The ChangAn Mashinery, founded in 1862 in the Chinese city of Chongqing, is today known as one of the country's largest automakers under a slightly changed name - Changan Automotive Corp. The company's factories produce models both for the Chinese market and for export to other countries.
The company went through nationalization, then for some time worked together with the Japanese company "Suzuki". From 1958 to 1962, compact army SUVs were produced there. It took off in 1995, when ChangAn updated its lineup with subcompact minibuses based on Suzuki's previous designs. In 2001, a joint venture with Ford Corporation called ChangAn Ford Motor was created. It started assembly work, producing ready-made cars from Indian car kits for the needs of China and other eastern countries.
In 2001, a joint venture was formed with Ford Motor.
In 2006, the firm added Landwind SUVs to its range, which were assembled in its factories and sold under the ChangAn brand. In 2007, the CV9 minivan went into production.
In 2008, about 700,000 vehicles were assembled at the company's factories.
In 2010, the company produced 1.102 million vehicles and exported at least 100,000 vehicles.
To break into the highly competitive European market, ChangAn launched the Eado, which received a design from Stefano Carminati. The car received the highest scores for crash tests, and was also equipped with pedestrian protection systems in a collision. In addition, for the safety of the driver's passengers, 6 airbags were installed in the car. The power of the Eado engine was 125 horsepower with a cylinder volume of 1.6 liters.