The Chinese automobile company Hawtai was founded in 2000 in Beijing, where it became part of a government corporation. However, two years later, it was spun off into a separate company, which began to create premium government cars. Thanks to a huge government order and generous contract payment, the production of Hawtai has been constantly expanding, and in 2005 the company presented the first models for free sale in the country's automotive market. In the same year, contracts were awarded to supply Hawtai B11 luxury sedans to the governments of Cambodia and Thailand.
In 2009, the second generation B11 was released, and also, thanks to cooperation with the Korean brand Hyundai, the luxurious mid-size crossover B35 saw the light. In the same year, the company undertook several attempts to acquire, together with the Dutch brand Spiker, the bankrupt SAAB branch of General Motors.
In 2012, the company began licensed production of the entire current model range of the Korean brands Kia and Hyundai.