The first Chinese automobile corporation - (China First Automotive Group Corporation, abbreviated FAW), was founded on July 15, 1953. It was then in Changchun that the first automobile factory in China began operating. The first-born of the Chinese auto industry was the 4-ton Jiefang CA10 commercial truck released on July 13, 1956.
Following the trucks, the production of cars was arranged. So, on May 12, 1958, the first passenger car model was released, and on August 1, 1958, the first Hongqi luxury sedan was introduced, designed to serve the highest officials of the state.
The company received another breakthrough in its development through close cooperation with the leaders of the global automotive industry. Close cooperation with the world's leading automakers have determined the company's strategy for decades:
On May 17, 1988, the FAW Group and Volkswagen AG signed an agreement on the import and joint assembly of AUDI 100 sedans.
On November 20, 1990, the FAW Group and Volkswagen AG signed a joint production agreement for the Volkswagen Jetta A2.
On June 1, 1995, the first Volkswagen Golf IV rolled off the assembly line.
On March 9, 2002, the FAW Group and Mazda Motor Corporation signed a technical cooperation agreement for the production of the Mazda 6 sedan.
On August 29, 2002, the FAW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation signed an agreement to establish a strategic and long-term partnership.
October 21, 2002 FAW launches Toyota Coaster mid-range bus production.
On April 9, 2003, the FAW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation signed an agreement to jointly manufacture four Toyota models in China, including the Corolla, Crown, Land Cruiser Prado and the hybrid Prius.
On December 7, 2004, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder attended the inauguration of the 2nd FAW Volkswagen plant with an investment of $ 1.1 billion.
On May 26, 2005, construction began on a new Volkswagen FAW Engine (Dalian) Co. Ltd. costing $ 194 million with a planned annual output of 300,000 engines.
October 31, 2005 FAW and Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd signed a technical licensing agreement for the production of the Daihatsu Xenia MPV car.
January 1, 2006 FAW Volkswagen and Audi AG combine marketing and sales of local and imported cars into a single business group.
On August 18, 2006, a joint venture with Y-TEC Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation began to produce auto components for Mazda vehicles.
On October 16, 2006, FAW launched the production of Deutz diesel engines with power from 160 to 300 hp. for trucks.
On November 6, 2006, the FAW joint venture with the French company Valeo began working.
April 20, 2007 FAW Toyota Engine Co. Ltd. (TFTE) announced the construction of a new plant with an investment of 270 million dollars. USA with a production volume of 220,000 engines per year of the ZR series (Dual VVT-i 1.6 liters and 1.8 liters).
On November 22, 2007, the FAW Group announced the start of construction of a joint plant in Mexico. FAW is the first Chinese automaker to enter Mexico's fast-growing automotive market.
In December 2010, the construction of a new plant, built jointly with GM, in Changchun City was completed.
In May 2011, the Harbin plant, built jointly with GM, began operating. The plant's capacity is 100 thousand trucks per year.
In 2013, in collaboration with the African Investment Company and Algeria Arco Fina Group, the FAW opened a plant in Algeria.
In 2017, FAW immediately establishes 5 R&D centers:
Changchun Global R&D Headquarters (China)
Center for Advanced Technical Innovation in Beijing (China).
New Energy Car Research and Development Center in Shanghai (China).
Center for Advanced Research and Development in Munich (Germany).
AI Research Center - in Silicon Valley, California (USA).
Currently, FAW produces cars of such categories as: trucks (small, medium and heavy-duty), SUVs, cars, buses, small cars. FAW produces cars under four own brands (Xiali, Hongqi, JiaxingFAW, Besturn). Also, FAW manufactures automobiles of such brands as Volkswagen, Audi, Mazda in China; Toyota.