Welcome to our Exclusive Guide to all 172 active Chinese brands. 73 brands have been added since its original publication in January 2018. This guide is the result of three years of research and multiple investigating trips to China. It includes car, electric vehicles, pickup, bus and truck manufacturers. For now we are keeping roughly 130 LSEV makers out, that’s low-speed electric vehicles that don’t require a drivers license and are restricted to rural towns. Nowhere else will you find such an exhaustive and up-to-date compilation of all active Chinese automotive manufacturers. Like it has been the case for this very website, it’s my need for such a list and its absence anywhere online that have triggered this endeavour. A very simple way to take stock of how much the Chinese brands list has grown over the years is this: there are probably just as many active automotive brands in China than there are in the rest of the world combined…
The largest new vehicle market in the world, China is evolving at lightning speed with a myriad of local brands currently operating. Recently, the allocation of electric car production licenses by the Chinese government has triggered the creation of dozens of new NEV manufacturers and brands. In a way, China is now where the North American and European markets were in the 1920s with over a hundred brands competing for share in booming volumes. There is no doubt the number of Chinese brands will drastically reduce over the next few decades, but for now, with sub-brands becoming brands, brands appearing and disappearing on a weekly basis, it can be a truly confusing maze. No more.
This is a Live Guide, updated as new information comes about. Since the first version of this guide was published on 5th January 2018, 73 brands have been added: Aiways, Bestune, Bordrin, Chufeng, Ciimo, Ciwei, COS, CRRC, Dali, Dialev, Doda, Domy, Dorcen, Enovate, Everus, Fukang, Geometry, Green Wheel, Grove, Gyon, Hanergy, Hengchi (previously Evergrande), HiPhi, Homan (previously Folor), Huashen, Huatong, Hunkt, Hycan, Jetour, Jiulong, JLM, KYC, Lark, Leap Motor, LI, Lingbox, Link Tour, Linyu, Lite, Maple, Neta, ORA, Pao, Qingling, Qingxing, QYEV, Red Star, Reech (previously LvChi), Sany, Senyuan, Seres (previously SF Motors), Shifeng, Sinogold, SiTech, SKIO, Skywell, Sokon, SOL, STR, Suda, Sunike, T-King, Vantas, VGV, Voyah, WAW, YGM, Yinlong, Youngman, Yuancheng, Zedriv, Zoomlion and Zuojun.
29 ceased activity: BAW, Bisu, Dali, Dearcc, Enranger, Gonow, Hafei, Hawtai, Hengtong, Huasong, Hyosow, Jiangnan, JMCGL, Jonway, Kandi, Leahead, LeSee, Linyu, Qingling, Ranz, Red Star, Senyuan, Shuchi, Traum, Xinkai, Weiwang , YGM (now Link Tour), Yu Lu, Zhi Dou and Zuojun.
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Founded in 2017, Aiways (in Mandarin 爱驰 Aichi) is an electric car manufacturer based in Shangrao in the Jiangxi Province with a subsidiary in Germany. The company’s factory is rather grandiose, under construction and announced to initially have a 150.000 annual capacity able to be cranked up to 300.000. In the long term, its range will include SUVs, crossovers, a sedan and an MPV. For now, the RG (pictured) is the carmaker’s halo prototype, was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2018. Aiways’ claimed specs for the RG are spectacular: 1200 km range, 0-100 in 2.5 seconds and 300 km/h top speed. RG stands for Roland Gumpert, the founder of supercar manufacturer GMG – now Apollo Automobil – and Chief Product Manager of Aiways as well as CEO of the German subsidiary. Always’ first vehicle on sale in China is however the 5-seat SUV U5 on sale since early 2020. In September 2019, the U5 broke the world record for the longest road trip by an electric vehicle: 15.000 km from Xian in China to the Frankfurt Motor Show. In May 2020, Always announced it sold 500 units of the U5 to the licensee of Hertz in Corsica, a French island in the mediterranean, its largest export volume so far. The official website is here.
Founded in 1997, Anhui Ankai Automobile (安徽安凯汽车) is headquartered in Hefei in the Anhui province and specialises in the production of buses and coaches. The company has three principal subsidiaries and distributes its products worldwide. The name “Ankai” is the abbreviation of Anhui-Kässbohrer, marking the cooperation between Hefei Feihe Automobile Factory and Kässbohrer from 1993 onwards. The official website is here.
Aolong: see Jiulong
Arcfox is a brand by BAIC dedicated to upmarket electric vehicles. It was launched at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2016 when it displayed an impressive concept car inspired by the BMW i8. Arc stands for Arctic, symbolising “the ultimate world” and Fox symbolises “the fox’s cleverness and dexterity, representing a smart brand personality.” Arcfox unveiled its first production car, the Lite, in November 2017, however for the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2019, the Lite had disappeared from the Arcfox stand to become its own standalone brand (see Lite). Instead, Arcfox seems to have stepped up fully into the high-end EV universe with the GT Track and GT Street hypercars and the ECF SUV concept (pictured), all three models previously unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2019. Two joint ventures with Austrian automotive supplier Magna Steyr were established in 2017 and the conversion of a BAIC plant into a production facility for Arcfox is already underway. The official website is here.
The full Chinese Brands Guide is below.