The Chinese automotive industry has received top marks for being globally the most innovative and attractive automaker and auto marketer.
As a result, the sector has gone past the ever-dominant auto giants like Japan, the United States, and the European Union.
Top 41 Chinese car brands
Haval is owned by a Chinese automobile manufacturing company called Great Wall Motors, specializing in SUVs and crossovers.
Great Wall Motor company launched the Haval car brand in 2013. Haval is the most successful Chinese SUV brand.
Since its launch, they have never looked back, and they have been producing high-quality products to win the consumers’ trust.
Some of their brands are; Haval H2, Haval H9, Haval Vision 2025, Haval F7, and Haval H6.
This Chinese car brand is gaining popularity worldwide because of its affordable and stylish nature. Currently, Geely Auto Group is ranked the leading auto manufacturing company.
Geely has a history that is dated back to 1986. Its headquarters is situated in Zhejiang, in China. It is the biggest private automobile manufacturer in China. Geely is known for its ownership of Volvo cars.
Geely cars use a modular architectural platform symbolized by BMA, KC, FE, NL, and CMA. This brand currently has more than eight models: Geely LC, Geely Panda, Geely Emgrand EX7, among others.
3. Wuling Motors
Wuling Motors has a rich history that is dated back to 2002. SGMW has its headquarters in Liuzhou, Guangxi in, China. The company has its head office in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China.
The company is a beneficiary of the joint venture between Liuzhou Wuling Group and Wuling Automobile Group Holdings Ltd. that led to its formation though currently, it operates as a joint venture with SAIC and GM in what is called SAIC-GM-Wuling or SGMW.
Wuling motors concentrate on the production of special-purpose vehicles and engines. Wuling products include; Wuling V2, Wuling S100, Wuling Weiwei, and Wuling Q490 among others.
4. Baojun Car Brand
This Chinese auto marque is possessed by a combined venture between SAIC Motor, General Motors, and Liuzhou Wuling Motors Co Ltd and has a history dating back to 2010.
Baojun also manufactures small electric cars with excellent creative designs like the Maple brands.
Baojun brands are cut-rate alternatives to the GM brands Chevrolet and Buick, which also have positive market responses in China. As a result, Baojun is steadily and rapidly gaining popularity around the globe.
Chang’an Automobile (group) company limited is a state-owned automobile manufacturer whose history dates 160 years ago. The company produces and markets vehicles under three brands; Changan, Oshan, and Kaine.
Chang’an car brands are mainly premium SUVs and passenger cars. Changan’s old car logos have shield and spear-like, while the new logo has a “V” front. The shield and V front all have meaning. The shield and spear stand for improving speed to ensure safety.
The V on the new logo implies SUCCESS and VALUE of car brand. Chang’an has a joint venture with Ford, Mazda, Suzuki, PSA Peugeot Citroen, and Mazda.
BYD Co LTD is a Chines automobile production company founded in 1995 by Wang Chuanfu and headquarters in Shenzen, Guangdong, China.
The company is currently working on the mass production of dual-mode and pure electric cars as a supplement to traditional gasoline cars. They are also developing the Dynasty prototype vehicle that Wolfgang initially designed.
The name BYD was derived from the phrase Build Your Dreams. BYD was ranked eighth most innovative company by BusinessWeek.
BYD has a clear technology strategy called “542” this implies that BYD can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour within 5 to 2 seconds only. There are more than 30 BYD models like; BYD D1, BYD Tang, among others.
SAIC’s failure to acquire the Rover brand from BMW left them with no choice but to invent an almost similar brand in the name of Roewe. The name Roewe originates from Chinese letterings Rong and Wei, which means GLORIOUS POWER.
Roewe is a Chinese automotive company dealing with automobile make, and SAIC Motors own it.
Roewe car brands are made creatively in a slightly similar design to the Rover 75 and Rover 25, a British-based company. This was after the collapse of MG Rover in 2005.
The following are Roewe’s compact car models; Roewe i5, i6, RX3, RX5, RX7, RX8, and Marvel X, and facelifts of the Roewe 950 and Roewe 360 Plus.
8. Chery Cars Brand
Chery cars are Chery Automobile Company Limited products, a Chinese state-owned corporation. The company has its headquarters in Wahu, China.
Chery has two productions bases, and each base is assigned its production duties. The first base is bi Wuhu, and it produces passenger cars, while the second base is in Daqing and is specialized in the production of heavy trucks.
Cherry sells approximately 1.5 million passenger cars per year on average. The company was founded to be making auto military components based in Anhui Province. Some of the Chery models are; A3, A5, QQ3, and Cowin.
