Changan Automobile entered the Chinese automobile industry in 1957 with the assembly of the Yangtze River, a rugged SUV. Over the years, the company expanded its model lineup to include a range of coupes, sedans, MPVs, SUVs, CUVs, and commercial vehicles sold in 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 twelve major production complexes - including 32 vehicle assembly and engine plants - the company now produces and sells approximately 2.9 million vehicles annually. Additionally, Changan is engaged in joint ventures with Ford, Mazda, Suzuki, and PSA in China. The company has assets of approximately 128 billion RMB (20.6 billion USD) and 80,000 employees worldwide.
The Changan US R&D Center, a US-based subsidiary wholly owned by Changan Automobile, began operations in January 2011 in Plymouth, Michigan. Ours is 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, Shanghai, and Beijing.