Brilliance Auto, Huachen Group

Brands of current/recent products:

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Brilliance
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Huasong
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Jinbei
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BMW
Type: State-owned
Established: 200/2002
Headquarters: Shenyang, Liaoning
Main Subsidiaries and Alliances: Brilliance China Auto (01114.HK), Shenyang Jinbei (600609.SH), Brilliance BMW,
Current/recent models: Brilliance:
Dolphin (1.3L)
H220 (1.5L)
H230 (1.5L)
H320 (1.5L)
H330 (1.5L)
H530 (1.5/1.6L)
M1 (Zunchi) (1.8/2.0L)
M2 (Junjie) (1.6/1.8L)
M2 Cross (1.5/1.6L)
M2 FSV (1.5/1.6L)
M2 Wagon (1.8/2.0L)
M3 (Kubao) (1.8L)
V3 (1.5L)
V5 (15/1.6L)
BMW: 3 Series (2.0/3.0L), 5 Series (2.5/3.0L), X1 (2.0L)
Jinbei:750 (1.5L)
Grace (2.0/2.4/ 2.5/2.7L), Haise (2.0/2.4/2.7L), Haise, long version (2.4L), S30(1.5L), S50(2.0/2.4L)
Thiazi (1.5/1.8L)
X30 (1.3L)
Huasong: Huasong 7 (2.0L)
Sales of Huachen Group (units) 2009: 0.348 million
2010: 0.501 million
2011: 0.5668 million
2012: 0.67 million
2013: 777,000 (182,000 from Zhonghua, 388,000 from Jinbei)
Official Web Site–Chinese http://www.huachenauto.com/ (Huachen Group), http://www.brilliance-auto.com/ (Brilliance Auto), http://www.zhonghuacar.com/ (Zhonghua Cars)
Official Web Site–English http://en.brilliance-auto.com (Brilliance Auto)
Timeline:  
  • Before 2001: The history of Brilliance Auto can be traced back to Shenyang Auto Works, which was founded in 1958 on basis of an auto repair workshop run by the Northeast Road Administration. In 1978 Shenyang Auto Works became part of the newly-launched Shenyang Automotive Industry Co., which founded Jinbei Auto ten years later. The first Jinbei-brand mini bus, which featured Toyota technology, was launched in 1989. In 1991, Shenyang Jinbei Bus was established, entered an alliance with General Motors, and rolled out the first Haise/HiAce van. FAW took control of Jinbei Auto in 1995. Working with GM, Jinbei rolled out Chevrolet Trailblazer in December 2000.
  • 2001: Huachen (Brilliance) Auto Group became the new parent company of Jinbei Auto.
  • 2002: Jinbei Grace (derived from Toyota Granvia) rolled off the line on June 21. Huachen (Brilliance) Auto Holding was founded on September 16.
  • 2003: BMW and Brilliance signed partnership agreement in Beijing on March 27.
  • 2004: BMW-Brilliance opened vehicle plant in Shenyang on May 19.
  • 2006: The first Brilliance M2 hit the market.
  • 2007: The first Brilliance M3 went on sale.
  • 2008: Brilliance M2 FRV was released.
  • 2009: Brilliance M2 Wagon was released. Agreement was signed to invest in Mianyang, Sichuan.
  • 2011: In January, Brilliance opened a new plant in Shenyang for building compact and subcompact cars; it had a designed production capacity of 150,000 per year. Brilliance (Zhonghua) H530 went on sale on August 29.
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