Changan Suzuki - 51%
Changan Ford - 50%
Changan Mazda - 50%
Changan PSA - 50%
Location Headquarters and R&D center: Chongqing
Main assembly plants: Chongqing, Nanjing

Sales figures
Group sales:
2015: 2,776,514 units
2014: 2,544,055 units
2013: 2,120,018 units
2012: 1,756,580 units
2011: 1,663,841 units
2010: 1,901,800 units
2009: 1,425,777 units (production)
2008: 861,377 units
2007: 857,700 units

2015 domestic sales by models:
Ford Fiesta: 15,799 units
Ford Escort: 214,362 units
Ford Focus: 246,085 units
Ford Mondeo: 126,269 units
Ford Taurus: 6,376 units
Ford Ecosport: 56,465 units
Ford Kuga: 135,194 units
Ford Edge: 65,152 units
Mazda 3: 100,860 units
Mazda CX-5: 45,110 units
Suzuki Alto: 25,049 units
Suzuki Swift: 21,860 units
Suzuki SX4: 42,070 units
Suzuki Alivio: 20,494 units
Suzuki S-Cross: 30,812 units
PSA DS 5LS: 4,972 units
PSA DS 5: 1,276 units
PSA DS 6: 15,203 units
Changan Benni: 47,277 units
Changan Alsvin V3 (old): 51,925 units
Changan Alsvin: 71,787 units
Changan Eado: 182,332 units
Changan Raeton: 7,541 units
Changan CX20: 40,366 units
Changan CS35: 169,332 units
Changan CS75: 186,623 units

Introduction ChangAn is one of the big 4 Chinese car manufacturers. Like most other car makers in China, it started producing civilian cars through forming joint-ventures with foreign car makers, firstly Suzuki, then Ford and Mazda. In recent years, it started producing its own designs with the help of Western engineering consultants. In 2015, it sold in excess of 900,000 passengers cars with its own brand, more than any other Chinese car makers.
Brief History
According to ChangAn, its history can be traced back to an arsenal founded in 1862, when China was still in Qing Dynasty. Through the years, ChangAn had been a military-owned enterprize producing machine tools and military goods. However, when China started economic reform in the late 1970s, it could no longer rely on government subsidy for survival. In the mid-1980s, it introduced Suzuki's minivans and trucks for production locally. This relationship was upgraded to a joint-venture, ChangAn Suzuki, in 1993, which introduced Suzuki Alto. 8 years later, it formed another joint-venture with Ford group to produce Ford, Volvo and Mazda models. By the mid-2000s, its annual production exceeded 600,000 units a year, placing it in the top 5 of Chinese car makers.

Z-Shine (2008)

In the late 2000s, ChangAn started employing European engineering consultants to develop its own cars, such as Benni (minicar), Alsvin (B-segment), CV8 / Z-shine (C-segment) and Joice (MPV). The next stage would be to build its own R&D capability.

In late 2009, under the guidance of the central government ChangAn absorbed the automotive operations of AVIC, Hafei and Changhe. The former name phased out soon, while the latter was transferred to BAIC in 2013.

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