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The Big Read – JAC (3/3) – The new era

So far, JAC Motor's path of development has been mostly independent. For a state-owned car factory in China that's quite rare, the industry is...

The Big Read – JAC (2/3) – The passenger cars

We left Jianghuai last week at the point that it was a small truck maker and had moved successfully into the bus market. Forty...

The Big Read – JAC (1/3) – The early years

JAC is one of the later entrants in the Chinese car market. The company secured a passenger car permit in 2007, when the Chinese...

The Big Read – Dongfeng (6/6) – Sokon, a family business

Our final visit to the Dongfeng Group brings us to Chongqing. This city in central China, on the banks of the Jialing river, is...

The Big Read – Dongfeng (5/6) – Nissan conquers China, but Yulon fails

Last week we unravelled the complicated lead up to the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture (DFL). Now it's time to see how DFL developed since 2003...

The Big Read – Dongfeng (4/6) – The many roads that lead to Dongfeng-Nissan

Nissan is the most important foreign partner of Dongfeng. Both companies are so much intertwined that it's hard to see who is who in...

The Big Read – Dongfeng (3/6) – Joint venture king: Honda, Kia and Renault join Dongfeng

Around 2015 Dongfeng held seven joint ventures with international brands (Nissan, Infiniti, Peugeot, Citroen, Honda, Kia and Yulon) and one domestic brand (Sokon), making...

The Big Read – Dongfeng (2/6) – 80’s trucks, 90’s Citroens and 21st century Fengshens and Voyahs

We left Dongfeng last week when it just established itself with a formal corporate structure. We will further track the development of the company...

The Big Read – Dongfeng (1/6) – The longest conception in automotive history

The Second Automobile Works (SAW) started limited military production in the late 1960s and civilian production in the mid-1970s. This is contrary to China's...

The Big Read: Dayun

Lifan, Brilliance Xinyuan (Shineray) and BAIC Yinxiang, three companies that started as motorcycle companies and at one point decided to go into the car...
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