The Big Read: History of Changan

Changan

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.

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Top 3 exciting cars launched at Chongqing Auto Show. And one surprise

Great Wall Poer Pickup
Great Wall Poer Artillery pickup

I like Chongqing Auto Show. Compared with Shanghai Auto, which traditionally takes place in April, Chongqing is much smaller but more pragmatic. Shanghai is more about showing muscles, the latest technology, and concept cars. “Launch in 2025” was the favorite phrase there. There is lots of PR. But at Chongqing, automakers show more cars you can actually buy now or soon. My colleague Tycho would probably say this show is less focused on millennials. Let’s have a look at the three highlights of the show and one surprise.

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New Petrol Powered Cars From China – May 2021 – Part 2

New Cars From China – May 2021 – Part 2
This is the second part of our series on new petrol powered cars from China – May 2021. For background and more cars see Part 1. We immediately continue with the car you see atop this post; the updated Haval H9.

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Changan reveals its mysterious high-end brand name: Avatar. Here is everything we know

GAC executives
GAC team is happy and celebrates the 20 millionth car roll off an assembly line last week.

On 20 May, Changan Automobile confirmed its new high-end EV brand, previously referred to as “AB brand”, named Avatar (阿维塔) Technologies.

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Huawei, Changan, and CATL will launch a high-end EV next week. Its codename is AB E11.

Changan UNI-K
The Vision-V concept was a predecessor of ICE UNI-K, which is totally not a Porsche Cayenne. This car made Changan famous outside China in 2020. Their new EV brand is supposed to be designed also by a former Porsche designer.

Changan was teasing this since November last year, and finally, it’s coming. The high-end AB brand (AB is a codename) will be launched next week and unveil 5 premium models, reported by Sina Finance. The first of them will be the electric E11, a four-wheel drive SUV with a price range between 200 000 – 400 000 yuan (31 000 – 62 000 USD). E11 is supposed to compete with Tesla Model Y and Nio ES8.

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