Taking a peek inside China's Changan
|Douglas A. Bolduc is Managing Editor at Automotive News Europe.|
China's Changan Automobile is moving fast but cautiously, according to a top executive with the automaker whose partners include Ford, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Mazda.
Martin Joyce, who is group chief engineer at Changan's UK r&d center, said it wasn't long ago that the automaker was 10 years behind its more established rivals, but now it is about two years behind, especially when it comes to powertrains.
Joyce, a 30-year auto industry veteran, said Changan's engines are Euro 5 compliant. His current challenge is to make sure Changan's powertrains can meet euro 6 emission standards. The automaker, which also has a design center in Italy, is working with top Tier 1 suppliers such as Robert Bosch for stop-start technology, BorgWarner for turbochargers and Aisin for transmissions.
In addition to its joint ventures with U.S., French and Japanese automakers, Changan's own-brand sells sedans and crossovers domestically. The CS75 SUV debuted at the Frankfurt auto show on Tuesday.
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