It is Sunday, and it means only one thing – another part of the Automaker Profile series. Who do you think is the best-selling Chinese car brand in its home market? Geely? Wuling? BYD maybe? No, that’s all wrong. In the first half of 2021, Changan was China’s biggest brand. To celebrate the achievement, part two in the Automaker Profile series is about the company from Chongqing.
For those of you who missed the first part about Nio, you can read it here.
When Great Wall launched the WEY Tank, and subsequently the separate Tank brand, it was all about roughness and off-roading . The brand was marketed as the wild brother of WEY, which is more about sporty design. Tank then unveiled a bunch of concept cars, each wilder than the other. All very manly. But now, there is a Tank 300 City Edition. Manly, no more. “Pick Pink”, says the image of the press release.
Today we bring you the first chapter of our new series, Automaker Profile. Every Sunday, we will bring you in-depth insight into the history of one Chinese automaker together with its full profile. I can already reveal you can look forward to stories of how giants as JAC, BYD, Dongfeng, or newcomers as Xpeng, Wuling were born. Today it will be about one of the JAC’s customers – a fresh star EV startup, Nio.
In many countries, a vehicle like the Toyota Sienna would spend its days doing the school run and getting groceries; In China, that role is mainly left to SUVs. With the recent law allowing three children per family (used to be a one-child policy), MPVs are starting to make more sense to Chinese buyers.
Compared to internal combustion vehicles, electric cars are often seen as expensive and experimental transportation for the rich – indeed, it takes time for technology to trickle down to the average car. Still, that time may be here sooner than you’d think!
As Nio and Xpeng, the most promising Chinese EV startups, entered Europe, we all asked whether the U.S. expansion is coming. But both startups were remarkably silent or directly denied it. Even the BYD – Chinese EV veteran – is not very successful in the U.S. They sell only a few electric buses and trying luck with commercial vehicles. Not to mention Faraday Future, once Silicon Valley’s darling, whose founder bankrupted in 2019 before it could launch the car. Now Skyworth (previously known as Skywell) is taking the lead and, without much attention, enters the U.S. market with its electric SUV ET5.
On 23rd June, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) showed that Xiaopeng Motors (Xpeng) passed the important step leading to the company’s stock listing. If Xpeng succeeds, it would be the first EV company listed on the Hong Kong exchange. At CNC, we love cars, so we were more interested in the details Xpeng revealed about its product line. And we were not disappointed.
After Tycho and I restarted the site month ago, we were surprised by the positive reactions and the huge website traffic we received. It seems you were very hungry for news from China automotive. Thus we would like to bring you even more good quality articles from the Chinese market, and we are looking for new editors with the same passion for cars from China as we have.
On the night of 19th June, Lynk & Co officially released its flagship model 09 in Shanghai. The new car is positioned as a mid-size SUV. Following models 01 – 07, Lynk & Co 09 is the automaker’s biggest car. It is based on Volvo’s SPA platform – the same that underpins the Volvo XC90 II (also a mid-size SUV), several other Volvo cars, and Polestar 1. Chinese automaker Geely owns all these brands.
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