The history of Chana Auto Co. Ltd started in 1957. This company is the leader in the Chinese automotive industry. It should be noted that it is a state-owned enterprise. The company includes eleven automobile factories that produce passenger cars and commercial vehicles, as well as three large manufacturing bases in the Southwest, East and North of China. Also in Italy, Germany and China, research centers for engineering and technology were opened.
In the late 1950s, the company's predecessor, Chana, then still a small factory, assembled a jeep sold under the Yangtze River brand. By the late 1980s, the company was already producing oversized trucks and vans for commercial purposes.
Chana Auto Co. Ltd is actively growing, the staff already has 28 thousand employees. In 1997, sales and production growth was 30 percent.
In 2009, Chana acquired two small domestic automakers, Hafei and Changhe.
Sales of Chana cars in Ukraine began in February 2008, and they are assembled at the Kremenchug car assembly plant using the SKD method.
In 2012, it was reported that 72% of production was associated with passenger cars, but this number is probably exaggerated, because the consumer demand for trucks and vans remains the same, they are hugely popular in China.
The company is constantly evolving and now it cooperates with such world manufacturers as Mazda, Ford and Suzuki. In November 2012, the Changan Ford Mazda Automobile joint venture was split into two new joint ventures: Changan Ford and Changan Mazda.
Chana also has at least one joint venture with an indigenous partner. Jiangxi Jiangling Co Ltd (2004 – present) is a joint venture with the Chinese company Jiangling, which designs, develops, manufactures and markets SUVs under the Landwind brand.