Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd. (BAIC) is a Chinese state-owned automobile manufacturer headquartered in Shunyi, Beijing. Founded in 1958, it is the sixth largest automobile manufacturer in China, with 1.723 million sales in 2021.
|Headquarters||99 Shuanghe Ave., Shunyi District, |
|Xu Heyi (Chairman)|
|Products||Commercial and passenger vehicles|
|Owner||Beijing Municipal Government|
|Literal meaning||Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co Ltd|
The company produces and sells vehicles under its own branding, such as Arcfox, Beijing, Changhe, Foton Motor, Ruili Doda, as well as under foreign-branded joint ventures such as Beijing-Benz and Beijing-Hyundai. It also produces electric vehicles under some of the previously listed brandings, including dedicated EV brands such as Arcfox. Its principal subsidiaries include the passenger car maker BAIC Motor (44.98% share); military vehicle and light truck maker BAW; and truck, bus, and agricultural equipment maker, Foton Motor. A large proportion of sales BAIC's sales is in agricultural, commercial, and military vehicles.
BAIC was one of the top ten most-productive Chinese automakers in 2010. This may be due to subsidiary Beijing Automobile Works and a sustained surge of popularity for Beijing Hyundai products. It reached fifth place by selling nearly 1.5 millions units garnering a market share of more than 8%. 2011 production of 1.5 million whole vehicles made BAIC the fifth largest vehicle-maker in China that year in terms of units manufactured. BAIC remained fifth in 2012, which saw the company make 1.7 million whole vehicles; 30% of production was commercial or heavy-duty products.
Saab technology transfer Edit
After several unsuccessful attempts to buy struggling European automakers in 2009, such as Saab, Volvo, and Opel as well as technology from the American Chrysler, BAIC fulfilled its aim of obtaining valuable Western technology that same year purchasing technology from a former unit of General Motors, Saab Automobile. This allows it to produce older Saab models (but not brand them as Saabs) for sale in China.
Cars with Saab technology were expected to go on sale in 2012 but didn't debut until May 2013. The first Saab-based model on sale is the C70 or 绅宝 (Shenbao), which may be translated as "gentleman's treasure".
BAIC has a wide product line that includes more than the buses that are its traditional manufacture. Offerings encompass many kinds of commercial vehicles, including: agricultural machinery, construction machinery, light trucks, and military vehicles, etc. As of 2010, commercial vehicle production capacity is estimated to be around 700,000 units per year. Production capacity figures may consider engines and vehicles as discrete.
The company sells self-branded consumer products in addition to joint-venture developed vehicles under the brands of foreign manufacturers Hyundai Motor Company and the Mercedes-Benz Group. BAIC-branded military and civilian light trucks have also been produced.
Arcfox (极狐) is BAIC's premium EV brand, established in 2017.
BEIJING (北京汽车) Edit
Current Models Edit
- Beijing U5
- Beijing U7
- Beijing X3
- Beijing X5
- Beijing X6
- Beijing X7
- Beijing EU5
- Beijing EU260
- Beijing EX360
- Beijing EX3
- Beijing EX5
- Beijing EC3
- Beijing EC5
- Beijing EC220
- Beijing Lite R300
Beijing U5 Plus (Senova D50)
Beijing Off-road Vehicles (北京越野) Edit
Beijing Off-road Vehicles (北京越野) used to be a department under BAIC Group. In January 2020, BAIC announced the independence of Beijing Off-road brand.  The Beijing Off-road was independently operated, including development and sales channel, but shares the marque "BEIJING" with BEIJING (北京汽车) brand together.
Current Models Edit
Current models Edit
Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. (Foton Motor) is a subsidiary of BAIC which designs and manufactures trucks, buses, sport utility vehicles, and agricultural machinery. It is headquartered in Changping, Beijing.
Current Models Edit
- Foton Midi
- Foton Sauvana
- Foton SUP
- Foton Toano
- Foton Tunland
- Foton View
- Foton MP-X
- Foton Grand General
- Foton Gratour im6
- Foton Gratour im8
- Foton Gratour ix5
- Foton Gratour ix7
A Foton BJ6180C8CTD articulated LNG bus in Beijing Bus service
Ruili is a sub-division of BAIC. They produce their vehicles under the Doda brand.
Current Models Edit
Ruili Doda V8
Ruili Doda V2
Former brands Edit
Beijing Automobile Works Co., Ltd. (BAW) (北汽制造), which produces light off-road vehicles, trucks, and military vehicles, used to be a subsidiary of BAIC Group but was sold to private sector since 2015.
The Beijing Light Automobile Company (BLAC), until 1988 the Beijing Automobile Factory No. 2, started in the late 1960s when production of the independently developed BJ130 began. Its introduction was slowed considerably by the upheavals of the Cultural revolution. In 1984, assembly of the Isuzu Elf/NHR began (originally as the BJ136, later as the BJ1030/1040/1050 series). In 1988, a new plant for these trucks was built with aid from the Japanese, and petrol and diesel light truck engines were also produced. BLAC went bankrupt in 2002.
Joint ventures Edit
Current joint ventures Edit
Beijing Hyundai Edit
Beijing Hyundai Motor Co., Ltd. is an automobile manufacturing company headquartered in Beijing, China, and is a 50:50 joint-venture between BAIC and Hyundai Motor Company. Established in 2002, it manufactures in Shunyi District, a satellite city of Beijing, producing Hyundai-branded automobiles for the Chinese market. New models designed for the Chinese market are due to appear.
A Hyundai ix35 produced by Beijing Hyundai
A Hyundai Sonata produced by Beijing Hyundai
Beijing Benz Edit
As of 2010, Beijing Benz, a BAIC joint venture with German automaker Daimler AG, makes the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class models for sale in China and seeks to make more of the models it sells in China locally.
A Mercedes C-Class produced by Beijing Benz
A Mercedes E-Class produced by Beijing Benz
Beijing Foton Daimler Edit
Huansu is a brand under Beiqi Yinxiang Automobile, a joint venture between Beijing Auto (Beiqi) and the Yinxiang Group from Chongqing.
Weiwang is a brand under Beiqi Yinxiang Automobile, a joint venture between Beijing Auto (Beiqi) and the Yinxiang Group from Chongqing.
Former joint ventures Edit
Beijing Jeep Edit
Beijing Jeep Corporation became China's first Sino-western automotive joint venture when it was established in 1984 with American Motors Corporation. Beijing Jeep subsequently became Beijing Benz-DaimlerChrysler Automotive Co Ltd and then Beijing Benz Automotive Co Ltd.
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- Including Beijing(Senova), Beijing Off-road (until 2019), BAW (until 2015), Changhe/Weiwang (until 2019) Brands