Venicci car brands are sub-brands of the famous Dongfeng Motor, and it has some of its former models in Nissan vehicles.
The V concept car was officially released at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Venucia cars have a very luxurious but technical and futuristic interior. At the central control area, there is an LCD screen.
Its headlights shape is made in a very distinguishing and the lower part is designed in an inverted “L” while golden ornamental shreds connect the middle.
Interestingly the cars have no traditional door handles and mirrors on their body. Perhaps they are just hidden somewhere that I can’t tell.
Changhe Automobile Company Limited is a Chinese base automaker founded in 1970. Changhe has a joint venture with the Japanese-based Suzuki, and it produces a diversity of cars under the Suzuki brand; a good example is the Suzuki Alto model.
Since 2010, Changhe a higher percentage of its shares has been under the control of BAIC Group. This has made it undergo drastic changes under BAIC producing some models that have done well in the Chinese market.
Hongqi is a Chinese automaker based in Changchun, China. The company has First Automobile Works FAW as its parent company.
The name is derived from a Chinese name that means RED FLAG. Senior government officials mainly used the Hongqi brand because of its luxurious design.
This brand has several models, but it is important to note that after the 1999 launch of HongQi E-QM5, the company handed over the production of this brand to Hefei Motors and FAW Tianjin.
Hongqi is often considered China’s Rolls-Royce, and some reports have it that they are currently working on innovation of self-driving vehicles to control traffic mistakes.
12. Tianma Auto
Tianma Auto is a marque found in Baoding City in China Heibei province. Tianma mainly concentrates on producing family cars, minibusses, and heavy commercial vehicles.
Currently, the company concentrates on three products; designing and producing garages and storage equipment modifying military vehicles and civilian vehicles.
Lifan was founded in 1992 in China, and it is one of the automobile makers’ companies to experience rapid growth. It was called Chongqing Hongda Auto Fittings Research Center and was a majorly specialist in motorcycles.
By 1997 the company was stable in motorbike production. It then changed its name to Lifan Industry Group.
In 2003, Lifan Industry Group started manufacturing vehicles (trucks and buses). It owns several quality cars and thousands of showrooms around the world.
14. Hafei Auto
Hafei is a Chinese-based automobile company founded in 2009 as a subsidiary company of Changan Auto Company. Hafei Auto has a joint venture with Mazda, Suzuki, Jiangling, and Ford.
Gonow was founded by GAC Group as part of their investments in 2003 and had its head office in Taizhou, China.
They have a market coverage in over 100 countries across the globe, and their production is specialized more on passenger cars, pickups, SUVs, and commercial vehicles.
Some of the models of Gonow are; Troy, FAN, Dual, GX6, Starry, Alter, Luck, Jetstar, and Finite.
16. Zotye Auto
Whenever I see the name Zotye what first rings in my mind is the electric SUVs. Zotye Autos was the first company to sell electric SUVs in China.
Zotye auto car models include; Zotye E20, Zotye Cloud 100, and the famous electric SUV Zotye T600.
Zotye autos were founded in 2005 as a subsidiary of Zotye Holding Group. The company operates from two centers in Ningbo and Yiwu; both are based in Zhejiang province China. Check website.
Brilliance Auto is a state-owned corporation with a history dating back to 1992 when it was founded. The company has four brands: Brilliance, Huasong, Jinbei, and Zhonghua.
In addition, it works as a joint venture with BMW and owns about 25% of BMW Brilliance.
The company produces and sells its products under five sub-brands; Brilliance dealing with Sedans, Huanghai for MPVs, Jinbei for Sedans, Maxus for luxury cars, and Sichuan Tengzhong for SUVs.
One thing that has always given Brilliance positive ratings in the market is that their products are always of good quality and cost-effective, just like their parent company Brilliance Automobile Holding.
This brand is manufactured by Exeed, a subsidiary of the Chery brand, and it is a medium-size CUV car.
Exeed was first debuted at International Motor Show in Germany in 2017, and it is grounded on an M3X display place.
A close similarity between Chevrolet and Chery brands made it difficult for Chery brand to find its way into the United States of America, Canada, and European markets hence forcing Chery brand to come up with a new Exeed Brand hybrid SUV
19. Hawtai Motor group
This Chinese automotive company has its head office in Beijing, China, a private company. In addition, Hawtai Motors has production centers in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, Shangdong, and Rongcheng.
The company has a joint agreement with Hyundai Motors, producing Hyundai passenger cars. As a result, Hawtai adopted some of its brand production technologies from Hyundai.
It is important to note that Hawtai primarily produces diesel engine products, making it unique from other Chinese automakers.
Hawtai car models include Hatwai B11, Hawtai E70, Hawtai Shendafei, and Hawtai Terracan.
