About Changan

Changan Automobile had its genesis in a Western-styled manufacturing organization that was established in Shanghai in 1862.  The company moved to Chongqing in 1937 and entered the Chinese automobile industry in 1959 when it began building the Changjiang Type 46 small SUV under contract to the Chinese government.  In 1984, Changan entered the commercial market with its Star mini pickup.  Over the years, the automaker expanded its model lineup to include a range of coupes, sedans, MPVs, SUVs, CUVs, and commercial vehicles sold in many countries including China, Russia, Chile, Columbia, Peru, Uruguay, Egypt, and Azerbaijan. Changans have been well received in the marketplace - as evidenced by the 10 million units sold since launch. With 32 vehicle and engine plants, the company now produces and sells more than a million Changan-branded vehicles annually.


In addition to building and marketing its own brand, Changan is engaged in joint ventures with Ford and Mazda in China. The company has assets of approximately 128 billion RMB (20.6 billion USD) and 90,000 employees worldwide.

The Changan US R&D Center is a US-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Changan Automobile.  Operations began in January 2011, making Changan the first research and development center to be established by a Chinese automaker in Michigan. It joins Changan's other global R&D centers located in Turin, Italy; Yokohama, Japan; Birmingham, England; and Chinese centers located in Chongqing, Hebei, and Beijing.