When thinking which car-manufacturers are the biggest and the best, people have in mind car brands from Germany, Italy, Japan and USA. Not many prefer Chinese car brands, but China could be the next big car-producing giant, as many Chinese cars are gaining a big reputation. It is only a matter of time before the Chinese cars become mainstream all across the world. Nowadays, you can see nothing but cars on the streets in China, unlike a decade ago when the Chinese preferred to ride bicycles instead of cars. Chinese economy has helped the country’s automotive landscape to improve and it is not surprise that some Chinese car brands are entering the USAs markets more often.
As the Chinese automotive industry is developing very fast, we want to introduce you the best Chinese car brands. Just note that the following car brands are made in China only; imported cars are not included in this list of the best Chinese car brands.
Geely, which means lucky in Mandarin Chinese, is a Chinese automotive manufacturer known for producing automobiles in general. Headquartered in Hangzhou, China, Geely is a promising enterprise since its entrance in the automotive industry, offering a wide range of products such as automobiles, motorcycles, transmissions and engines. It is characterized with flexible operation mechanism, highly experience team and continuous innovation, which guide a rapid and successful development.
Chery is a state-owned automobile manufacturing company founded in 1997. The first series of automobiles was produced in 1999, but they passed the Chinese boundaries in 2001 for the first time. In terms of sales, Chery is the seventh largest Chinese automobile manufacturer by the output measured in 2011, when it has produced over 600,000 units in the same year. Recently, Chery lost a big amount of money during the development of two sub brands which the Chinese consumers did not like, but it still remains one of the best Chinese car brands.
Hongqi, a luxurious Chinese car brand, was founded in 1958 and the first model of Hongqi was CA71. The series of CA71 was quickly favored and used for transportation of foreign dignitaries and party elite and remained in production until 1981. Today, Hongqi manufactures self-developed HQEs or also known as CA7600Ls, but it is believed that the production version of them will get a chassis derived from Toyota Landcruiser Prado.
Brilliance Auto started with production of automobiles, microvans, minibuses and automotive components as soon as they signed the deal with BMW sedans in 2003. Headquartered in Shenyang, China, the company co-operates with BMW and uses technology of Toyota for some of the microvans. Along in 2011, Brilliance produced about 524,000 units, which secured it the eight position among the Chinese car brands (in terms of production units).
BYD Auto is another popular Chinese car brand which is based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. It was found in 1995 and since then, BYD Auto deals with manufacturing automobiles and rechargeable batteries. The production capacity until 2010 was estimated at 700,000 units per year, while the sales in that year along reached about 520,000 units, making BYD Auto the sixth largest Chinese car brand in terms of sold units. In 2011, the car-manufacturer did not even make the top ten, but luckily, BYD Auto has found its place in the 2012s ranking, taking the sixth place again, but now with 1.2 million of sold units.