activity was motorcycle repair, and its name was Chongqing Hongda Auto. Fittings Research Center. After some time, gaining experience, the company took the risk of starting to produce its own motorcycles and it did not go wrong. Thanks to the low cost of motorcycles, the company became very popular in China, and after only 5 years, it already had ten plants of its own. In 1997, the management decided to change the name to what we now know, Lifan.


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Founded: 1992

Haima is one of the fastest growing auto manufacturing brands in China, controlled by FAW Group. This manufacturer has all the necessary infrastructure, so it designs, manufactures and markets passenger cars, crossovers, vans and electric cars. Haima traces its history back to 1988, originally the company was called Hainan Motor and was engaged in the production of vintage car models. However, in 1992 the company entered into a partnership with Mazda Motor and received its current name (made up of the first letters of the words “Hainan” and “Mazda”).


Founded: 1994

Yema is the name of a Chinese vehicle manufacturer, which was established in 1984 and since 2002 has been producing buses and cars under the same brand. Today Yema has three production bases located in Chengdu and Mianyang: the headquarters in Chengdu, a branch in Chengdu and a branch in Mianyang. The Chengdu headquarters includes the units of Passenger Vehicle Co. and Chengdu Bus Co., which produce buses, commuter buses, city buses, passenger vehicles including SUVs and MPVs, and eco-friendly vehicles.


Founded: 1995

Soueast is a Chinese automobile manufacturer, which was established in 1995. The main specialization of the company is the production of Japanese Mitsubishi cars, tailored to the needs of Chinese buyers. In addition, since 2006, the Japanese brand is among the co-owners of the firm, with 25% of the total shares.

In addition to licensed production, Mitsubishi is a global technology partner of Soueast. In 2008, the Iranian company Mehergan became one of the partners of the brand, which launched a large-scale production of Mitsubishi cars for the Iranian market, using the components that are produced at the Soueast plants.


Founded: 1999

ZXAuto is the name of a joint Sino-Korean project, launched in 1999 as a separate brand for the production of city cars by Hebei Tianye Automobile Group and Taiwan Unite Leading in China. The company quickly began to gain momentum and in a few years has become a leader in the Chinese automotive industry, choosing to produce pickups and SUVs, bringing its creation to perfection, both technically and in design.


Founded: 2000

Hawtai is the name of a Chinese car manufacturing brand, which is not very recognizable all over the world. Established in 2000, Hawtai is positioned in China as a premium car brand. Hawtai Motor Group’s technical partners are VM Motori, SAIC and manufacturers from Germany: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Bosch, ZF, Intel, Magna, Pier burg, Honeywell.


Founded: 2002

Landwind is the Chinese auto company owned by Jiangling Motor Holding, a joint venture of Changan Auto and Jiangling Motors Corporation. The brand, which was established in 2002 and launched its first car (SUV X6) in 2006, specializes in the development and manufacture of passenger cars and SUVs and sees the Chinese local market as its key market.


Founded: 2002

The Chinese automaker Wuling has been known in the automobile market since 2005.l, although the brand was established in 2002. In the company’s range, there are various lines of vans, flatbeds and mini-cars. Wuling has its own engine plant, which makes the company independent of outside supplies. The company pays great attention to new developments, following global trends and using the latest science to produce quality vehicles.

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Founded: 2003

Gonow is the name of a young Chinese automotive brand, which was established by Zhejiang Gonow Auto in 2003, specializing in the production of minivans, pickup trucks and SUVs, as well as vehicles for the Chinese army, police and government agencies. The first pickup model was released in 2004, and deliveries to Africa and Europe immediately began, and a year later the company signed a cooperation agreement with the Korean company Daewoo.


Founded: 2003

Zotye is a Chinese sedan and city car manufacturer, which was established in 2003. Since its foundation, Zotye has launched various series of hatchbacks and sedans in different configurations.

In addition, the company tried to start the production of electric cars in 2008, but after some experimental models they have opted for traditional gasoline cars. One of the curious features of Zotye is its affordable budget, achieved by the company due to the optimization of production facilities, which are designed for the production of 100 thousand cars per year.


Founded: 2003

Honest is the name of a relatively young car manufacturer, which was founded in 2003 in China. Today it produces up to 30 thousand cars and SUVs a year. Jonway’s dealer network includes more than 500 dealers in China. Their cars are also exported to Italy. For example, the Jonway UFO SUV, produced in China since 2007, is a licensed copy of the second generation Toyota RAV4.