Landwind is an automobile company under the parent company Jiangling Motors Holding.
Currently, the company is operating under a joint venture of three automakers Changan Auto, Jiangling Motors, and Jiangxi Guokong Auto Investment Corporation.
Some of the products of Landwind are; Landwind Rongyao, Landwind Xiaoyao, Landwind X2, X5, X6, X7, X9, X8, CV9, and Landwind Forward.
21. Great Wall
Great Wall Motors Company limited are Chinese Automakers. The name of the brand was adopted from the Great Walls of China. The company has six sub-brands and products: Haval, GWM, ORA, POER, TANK, and WEY.
The entire Great Wall model line was initially identified with the same badge. However, the company later developed a system to differentiate all its sub-brands SUVs, Passenger cars, and pickups by giving them names like Voleex, Wingle, and Haval.
GWM is the leading brand of the Great Wall, and it has its models and sub-brands.
22. JMC Motors
Jiangling Motors Corporation Limited, or JMC as it is commonly abbreviated, is a Chinese Automaker company with head office in Nanchang, Jiangxi, China.
The company started back in 1947 as a truck repair shop in Nanchang and was called Nanchang Motors Repair Factory.
Then, in 1968, the company decided to expand its operations by starting a motor vehicle assembly branch.
Currently, JMC is one of the giant companies in auto production globally. They are known for producing quality and stylish cars under JMC, JMC Yusheng, Ford brands, and new energy vehicles.
23. Hozon Auto
Beijing Sinohytec and Zhejiang Yangtze co-founded Hozon Autos. Hozon auto brands are mainly specialized o electric cars production at a reasonable consumer price.
Haima Automobile Company was founded in 1992 by FAW Group; hence it is a private automobile company. The company is committed to designing, developing, and producing minivans and passenger cars.
Currently, Haima manufactures various models using the technology they inherited from Mazda. The models include; Haima 7X, Haima 8S, Haima M3, M5, M6, and M8.
25. BAIC Motor
BAIC Group is a corporate multinational automakers company with its head office in Beijing, China. The company has over one hundred and seventy subsidiary companies and can make an average sales of over 2.4 million units annually.
BAIC Group is one of the largest automakers, not just in China but in the world, and its presence can confirm at the stock exchange.
The multinational company was founded five decades ago in China as a car brand of Beijing Jeep. The company specializes in conducting research, developments, and production of various auto products.
The company has several brand models with a wide range of passenger cars with different segments based on the customers’ needs and preferences; good examples are Senova D50, BJ2030 EX5, and Sedan EX5 models.
26. Lynk &Co.
This is a Chinese-Swedish car brand and was founded in 2016. Lynk & Co has a core value to bring a challenge to the existing auto companies by producing auto products that can meet the current generation’s needs.
By 2019 the brand had already found its roots in the European market, selling over 120,000 products.
Lynk & Co. is a sub-brand of Geely, and they deal with the production of electric-powered cars. Their car models can be controlled by a shared digital key that permits the owner to allow any access to other Lynk & co cars.
27. Soueast Cars Brands
This car brand is a product of Soueast Motors, a joint venture between Fujian motors, Mitsubishi, and China Motor Corporation.
Fujian motors have the most significant shares of 50%, while the two remaining partners equally share the remaining 50%.
Since its launch, the company has always maintained its quality production standards. As a result, Soueast Motors is also known as South East Motors or simply SEM.
Their brand models include the V3, V5, V6 DX7, DX£, A5, and some Mitsubishi models.
28. JAC Motors
JAC Motors is one of the most famous Chinese state-owned automakers based in Hefei. The company has an average production capacity of over 600,000 vehicles, 500,000 engines, and related car components.
JAC Motors has joint ventures with some companies like Honda, Chrysler, Naivastar, and Volkswagen and has markets worldwide because of consumers’ favorable ratings of their products.
JAC Motors is well known for producing quality engines, transmissions, and other auto parts. Some of their models are JAC IEV7, JAC IEV6S, JAC Refine S3, as well as manufacturing of JAC IEV5S Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and JAC IEV6E.
Bestune is an automotive marque owned by FAW Group, a Chinese automobile manufacturer. It was formally known as Besturn; most of its products are based on the older Mazda sedans.
Besturne’s targeted market is upper-middle-class customers with their products. In 2012, Bestune opened its market in Russia by selling the B50 model.
Three years later, it joined a venture with a Russian automobile manufacturer company called Avtotor located in Kaliningrad Oblast.
Some of the models of these luxurious cars are B30, B70, B90, X40, E01, NAT, T33, X80, T77, and T55. Brand popularity of the Bestune cars is increasing globally due to the increase in demand.
