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Automaker Story

The Big Read – SAIC (2/6) – The bigger, the better

Last week we explored the early history of SAIC, when it made one of China's iconic cars for a long time. Now we will...

The Big Read – SAIC (1/6) – Birth of a giant

SAIC is China's largest car manufacturer. The Shanghai based company achieves this feat through two of the most successful joint ventures in the country...

The Big Read – Human Horizons & HiPhi

The only car from a Chinese brand I ever drove (living in the Netherlands), was a Sokon K-series minitruck. One day the gardener at...

The Big Read – DearCC & Enovate

Dianka Automobile is a small electric car start-up and we probably wouldn't have heard much of it, when Jia Yueting's LeEco empire (see last...

The Big Read – LeSEE & Faraday Future

"Great ideas, but really bad with money" is possibly the shortest description of the main protagonist in today's story, Jia Yueting. For a while...

The Big Read Christmas Special: Fake brands

The Chinese car industry is 'King of new brands'. Since the late 1990's new brands appear almost on a monthly schedule. It's one of...

The Big Read – FAW (5/5) – Tianjin taxi’s and Toyota

Last week we learned about FAW's self-owned Bestune brand, which holds close relations to Mazda. FAW enjoys another long lasting relationship with a different...

The Big Read – FAW (4/5) – Mazda involvement creates Haima and Bestune

Last week we learned about China's quintessential Hongqi brand and its close relations with Volkswagen and Audi. Today we take a step back on...

The Big Read – FAW (3/5) – Hongqi and Audi, a family history

After reviewing FAW's general history and its commercial vehicle business we're now back to passenger cars. Today we pick up the story of China's...

The Big Read – FAW (2/5) – Trucks, vans and an Austin Maestro

FAW Group (China First Automobile Group) is a large state-owned vehicle manufacturer. It has important interests in the passenger car market, but commercial vehicles...