Founded: 2006

Roewe is the name of a luxury brand of the Chinese automobile consortium SIAC, which was established in 2006, taking its name in honor of the British brand Rover, or rather, to be more in keeping with it. However, the Roewe vehicles were developed with the involvement of engineers from Ford, which had acquired the Rover brand a year earlier from BMW.


Founded: 2007

The Qoros Auto company was founded in 2007, and at the end of 2013, the production of the first model began – the Qoros 3 sedan, a car designed primarily for the European market. The brainchild of one of China’s largest automakers, Chery, Qoros is developing rapidly, applying the latest technology in its cars and expanding its export market.


Founded: 2008

Everus is a small auto manufacturing brand, which was established in China in 2008, as a joint venture between Japanese Honda Group and Chinese GAC. The first car of the brand was released in 2011 and received very good feedback from the global automotive community.


Founded: 2010

Venucia is the name of a young and forward-thinking car manufacturing brand, which was established in 2010 as the joint venture between Japan’s Nissan group and China’s Dongfeng. The brand is specialized in the production of stylish and comfortable passenger cars and SUVs and pays attention to detail in the design and technical padding of its vehicles.


Founded: 2010

Baojun is the name of a Chinese car brand, which was established in 2010. The young company specializes in the production of affordable small vehicles. The production of SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile has made it possible to establish a stable production of Baojun automobiles.


Founded: 2011

Maxus is the name of the automobile manufacturing brand, which was established in 2011 by Shanghai Automobile Company, one of the largest automobile manufacturers in China. The giant decided to create a new brand for the production of commercial vehicles, and thus Maxus was born. This line of vehicles was designed to replace the outdated rear-wheel drive LDV Pilot and Convoy. After the purchase of Daewoo by General Motors, the LDV Group company retained all intellectual rights to develop Maxus.


Founded: 2013

The Haval car brand was registered by the Chinese company Great Wall in 2013. Initially, it was planned to produce production SUVs for the domestic market under this name. Since 2014, it has taken control of the production of all passenger class vehicles except compacts.

commercial vehicle brands

Almost 50% of all buses and large commercial vehicles sold in the world are produced in China. The country has several big and renowned brands, which have been in the international market for quite some time, and have proven to be reliable and professional brands, who can develop and implement progressive and innovative technologies in their manufacturing processes. Our list of commercial vehicle brands includes not only buses, but also truck manufacturers from China.


Founded: 1947

Chinese truckmaker Yuejin Automobile Corp. is controlled by Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC). The company was founded in 1947 and the first truck was built in 1958. It was a light truck. Today, Yuejin is among the leaders in small truck production in China.

Currently, the Yuejin brand produces agricultural machinery, as well as chassis used for the production of trucks and cars. The model range of the brand includes five sub-series of light trucks and twenty-seven basic modifications.

FAW Jiefang

Founded: 1957
Founder: First Automobile Works (FAW)

FAW Jiefang is one of the oldest and largest truck manufacturers in China, which was established in 1957. With the help of major plants and operating branches, it manages to produce vehicles of six categories: trucks of different payloads, SUVs, cars, small cars and buses. FAW ranks second after Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) in terms of sales. As for the truck segment, FAW takes leading positions not only in the Chinese market, but in the whole of Asia, and moves to the world pedestal.


Founded: 1958

Zhongtong is the name of the oldest bus manufacturing company in China, which was established in 1958. At present, in addition to producing three series of buses, Zhongtong also repairs buses and produces spare parts. Passenger, city and other vehicles are sold not only in China, but also in many countries around the world, including France, the US, Russia and others.

The company has undergone reorganization several times, as well as change of management and name change, before finally in 1998 to obtain the current name Zhongtong.


Founded: 1963

Yutong is another Chinese automaker, which was established in 1963 but gained international popularity only in 2004. The company, located in Henan (Zhengzhou) province, specializes in the production of buses of various types and purposes. In various model lines, Yutong produces dozens of modifications for various road and weather conditions. It allows the export of buses to more than 30 countries around the world. The range of passenger buses is quite wide.


Founded: 1987

Another Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturer, Dayun was founded in 1987, and in a short time has achieved a large scale of production, recognition in China and fame in the world. The factory is located in Shanxi Province (Central China), in a designated area. It is a special industrial production development zone, investments are actively attracted in the development of advanced technology facilities. There are centers and complexes for the development of innovative solutions, for scientific research and testing.

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Founded: 1988

King Long was founded in 1988 and quickly became one of the largest bus and commercial passenger vehicle manufacturers in China and Asia. In the first years of its existence, the King Long brand closely cooperated with various Japanese and Korean companies, gradually building up its design team and constantly improving its production capacity. In 1989, the production of Toyota commercial vehicles under the King Long brand began, and in 1991, a similar decision was made for Hyundai products.