Maxus is one of the several car brands under the famous SAIC as the parent company based in China.
In addition, SAIC produces Maxus as a rebranded product of LDV to the LCV industry.
The company has succeeded in producing electric vans that have already found excellent consumer ratings hence doing well in European markets.
Some of the Maxus models are; eDELIVER 9 and e DELIVER 3.
31. Dongfeng Motor
Dongfeng Motor is a state automaker corporation company with its head office in Hubei, China. Currently, they have their stations in other parts of China like in Shangdong, Wenzhou, and Zhejiang. It was founded in 1969 by Mao Zedong.
Dongfeng Motors produces engines for other automakers like Volkswagen and passenger cars under its brand.
The company is recognized as one of the oldest automakers and the first auto company to enter into a trade agreement with foreign automakers like Renault of French.
This made it explore the foreign markets and develop an advantage over other Chinese manufacturers.
32. Foton Motor
Foton Motors brands have its headquarters in Beijing Changping District in China. They are well known for the production of trucks and agricultural machinery.
Foton Motors has joint ventures with some severe automakers like AIC Motors, Daimler AG, Cummins Inc., and Piaggio.
They are currently concentrating on advancing the production of more energy vehicles.
The following are standard Foton models; Foton Lovol SUV Series, Alpha 7, and Foton Auman.
33. GAC Motors
GAC is known for its Honda-branded auto production. The company is owned by a subsidiary of Guangzhou Automobile Group Company Limited. GAC Motors was founded in 1955 in China
GAC produces three brands of cars, namely GAC Trumpchi, GAC Gonow, Changfeng Motors Corporation, GAC Sedan, and GAC Aion. GAC Trumpchi brand is the most popular of all GAC brands.
GAC has joint ventures with Fait Chrysler, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Honda. One of the reasons why GAC is popular is that a good number of their vehicles have a good fuel consumption.
Aion was introduced as an electric vehicle GAC sub-brand in 2018, and it is an excellent example of GAC brands with good fuel efficiency. In 2019 GAC publicized 12 new models, which include the LX, Y, and V models in the long run.
This Chinese electric car brand was founded in 2014 and is often referred to as CHINESE TESLA. This is because of its uniqueness in the design and development of electrically power-driven vehicles.
The technology applied in making this brand is called NIO Pilot.
35. Xiaopeng Motors
XPeng, as it is often shortened, was founded in 2014. The company deals with the production of luxurious electric vehicles.
Some of the standard XPeng models are SUVs, G3 line, and Sedans P7. The cars are made in a way that considers environment conservation, Safety measures, and driving techniques.
36. Li Auto
Li Auto or Li Xiang, commonly known in China, is a Chinese-based electric car maker founded in 2015. Li auto has stood as a hybrid manufacturer of vehicles that can run two energy sources simultaneously, specifically gasoline and electricity.
Byton is a joint venture between Harmony New Energy Auto, Tencent Holdings limited, and Tencent Holding Limited.
When the three companies came together in 2016, they formed Byton Engineering Company’s name.
Byton specializes in the production of premium electric vehicles; with the growing technology and high demand for the latest luxurious models of cars, there is no doubt that this company Byton will find markets for its products.
Founded in 2019, Geometry or Jihe, also called, is the latest sub-brand of the Geely. The brand uses the technology of electric-powered engines.
The brand has successfully produced a sedan model and a crossover based on Geely cars.
Zinoro is a product idea of two masterclass automakers, the Chinese Brilliance Auto Group and German Bayerische Motoren Werke AG.
Zinoro has a line of luxury electric vehicles represented like the 60H hybrid and 1E crossovers. Their first model was launched in 2013 and developed from BMW X1.
Zinoro cars are packed with a powerful lithium iron phosphate battery that can deliver up to 93 miles of all-electric range.
This brand is owned by Zhiche Yuoxing Technology, part of Chi Che-hung technology.
It was founded in 2014 in Beijing, China, to create electric-driven cars equipped with intelligent systems to counter-attack stiff competition in the auto production sector.
WEY was first displayed in 2017. The name was derived from the GMW founder Jack Wey, and it is a very luxurious marque that focuses primarily on crossovers and SUVs.
WEY is the first Chinese luxury SUV brand, and its models are WEY Macchiato, WEY P8, WEY VV7, and WEY Mocha.
SAIC Motor, Chang’an, Dongfeng, and FAW Group are the big four Chinese automobile manufacturers. Currently, Hongqi is the top Chinese luxury car brand, and it is doing well in foreign markets.
China’s annual vehicle production stands at 30 percent of the total global vehicle production. They are the most prominent bus manufacturers with a global market supply of 50%.