In 1969, the Chinese company "DongFeng" was founded, which became not only one of the first car manufacturers in China, but also a real strategic partner of the country's government. In 1969, after the severance of relations between the Chinese government and Western countries and the expansion of the influence of the Soviet Union on the political and economic life of the country, the Dong Feng company suddenly became one of the main pillars of Chinese industry. The leadership of the socialist country did not spare funds for the development of the enterprise, so in two years three factory complexes were built, which began the production of components for cars, military equipment, power units and consumables for them. Until 1978, the company "Dong Feng" did not produce civilian equipment, but the change in management was also marked by a change in the course of development of the company.
So in 1980, the production of Dong Feng trucks began on the basis of the developments of the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant, which delegated more than 100 employees to develop the engineering department of the Chinese company and train local specialists to start the work of the Dong Feng independent design bureau.
By 1992, the company came out on top in the production of trucks and components for various Japanese brands in China, becoming one of the largest enterprises in the country. In the same year, the first major contract of the post-Soviet period was concluded, when the management of the French concern Peugeot-Citroën invested heavily in organizing a joint production with Don Feng. However, by 1993 the company entered into similar contracts with the Japanese brands Honda, Mitsubishi and Nissan, becoming the largest car manufacturer in Asia.
In 1994, the company occupies 60% of the entire automotive market in China, producing under its own brands not only trucks, but also passenger cars based on models such as the Mitsubishi Colt, Honda Civic and Nissan Sunny. In addition, since 1995, the production of special equipment, which is actively used in China and Thailand, has started at the factories of the DongFeng company. The current model range of the company includes fire trucks and ambulances, cranes and loaders. In 2001, having bought out a number of patents of the American company Cummins, the DongFeng factories began production of a new generation of power units with 4 and 6 cylinders for Peugeot and Citroen cars, as well as eight-cylinder engines for buses.
In 2003, the Dong Feng concern opens a joint venture with the Korean company KIA, starting the production of the entire model range of the brand for the automotive markets of China, Russia and India. In addition, in the same year, the construction of two factories of the Chinese company in Chile and Argentina starts, where, under license, the production of trucks and commercial vehicles Daihatsu and Hyundai begins in 2004. And by 2005, the number of DongFeng factories around the world reaches 42 enterprises. In the same year, the construction of a new plant, joint with the French brand Renault, began, where in 2008 the production of Renault Logan and Sandero models for the Chinese market began.
In 2006, DongFeng took part for the first time in the development of its own car based on technological solutions of the Nissan brand, presenting in 2007 the DongFeng Rich model, a four-door pickup truck equipped with a 110 horsepower gasoline power unit. The car is based on the Nissan Navara model. In 2008, gasoline engines produced under the license of the Japanese brand were replaced by diesel engines of their own production. In the same year, the DongFeng company releases its own version of the Mitsubishi Space Gear minivan, releasing not only special equipment options for the domestic automotive market in China, but also its own power units with a capacity of 80 and 120 horsepower.
In 2009, during the global economic crisis, DongFeng bought out 10% of the shares of Volvo Trucks from Renault, thus merging its design office with the engineering headquarters of the Swedish brand. And in 2010, the first plant for the production of Volvo trucks under the DongFeng brand was opened in China. By 2013, DongFeng, with the assistance of the Chinese government, buys out a controlling stake in Volvo Trucks, completely transferring all production of the Swedish company to China.
In 2009, the production of Luxgen cars also began at the production facilities of DongFeng, thus, the Chinese concern becomes the largest automaker in Asia, taking the sixth place in terms of production worldwide. And in 2011, the DongFeng factories start operating in the UK and Sweden. In 2012, the company begins developing electric vehicles, entering into a strategic partnership with the Japanese brand Toyota, for which it begins production of hybrid platforms.
In 2011, the company was officially included in the list of the world's largest companies, thanks to the rapid growth in sales of Honda vehicles assembled in China in the United States of America. In the same year, the Chinese brand buys out the rights to release all Nissan models of the current model range under its own brand. In 2012, the construction of the Infinity plant begins, which transfers part of its production from the USA to China, designating the Chinese car market as a priority.