Founded: 1988
Founder: NORINCO Defense Corporation

BeiBen is a truck manufacturer from Baotou. Founded in 1988 under license from Mercedes-Benz, it works mainly for the Asian market. Bei Fang Ben Heavy-Duty Truck Co., Ltd. is deservedly considered a leader among machine building companies in China. Advanced and modern equipment, a competent management system and professional staff enable the plant to provide reliable equipment to the domestic market, as well as export it to many countries in Asia and the Middle East.

Golden Dragon

Founded: 1992
Founder: Xiamen Golden Dragon Bus

Xiamen Golden Dragon Van, or simply Golden Dragon, was established in China in 1992. This company, located in Xiamen, Fujian province, covers a huge area of ​​300 thousand square meters, and the area of ​​the main production facilities is equal to half of that. The main activities of the brand are the development, production and sale of urban, suburban and tourist buses, which are designed to transport from 9 to 120 passengers. Golden Dragon buses are sold not only in China, but are exported to many countries.


Founded: 1996
Founder: BAIC Group

Foton is a Chinese truck manufacturer, which was founded in 1996 as a small company for the production and development of vehicles of different directions. However, in 1997 the concern became a separate subdivision of the Foton brand, specializing in the production of trucks and special equipment for the domestic market. The models of the first company were copies of the famous Japanese and Korean trucks in the Asian car market at that time, which were originally to be produced under license at Foton plants.


Founded: 1998
Founder: King Long

Higer is the name of a Chinese bus manufacturer that was founded in 1998. Today, the company specializes not only in the production of buses but also trucks. Immediately after the founding of the brand, interest in the capacity of its plants increased and a new market showed Sweden’s Scania, which has invested a solid amount in Chinese production while buying 10% of the firm.

Hualing Xingma

Founded: 1999

Hauling Xingma, a truck manufacturer, founded in China in 1999, is better known to the world as CAMC. The CAMC brand of Chinese trucks is produced by Anhui Hualing Automobile Group, a large engineering company in Anhui province. This corporation has three companies: Xingma Automobile, Anhui Hualing Heavy-duty Automobile (also known as Hualing Heavy Auto), and Hunan Xingma Heavy-Duty Truck Co, (shortly Hunan Xingma). The production capacity of the three plants is approximately 30 thousand CAMC heavy trucks per year. The main partners of the company are well-known Japanese truck manufacturers: Mitsubishi and Isuzu.

electric car brands

Speaking of the Chinese auto industry as a whole, it is, of course, a segment of budget cars with low safety performance, in the creation of which design solutions and technical developments of foreign automakers are widely used. However, recent years have been marked by innovation and new technologies, as evidenced by the emergence in China of a large number of automobile brands specializing in the production of electric cars.

In China, the electric transport industry is developing faster largely due to the difficult environmental situation: the Celestial Empire leads the volume of hydrocarbon emissions into the atmosphere. China is investing more in infrastructure development.


Founded: 2013
Founder: Brilliance, BMW

Zinoro is a joint venture of BMW Brilliance, specializing in the production of luxury electric cars. The brand was established in 2013 and launched its first model in the same year. The Zinoro pioneer, introduced in 2013, was the Zinoro 1E electric crossover based on the BMW X1. And in 2016, the Zinoro 60H SUV based on the BMW X1 Long Wheelbase was presented.


Founded: 2013
Founder: First Automobile Works (FAW), Toyota

A very ambitious and progressive project of the Chinese FAW and the Japanese Toyota, Ranz, was established in 2013 with the idea of ​​the production of electric vehicles. The company did not need long to start actively developing and released its first car in the same year. Translated as the ‘bright light’, Ranz’s guiding principle is to provide young and active people around the world with affordable, high-quality electric cars.


Founded: 2014
Founder: Zhiche Youxing Technology

Singulato Motors is a brand of Zhiche Youxing Technology, which was established in late 2014 in Beijing as an Internet company to produce Chinese electric cars, autonomous driving systems, automotive network services with a focus on big data and technology development. of cloud computing.

The Chinese startup has received 15 billion yuan, or $2.39 billion, in investment to build a factory and produce its first electric crossover model. In 2016, the company showed off a spectacular crossover with so-called “gull-wing” doors.


Founded: 2014
Founder: William Li

The NIO car brand is a private industrial company created by William Li in 2014, with the idea of ​​designing and developing high-tech electric cars. The brand unites more than 2,000 specialists in design, high technology and management in 13 countries. Its headquarters are in Shanghai, China, and representative offices are opened in the US, Germany, England and Hong Kong.

The NIO name is a trademark developed for the American and European markets, the original Chinese brand is Weilai, which literally means “blue sky”.


Founded: 2014
Founder: He Xiaopeng

XPeng, or Xiaopeng Motors, was established in China in 2014 to launch the production of its budget electric cars based on the US company’s developments. Three years later, XPeng released a beta version of its first car, the Identity X electric parking lot. However, in January 2018, the company stepped up development and demonstrated the G3 crossover at the CES show in Las Vegas. According to the creators, they got nothing but an “electric car from the Internet”, and the letter G in the name of the car stands for the English word “geek”. The brand is often compared to the American Tesla.

Li Auto

Founded: 2015
Founder: Li Xiang

Li Auto is another ambitious Chinese project, launched in 2015. Like NIO, Li Auto only produces crossovers, the most sought-after body type. Li Auto has only one car model so far: LI ONE six- or seven-seat big car. Sales of the car began in the spring of 2019, and the company has already produced more than 10,400 vehicles, as of June 30, 2020. In the first quarter of 2020, Li Auto had revenue of $120.3 million and a net loss of $ 10.9 million. . All products are sold in the Chinese market and the company plans to expand its line in the future.


Founded: 2016
Founder: Harmony New Energy Auto, Hon Hai Precision Industry, Tencent Holdings

Chinese electric car brand Byton debuted in 2016. It is a trademark of the startup Future Mobility Corporation (FMC), which was founded by people from BMW and Nissan. FMC is Chinese-funded, so it’s based in Nanjing, but there are also R&D centers in Munich and California. The company unveiled its first electric crossover concept in 2018, which immediately captured the interest of the global industry.


Founded: 2017
Founder: Beijing Automotive Industry Holding

Arcfox is an electric car brand, established in 2017 by BAIC Group, the fifth-largest company in the Chinese automobile industry. BAIC cooperates closely with automotive industry leaders such as Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz. The Arcfox electric crossover is a joint creation of a separate BAIC division, BJEV (which wholly owns the Arcfox brand) and Canadian auto component maker Magna International.


Founded: 2019
Founder: Geely

Chinese company Geely, which owns the Volvo, Polestar and Lotus brands, announced the launch of a global brand, Geometry, in 2019z. Geometry was established with the idea of ​​premium electric car production. The first model of the brand is the Geometry A sedan. The size of the four-door Geometry debutant is close to the Tesla Model 3, although the Chinese version has some interesting modifications and features.

Defunct car brands

Compared to other world leaders in the auto industry, China’s list of defunct car brands is really short. The car manufacturing segment of the country is growing daily and almost every brand has a chance to survive as the export is developing at truly incredible speed. Although there were still some marks, they failed to survive.


Founded: 1965
Disappeared: 2004

Zhongyu is the name of the Chinese automotive brand, which was one of the first in the local market, created in 1965. The company was known for a very wide portfolio of released cars and specialized in literally everything from sedans to ambulances to the cessation. of all operations in 2004.


Founded: 1988
Disappeared: 2016

Shuanghuan is the name of the Chinese car manufacturer, which was established in 1988 and discontinued after just under thirty years of business. The brand specialized in the production of crossovers and SUVs, but also had cars of other classes in its portfolio.

bao long

Founded: 1998
Disappeared: 2005

Baolong is the name of a short-lived Chinese automaker, which was established in 1998 and closed in 2005. The company specialized in the production of sedans, SUVs and vans, which were based on the models of world-famous brands. like Ford and Renault.

Shanghai Maple Guorun

Founded: 2000
Disappeared: 2010

Shanghai Maple Guorun is the name of a small Chinese car brand, which was established in 2000 and acquired by Geely in 2008. The company produced passenger cars, which were not successful in the international market. In 2020, Geely decided to give Maple a second chance and started the production of electric cars under this brand.

Young man

Founded: 2001
Disappeared: 2019

The Chinese manufacturer of trucks and large commercial vehicles, Youngman, was established in 2001 and ceased all operations in 2019. Interestingly, the brand also tried itself in the production of sedans and SUVs, but none of the “passenger car experiments” » was successful.


Founded: 2010
Disappeared: 2013

Englon is the name of another short-lived Chinese automaker, which was established in 2010 and was only active for less than three years. Englon focused on the production of sedans, which repeated the design of classic British cars.